Call for Proposals

Submit your proposals for multimedia projects
on science, health and/or the environment

Deadline is August 9, 2021


Latin American colleagues!

We’re issuing a new call for proposals for Historias Sin Fronteras, this time for a multimedia project on any science, health or environmental topic of your choice.

This is a great opportunity to let your multimedia talent shine! You or your team can choose the topic and choose the multimedia format to tell your cross-border story.

In June, we published our project Historias Sin Fronteras on GMOs in the Andes and the project was published in El Universal, the largest newspaper in Mexico; El Comercio, one of the oldest Spanish-language newspapers in the world; and in Plan V in Ecuador.

Also in June, National Geographic Brazil published our multimedia project on President Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to build an international highway through the most biodiverse region of the Amazon.

We are committed to placing your excellent work in prestigious publications in Latin America.

Join us and let’s work as a cross-border team on a Historias Sin Fronteras project!

The winning team will receive a grant of US $3,000 to provide financial support for their project.

To give you some background on our organization, Historias Sin Fronteras is an initiative launched by InquireFirst in partnership with co-founder Iván Carrillo.

InquireFirst is a non-profit 501c3 journalism organization founded in 2016 in San Diego, California. InquireFirst organizes Spanish-language professional workshops for Latin American journalists and offers various scholarship programs for journalists throughout the region.

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

With this initiative, we support teams of journalists working in Latin American countries on regional projects of in-depth scientific journalism.

We invite you to form a team and propose a cross-border multimedia journalism project on any science, health and/or environmental topic that will have regional impact.

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

The deadline is August 9, 2021.

Your proposal should reflect in sufficient detail the outline and angle of your project. A completed questionnaire is required. The questionnaire can be found below this text.

The project will be edited by Historias Sin Fronteras co-founder Iván Carrillo, who is an experienced science journalist and editor based in Mexico. There will be a calendar for editing, as well as a non-negotiable deadline. The winning team agrees to comply with the editing and publication schedule for the project. As many corrections and modifications will be made as necessary during the editing process.

The project will be presented to editor Iván Carrillo in Spanish and translated into English and Portuguese.

 Eligibility: The Cross-Border Scientific Journalism Project is open to any journalist who works or frequently collaborates with a newspaper, magazine, radio, television, or online media organization in Latin America, or who works independently. Journalists working at media organizations and freelance journalists are eligible to apply. Those who work in public relations positions 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 decision of the judges will be final.

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

Distribution: Cross-border science journalism projects will be published by media organizations in Latin America and the United States. Editor Iván Carrillo and Project Coordinator Lynne Walker will work with a variety of media organizations to ensure projects have the widest possible distribution.

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 budget that does not exceed US $3,000 per project and 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 multimedia proposals on any cross-border science, health or environment subject August 9, 2021. The winning project will be announced in early September.

Questions? Email Lynne Walker

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