International Women’s Media Foundation Foundation calls application for Adelante Fellowship. Adelante Fellowship is the fully funded opportunity for women journalists to build and develop their career towards reporting. Moreover, the Adelante Fellowships seeks to reduce the gender gap in the region by giving women journalists the opportunities and skills to amplify their voices and to advance in their careers. The Initiative builds on the successes of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative.
Reporting fellowships include approximately two weeks on the ground plus a day or two for travel. The first four days consist of comprehensive security training and expert briefings. Fellows then participate in in-country independent and group reporting activities. Reporting trips include time for journalists to pursue their own stories, as well as group meetings and activities related to the reporting theme. Fellows can expect to meet with key sources related to their reporting, such as government officials, local journalists, and members of the NGO community. IWMF staff will coordinate with fellows prior to trips to gather interview requests and other reporting needs.
Reporting trip groups typically consist of six reporting fellows accompanied by two IWMF staff members. For each group of six, the IWMF provides three in-country fixers and three drivers; journalists are expected to share the resources provided. In advance of each trip, IWMF staff works with fixers to coordinate reporting priorities
Adelante fellowship provides international reporting trips, year-long fellowships for in-country journalists, and expanded security training in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Mexico-United States border.
Basically, the IWMF Adelante Fellowship covers all the fellowship-related expenses within the framework of the reporting trip including visas, travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. The IWMF does not cover the cost of immunizations, alcohol, laundry or baggage fees.
Applicants must be women journalists currently working full time in the news media, with three or more years of professional experience. Affiliated or freelance journalists working in print, broadcast, or digital media are also eligible. Reporting fellowships are open to women journalists of all nationalities. Applicants may apply in Spanish or English language but however some trips may require specific language skills or training.
In order to apply, the applicant must submit a complete application and story plan for each reporting trip for which she wants to apply. Moreover, applications include basic details; a statement of interest including a researched story pitch; CV and work samples; and either a letter of support from an editor or a proven track record of publication. All application materials must be either in English or Spanish.