SheLeads Media Fellowship

Empowering Early-Career Female Journalists

Applications Closed

Are you a passionate young female journalist from East Africa, ready to take your career to the next level? Then join us for the inaugural She Leads Media Fellowship, launching in March 2024!

This immersive program, powered by Baraza Media Lab, is designed to equip you with the skills, insights, and connections you need to thrive in the ever-evolving media landscape.

The SheLeads Media Fellowship is set to commence in March 2024 and aims to provide participants with valuable skills, insights, and networking opportunities essential for their professional growth. With a strong focus on mentorship and coaching, this program seeks to contribute to the development of the next generation of female newsroom journalists.

Who we are looking for:

We are seeking enthusiastic and passionate young female journalists with a background in newsroom journalism.

Where you are based:

We are targeting female journalists from the East African region specifically; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda

We welcome persons from diverse backgrounds, with an entrepreneurial mindset and a proactive attitude to apply!

If you have any of the following qualities below you qualify for the fellowship:

  • Background in media with up to 3 years experience,
  • Media entrepreneur (digital or traditional media) 
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Print journalism 
  • Trade journalism ( health, climate etc)
  • Political journalism
  • Other forms of communication including moderation, strategic communications, NGO comms are also considered 

Fellowship Highlights:

Mentorship and Coaching by seasoned media professionals

Skills development in Writing, Reporting, and Multimedia Storytelling

Career development in new media

Networking Opportunities with Industry Experts

Applications are open until February 28th, 2024.

SheLeads Media

(formerly Bettina Fund)


From among more than 500 who applied to join the inaugural phase of the Bettina Fund twelve women have been selected for the Bettina Fund programme to find future leaders and entrepreneurs in Kenyan media. The programme, which runs for three months, seeks to foster the next generation of women leaders in a country where despite 61 per cent of journalism graduates being female, only eight per cent are represented in Kenyan media houses.

The programme has been set up by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a media training and development organization, in memory of its Director of Development Bettina Peters who died in 2020. Bettina was a tireless advocate for equality in the media, and hence they have teamed up with Baraza Media Lab, which promotes a strong and diverse media ecosystem from its collaborative space in Nairobi.

The aim is to empower them to take on senior roles in media and build a sustainable network of women journalists and media professionals. This will be done through training and mentoring in different areas of media to acquire key skills in areas such as business, management and leadership. The women recruited represent the diversity of Kenyans with finalists hailing from Nakuru, Kisumu and even Kakuma in Turkana County.


The Cohort is made up of:

  • Eunice Mwaura
  • Irene Olwande Otieno
  • Jennifer Kaberi
  • Friday Mlemwa
  • Margaret Chesoni
  • Harriet Atyang
  • Eunice Mwaura
  • Irene Olwande Otieno
  • Jennifer Kaberi
  • Friday Mlemwa
  • Margaret Chesoni
  • Harriet Atyang

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