Deadline: July 9, 2018
Applications for the IWMF Adelante Reporting Initiative Fellowship 2018 in Guatemala is now open. As part of Adelante, IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, a group of women journalists will travel to Guatemala to report on the Environment from September 20 – October 5, 2018. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation from September 21 – 24.
Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting based in Guatemala City, Guatemala where they 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 will facilitate two pre-approved trips outside of Guatemala City for three days/two nights to Flores in Guatemala’s northern Petén region and to Puerto Barrios in the department of Izabal and their surrounding areas. Both trips are optional and will run concurrently.
The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in both locations. With the exception of the two pre-approved trips, the feasibility of day trips outside of Guatemala City will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis. Day trips must be within a three hour radius of Guatemala City.
- 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.
- Open to individuals and to teams of two (2) journalists. Team members should submit individual applications and indicate their plans to work together in their statements of interest;
- Applicants should be 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.
- Applicant must submit a complete application and story plan for each reporting trip for which she wants to apply.
- Applications include basic details, a statement of interest including a researched story pitch, CV, work samples, and either a letter of support from an editor or a proven track record of publication.
- All applications materials must be submitted in either English or Spanish.
Before submitting an application, please review the Adelante FAQs.
For more information, visit IWMF Adelante Reporting Initiative Fellowship.