Courage in Journalism Awards Nominations
The Courage award candidate must currently be working in the print, broadcast, or online media—whether on a full, part-time, or freelance basis. Lifetime Achievement award nominees may either be working or retired journalists.
IWMF said the international awards seek to annually recognize women journalists in any country who have a strong commitment to press freedom through their determination to produce a body of work despite government oppression, political pressure, physical danger or other obstacles.
Newsbreak editor in chief Marites Danguilan Vitug is the only Filipino journalist to receive the award. Vitug worked for the then The Manila Chronicle as a reporter when she received the award in 1991 along with Ukraine journalist Lyubov Kovalevskaya.
Founded in 1990, the IWMF is an international network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press. It began giving the Courage award the same year it was established and started giving the Lifetime Achievement award in 1999.
The IWMF has awarded more than 60 women journalists from more than 35 different countries.