Associate Professor of Journalism at Butler University, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh received funding for the research that investigates the ability of citizens, and especially women, in developing and transitional societies to participate in public discourse globally. Through her research, she has studied how the global non-governmental organization, Internews, conducts media development with regards to women. Internews, according to their website, “is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.” Her broad question: “How does Internews empower women in journalism?”
Dr. Geertsema-Sligh used the Tutu Fellowship award funds for travel and accommodations in Washington D.C. where she conducted in-person interviews at the Internews Office and transcription of interviews. In July, 2016, she presented preliminary findings at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in the United Kingdom. By December 2016, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh intends to submit an article to journal for publication.