The Coalition for Women in Journalism is creating a network of support based on mentorship

‘Traditionally, women journalists have been doing it alone and they do need an infrastructure that helps guide them through their careers’

Kiran Nazish, co-founder of the Coalition for Women in Journalism, has spent the last decade and a half reporting in different parts of the world as well as training and teaching journalism. In the course of her work, she realised female reporters did not benefit from a network of support in most of the areas.

She launched the non-profit initiative in March 2017 to connect and support women journalists through a global network of mentors that spans different beats, regions and languages.

Mentors cover parts of South Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America, and they have expertise across topics such as health and war reporting, as well as skills including photography and broadcast.

The coalition is aimed at women who are “stuck in the middle of their career and not reaching the top,” Nazish told in a recent podcast.

“We do not offer mentorship to early career journalists simply because they are starting off, so they are likely to figure out what kind of reporting they want to do, what works for them and what doesn’t.

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