As part of Adelante, IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, a group of women journalists will travel to the U.S./Mexico border to report on Trade and its Human Impact from June 18 - 28, 2018. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete an orientation and comprehensive security training from June 13 - 17, 2018. Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting based in Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the border. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.
The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship.
The feasibility of day trips outside the base location will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.Eligibility Criteria The reporting fellowship is open to individuals and/or teams of two (2) journalists.
Both journalists must meet the eligibility criteria. Team members should submit individual applications and indicate their plans to work together.Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
- Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
- Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
- Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
February 20 - March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time
See a complete sample application here