Useful Links

Useful resources & links

Whether you’re looking for advice, how to fund your stories or just some tech help. We’ve put together a collection of links, resources and websites that should help. Got any recommendations for our list? Email us at info@ammpeworld.com

List of women organisations for a community of writers and journalists

  • Women in Journalism – Women in Journalism is a networking, campaigning and training organisation, providing guidance and support for women working in print, broadcast and online media at every stage of their careers.
  • SWWJ- Society of Women Writers and Journalists – SWWJ is the UK’s longest-established Society for professional women writers. The society aims to encourage literary achievement, to uphold professional standards, to promote social contact with fellow writers and to defend the dignity and prestige of the writing profession in all its aspects.
  • International Women’s Media Foundation – Working to support, protect and recognise the critical role of female journalists.
  • The Association for Women in Communications – The Association for Women in Communications is the premier organisation for empowering strength, support, and tools or elevating your career and becoming an agent of change in the industry.
  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association – An inclusive organisation of writers creating layered stories in which the plot is driven by the main character’s emotional journey.
  • The International Women’s Writing Guild – A global powerhouse and digital village for mighty, soulful women writers.
  • Women’s Media Center – WMC works toward media equality using interconnected strategies of research, original stories and articles, promotion of women experts and media training.
  • Pen International – The first worldwide association of writers, and the first organisation to point out that freedom of expression and literature are inseparable.
  • Journalist’s and Writers Foundation – An international civil society organisation dedicated to culture of peace, human rights and sustainable development.
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing Association – An organisation that invites colleagues with academic interests in contemporary women’s writing in all genres to join this network.

  • The Aftermath Project – DEADLINE NOVEMBER – Photojournalists interested in covering post-conflict issues should consider applying for a grant from the Aftermath Project. This is a annual grant which offers one grant of $20,000 to a project that tells the story of societies trying to rebuild after a period of instability – ‘conflict’ is widely defined. Journalists from any nationality can apply for a grant, and the recipient of the grant is asked to donate two prints to raise funds for producing a photography book, which will be distributed for free to policy organisations.
  • Fund for Environmental Journalism – DEADLINE JULY/DECEMBER – This grant, run by the U.S based Society of Environmental Journalists, offers grants of up to $3,500 to support journalists in producing environmental reporting projects. Applicants can be from any nationality, and the funds can be used for the project’s expenses, including travel and research. Members of the Society of Environmental Journalism may apply for free, but non-members must pay a $40 application fee.
  • The Matter International Reporting Fellowship – DEADLINE NOVEMBER -Online magazine Matter offer an annual grant of $10,000 to a writer or team of journalists so that they can investigate and report a narrative feature on an issue of global importance – or local stories of global interest. They are willing to cover travel expenses of up to $5,000 on top of the grant. Successful applicants will be young journalists whose work has not yet been published in major magazines.
  • Birtha Britdoc Documentary Journalism Fund – ONGOING -International freelance documentary makers looking for financial support for their project should consider investigating into the Birtha Britdoc Documentary Journalism Fund. Grants of between £5,000-£50,000 are offered to support film of more than 60 minutes in length, to go towards research, development, production, HET and legal costs. 
  • Alexia Foundation – Offers annual production grants to professional photojournalists to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that “drive change in the effort to make the world a better place”. The grant of $15,000 is offered to one photojournalist per year for a project that lasts a minimum of 3 months.
  • Women Photograph – Getty Images Grant – Getty Images has partnered with Women Photograph to promote gender diversity within professional photojournalism and elevate the work and the voices of female visual journalists. 
  • Getty Images Creative Grants – DEADLINE MARCH -This grant aims to enable photojournalists to undertake a project with the specific aim of collaborating for a non-profit organisation. Each year, five grants of up to $10,000 is awarded to a project that will use images to enhance the international presence of an NGO or support a specific campaign. The grants are designed to cover a variety of expenses, including production costs, travel, equipment and related expenses.
  • The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary and Film grants – DEADLINE MARCH -Each year, the Manuel Rivera-Ortize Foundation for Documentary and Film offer one grant each of up to $5,000 to a photography and a film proposal that highlights human unrest, forgotten communities over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, disease, famine, exploitation and global distress.
  • The Reporting Award – DEADLINE JANUARY -This Award provides a grant of $12,500 ($2,500 upfront and a further $10,000 upon completion) for a journalist in any medium to undergo a project significantly underreported issue that is of public interest. Run by the NYU Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, this grant is exclusively aimed at non-staff journalists who would not have the resources to complete the project otherwise.
  • The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories -The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories is a funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. These grants support reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide.
  • Howard G Buffett Fund for Women Journalists – DEADLINE MARCH -This fund will make an annual total of $230,000 in grants to support female journalists to undertake projects. The size of an individual grant varies and is without limitations. Successful projects will expose underreported and critical issues and allow female journalists to undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives. The fund puts an emphasis on supporting projects by freelancers.
  • The Inge Morath Award – DEADLINE JANUARY -Annual award, given to a female photojournalist under the age of 30 to enable them to commit to a long-term documentary project. The $5,000 grant must cover a subject within the realm of socially-conscious photojournalism.
  • The Alice Initiative – named after the first female director, Alice Guy-Blanché, is an initiative which recognises the talents of female directors. Their main goal is to increase the number of female directors working in the industry. Every year, they highlight a director under their Filmmaker Spotlight category. This year, director Ry Russo Young was selected.
  • The Director List. – Is an online database that allows user to look for the works of various female directors. Lists can be refined using a variety of tools including, type of film (TV shows, Feature Films, Documentaries, etc), genre and country.
  • BOOTH – a network and curated video channel highlighting the works of women working in the film industry. Currently, Yumna Al-Arashi has her film ‘The 99 Names of God’ featured on the channel. The film “embraces the rhythmic rituals that have run alongside Islamic tradition throughout the centuries in this surreal and poetic short film”.
  • Women Photograph – Women Photograph is an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women* visual journalists. The private database includes more than 750 independent women documentary photographers based in 99 countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.
  • Native Photograph – they connect emerging journalists, documentary makers and visual storytellers from underrepresented regions and communities with major publications and introduce them to a global audience. They also run a mentoring programme and grants.
  • MMCA (Multicultural Media Correspondents Association) – The MMCA works to promote diversity in the media and tech industry. Together with a group of multicultural stakeholders, the MMCA works on the ability to create, control and distribute profitable and culturally sensitive content.
  • Majority World – Majority World works with talented photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. They specialise in sourcing high quality images from these diverse continents, which provide unique insights into local cultures, environments and development issues.
  • Reclaim – Reclaim is an alliance of The Everyday Projects, Native, Majority World, Women Photograph, and Minority Report: five organizations committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented photographers and decolonizing the photojournalism industry. They are working together to diversify our community of visual storytellers, making sure that the lenses through which we interpret our world are as diverse as the people and places we hope to document.
  • Diversify – Diversify was born out of a recognition that calling for more diversity in the photo industry is not enough. To diversify photo, we need to equip Art Buyers, Creative Directors, and Photo Directors with resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.
  • “Faces & Phases” by Zanele Muholi – A decade long project documenting lesbians living in South Africa. Dedicated to Muholi’s friend who died in 2007 due to HIV complications. Through a series of bold and powerful portraits, Muholi showcases nearly 300 black lesbians living on the continent as a way to remedy black queer invisibility and to try to reduce violence against them.
  • “All Love is Equal” by Braden Summers – Summers travelled the world capturing images of LGBTQ couples to promote diversity. He found that the commercial media had oversexualised LGBTQ couples and their relationships.
  • “Transgender” by Gabriela Hasbun – Was a personal project that was aimed as a “celebration of transgender families in all their diverse shapes and forms.”
  • Journo Safety Stats – Council of Europe website shows every reported incident that has to do with journalists’ safety and all the statistics that have to do with it
  • Protect your magic: A survival guide for journalists of color: A presentation on journalists of colour working in predominately white newsrooms.
  • ‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know: A list of tips for journalists covering hurricanes or natural disasters, talks about reporting it, writing, and overall safety.
  • Safety guide for journalists – a handbook for reporters in high-risk environments: An extended guide on various risks and protection advice to take while reporting from high-risk situations.
  • NUJ guidance on safety of women journalists – Tips specifically for female journalists on how to stay safe in different situations, including workplace and outside the office as well as while reporting riots and civil disorders.
  • IAWRT Safety handbook for women journalists – An extended guide and tips specifically for female journalists dealing with various situations, including dealing with harassment by sources, online harassment and travel safety.
  • CPJ Safety Advisory – Covering the US presidential inauguration and protests: A guide originally written about covering the Trump inauguration, can also be used while covering any major political events or protests.
  • CPJ Journalist Security Guide – An overall guide on staying safe, including advice on topics such as sexual violence, reporting from accident, fire and rescue scenes and your personal security.
  • Masterclass with Kerry Sanders, master of TV disaster, recounts a storm-tossed career – An interview with a NBC news correspondent, who talks about, and gives tips on covering natural disasters, storms and hurricanes.
  • Reporting hurricanes – List of tips on how to stay safe while reporting in  
  • Reporting Immigration – a guide on how to report Immigration, from research to writing tips.
  • Covering politics in 2018 – As threats worsen, here’s how to stay safe and sane while covering the presidential race: Tips on what to do while covering major political events, in this case the 2016 presidential race.
  • Press Forward – A step-by-step guideline for female journalists being sexually harassed in the workplace.
  • The Second Source – UK Women’s network provides mentorship and counselling for women journalists being harassed in the media.
  • End Violence Against Women – EVAW is a coalition established in 2005 specialised in providing support services for women and girls, not exclusively female journalists.
  • International News Safety Institute – Aim to protect journalists from the risks they face at work. They also provide training to journalists so they can protect themselves at work in numerous situations. This is a survey summarising all data about violence against women journalists.
  • American Association of University Women  The Association aims to empower women and provide them resources to do so. It varies from education and leadership to dealing with sexual harassment.
  • Hackastory Tools is a directory of tools and resources to help you build your digital stories. Have fun with our handpicked list of 85 tools.
  • Steller – Lovely mobile app to create multimedia stories
  • Canva – web based software to make infographics, social media images, posters etc
  • Pably by Buffer – web based software to make social media shareable images
  • Infogram – Easy to use web software to build interactive infographics
  • Tapewrite – Audio slideshow making cool
  • Headliner – free online video and audio editor. Let’s you visualise audio waves and caption web-friendly video easily.