Women in News Editorial Leadership Awards are now open! Nominations close 1 March 2017

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WAN-IFRA in partnership with Sida is pleased to announce the launch of nominations for the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. The award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom and under her leadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society. Two women in 2017 will be recognised as leaders, one being from sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Middle East and North Africa region.

Nominations are open now! Please download the nomination form at the bottom of this article.

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be awarded to two outstanding woman editors who are first amongst their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders. The Winners will possess a proven track record of success within her newsroom, have demonstrated uncompromising editorial integrity throughout her career, and have a strong commitment to the principles of press freedom and its power to promote democracy and good governance.

Inaugural recipient, Toyosi Ogunseye, the first female editor in the more than 40 year history of the Punch Newspaper, Nigeria, said “Winning the award has given me the platform to meet, speak to and network with African media leaders on the need to give equal opportunities to female journalists while also making newsrooms gender friendly for them to thrive”.

Eligible nominees in 2017 must:

  1. Be based in the sub-Saharan region of Africa or the Middle East and North African region.
  2. Hold a senior editorial role as of I January 2017.
  3. Work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines and digital-only).
  4. The media house can be any size from across the regions.

The 2017 recipients of the Women in News Leadership Award will be honoured during the WAN-IFRA News Media Congress in Durban, 7-9 June 2017. The Winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend theWorld News Media Congress 2017, the premier global annual meeting of the world’s press. Completed applications must be received no later than 1 March 2017.  You can nominate yourself, or be nominated by someone else. Please download the application form attached and email it to apply@womeninnews.org . We look forward to receiving nominations from across the continent! Women in News works to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It does so through targeted capacity building actions to develop media leaders, combined with a partnership-driven approach to advocacy that aims to sensitise and mobilise the industry on gender equality.  Women in News is a partnership with the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, Sida within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA.  www.womeninnews.org For more information contact: contact@womeninnews.org

Download Application forms here:


Sub-Saharan Africa Nomination Form_2017


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23 January 2017 for immediate release_AR

 MENA Nomination form_2017_Ar

MENA Nomination Form_2017 


News is “the first rough draft of history”, so women must have a voice in it: Q&A with Rand Dalgamouni

Organized by WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) programme, the second National Gathering for Jordanian WINners took place on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Amman.

Earlier, we spoke to Rand Dalgamouni from The Jordan Times, and one of the participants of  the WIN Programme in the MENA region about her experience being part of  the programme.

-How are you enjoying being a WINner?

Joining the Women in the News programme has helped me progress in my career and opened my eyes to new potentials in the media sector. I’ve also been very fortunate to meet fellow journalists in my country and around the region who have inspired me. 

-What are you doing differently now after going through the training?
I now pay more attention to the actions I take as a manager. I try to utilise the skills I gained through the training when undertaking any administrative tasks.
-Why do we need women in leadership positions in the newsroom?
Because news is “the first rough draft of history”, so women must have a voice in it. Having women journalists lead newsrooms will ensure more inclusiveness in coverage and will help widen the scope of published stories.

Go for high impact stories, Somali women in media told


A group of 12 smiling women pose for the photographer, clutching a white certificate in hand. The women are all journalists from Somalia and the smiles can be attributed to the fact that have just completed a leadership programme called ‘Women in News’ (WIN) and now have the paper to prove it too.

Behind them is a series of trainings and discussions aiming at empowering their professional journalistic skills and sharpen their leadership competencies. Ahead of them is the exciting task of finding their own individual ways to incorporate all the newfound knowledge into their media careers.

As highlighted by Louise Tunbridge, Programme Manager for IMS: “The certificates that you are receiving today are not the end of your training programme but rather the keys to the future of your careers,”

Louise Tunbridge also told participants not to be complacent. She said that there was a lot of work to do in implementing what they had learnt and convincing their bosses that they have got what it takes. She urged the women to continuously learn and yearn for more knowledge not just by going back to school but also by taking full advantage of what resources are available online. “Keep on building and growing yourselves. The more you know, the better journalists you become. You have received a lot of tools and motivation and you will need to sharpen those tools and master how to use them. But do not stop there, continue to gain knowledge and develop yourselves,” Tunbridge told the graduating class.

Over the course of the training participants were introduced to – among many things – marketing and finance, the need to be gender aware and the importance of mastering social media.

Indeed, with a nod to digital developments and changing media platforms lead trainer Paula Fray from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, (WAN-IFRA) told the women that “it is not enough to have more women in senior positions in media. Women also need to explore the potential of telling high impact stories to make a difference – And this means not just telling the same old stories in the same old way.

According to Paula Fray the conditions for practicing journalism in Somalia are very unique, but also share similarities with other parts of Africa. The day to day challenges of pay gaps and prejudices that women face in the media in Somalia are similar to those faced by women in the media elsewhere.

Saynab Mohamed and Fowzia Bare both agree the WIN programme was an transformative experience for them individually. “Our expectations were met and then some more,” said Fowzia Bare. Motivated by the desire to share with other female journalists back home the women have formed a network which will be their vehicle for helping other media women in Somalia.

The WAN-IFRA WIN programmes operates in 12 African countries and parts of the Middle East with the joint support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA). In Somalia, the implementation is carried out together with IMS-Fojo in Somalia as part of a three year long media programme.

فتح باب الترشيح للصحفيات من منطقتي الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا لجائزة الريادة النسائية في الصحافة الإخبارية

يسر WAN-IFRA (المؤسسة العالمية للصحف وناشري الأخبار) بالاشتراك مع Sida (الوكالة السويدية الدولية للتنمية والتعاون) أن تعلن عن فتح باب الترشيح للصحفيات من منطقتي الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا لجائزة الريادة النسائية في الصحافة الإخبارية. سوف تحتفي الجائزة  بالمساهمة المتميزة لإحدى القيادات التحريرية والإدارية في غرف الأخبار، بالإضافة إلى المساهمة الفعالة لمؤسستها في المجتمع المحيط.

 سوف يتم تكريم صحفيتان، احدهم من من منطقتي الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا و الاخرى من منطقة أفريقيا جنوب الصحراء.

سيتم منح جائزة الريادة النسائية في الصحافة الإخبارية إلى المحررة الصحفية التي كانت مصدر إلهاما بين أقرانها وشاركت في تمهيد الطريق لأجيال قادمة من القيادات النسائية.

على أن تمتلك الفائزة سجلاً حافلاً بالنجاحات في غرفة الأخبار والنزاهة الصارمة في التحرير على مدار حياتها المهنية، بالإضافة إلى إلتزام قوي بمبادئ حرية الصحافة وقوتها لتعزيز الديمقراطية والإدارة الرشيدة.

يتعين على المرشحات إستيفاء الشروط التالية:

  • أن تكون في منصب تحريري عالي بحلول الأول من يناير 2017.
  • العمل في إحدى المؤسسات الصحفية (الصحف والمجلات والمواقع الإلكترونية فقط).
  • يمكن للمؤسسات الصحفية أن تكون بأي حجم على أن تكون من إحدى الدول التالية: مصر، لبنان، الأردن، وفلسطين.

سوف يتم تكريم الفائزات  بجائزة الريادة النسائية في الصحافة الإخبارية  خلال المؤتمر العالمي لوسائل الإعلام الخاص بـ WAN-IFRA (المؤسسة العالمية للصحف وناشري الأخبار) في ديربان – جنوب أفريقيا من 7 – 9 يونيو 2017.

تشمل الجائزة تكاليف سفر الفائزة إلي مؤتمر World News Media Congress 2017 (المؤتمر العالمي لوسائل الإعلام).

يرجى إرسال الطلبات المستكملة في موعد أقصاه 1 مارس 2017. يمكنُكِ ترشيح نفسِك، أو ترشيح  شخصية آخرى.

يرجى تحميل نموذج الطلب المرفق وإرساله إلى البريد الإلكتروني apply@womeninnews.org

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اضغط للتحميل:

  بيان صحفي، فتح باب الترشيح

استمارة الترشيح، الشرق الاوسط و شمال افريقيا ٢٠١٧ 

MENA Nomination Form_2017