IWMF celebrates 5 years of a Latin Amercia reporting initiative
RPS Partnership is proud to say that we have been part of the Adelante Project which took place in Latin America over the last five years.
International reporting on Latin America has long relied on an oversimplified trifecta of storylines: drugs, poverty, and violence. In 2015, the IWMF created the Adelante reporting initiative to move the narrative in Latin America forward, or, Adelante. Made possible by a generous five-year, $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Adelante supported more, improved and sustained coverage of Latin America by women journalists around the globe.
Beginning in 2016, the IWMF brought small groups of international women journalists to six countries and border zones in Latin America. More than 170 international fellowships were awarded, along with 85 local fellowships for regional reporters. Together, our fellows produced 380 stories – tackling topics like corruption, reproductive rights policies, community organizing, and new technologies – painting a more robust picture of this diverse region. 1728 people were impacted by thie programme.
The IWMF’s goal was two-fold. First, to give talented journalists a unique opportunity to safely cover underreported stories in a complex region, and, second, creating a squad of women with in-depth expertise on Latin America. We had the pleasure of watching fellows return to Latin America and team up with Adelante alumni and local journalists for additional reporting. Many say their approach to digital and physical security-planning improved because of their experience working with the IWMF, giving them a new sense of confidence to pitch reporting in the Americas.
RPS Partnership assisted the International Women's Media Foundation to run Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) for the fellows; both national and international, as well as running safety seminars on all manner of subjects. Cath Mossom, our Head of Training, has worked tirelessly supporting and encouraging the female fellows to stay safe whilst they undertake their assignments in Latin Amercia under the watchful eye of the IWMF Security Director.
Photos: RPS Partnership training during the Adelante project.