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Announcing Adelante – Latin America Reporting Initiative

Accepting Applications for Reporting Fellowships to Mexico-US Border and Colombia

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“Latin America has made real economic progress over the last two decades, but significant developmental issues remain, as we see firsthand in the United States from the migration coming across our southern border. Communities must ensure that women’s voices are heard and that women help shape the solutions to these challenges. Our foundation is investing in the Adelante reporting initiative to help amplify those voices.”

– Howard G. Buffett

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce Adelante (Moving Forward), a five-year reporting initiative that aims to amplify the voices of women journalists in Latin America and strengthen their professional development, impact, and safety. The program is supported through a $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

“Latin America has made real economic progress over the last two decades, but significant developmental issues remain, as we see firsthand in the United States from the migration coming across our southern border,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “Communities must ensure that women’s voices are heard and that women help shape the solutions to these challenges. Our foundation is investing in the Adelante reporting initiative to help amplify those voices.”

Through this new program, the IWMF seeks to reshape traditional media narratives and increase reporting by and about women in Latin America. Over the next five years, the Adelante initiative will provide unique opportunities for 270 women journalists including year-long, in-country fellowships and international reporting trips in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Mexico-United States border. Reporting fellows will produce in-depth stories on themes including democracy and governance, immigration, agricultural development, economic opportunity, expanded technology access, women’s rights and development, education, and conservation.

The first reporting trips under the Adelante initiative will be to the Mexico-United States border and Colombia. The IWMF will select a group of six women journalists to report on economic development and the human impact of migration on the Mexico-U.S. border from April 1 – 14, 2016. Concurrently, a group of six women journalists will cover themes of rural and economic development in a post-conflict context in Colombia. All fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, where they will complete comprehensive security training.

To address growing safety concerns for journalists internationally, particularly freelancers, the IWMF will provide security training to international reporting fellows and hundreds of journalists living and working in Latin America. Hostile Environments and Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT) will be complemented by Reporta, a free personal safety app developed by the IWMF that journalists working in potentially dangerous environments can use to implement their security protocols.

Since 1990, the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards has recognized the achievements of extraordinary Latin American women journalists who fight against all odds to report the news. According to the IWMF’s Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media, men outnumber women two to one in Latin American news media, with women holding just 20% of management positions. Adelante builds on the IWMF’s strong commitment to the region by providing substantial training and support for in-country women journalists, opportunities for international correspondents to work in the region, and essential security training to help journalists stay safe in the field.

To learn more about the Adelante initiative and how to submit an application, please see the Adelante page in English and Spanish and follow the IWMF on Twitter and Facebook.

Please direct all media inquiries and interview requests to Izzy Rode, irode@iwmf.org and +1 202 496 1992.

About the IWMF: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has always been dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Our work celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through our programs and grants we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

About the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF): Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) is a private family foundation working to catalyze transformational change to improve the world and the lives of the most impoverished and marginalized populations by investing in food security, water security, conflict mitigation and public safety.

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