IWMF On the Ground

Read the stories from fellows as they report on the ground.

Through our blog, read the experiences from our fellows from our most recent reporting trip.

A freelancer’s thoughts on collaboration

My reporting partner, Amelia, on the Honduran coast. There are photographers and journalists who are true lone wolves. I know a few. They shine most brightly on their own and flourish when they push themselves…

Hope (and trash) floats

photos by Celia Talbot Tobin   The first class I attended when I began a master’s program in environmental science journalism four years ago was a graduate seminar that dissected the merits and consequences of…

Everything you touch is trash

15 plastic water bottles, various sizes. 15 plastic bottle caps, various colors. 8 glass bottles, 22 aluminum cans, 12 clear plastic cups, 5 8-oz styrofoam coffee cups, 3 plastic coffee lids. 7 plastic straws, unwrapped.…

Martyna Starosta and her Partner had a Baby; Then She Accepted the Adelante Fellowship

Martyna Starosta filming in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala. Photo by James Rodríguez. When you decided to have a baby, how did you imagine it would impact your work as a documentary filmmaker? And what has surprised you?…

How do you find a story?

Alleen Brown interviewing Clara Luz in Guatemala. Photographer: James Rodriguez Interview with Alleen Brown, Investigative Reporter at The Intercept: How do you get started if you don’t know anything about the topic and anything about…

Back in the USA, Bad News Every Day

Photo: Back to the USA blues as the soupy New York sky consumes the top of the Empire State building outside the author’s office window.  The weekend after we returned from Guatemala we were confronted…

Green Tide Sweeping Latin America

For a week here in Guadalajara, everywhere we go there’s green. Green bandanas and banners. Green signs. Green t-shirts and green skirts and an extraordinary amount of neon green lipstick. Last week, we went to…

Learning from Local Journalists

One of the best parts of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship to Guadalajara, Mexico, has been to learn from journalists based here in Guadalajara. We’ve had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a group…

Visiting Guanajuato to Meet Las Libres

During our reporting trip in Jalisco, we spent a day traveling to the neighboring state of Guanajuato to visit with a collective of women called Las Libres. We left early in the morning and wound…