Media Fellowship

Application Deadline: April 30th 2022


Over-sensationalization and misrepresentation of violence and discrimination against women and girls reinforces regressive cultural norms and unwittingly perpetuates a victim-blaming attitude. In an effort to respond to these concerns, Breakthrough engages in partnership with media houses encourage and promote sensitive, responsible and ethical coverage of issues involving violence and discrimination against women and girls.

In order to take this mission forward with greater resolve and participation of key stakeholders, Breakthrough has designed a Media Fellowship Programme (MFP) for working journalists.The programme includes full-time reporters, freelance journalists, photojournalists, video journalists working in print, television and online media in India to sensitize and educate them about responsible reporting on issues related to gender-based violence and discrimination against women and girls.

A 9-month long intense fellowship programme with a group of 10 journalists from Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) and Uttar Pradesh will aim to strengthen their understanding and awareness level on gender-based stories. The Media Fellowship Programme will provide the trainees the opportunities to interact with gender experts, senior reporters and other relevant stakeholders through workshops The trainees will get opportunities to visit Breakthrough’s intervention areas in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana; interact with the community leaders, and gather stories from the ground. As an indicator to measure progress and level of understanding, during the last 3 months of the fellowship programme, each trainee will be required to get a minimum of 5 articles published in print or digital media platforms, one story each on any audio/visual platform related to relevant issues.


To be eligible for the Media Fellowship Programme one is expected to meet the following criteria:
Professional journalists, including freelancers, working in print, television or online media in India

Eligible Country: The fellowship is available for Indian journalists from Delhi-NCR and Uttar Pradesh

Applicants must possess a minimum of one year of professional experience of covering socio-political-economic issues.
Experience around gender issues, feminist issues, intersectionality, health will be an added advantage.
Commitment of 4-5 days in a month. During the last 3-4 months, fellows will be asked to travel to Breakthrough’s nearest intervention areas to cover stories.

English and 

INR 30,000 will be paid to
the candidates per quarter

9 months
May ’22 – Jan ’23

Interested journalists should send the following documents along with their application:

  • Curriculum Vitae along with a cover letter
  • Copies of / links to previous reporting
  • Letter of recommendation from the professional referee detailing the applicant’s journalistic abilities and aptitude for the fellowship.
  • Applicants must provide a ‘letter of support’ from the editor of their current employer/editor assuring Fellows time and agreeing to publish the articles written by the Fellows in their publication.
  • Freelancers can provide reference of their previous work with bylines
  • Applicants must have at least a national diploma or degree in Journalism, media or communications
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Breakthrough has been working for over 20 years to make violence against women and girls unacceptable. We do this by working to change cultural traditions and norms that perpetuate discrimination and violence against women.

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