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IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award for Women Journalists 2018


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The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award honors women journalists for their extraordinary bravery. In facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. The IWMF also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. Lifetime Achievement Award winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference.


  • Candidates must currently be full-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country;
  • Retired candidates are accepted but self-nominations are not accepted;
  • Preferred languages for submissions are English, French, Russian and Spanish. Submissions in any language will be considered.

Application process:

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

  • Description of how the nominee has been a pioneer in the field of journalism;
  • Description of how the nominee’s actions have opened doors for women journalists;
  • Description of how the nominee has demonstrated a commitment to press freedom;
  • Nomination statement describing why this journalist merits consideration for the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Please explain in detail how this candidate meets these qualifications using specific examples to illustrate the candidate’s positive impact on women journalists and her dedication to journalism. Your nomination statement is a very important part of this process. 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.



Application Process