The Coalition for Women in Journalism is a support network for women journalists.
Shocker: being a woman journalist isn’t easy
Women journalists get the story despite wearing protective gear that doesn’t fit, working in culturally male-dominated environments, including war zones, undergoing greater risk of race-based bias and more.
In 2017, award-winning and veteran journalist Kiran Nazish, whose beats have included her native Pakistan, as well as Syria, Nepal, India and Afghanistan, founded the Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ).
Working with a diverse group of multi-generational media workers, Nazish developed a network that supports women journalists through a global community of mentoring, skill-sharing and support.
“Instead [of] competing with each other in a male-created, male-dominated environment,” Nazish told Radio Free Europe, “we want to empower women by empowering each other.”
The non-profit’s aim is promoting excellent reporting and maintaining the health and safety of women journalists, worldwide.
Safety guidelines and resources
CFWIJ provides safety guidelines designed for women. The resource page for COVID-19 features interviews with suggestions from reporters covering the story all over the globe: India, Mexico, Switzerland, Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria, China and more.
Guidelines for covering Black Lives Matter protests in the US include legal aspects. This includes an overview of the federal Privacy Protection Act, which limits the search and seizure of recording devices.
Recent livestreams via social media addressed women journalists’ issues in Ukraine, Turkey and Poland. Topics include women and online censorship, working in the Middle East, and maintaining mental health.
The site also has a portal for journalists to report harassment and abuse.
The mentorship program includes women working all over the world, in a variety of fields: videography, photojournalism, investigative journalism, conflict reporting, story-pitching, broadcasting and more.
Many journalism sites document journalists and media workers in captivity; CFWIJ focuses on women journalists. Viewers can track trials in-progress, view timelines and outcomes.
While the site features safety tips, along with sobering stats, it also has timely details: infographics showing threats and abuse against women covering protests in the US and an interactive map that allows viewers to follow women journalists covering Black Lives Matter protests globally, by region.
Women in Journalism Magazine
CFWIJ publishes a monthly online magazine packed with interviews, profiles, safety advice, and news. Along with highlighting journalists to follow, the magazine features links to publications and podcasts.