IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships

IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships to South Sudan and Uganda 2018

The IWMF is now accepting applications for a Reporting Fellowships to Zanzibar, Tanzania to take place in August 2017. 

Application Deadline: 5th December 2017

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country): South Sudan and Uganda

About the Award: The IWMF’s March 2018 South Sudan and Uganda Reporting Fellowship is open to teams of two (2) women journalists. Both applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews. Individuals cannot apply for this reporting fellowship. The IWMF encourages team applications that include journalists from Africa.

The IWMF is pleased to announce a cross-border team reporting trip to South Sudan and Uganda in March 2018. The IWMF will select teams of women journalists to travel to Juba and Gulu for a cross-border reporting trip focused on regional migration.

This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. The work of the previous IWMF Great Lakes Fellows has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world. The IWMF will continue to lead reporting trips to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda through 2018.

ABOUT THE CROSS-BORDER REPORTING TRIP:

The trip will take place March 14 – March 31, 2018, which includes travel dates. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and an orientation about the Great Lakes Region and the reporting trip locations from March 15 to 18, 2018. Fellows will depart for ten days of in country reporting that will be split between Uganda and South Sudan. The group will have access to five days of in-country reporting (March 19 to 24) from the first country, followed by five days of in-country reporting in the second location (March 25 to 30). The IWMF will determine the order of the South Sudan and Uganda trips based on story plans of fellows selected. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting.

The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in both locations. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility:

  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Non-native English speakers must have professional written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Value of Fellowship: The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates. The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.

Duration of Fellowship: March 14 – March 31, 2018

How to Apply: Apply here

Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)

Important Notes: Please note that the feasibility of day trips outside Zanzibar will be assessed by IWMF staff and trip leaders on a case-by-case basis.

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