International Women’s Media Foundation
Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent United States women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is a Washington-based organisation that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. 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.
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 US$4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.
The IWMF will be accepting applications for the second round of 2016 funding beginning in June.
An applicant must be a woman journalist. If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.
About the Fund
The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is an incredible resource for talented reporters and will make a real difference in the field of journalism. Beginning in 2015 and continuing for the next ten years, the IWMF will make an annual total of US$230 000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavours. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total. The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world 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 critical skills training and leadership opportunities; and
- Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so.
A voting committee comprised of distinguished IWMF Board Members, Courage in Journalism Awardees, and IWMF supporters will select grantees. Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 8 weeks after the deadline for each funding round*. IWMF will work with individual grants recipients to determine a disbursement of funds timeline that best suits the project.
For more information, refer to www.iwmf.org/programs/howard-g-buffett-fund-for-women-journalists.
For more about the International Women’s Media Foundation, refer to www.iwmf.org.