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Reporting Women in the Middle East and North Africa

Updated: Wed, 10 Feb 2016

About the ProgrammeBack to top

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Deadline for applications: CLOSED

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is launching a new programme in the Middle East and North Africa, working with journalists and photojournalists to produce outstanding media coverage of women's stories.

Why? According to the Global Media Monitoring Project, in the Middle East and North Africa women are underrepresented in the media and news coverage frequently reinforces gender stereotypes.

Furthermore, across the region there are many women's stories that must be told in more depth and for a wider audience - from entrepreneurial women who are challenging misconceptions, to women facing up to severe human rights abuses.

Accurate, high quality news coverage of women's stories, and issues that predominantly affect women, can change the way societies treat women, can affect whether their rights are upheld, and can contribute to a change in how news outlets approach such stories.

This programme has two schemes, targeted at:

  • Journalists working in any medium.
  • Photojournalists producing still photography for mainstream media

Within each scheme there will be an intensive workshop in Amman, Jordan in June/July 2016 (dates TBC) followed by editorial guidance and mentoring support to assist with the production of content and photo stories. All participants will be asked to develop one or more story ideas during the programme.

EligibilityBack to top

  • Journalists or photojournalists working for domestic media in the Middle East and North Africa
  • You should be motivated to tell the stories of women in a way that goes against the norms of media coverage in the region.
  • We welcome applications from both women and men. We believe the coverage of issues affecting women should not be left to female reporters alone.
  • Journalists working in any medium may apply for the journalism scheme - print, radio, TV, online
  • Must be fluent in Arabic, have a minimum of one year's experience and working full-time for a media organisation (freelancers are eligible)

If you are a journalist who also takes photos for your stories, then you may apply to the photojournalism scheme. Your work samples should provide evidence of your previous photography work.

An individual may only take part in one scheme or the other, not both.

How to ApplyBack to top

You can apply using the application form below. You will be asked to upload:

  • 2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories

Therefore please have these files ready. You may also provide links to your work samples if this is easier. 

Please note you will be asked to submit a story idea within your application. If you are selected, you can refine or change your story idea during the programme.

To apply for the programme: BOTH PROGRAMMES ARE NOW CLOSED

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