Newsletter No 15 24 January 2006
Call for Nominations for IWMF Awards

The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking nominations from around the world for its 2006 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.  

The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women working in the news media who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as government oppression, political pressure, physical danger or other intimidating obstacles. This award carries a cash prize of US$5,000 and a crystal sculpture which symbolizes freedom and courage.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist who has a pioneering spirit and whose determination has paved the way for future generations of women in the media.  Recipients also demonstrate a strong commitment to freedom of the press and a solid record of accomplishments in journalism.  The winner receives a crystal sculpture.

The IWMF will announce winners in May 2006 and will present them at ceremonies in October/November 2006 in New York City and Los Angeles.

Eligible candidates for both awards can be full-time, part-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media working in any country. Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Award can be retired journalists. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Founded in 1990, the IWMF is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to strengthen the role of women in the news media worldwide and help protect freedom of the press.

Deadline: 15 March 2006

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