Nominate Women for Courage in Journalism Award

Deadline: 1 March 2013
Open to:  full-time, part-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country.
Award: admission to the prestigious cadre of high-quality journalists listed HERE.


The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is inviting nominations for 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards.

Each year, the International Women’s Media Foundation honors that courage and promotes the importance of a free press with its Courage in Journalism Awards, the only international awards that recognize the bravery of women journalists. Created in 1990, the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards honor the courage of international women journalists who show extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under difficult and dangerous circumstances.

The Courage Awards highlight the importance of freedom of the press and the bravery required in many parts of the world to report the news. Recipients of the Courage in Journalism Awards risk their lives to report the news. Braving political pressure, war, violence and often threats to their families and themselves, they unearth corruption and human rights abuses and give voice to the victims of war and other atrocities. The Courage in Journalism Awards help to turn a spotlight on the work of brave, uncompromising journalists. They also help turn a harsh light on the countries and conflicts in which those journalists work. In calling attention to both the world’s conflicts and the women who cover them.


  • Candidates must currently be full-time, part-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country.
  • Candidates employed by organizations whose main objective is not journalism will not be considered for this award.


The completed Online Nomination process must be submitted on or before March 1, 2013. You may not nominate yourself. Materials may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Russian.

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

  1. Description of the conditions under which the candidate works;
  2. 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;
  3. 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 HERE.
  4. 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.

For questions, please contact, +1 (202) 496-1992 (phone), +1 (202) 496-1977 (fax).

See the official website HERE for more information.

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