The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) will award three
$20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use
digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. In addition to
seed funding, the program provides coaching from leading entrepreneurs
and digital news media experts.
Limited access to capital and training threaten women’s full
participation as entrepreneurs in the digital news media. The Women
Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant program is aiming to
diversify the digital news media landscape by expanding the voice and
role of women entrepreneurs. Successful examples of the program
include Latitude News, a news website that emphasizes the local aspect
of global news, founded by 2011 grantee Maria Balinska, and Symbolia,
a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism, to be launched on
December 3rd by 2012 grant winner Erin Polgreen.
A successful applicant will pitch an innovative digital news media
enterprise with a well conceived plan for sustainability after initial
funding has ended. She will clearly demonstrate how the enterprise
delivers news in new ways, and she will outline tangible benchmarks
for her success as a digital news media entrepreneur.
Applicants can be full-time, part-time or freelance women news media
professionals based in the U.S. Funding is available for startups
only. Personal blogs and one-time documentary projects will not be
To apply, visit iwmf.org/2013grant to start the online application process.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 25, 2013. Late
applications will not be considered. Grant winners will be selected by
an advisory committee comprised of digital news media experts and
entrepreneurs. They will be announced in March 2013.
For more information about this program, go to iwmf.org/entrepreneurs,
follow #IWMFentrepreneur (@IWMF) on Twitter.
The Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant program is
made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation.
Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the
International Women's Media Foundation is a Washington-based
organization that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women
journalists worldwide. The IWMF empowers women with the tools,
knowledge, and confidence to serve as a prominent voice on global
issues. The IWMF’s programs provide training, support, and advancement
for women journalists worldwide. At the core of the IWMF’s mission is
the belief that no press is truly free unless women have an equal