Under the Adelante initiative, five teams of two journalists will travel to Tapachula, Mexico and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from March 2 to 17, 2020. The scholars will begin their trip in Mexico City on March 2 where they will participate in a training to work in hostile and emergency first aid environments (HEFAT) from 4 to 3 March. After the workshop, the scholars will travel to the border of Mexico and Guatemala for nine days, reporting from Tapachula, Mexico and/or Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and its surroundings.

The objective of this scholarship is to generate coverage on important issues that normally do not receive sufficient attention in Mexico and Guatemala, and promote new narratives in the international media. During the trip, the scholars will have the opportunity to report as a team, work in collaboration with other journalists and access different sources and sites related to their stories. The possibility of trips outside their central location will be analysed on a case-by-case basis and will be determined in accordance with the IWMF security protocols.

The IWMF will facilitate trips up to three hours away from the central location. The IWMF will organise the logistics for all the scholarship holders and will cover the costs related to the scholarship in the framework of the journalistic trip, such as transfers, accommodation, meals, and interpreters, unless the media of any particular journalist wishes to bear these costs . The IWMF will also cover the costs of visas, but scholars who live outside the United States are responsible for completing the paperwork to obtain the necessary visas.

More information can be found here.