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IWMF E-Wire: October 21, 2010
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October 21, 2010
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International Women’s Media Foundation Announces Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier
Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation is calling for applications for its Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier grant program, a new initiative designed to diversify the emerging digital news media landscape by expanding the voice and role of women entrepreneurs. Three awardees will receive $20,000 grants to launch their projects, as well as pro-bono coaching and technical assistance to support their work.
Limited access to credit and training, coupled with cultural stereotypes and outdated perceptions, threaten women’s full participation as entrepreneurs in the digital news media. Men receive 95 percent of venture capital funds and almost 75 percent of training in starting a business. The IWMF’s grant initiative tackles this disparity head on by combating the twin obstacles of access to financing and access to skills development.
“This unique initiative will provide much needed access and support, amplifying the voices and impact of women media entrepreneurs,” said IWMF Advisory Committee Chairman Merrill Brown. “The full participation of women in the global digital news frontier is crucial to assuring equal access to new important news outlets. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with women around the world in groundbreaking journalistic and technological innovation.”
The grant application is open to U.S.-based women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. A successful applicant will be dedicated to a media career, and will clearly demonstrate how her project furthers the role of women in digital news media. In addition, she will provide a business plan that demonstrates project sustainability, including tangible benchmarks to measure success.
Applications are being accepted until November 30, 2010. The three grant winners will be notified February 15, 2011. Winners will be selected by an Advisory Committee comprised of members of the IWMF Board of Directors and leaders from the news media, digital media and business management consulting sector.
The project is generously funded by the Ford Foundation.
The International Women’s Media Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The IWMF was launched in 1990 with a mission of strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press. The IWMF uses four strategies in its work: building a vibrant network of women in the news media; cultivating effective leaders by offering innovative training to women journalists; pioneering change by engaging journalists in reporting on global issues, thereby creating opportunities for women in the news media; and honoring the courage of women journalists worldwide.