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AWiM/FOJO Graduate Program

AWiM Fojo Graduate Program


African Women in Media in partnership with Fojo Medda Institute is proud to be implementing a graduate program aimed at nurturing journalism graduates in reporting women’s rights and media in Africa. According to a recent study done by the Fojo Media Institute (Fojo) and African Women in Media (AWiM), equal representation in the media is still a long way off. The news industry is still very much male-dominated with very few policies in place to improve the experiences of women journalists in the workplace. This program, therefore, aims to establish a mentorship program for women journalists.

About Fojo Media Institute

 Fojo is Sweden’s leading institute for media development, working to strengthen free, independent, and professional journalism in Sweden and worldwide. We are an independent institute at the public Linnaeus University, one of Sweden’s largest universities. Since 1972, Fojo has built capacity in over 50,000 journalists from more than 100 countries and is currently active in around 20 countries. Our work centers on the three keywords – free, independent, and professional.

 About African Women in Media

African Women in Media is a non-governmental organization with the vision ‘one-day African women will have equal access to representation and opportunities in media industries and media content’.AWiM aims to contribute to the creation of enabling environments for African women who work in media industries and to change the way African women are represented in media content. It does this through training, research, advocacy, and partnerships. Through AWiM events, we create opportunities for knowledge exchange, building networks, and economic empowerment of women in media.

About the program

  1. The program will include an advisory committee from journalism schools in Africa to develop the program.
  2. We will competitively select a number of graduates each year for a yearlong post-study graduate training during which they produce content for AWiMNews
  3. We will work with media partners and campus media
  4. The graduates will receive a monthly stipend
  5. The graduate program will be designed to include career mentorship



5 Responses

  1. Looking forward to participating in the mentorship program. Last year I attended AWiM training for health journalists even though I had never reported any story on matters health.

    I am proud to say that, as I type now, I have written tens of health articles published in both local and global media outlets.

    1. The course summary is good enough. I love the fact that journalism schools and media practitioners wiĺl be contacted. The mentorship too is a good component which exposes the trained students to different ideas.

  2. Quite fundamental. I look forward to this and will encourage our women journalists association in the Gambia ???????? to follow.

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C.E.O & Co-founder, AWiM

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.