Courage in Journalism Awards for Journalists Worldwide 2013

The International Women’s Media Foundation is now accepting nominations for courageous journalists for the 2013 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Each year, the Courage in Journalism Awards honour three women journalists who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as government oppression, threats to personal safety and other intimidating obstacles. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist who has a pioneering spirit and whose determination has paved the way for women in the news media.


Candidates must currently be full-time, part-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country.

Competitive candidates will exhibit extraordinary strength of character, bravery and perseverance in reporting the news; have a strong commitment to press freedom and be well-respected journalists who have shown a commitment to journalism 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 employed by organizations whose main objective is not journalism will not be considered for this award.

How to Apply

It is important to note that self-nominations are not accepted.

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.

You should also include examples of the candidates work

– 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;

*Additional materials will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

• Nominations may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Russian

Deadline: The completed nomination must be submitted on or before March 1, 2013.

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