The IWMF is thrilled to launch the third year of the Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program. This program is designed to address the lack of diversity in leadership positions across newsrooms in the United States. The benefits of mentorship have been well documented, leaders who look back and help lift others up the ladder of success are sorely needed. During the nine-month program, US based fellows will be paired with mentors and have the opportunity to learn from media experts on a wide range of topics. This will be a valuable professional development opportunity for women and non-binary journalists from underrepresented backgrounds, laying the groundwork for their success and future leadership in the news industry.

The application will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on November 15

About the IWMF:

The IWMF is a non-profit media development organization advancing gender equity in the news media. We work to unleash the power of women journalists to transform the global news media. Our fellows and grantees become experts in reporting in underserved regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light. We are the only organization that provides safety training, byline opportunities, and emergency support tailored to women journalists and photographers around the world.

Position Summary:

The IWMF seeks a Program Coordinator to support a new multi-year news initiative focused on addressing violence against Native American women and girls in the United States. The program is a 4-year, $10M news initiative fully funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) in partnership with the IWMF to bring awareness to Native American women and girls who have been trafficked, gone missing, been murdered, or are otherwise exploited.

The Program Coordinator will support the initiative’s Director in building of a media ecosystem to enhance reporting on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) by employing a variety of strategies including: supporting journalists, with a focus on Native journalists, through newsroom partnerships and individual fellowships; making investigative grants and supporting team reporting projects; building resources for journalists to better report on the issue; and supporting the communities impacted by this crisis to transform how they engage with the news media. Reporting produced by this initiative will contribute to a fuller understanding of the scope of the crisis; tell the stories of missing, murdered, and exploited women with dignity and respect; and proactively identify solutions to better address gender-based violence affecting Indigenous women and girls.

The Program Coordinator will report to the Director of the initiative.

Primary responsibilities:

· Support implementation of the IWMF’s initiative addressing MMIWG in the U.S:

o Contribute to annual work plans

o Coordinate meetings with the Advisory Committee

o Support monitoring the program budget and all reporting requirements to the funder.

· Support grantmaking and major media partnerships:

o Assist in grantmaking selection processes

o Support implementation of media partnerships including grants for investigations, videos, and podcasts.

o Support events planning and community engagement activities tied to media partnerships.

· Support training and newsroom fellowship programs:

o Ensuring that Indigenous voices are at the center of IWMF supported narratives on MMIWG, support Director in implementing programming to provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists with the training, resources, and ongoing support to conduct comprehensive, sustained investigative reporting on the issue.

· Perform other duties as assigned as appropriate to the needs of the IWMF and its operation.


One to three years relevant work experience. Knowledge of Indigenous issues, and MMIWG required. Knowledge of journalism and U.S. news industry, experience working with tribal media and Indian Country strongly preferred. Previous grantmaking experience and/or data management experience a plus. Must be eligible to work in the United States. Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills and Values:

  • Excellent problem solving and organizational development skills.
  • Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Journalism and U.S. news industry, Experience working with contacts in media, advocacy, government, academic and other sectors in diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Solutions oriented approach a must.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Passion for IWMF’s mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others, and a sense of humor required.


Bachelor’s degree.

Employment type:

Full-time. IWMF headquarters are in Washington, DC, but the location of this position is flexible. IWMF staff currently work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel to Washington, DC, and other locations will be required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation commensurate with experience. The IWMF offers a generous benefits package that includes health care coverage, disability insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, paid vacation and personal days, flexible schedule options, as well as opportunities for advancement and travel.

Application process:

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three references via our online application system, Submittable, by November 5, 2021. References will not be called without prior notification.

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

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-identifying 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.

Please note that due to the holidays, we will not have a December selection cycle for the Fund for Women Journalists. Applications submitted after November 3, 2021, will be reviewed when staff return to the office in January 2022.

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. Starting January 2020, the Fund for Women Journalists will accept 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 non-binary journalists of any nationality. 
  • Journalism must be the applicant's primary profession. 
  • Applicants must have 3+ years of professional journalism experience. 
  • We accept applications from teams of journalists; however, the application must be led and submitted by a woman or non-binary 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, non-binary and gender non-conforming 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

La Fundación Internacional para las Mujeres en los Medios (IWMF, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Women’s Equality Center se complacen en proporcionar becas para apoyar la producción de reportajes centrados en la salud reproductiva, los derechos reproductivos y la justicia en El Salvador. Algunos ejemplos de temas relevantes incluyen el acceso al aborto y la anticoncepción, la política de salud reproductiva, el estigma, la migración como resultado de la prohibición del aborto y más. Este financiamiento apoya la presentación de historias no contadas en torno a problemas que afectan la vida cotidiana de mujeres y niñas en El Salvador. Esta oportunidad está abierta a todas las periodistas mujeres y no binarias en El Salvador. 

Las becas serán entre $1000 y $4000 USD, pero la financiación variará según la necesidad, el alcance y la ubicación del proyecto. Estos fondos se pueden utilizar para cubrir viajes y logística, costos de seguridad y otros gastos profesionales. Todos los reportajes y publicaciones deben completarse antes del 31 de enero 2022.

Criterios de elegibilidad

Las becas están abiertas a individuos y equipos. Se deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Periodistas que se identifican como mujeres o personas no binarias
  • Periodismo debe ser su profesión principal
  • Deben tener al menos tres años de experiencia profesional trabajando en medios (no incluyendo las pasantías)
  • Deben tener una carta de apoyo o de interés de un/a editor/a del medio donde planean publicar el reportaje (preferido) o deben mostrar una trayectoria de publicar reportajes en ese medio

La IWMF está aceptando solicitudes a través de Submittable hasta el domingo, 31 de octubre a las 11:59 pm EDT (hora de Washington, DC).