Call for Applications: IWMF Mexico and Mexico-U.S. Border Reporting Trips for Journalists (Fully Funded)

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The IWMF is pleased to announce reporting trips the Northern and Southern Borders of Mexico.

A group of six journalists will cover the Mexico – U.S Border from Ciudad Juárez, with opportunities to travel to El Paso, Texas. Concurrently, another group of six journalists will travel to cover the Mexico’s Southern Border with Guatemala, based in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

These opportunities are part of the IWMF’s Adelante Latin American Reporting Inititative, a five-year program that seeks to reduce the gender gap in international media and to support women journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established media narratives in the region. To date, Adelante has assisted 24 international journalists to cover a wide range of under-reported topics including migration, rural and economic development, conservation, and women and health. Their work has been aired and published by leading media outlets around the world.

Over the next five years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Mexico-United States border. By 2020, more than 250 journalists will have together reshaped traditional media narratives about Latin America.

REPORTING TRIP DATES: December 2 – 16, 2016


  • All Fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and orientation from December 3 – 5.
  • Fellows will then depart for a eight-day in-country reporting from December 6 – 16, 2016 from Ciudad Juárez (Mexico-U.S. Border Reporting Trip) or Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Mexico Reporting Trip), where they will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant 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, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.
  • Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.


  • Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least 3 years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media.
  • All nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Applications are accepted in both Spanish and English.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

The IWMF will accept online applications from July 6 – August 7, 2016.
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For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IWMF Mexico and Mexico-U.S. Border Reporting Trips 

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