International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award 2018

International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award 2018

Deadline: March 16, 2018

Nominations are welcome for the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award 2018. The IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Award honors women journalists for their extraordinary bravery and shows people that female journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. In facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.

Competitive candidates will have a strong commitment to press freedom and be well-respected journalists whose dedication to journalism is exemplified by a willingness to continually put their life or their freedom at risk to produce a body of work in the face of government oppression, political pressure, physical danger or other intimidating obstacles.


  • Candidates must be full-time staff or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers, or producers working in any country and of any nationality;
  • Self-nominations are not accepted;
  • Although preferred languages for submissions are English, French, Russian and Spanish, submissions in any language will be considered.

Nomination Guidelines

Before you start the nomination process, please make sure you have assembled the following documents:

  • Description of the conditions under which the candidate works;
  • Description of specific instances where the candidate has faced danger because of her work, such as government oppression, torture, threats to family, defamation or imprisonment;
  • Nomination statement describing why this journalist merits consideration for the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Award. The nomination statement is a very important part of the selection process. Please explain in detail how your candidate meets the qualifications using specific examples to illustrate the candidate’s courage and determination in support of press freedom. Nominators are encouraged to read short biographies of previous award winners.
  • Examples of the candidates work (additional materials will be requested on a case-by-case basis):
    • For print journalists (including online media): 2-3 articles written by the candidate;
    • For editors or publishers: 2-3 examples of overall work;
    • For TV or radio reporters or producers: audio or video clip which features the candidate or is produced by the candidate (audio tapes can be uploaded electronically or submitted by mail on cassettes, CDs or by electronic audio file; video clips can be uploaded electronically or submitted by mail in DVD, BETA or NTSC format);
    • For photojournalists: 4-5 photographs taken by the candidate.


Apply in English, Spanish, French, or Russian.

For more information, visit IWMF Courage in Journalism Award.