IMWF: Profile on Arwa Damon, 2014 Courage in Journalism Award

She has traveled across the Arab world for over a decade, reporting extensively on the on-going conflicts in some of the most war-ravaged zones, and in 2012 covered the civil war in Syria.

Regardless of the constant shelling and sniper fire during her last trip to Homs, Arwa Damon’s persistence, strength, and focus on bringing forth what needs to be known in order to help document history, has her standing tall amidst the rubble.

Arwa Damon, 36, is CNN’s Emmy-award winning Senior International Correspondent, living and working out of Beirut and covering stories from some of the most precarious, yet captivating places on Earth that have few or no laws protecting press freedom and widespread intimidation of journalists.

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IWMF: Profile on Solange Lusiku Nsimire, 2014 Courage In Journalism Award

“My determination comes from Congolese women.”

Journalism is a risky profession and promoting the human rights of women isn’t easy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but Solange Lusiku Nsimire courageously holds on tightly to the threads of fair democracy in her efforts to make a difference and stand up for civil liberties.

The DRC is perhaps one of the most volatile regions in Africa when it comes to defending human rights. According to research and reports from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those who dare to report and expose human rights atrocities, sexual violence, or rigged elections have been subjected to numerous threats and attacks; or become victims of false judicial proceedings, death threats, arbitrary arrest, including gender based violence and incommunicado detentions. Government officials and other powerful persons dissatisfied with press coverage frequently charge journalists with such offenses as criminal defamation, insulting the head of state or the government, or on trumped up charges of spreading false information, rather than pursue civil remedies against them. This practice tends to restrict legitimate freedom of expression and freedom of the press, as it intimidates journalists and discourages open and honest criticism of government policy and the conduct of officials.

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IWMF: Profile on Alexandra Trower, 2014 Leadership Honoree

In recent years, the global community has seen an increasing focus on strong, steadfast female leadership. With women at the helm of major organizations and companies, it is an essential step in helping bring a balanced focus to the importance of women’s leadership in the ever-expanding corporate world. One such trailblazer who excels in defining the progressing role of women in business, while demonstrating outstanding commitments to responsible and innovative leadership is Alexandra C. Trower.

As the current Vice Chairman of the IWMF’s Board of Directors, Trower will be honored on October 22, 2014 with the 2nd annual International Women’s Media Foundation Corporate Leadership Award—a prestigious honor first presented in 2013 to Anne Finucane from Bank of America.

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IWMF: Call for Applications

The International Women’s Media Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship.

The fellowship is designed for a woman journalist from anywhere in the world whose work in print, broadcast, or digital media has focused on human rights and social justice reporting. This seven month-long program will take her to Boston and New York to study at MIT’s Center for International Studies and work for U.S. media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Now in its 10th year, the fellowship was named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and The Boston Globe correspondent Elizabeth Neuffer, who was killed in Iraq in May 2003. Created with Elizabeth Neuffer’s family and friends, the program aims to perpetuate her memory and advance her life mission of promoting international understanding of human rights and social justice while creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills.

What is the fellowship? Who are we looking for? Why should you apply? How do you apply?

For more information, check out the IWMF’s Call for Applications. Be sure to share the call with fellow journalists via Twitter or Facebook.

IWMF: Interview with FOX59’s Aishah Hasnie

Aishah Hasnie

Aishah Hasnie, anchor and reporter of FOX59 Indianapolis talks about her passions, experiences and challenges as a journalist, commenting on the similarities and differences in news reporting in the West and the East. Interning at the age of 18 with major network affiliates in Illinois and Indiana, Hasnie interned for GEO-TV in Pakistan where she experienced gender inequality and discovered that most reporters and producers were motivated by the new found freedom of press in Pakistan and had little or no formal journalism education, or a set of journalism standards as a benchmark. Prior to working at FOX59, Hasnie put to use her skills as an investigative reporter with WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana which led to changes in the Indiana legislature’s “voyeurism” law.

Aishah Hasnie is an intrepid young reporter garnering a lot of attention in the news field and making a distinct mark on the future of journalism. Recognized by the Indiana Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists for an investigative story that eventually changed Indiana State laws, Hasnie is an anchor and reporter at one of the leading Indianapolis news stations in the state.

The 29 year-old Bedford, Indiana inhabitant received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Indiana University in 2006 but it wasn’t always simple for the former biology major as she soon realized after a few classes that science wasn’t the right vocation for her, and that her true calling existed within the art of writing.

“I always say journalism found me,” she smiles. “Among the fiction writing and history classes was an Introduction to Journalism course—I really liked it, but I still didn’t think this would be my dream job.”

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IWMF: Interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan

Kate BolduanShe proved her staying power and candor covering activities as a congressional correspondent of the U.S House and Senate for CNN and just this past summer became the youngest morning show host in U.S. television history. As of late, the journalistic integrity and strength behind her amiable demeanor is getting quite the attention as the fresh faced co-host alongside Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira of New Day on CNN.

While many are unwinding after work with the family or heading out with friends, Kate Bolduan is gearing up for the next day by heading to bed because her day starts extremely early. “The alarm goes off at 2:30 a.m,” she says promptly. “That leaves just enough time for several cups of coffee, several newspapers and preparation for the morning’s segments—6 a.m., lights, camera, action!”

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