Call for Entries

Submit your proposals for cross-border science journalism projects
on public policy and mental health

Deadline is March 8, 2021


Historias Sin Fronteras is accepting applications for our Cross-Border Science Journalism Project, an initiative to promote collaborative journalism in Latin America. Our project provides financial and editorial support and generates a media network for publication of the projects produced by Latin American journalists.

Historias Sin Fronteras is a program organized by InquireFirst, a non-profit journalism organization founded in 2016 in San Diego, California. InquireFirst also offers professional workshops in Spanish for Latin American journalists and provides scholarships for journalists throughout the region.

With the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education, InquireFirst aims to encourage collaborative cross-border journalism on critically important science, health, and environmental issues in Latin America.

This initiative includes $3,000 project grants to provide financial support to journalists whose projects are selected in 2021.

We invite you to build a team and propose a cross-border journalism project on public policy and mental health that you can research and write in a period of two months. Your proposal can include, but is not limited to, the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, discrimination again people with mental illness, and the ways in which public policies address mental illness.

The winning team will have a minimum of two journalists and a maximum of four.

Each team must be made up of journalists from different countries in the Americas. Teams that do not reflect a diversity of countries will be disqualified.

The deadline for project proposals is March 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

We intend to publish clear, focused projects so your proposal should reflect in sufficient detail the outline and angle of your project. Your team must submit a completed questionnaire that introduces your project and the journalists who’ll be working on the project. The questionnaire can be found below this text.

The project will be edited by experienced science journalist and editor Iván Carrillo. There will be an editing schedule as well as a non-negotiable deadline. The winning team agrees to comply with the schedule for editing and publication.

The project will be presented to the editor in Spanish and will be translated to English and Portuguese.

Eligibility: The Cross-Border Scientific Journalism Project is open to any journalist who works for or frequently collaborates with a newspaper, magazine, radio, television or online media organization in Latin America. Staff journalists and freelance journalists are eligible to apply. Those who work in public relations positions or social communications offices or who are institutional spokespersons are not eligible to apply for a Cross-Border Science Journalism grant.

To ensure credibility and fairness, an international panel of three judges will select the winning team in each category. The judges’ decision on the winning project will be final.

Credit: The winning team agrees to credit the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and InquireFirst, as well as editor Iván Carrillo, and the graphic design and interpretation teams in all publications and communications where the project is mentioned.

Distribution: The Cross-Border Science Journalism Project will be published by media organizations in Latin America and the United States. Editor Iván Carrillo and Project Coordinator Lynne Walker will work with media organizations to ensure that projects are distributed as widely as possible.

HHMI may also post projects for educational purposes on the Institute’s Biointeractive website.

Applications must include the following:

• A completed questionnaire that describes the project. You can find a link to the questionnaire below this text.

• A project budget of $3,000 that includes a basic breakdown of ground transportation and meal costs. The budget may also include compensation for journalists working on the project.

• A biography of each journalist on the team, with a maximum length of 300 words per biography.

Deadline: The deadline for proposals for the cross-border project on public policy and mental health is March 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST. The winning project will be announced at the end of March.

Questions? Email Lynne Walker