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. Each of the four-day Hostile Environments and First Aid Training, is designed for U.S.-based women, non-binary 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.
In 2022, the IWMF will offer a series of HEFATS around the U.S. for journalists. We will select 16 journalists to participate in each training, prioritizing reporters who have not received prior security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds. The IWMF will arrange and cover travel and lodging for all participants. To learn more about our HEFAT courses, please visit our website here.
We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but please note the following deadlines apply:
For June 12-17* in Chicago, Illinois, the deadline to apply is April 24, 2022 (June 12 and 17 are travel days)
For September 11-16* in Los Angeles, California, the deadline to apply is July 11, 2022 (September 11 and 16 are travel days)
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.
This is an application for the United States Journalism Emergency Fund, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies. To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:
- Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
- Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.
Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.
To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received.
If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. Please note that applications submitted after June 30, 2022, will receive a response in September 2022.
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.
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, please email program manager, Claudia Gonzalez, at email@example.com.
As the United States faces the likely overturn of Roe v. Wade and subsequent restriction of reproductive rights across the country, the IWMF is mobilizing to support nuanced, diverse reporting on the consequences of this decision. This fund supports reporting on reproductive rights across the U.S., including abortion and contraception access, maternal health, health policy, and abortion bans. Bringing attention to these issues is critical and the IWMF is providing funding to support and encourage quality reporting on these topics in the United States.
Grants will vary depending on the need, scope, and location of the project, but the average grant size will be $5,000. Grant funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, and other reporting expenses. Applications will be accepted through the IWMF’s Submittable page and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Priority will be given to reporting projects based in states that would be most affected by the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
- Applicants may be freelance or staff journalists and may apply individually or as part of a team:
- If applying as an individual, the opportunity is open to women and nonbinary journalists.
- Teams of journalists with at least 50% women and nonbinary journalists are also eligible to apply.
- 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. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
- Applicants must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
- Applicants may apply in English or Spanish, but English is strongly preferred. The published work can be in any language.
- Applicants must be based or currently in the United States.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.