The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has given the IWMF a $750,000 grant to establish a three-year fund supporting U.S.-based reporting projects by Indigenous journalists on issues related to Missing & Murdered Indigenous People (MMMIP) with a concentration on women, girls, Two-Spirit and transgender people.

Starting in March 2022, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis by an advisory committee comprised of distinguished Indigenous practicing journalists and editors, along with Indigenous thought leaders. The IWMF is conducting ongoing, targeted outreach to eligible journalists and Indigenous journalism groups to solicit proposals. Indigenous journalists affiliated with media outlets, as well as freelancers, are invited to apply.

In addition to monetary support, the IWMF is committed to providing editorial and pitching support to grantees.

Please read our FAQ page and Application Guide for the program. Eligible journalists can apply here.

If you are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please contact

The IWMF News Safety Project is committed to helping improve the ability of journalists to report safely in an increasingly complex world. Since 2020, the IWMF has offered customized safety trainings for newsrooms and journalism associations based anywhere in the world. Our trainings are tailored to the journalists' holistic needs, whether they are related to safety on the ground, digital safety, or mental health and trauma. 

In 2022, the IWMF released a step-by-step guide, detailing policies and best practices newsrooms can implement to protect staff members. We highlighted case studies from six months of our work with a wide range of newsrooms– from small specialized outlets in South Africa to established independent newsrooms in the United States.

Building off this pilot project, we will begin accepting applications for the IWMF’s Inaugural News Safety Cohort. Newsrooms selected will form part of an international support network and benefit from the following: 

  • Peer learning with newsrooms worldwide and ongoing engagement opportunities to share lessons learned and best practices with the journalism community. 
  • Customized safety trainings with a gender and identity lens and support with developing newsroom safety protocols. 
  • Access to the latest resources and one-on-one consultations with leading safety experts.
  • Access to the IWMF’s emergency funds and mental health resources for staff.

The deadline for the first cohort is April 17.  In this initial phase of the program, we encourage newsrooms that fit the following criteria to apply: 

  • Newsrooms committed to working on safety policies and training for a minimum of three months.
  • Newsrooms with an ambassador who can make and implement changes in the newsroom. Commitment from senior newsroom leaders to participate in the cohort. 
  • Newsrooms committed to the safety of their journalists who do not have access to in-house safety resources — this could include small, nonprofit, investigative, local, and/or independent newsrooms. 
  • Newsrooms reporting on underserved communities and/or extremism who may face significant threats due to this coverage. 
  • English-speaking newsrooms. Please note that we aim to expand our language offerings in a future phase of the program.

If you have any questions or are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please contact 

Additional resources available:

  • ‘A Guide to Protecting Newsrooms and Journalists Against Online Violence’ contains a step-by-step process to help newsrooms mitigate risk, raise awareness, develop policies, and issue statements of support on behalf of journalists. 
  • ‘A Mental Health Guide for Journalists Facing Online Violence’ provides easy-to-implement, downloadable exercises to help manage the mental health toll of online abuse. 
  • The IWMF’s Emergency Fund provides small grants to women journalists of any nationality for psychological and medical care, temporary relocation, and legal support for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by their reporting.
  • The IWMF's  Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund (BJTRF) provides financial assistance for Black journalists of any gender and nationality facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for mental health services.
  • The IWMF offers one-on-one safety consults for individual journalists facing any form of immediate threat to their safety. Journalists in need can request a consultation here
  • The Coalition Against Online Violence is a collection of global organizations working to find better solutions for women journalists facing online abuse, harassment, and other forms of digital attack. The Coalition's Online Violence Response Hub is a resource center where women journalists can find the latest information on online abuse. 

The IWMF and its Coalition Against Online Violence partners are offering journalists the opportunity to sign up for free one-on-one safety consultations. 

Concerned about a recent threat, online abuse, government surveillance or an upcoming reporting trip? Our experts provide journalists with clear and practical guidance, whether that's dealing with a digital or physical safety emergency or helping you build digital security into your story planning. We are here to help. You must have journalism as a primary profession to be eligible for a consultation. 

Please note: this is not an emergency help line. We are unable to provide rapid response support. 

To apply for a consultation, please complete this application. If you have any questions, please email

If you are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please contact

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is partnering with the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund. Through this link, applicants will be able to be considered for both opportunities, administrated by the IWMF. Read the different criteria of these two opportunities as below:

Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund was started by Sonia Weiser via GoFundMe on May 31, 2020. This fund is designed to provide financial assistance for Black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need during this time. While publications ask Black journalists — both freelance and full-time staff members — to put their lives at risk to report on racial injustices and embed themselves within the protests, they rarely provide resources for these same journalists to process the trauma incurred both on the job and in daily life. BJTRF will consider supporting Black journalists globally who:

  • have journalism as a primary profession; 
  • were laid off/furloughed or quit due to harmful workplace practices; 
  • OR are former journalists suffering from lasting emotional or physical trauma from your time in the field.  

If you are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please contact

We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 for journalists in crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting. The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
  • The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

If you are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please contact

En el 2013 establecimos el Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF para periodistas en crisis para proporcionar un apoyo vital en tiempos de apuros o amenaza para mujeres periodistas. Ahora más que nunca, los periodistas de todo el mundo enfrentan peligros reales por sus reportajes.

El Fondo de Emergencia se sostiene con el apoyo de donantes individuales para proporcionar asistencia directa a las periodistas en apuros.

El Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF brinda a las mujeres periodistas:

  • Pequeñas subvenciones para atención psicológica y médica relacionadas a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista;
  • Tres meses de asistencia para reubicación temporal en casos de crisis o amenazas;
  • Ayuda legal para contrarrestar amenazas de encarcelamiento o censura;
  • Asistencia no financiera en forma de información sobre el acceso a recursos adicionales.

Para solicitar al Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, los candidatos deben cumplir con los siguientes requerimientos:

  • Ser una periodista empleada por un medio o ser una periodista independiente que trabaje en cualquier medio, cuya profesión principal es el periodismo;
  • Trabajar como periodista en tiempo completo durante los últimos seis meses;
  • Solicitar asistencia directamente relacionada a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista; 

Para solicitar asistencia del Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, la postulante debe completar este cuestionario preliminar. Un miembro de la IWMF responderá a su solicitud de manera oportuna para solicitar información adicional. Es importante comprender que comprender qué tomará tiempo para procesar su solicitud y que priorizaremos solicitudes más urgentes. Las solicitudes que no cumplan con los criterios anteriores no serán consideradas.

Si tiene algún problema de accesibilidad en el proceso de solicitud, póngase en contacto con

PLEASE NOTE: All applications received on July 1, 2023, or later, will receive a response in September. We review applications on a monthly basis, and we will not be having an August selection cycle. Please plan accordingly if you are submitting a timely proposal. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. 

The Fund for Women Journalists accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applications may take up to 6 weeks to process.

The Fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues 
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives 
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers 
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities 
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so


  • The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is open to women and nonbinary journalists of any nationality. 
  • Journalism must be the applicant's primary profession. 
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets. 
  • We accept applications from teams of journalists; however, the application must be led and submitted by a woman or nonbinary journalist, and the team must include at least 50% women.
  • Due to staff capacity, applications are only accepted in English (preferred) or Spanish, but reporting may be published in any language. 
  • Please note that the IWMF is unable to work with news outlets (such as the BBC) that do not honor the program's crediting requirements.

Note: The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all women, nonbinary and gender nonconforming journalists.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot answer questions by phone or provide applicants with individual feedback. Please review the information on our website before beginning your application.

If you have any further questions or are experiencing any accessibility/connectivity issues with the application process, please email associate program manager, Taylor Moore, at

The International Women's Media Foundation is committed to helping journalists report more safely in an increasingly declining climate for press freedom, with threats to American reporters proliferating both online and offline. The four-day Hostile Environments and First Aid Training is designed for U.S.-based women, trans, nonbinary and  gender non-conforming journalists, and is tailored to the risks that they are facing. Our training philosophy is centered around holistic and identity-informed safety, which considers digital safety and mental health critical components of overall safety and acknowledges how an individual's identity informs their risk profile.  

The IWMF will offer a HEFAT in Montross, Virginia from September 18 to 22*.  We will select 16 journalists to participate in this training, prioritizing reporters based on the East Coast who have not received prior security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds. Please note we will accept applications from journalists based around the United States. The IWMF will arrange and cover travel and lodging for all participants. To learn more about our HEFAT courses, please visit our website here.  

*Participants will be expected to arrive on September 18th, and depart on September 22nd after 3:00 pm. The IWMF will coordinate travel and ground transportation for all participants. 

We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but please note the deadline to apply is June 18, 2023.

If you are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please contact

The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking a full-time program coordinator to support a wide range of initiatives as a member of the programs team. The team is responsible for implementing the organization’s portfolio of safety, opportunity, recognition, and equity initiatives that advance the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women and gender diverse journalists. A full list of IWMF programs is available on our website.

The ideal candidate is passionate about protecting, supporting, and promoting women and nonbinary journalists. They advocate for a greater diversity of voices in the news industry. A successful candidate will have a proven ability to meet deadlines and the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities. This position requires someone who is detail-oriented, committed to continual improvement and driven to perform at the highest level.

Who We Are
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities, and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women and gender diverse journalists. Our mission is to ensure more opportunities, bylines, and recognition of women and nonbinary journalists and create a greater diversity of voices in journalism.

What You’ll Do
Reporting to the director of programs, the program coordinator will be responsible for the supporting the IWMF’s international programming and emergency assistance. Additionally, they will work to enhance the IWMF’s outreach efforts with the journalism community, help organize public forums on behalf of the IWMF including programs-related events and participate in conferences. A description of responsibilities follows.

Supporting all aspects of the IWMF’s programming and emergency assistance:

  • Provide administrative support, scheduling, and organizing meetings, events, and logistics.
  • Coordinate application and selection processes, communicating with selection committees, and serving as a point of contact for fellows, grantees, and applicants.
  • Engage with fellows, grantees and the IWMF network to grow the organization’s reach and impact.
  • Work collaboratively with the programs team to systematize application processes, develop application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants.
  • Monitor grantee reports, project timelines and assist the program manager in preparing grant reports.
  • Gather and organize program related data and assist in monitoring and evaluation of programs.
  • Assist in the development of budgets, payment requests and tracking expenses.
  • Liaise with the communications staff around application opening and closing and ensuring that content for the IWMF’s programs and emergency assistance is up to date on the website.
  • Support IWMF programs as needed. 
  • Represent the IWMF at conferences. This includes supporting in-person events and meetings in Washington, D.C. 

Who You Are
Experience: One to three years of work experience in program coordination or project management, journalism, grantmaking, or international affairs/development. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. and you are based in the Washington, D.C. region. 

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g., media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)

Skills: Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship-building skills, to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities including journalists, grantees, reporting fellows, board members, volunteers, peers, donors, and consultants. In addition:

  • Self-starter with superb organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.
  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in program and/or people management.
  • Passion for IWMF’s mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others, and a sense of humor required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • High level of discretion and sensitivity in working with journalists in crisis.
  • Familiarity with Asana, Canva, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Submittable, WordPress and Zoom desired.
  • Familiarity with data visualization is a plus. 

What Else You Should Know
The salary for this position is $55,000.

The IWMF is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based upon race, color, sex, age, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or any other status protected by applicable law. The IWMF values a diverse workplace and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. We regret that we can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

IWMF headquarters are in Washington, D.C.. Although IWMF staff work remotely, this position is based in Washington, D.C. Travel to other locations will be required.

The IWMF offers a generous benefits package, including individual health insurance (80% paid by the IWMF), dental coverage, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, the opportunity to establish an FSA and paid holidays as well as paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In addition, we offer a 401k contribution up to 5%, with employer match up to 4%. Other benefits include two weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of sick leave and three personal days within the first year of employment.

How to Apply - Please submit your cover letter, resume and three references via our online application system, Submittable, by June 19,2023. References will not be called without prior notification. Applications will be reviewed on ongoing basis.

If you are experiencing any accessibility/connectivity issues with the application process, please contact