The 2014 Courage in Journalism Awards

Posted Monday 19 May 2014

Something from the international files....

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) are proud to announce the recipients of their 2014 Courage in Journalism Award. Recent targeted attacks on journalists around the world underscore the importance of supporting and recognizing those individuals who risk their lives to report the truth. Since 1990, the IWMF has paid tribute to more than 100 women journalists who set themselves apart through their extraordinary bravery.

With its  2014 Courage in Journalism Awards, the IWMF honors:

Arwa Damon, USA | International Correspondent, CNN

For more than ten years, Damon has reported from the most turbulent areas of the Middle East, covering revolutions, popular demonstrations, war, and terrorist attacks. Based in Beirut, Damon has witnessed recent history in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq, working to tell the stories of those living through conflict. She has escaped crossfire, shelling, and bombing, and has withstood criticism from government entities for her reporting. Read more ...

Solange Lusiku Nsimire, Democratic Republic of the Congo | Editor-in-Chief, Le Souverain

Standing at the helm of one of the few independent media outlets in Eastern Congo, a region dominated by competing powers including roving bands of Rwanda g�nocidaires and corrupt decision makers, Lusiku Nsimire has made many enemies. She is the target of ongoing threats and harassment; her family home has been attacked multiple times, and she has fought numerous obstacles to continue publication of her newspaper. Read more ...

Brankica Stankovi?, Serbia | TV Reporter, B92

Reporting on corruption and crime perpetrated by the country's political and economic elite has made Stankovi? one of Serbia's most prominent investigative journalists - and a target for continued attacks, including explicit death threats. Stankovi? has been forced to live under 24-hour police protection since 2009, but she continues her rigorous investigative coverage of Serbia's political and social ills. Read more ...

Alexandra Trower, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, at The Est�e Lauder Companies, Inc., has been named the 2014 IWMF Leadership Honoree, for her decades-long career in executive leadership at major international companies and her years of support for the IWMF's work. "As the citizens and beneficiaries of a democratic society, we have a responsibility to play a role in upholding the critical tenets of free speech around the world," Trower said. Read more ...

The 25th Courage in Journalism Awards will be presented at ceremonies in New York on October 22nd and in Los Angeles on October 29th. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women's Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. The IWMF's programs empower women journalists with the training, support and network to become leaders in the news industry.

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Loading Docs Launches for 2014

Posted Monday 19 May 2014

Loading Docs is launching ten distinctive and original three-minute documentary shorts from Aotearoa New Zealand on 27 May 2014.

Following the premiere screening at Auckland's Academy Cinemas, all ten films will be available to view and share on the Loading Docs website (

Representing a diverse range of subjects and filmmaking styles, the films all explore unique aspects of 'home' and showcase the filmmaking talents of some of New Zealand's finest filmmakers including WIFT members Zoe McIntosh, Prisca Bouchet, Robyn Paterson and Kirsty Griffin.

Aidee Walker and Alexander Gandar ( Catkiller)
Joel Kefali and Amber Easby (Dans )
Andrew Scott ( Homing)
Zoe McIntosh ( Living Like Kings)
Robyn Paterson and Paula Boock ( Queer Selfies)
Greg Jennings and Jack Nicol ( Stop/Go)
Alex Sutherland and Rebekah Kelly ( The Jump)
Tim Worrall and Aaron Smart ( The Road to Whakarae)
Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow ( Today)
Kirsty Griffin and Vivienne Kernick ( Wayne)

Loading Docs producers Anna Jackson and Julia Parnell chose a three-minute format for the documentaries because they wanted the films to be easily viewed and shared online and on mobile devices where viewers favour short form content.

"The three-minute format presented our filmmakers with a really tough challenge, but it also pushed them to be creative and original in their approach to documentary storytelling", says Loading Docs producer Julia Parnell.

"The result is ten remarkable short films that will capture viewers' attention and imagination. Even though the films are very short they still have the power to move, entertain, challenge and inspire".

From funding to production and distribution, Loading Docs is an initiative that aims to take risks, encourage innovation and boldly pursue new opportunities for filmmakers in a rapidly changing media landscape.

"In the process of making their Loading Docs films, our filmmakers have successfully explored crowdfunding through PledgeMe, increased their awareness of tools for outreach and promotion and honed their filmmaking skills in a new short format" says Loading Docs producer Anna Jackson.

The films will be freely available from 27 May at and the producers of Loading Docs would like to see the films shared widely, both locally and internationally.

"We hope all New Zealanders will show their support for our talented local filmmakers by sharing their favourite Loading Docs films with the world".

Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative, produced by Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson, and funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air's Ignite Digital Media Fund.

Learn more about Loading Docs and view the films at .

Loading Docs launches 10 incredible three-minute shorts on 27 May.
Check out their trailer and share it with the world!