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WAN-IFRA Women in News Individual Grant 2021

The WAN-IFRA Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative was launched in 2020 to facilitate social impact reporting; bringing the stories of marginalised and vulnerable communities to the mainstream, and helping to bring mainstream media to these underserved audiences.

Now in its second year running, the initiative provides small cash activities-based grants (for media organisations and industry associations) and sponsorship for reporting assignments (for individual journalists) that focus on social impact.

Members of the WIN community, as well as select community and local media operating in print, digital and radio are invited to apply. Industry associations may also apply.

At this time only applications from Sub-Saharan Africa countries in which WIN is active will be considered including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

About WAN-IFRA Women in News

WAN-IFRA Women in News partners with media organisations and individuals to close the gender gap in the news media. We do so in the belief that balanced newsrooms, boardrooms and content are key to building resilient news organisations. Our programmes empower people and organisations to work together in support of a healthier, lasting and inclusive news industry. Our vision is a media industry in which women and men are equal. Equal in the way they are portrayed in news content and equal in their professional roles and treatment in the newsroom within stable media organisations. We aim&n... read more


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Individual Grant

Application Deadline31 Jul 2021
TypeEntrepreneurs
SponsorWAN-IFRA Women in News
GenderMen and Women

Requirements for Individual Grant Qualification

Which individuals can apply?
Sponsorship for reporting assignments through the Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative is available for individuals who are currently enrolled in, or are alumni of, any Women in News programme dating back to 2010.

While we will assess each application individually on its merits, you may apply as an ‘individual’ if any of the below conditions apply:

– You are not currently receiving a salary from a media organisation
– You have been made to take unpaid leave for an extended period
– You have been made to take a salary cut of 50% or more for an extended period
– You are a correspondent who has seen a work contract cancelled or reduced due to COVID-19

You may not apply if you are currently employed on a full-time basis, or have a full-time reporting contract in place.

How much can I apply for?
Journalists may apply for grants for assignments up to EUR2,000. The amount requested by an individual should reflect the scope and length of the proposed assignment.

What type of assignment can I propose as the reporting assignment?
You can propose any type of story, or series of stories, reports, or features, in any format: (e.g. print, podcast, video etc.). The number of planned stories or segments should be proportionate to the amount requested.

Thematically, SIRI assignments may cover a broad range of subjects, loosely categorized under the following themes:
– Gender equality & Gender Specific
– Poverty & Social Welfare
– Public Interest & Investigative
– Health & Safety

Assignments should reflect social, economic, political or health-related issues through a gendered-lens. General interest stories with an emphasis on segments of the population that are considered vulnerable or under-represented are also encouraged. This may be defined by gender, age, geography, racial or sexual identity, as well as economic status. Click here for more on Sida’s multi-dimensional view of poverty. Public interest and investigative stories are also accepted.

Application Deadline

July 31, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to WAN-IFRA Women in News on womeninnews.org to apply

For more details, visit Women in News website.

Application Deadlines:

  • 31st March 2021
  • 31st May 2021
  • 31st July 2021. 
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