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Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and the diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first ever 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 was developed in the spirit of Howard Buffett’s support for 2005 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award Winner Anja Niedringhaus. “I was greatly saddened when Anja was killed this year in Afghanistan,” Howard Buffett said. “I had the pleasure of meeting Anja when I was able to support her Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. In that spirit, this Fund will give outstanding women journalists the ability to turn their reporting ambitions into reality.” The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has been a long time champion of women journalists. “Through annual grants, we are excited by this unprecedented chance to provide significant support to hundreds of deserving women reporters over the next decade,” IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz said. “The Fund allows us to amplify their voices in the field, and to pursue opportunities which will set them up for success and leadership roles in their newsrooms.” The creation of the Fund comes at a time when journalists increasingly struggle to secure limited resources for their important work. Women journalists in particular face an acute lack of funding opportunities. The IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total. There will be up to four rounds of funding every year for ten years. For application guidelines and upcoming application deadlines, visit

Open: Call For Applications | Reporting Trip to CAR

The International Women’s Media Foundation is pleased to announce its first reporting trip to the Central African Republic. Six women journalists will have the opportunity to travel with the IWMF to report on themes of civil society, governance and humanitarian issues from November 2 – 17, 2015. The online application for this fellowship will be open through August 12, 2015. SUBMIT AN APPLICATION The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative was created in 2014, building on the success of earlier IWMF reporting trips to the Western Sahara and DRC. The IWMF designed this reporting fellowship program to support journalists interested in pursuing stories in under-reported countries that go beyond the well-established narrative of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. To date, 44 IWMF reporting fellows have covered a wide range of topics including issues of empowerment, democracy, food security, and conservation efforts. Their work has been produced and published by leading media outlets around the world. Over the next four years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. By 2019, more than 250 reporters will have together reshaped traditional media narratives about this complicated region full of unacknowledged promise. The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative is funded by a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. For more information about this reporting trip to the Central African Republic, please review the trip details and eligibility requirements. There is additional information about the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative online at ONLINE APPLICATION:  The IWMF will accept online applications from July 15 – August 12, 2015. REPORTING TRIP DATES:  November 2 – 17, 2015 ABOUT THE REPORTING TRIP TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:  Fellows will begin their trip with three days of comprehensive security training alongside local Central African journalists. Fellows will then complete 10 days of in-country reporting, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, meet with sources and visit sites relevant to their reporting. TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND EXPENSES:  The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related expenses within the framework of the reporting trip including, visas, travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. ELIGIBILTY:  Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. Applicants must have experience reporting from hostile environments. All nationalities are welcome to apply, but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. Applicants proficient in French will be given priority due to the lack of availability of English speaking fixers and interpreters. Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

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