Deadline: 2 March 2012
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in new ways to deliver the news. Applicants can be full-time, part-time or freelance women news media professionals based in the U.S. In addition to seed funding, winners will receive pro-bono coaching, and will participate in a monthly call series featuring leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts.
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 her proposed enterprise advances women in the field of news media. She will outline tangible benchmarks for her success as a digital news media entrepreneur.
Funding is available for start-ups only. Personal blogs and documentary projects will not be considered.
Applications are due by Friday, March 2, 2012. Late applications will not be considered.
Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital Media Frontier: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the purpose of the grant?
The Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant program is designed to diversify the emerging digital news media landscape by expanding the voice and role of women entrepreneurs. In addition to seed funding, grantees will receive pro-bono coaching, and will participate in a monthly call series featuring leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts.
2. What is the award amount, and how is it funded?
The IWMF will award three $20,000 grants to women journalists who aspire to be digital news media entrepreneurs. This initiative is made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation.
3. What are the application criteria?
Applicants must be U.S.-based women journalists (full-time, part-time or freelance women news media professionals are eligible).
Applicants must propose a new digital news media enterprise that has not yet launched - and that will not launch before the IWMF announces the winners in April, 2012 - that uses digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news.
Applicants must include a business plan summary that demonstrates sustainability after initial funding has ended.
Applicants must demonstrate how their project advances women in the field of news media.
Personal blogs and documentary projects will not be considered.
4. What is the application and selection timeline?
Applications will be accepted from January 31 - March 2, 2012 (deadline is midnight EST). Late applications will not be accepted. Winners will be notified in April 2012.
More information here.
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