The Network of Women in Media, India, has instituted a fellowship for women journalists. The Network seeks to support promising women journalists working in challenging situations, remote areas or conflict zones, often without regular pay or proper equipment. Young women from Adivasi, Dalit and minority communities face immense hardships in trying to be journalists. Many new entrants to the profession do not have access to professional training or mentoring, and several such struggling journalists are even denied the bylines that could help build up their body of work. Yet, we know they represent a pool of immense talent and commitment to journalism that could bloom, given a little encouragement.
The NWMI Fellowship seeks to support such deserving women journalists as an act of professional solidarity. The fellowship amount is raised through voluntary contributions from members of the NWMI.
The fellowship consists of
- a modest monthly stipend for one year
- refurbished equipment such as laptop, camera, smart phone, voice recorder
- contacts with media houses and editors
- mentorship to help pitch ideas, present and edit stories
- skill sharing
Women journalists, residents of India, from Adivasi, Dalit, minorities, or other disadvantaged groups, working in any Indian language, in any medium – print, television, radio, online – as well as photojournalists are eligible to apply.
Applicants must write to email@example.com with their CV, sample(s) of their journalistic work (preferably published) along with a covering letter. While the work samples can be in any Indian language, the covering letter must be in English.
Applications will be screened by a NWMI selection committee and shortlisted candidates will be requested to have a conversation with one or more committee members in person, over Skype or on the phone.
The 2017 fellowship has already been awarded. The next round will be announced in due course.