A grant to fund freelance female journalists has been set up in memory of allegedly murdered Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall.
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), in partnership with Wall’s family and friends, have created the Kim Wall Memorial Fund. Beginning this year, one $5,000 reporting grant will be awarded annually to a female journalist whose reporting carries forward Kim’s legacy.
“We can never get Kim back, but we can see to it that her spirit and will live on, and inspire other young journalists to go out in the world and find the stories,” Ingrid and Joachim Wall, Kim’s parents, said.
“More than ever, we need brave female journalists who give voice to the people that normally never hit the front pages.”
An announcement on the IWMF’s webpage reads:
“Whether reporting about Cuba’s underground market for digital content and culture, how the politics of opportunity played out inside Kampala’s emerging Chinatown, or the extent to which female Tamil Tiger combatants in Sri Lanka were failed by the promises of a feminist utopia, Kim introduced us to incredibly interesting people others overlooked.“
Wall’s work was featured in publications including Harper’s, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, TIME, Slate, Vice, and The Guardian.
On August 10, 2017, Wall boarded a submarine off the coast of Copenhagen to interview Danish inventor Peter Madsen. The next day, Madsen was pulled from Koge Bay after police say he deliberately sunk his submarine. Wall had disappeared. Over time, her dismembered body parts began to be found by investigators.
Madsen eventually admitted to dismembering Wall’s body, although he has claimed she perished in an accident. He, however, has been charged in connection with her murder. His trial is due to begin in March.
The Kim Wall Memorial Fund was established by Kim’s parents, her brother Tom Wall, her partner Ole Stobbe, and her friends Mansi Choksi, May Jeong, Adam Perez, and Dhiya Kuriakose.
According to the IWMF, the grant will be made once a year, and the first award will be made in mid-March 2018. Winners will be paired with a mentor to assist them in their reporting. The grants will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, and payment for fixers/translators.
Applications can be filled out online via the IWMF’s online application system.
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Main photo: Kim Wall [BBC Newsnight / YouTube (screenshot)]