Science and Health Symposium

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April 26-29, 2020
Mexico City, México
Science and Health Symposium

This seminar will focus on urgent health issues in Latin America such as cancer and diabetes and HIV, as well as public health issues such as resistance to vaccines and sexual and reproductive rights. More than 40 journalists and health care professionals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico will attend the high-level seminar in Mexico City.

Unearthed: How Investigative Journalism Can Change the Environmental Landscape in Latin America

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February 16-20, 2020
Merida, México
Unearthed: How Investigative Journalism Can Change the Environmental Landscape in Latin America

This unique program will bring together environmental journalists from throughout Latin America for an intensive professional development workshop focusing on climate change, cross-border air and water safety issues, preserving biodiversity, and the impact of deforestation on the Western Hemisphere.

A key session during the program will be a visit to a biological reserve to meet with farmers who are attempting to abandon the centuries-old practice of deforestation and rely on ecoturismo for their income. Journalists will discuss with farmers the economic and environmental results of this program to rescue critical areas of the jungle from destruction.

Another first for InquireFirst! Cross-border science/ health project is published by Tangible and El Universal, demonstrating the power of collaborative journalism in Latin America

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Another first for InquireFirst!

Cross-border science/ health project is published by Tangible and El Universal, demonstrating the power of collaborative journalism in Latin America Cross-border science-photo

We’re thrilled to announce that our first cross-border science and health project was published on November 4 by the Mexico City daily newspaper El Universal and the digital magazine Tangible.

This in-depth report titled, “Trans in Latin America,” was reported and written by four prominent science writers and focuses on how legal barriers and discrimination limit the trans community’s access to medical treatment. As a sad result, the life expectancy of trans persons in Latin America is between 35 and 41 years, compared with a regional average life expectancy of 75 years.

Tangible editor Iván Carrillo served as editor of the project, which received support for reporting grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Department of Science Education. Our project was published in Tangible and in El Universal in collaboration with Fundación Ealy Ortiz and InquireFirst.

We invite you to read this impressive project on the Tangible website at: https://interactivo.eluniversal.com.mx/2019/transgenero-transfronterizo/

Our goal in funding this project was to encourage collaborative science writing across international borders, strengthening regional science, health and environmental stories by multiplying the number of reporters, editors and visual journalists working on high-impact reports on issues of regional importance.

The reporters on the team were selected during our Jack F. Ealy Science Journalism Workshop, which we held on July 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland during the 2019 World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2019).

On the reporting team are:

  • Carmina de la Luz Ramírez, a freelance science journalist whose work is published regularly in El Universal, the largest daily newspaper in Mexico. She writes about a broad range of topics and has a special interest in covering stories about social aspects of science such as gender perspectives, policies and investments. Carmina is a member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists (RedMPC).
  • Debbie Ponchner, a science journalist with more than 15 years of experience in print and digital media, as well as newsroom management. Debbie is based in her home country of Costa Rica where she leads DP Comunicación Estratégica, a company devoted to improving the communication of science.
  • Valeria Román, a freelance science writer based in Argentina who writes about science, health and the environment for Science,Nature and Scientific American, as well as Infobae.com, SciDev.net and Forbes Argentina.
  • Margaret López, a science and economic reporter based in Venezuela who is the editor of HispanoPost Media Group and a collaborator with SciDev.net.
  • Iván Carrillo, is the editor of this cross-border health project. He serves as editor of Tangible, which is a digital magazine of the Mexico City daily newspaper El Universal,Iván is the anchor of the program Los Observadores on Mexico’s TV Azteca and a writer for National Geographic and Newsweek en Español. He has also worked with Discovery Channel and CNN en Español.

This is only the beginning! We plan to launch a series of cross border projects in the months ahead so keep checking our InquireFirst website for more excellent regional reporting.

Medellín & Cali, Colombia

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InquireFirst instructs investigative journalism workshops in Medellin and Cali

MEDELLIN, Colombia – InquireFirst Executive Director Lynne Walker met with journalists in Medellín and Cali, Colombia, July 29-August 3 to discuss new techniques for conducting investigative reporting.

During the programs organized by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Walker led interactive sessions with journalists who cover corruption, organized crime and public safety issues.  She focused her workshop sessions on journalist safety as well as effective interview techniques and narrative writing.

Some 30 journalists attended each of the two-day workshops in Medellin and Cali, with additional journalists from prominent media organizations joining the group for receptions at the close of each of the programs.

Walker met with directors of Colombia’s largest media organizations, as well as with leaders of journalism programs at top universities.

In Medellin, Walker met with journalists at El Colombiano, the second-largest daily newspaper in Colombia.  The hour-long session was moderated by Margarita Barrero, editor-in-chief of the newspaper.

In another first for InquireFirst, approximately 12 Venezuelan journalists joined the Cali workshop via live stream transmission for a day-long investigative reporting session.

Many of the Venezuelan journalists who participated had attended past workshops organized by Walker.


 

Medellín and Cali, Colombia Investigative Journalism in High-Risk Situations

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July 29-August 2, 2019
Medellín and Cali, Colombia
Investigative Journalism in High-Risk Situations

During the two-day workshops in Medellín and Cali, InquireFirst Executive Director Lynne Walker will conduct interactive sessions with journalists who cover corruption, organized crime and public safety issues.  Walker will focus her workshop sessions on journalist safety as well as effective interview techniques and narrative writing.

Some 30 journalists will attend each of the workshops, with additional journalists from prominent media organizations joining the group for receptions at the close of each of the programs.

Walker will also meet with directors of Colombia’s largest media organizations, as well as with directors of journalism programs at top universities.