LGBTQI+ and Women’s Rights Reporting Initiative in Latin America

¡Exprésate!

The IWMF’s ¡Exprésate! LGBTQI+ and Women’s Rights Reporting Initiative supports the production of high-quality journalism by and about women and LGBTQI+ people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Established with the generous support of the Foundation for a Just Society, this Initiative allows the IWMF to expand its support of journalists and nuanced, inclusive reporting in Latin America by providing fellowships with a focus on gender and sexual diversity.

From 2021 to 2022, the IWMF will select 120 journalists in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico to participate in the ¡Exprésate! Initiative. The IWMF previously trained 60 journalists in El Salvador and Guatemala from 2019 to 2020. The selected journalists will complete our training course on Periodismo más incluyente (more inclusive journalism), as well as physical and digital safety training workshops for journalists in the region. They will also have the opportunity to apply for reporting grants to fund LGBTQI+ and gender-focused stories.

Our course seeks to teach journalists how to accurately, inclusively, and safely cover issues that disproportionately impact women and LGBTQI+ people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Our five training modules cover topics ranging from the current media landscape and coverage of LGBTQI+ and women’s issues, to appropriate and inclusive language and best practices for journalists, human rights from a gender perspective, a regional analysis of LGBTQI+ and women’s rights, and the influence of religion and power on society. Participants learn how to better identify expert sources and develop theoretical tools to advance their reporting, as well as put their knowledge into practice. The course is led by a team of local media trainers and is supported by expert voices on LGBTQI+ and women’s rights, in addition to well-known journalists from Latin America with experience reporting on these themes.

The Initiative also supports the production of in-depth reporting on women and LGBTQI+ people and forms mentorship relationships between grantees and experienced editors in the region. Journalists who complete the Periodismo más incluyente course are eligible to apply for individual and collaborative reporting grants, ranging from approximately $500 to $4,000 USD, which include additional support from mentors. Through this combination of journalism training, open dialogue, collaboration, funding, and mentorship, the IWMF seeks to reshape mainstream media narratives about women and LGBTQI+ people in these four countries.

Trainer Bios

Guatemala

Daniel Villatoro García is the Executive Director of Visibles, a LGBTQI+ organization that focuses on training and communication. He coordinates ¡Exprésate! and has worked as an investigative journalist for various years. His work can be seen in outlets like Univision, ProPublica, and Radio Ambulante (USA); Plaza Pública (Guatemala); and Travesías (Mexico). He has taught courses for the OAS, IDB, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas, and the Latin American Initiative for Open Data. He won the TRACE Award for Investigative Journalism and the Journalistic Excellence Award from the Inter American Society of the Press, on two occasions. He was a finalist for the Gabriel García Márquez and Roche Awards, and in the Iniciativa Idea de Innovación en Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos.

El Salvador

María Luz Nóchez has been a staff journalist for El Faro since 2011 and has coordinated the Opinion section since 2019. She specializes in covering arts and culture, minority groups (the LGBTI community and indigenous people), and violence against women. In 2017, her piece “A paradise for child molesters” won the Latin American Award for Investigative Journalism from the Journalism and Society Institute and Transparency International. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences.

Honduras

Dunia Orellana is a journalist, documentalist and director of Reportar sin Miedo. She works for investigative media outlets such as En Alta Voz and Reporteros de Investigación, for which she writes about human rights, sexual and reproductive health, gender and sexual diversity, children and youth, the environment and migration. She has also covered press freedom, electronic surveillance and privacy issues. She has directed and filmed documentaries about the LGBTI community in Honduras, as well as land defenders and indigenous populations such as Garífunas, Misquitos, Lencas and Maya Chortís. Her articles have been published in El Tiempo in Colombia, Univision, Anfibia and Presentes in Argentina, among others. She is a scholarship recipient of the Summit Foundation, GoJoven International, People in Need, Fundación Gabo, ICFJ and IWMF.

Mexico

Guillermo Osorno is a journalist and writer. He studied journalism at Columbia University. He has been a media entrepreneur and founded the magazines Travesías, dF por Travesías and the website horizontal.mx. He was the editor of the magazine Gatopardo. He is the author of the book Tengo que morir todas las noches, una crónica de los ochenta, el underground y la cultura gay (I have to die every night, a chronicle of the eighties, the underground and gay culture). He is currently the host of the program Por si las moscas, which is broadcast on Channel 22. He collaborates with The New York Times and Gatopardo.