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Offer: Call for Applications: 2013 Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier Grant Program

Call for Applications: 2013 Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier Grant Program

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 considered.

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, contact Nadine Hoffman (202-496-1992, newmediagrants@iwmf.org) and 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 voice.

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