Reporting Trip on Development in Brazil

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to announce a two-week group reporting trip for new media participants on April 5–19 to BrazilApplications are now being accepted.

Brazil has made major progress on several Millennium Development Goals, including reducing poverty and hunger and improving the health of its citizens, and this trip will examine those topics.

IRP Fellows will travel as a group to focus on issues related to health, poverty, hunger, and development, including successes and challenges in maternal health, child mortality, HIV/AIDS, hunger and food security, technological innovation, economy and business, urban and rural health care, environmental sustainability and women's empowerment, among others.

We will also explore "South-South" cooperation. Brazil continues to invest in Africa and to shore up links with the continent in areas such as pharmaceutical manufacturing and agriculture.

The trip will include visits to Brazil’s urban and rural areas to see how the country has addressed issues of poverty, health, and hunger. We will also examine social factors – such as human rights and equity issues, governance, and marginalized communities – in this geographically and culturally diverse country.

These are particularly timely topics, given Brazil's role hosting the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
“New media journalists” include media professionals, bloggers, influential social media practitioners, and freelance contributors. Some priority will be given to participants from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Nigeria, Kenya and South Arica, but applicants from all nations are eligible.

All candidates must fill out an application form and provide a detailed essay describing the stories they might pursue during the Brazil trip.

In their essays, applicants must address how they will cover one or more of the issues related to Millennium Development Goals listed above. While there are many other stories to be found in Brazil, these are the topics upon which this trip will focus.

All Fellows are required to participate in the sessions arranged for the group, and some independent reporting time will also be built into the schedule. Fellows who wish to cover other topics outside of this group fellowship are encouraged to extend their stay in Brazil.

The deadline for applications is Monday, February 3.

The IRP will purchase the Fellows’ round-trip air tickets to Brazil, pay for hotel costs, meals and local transportation, and reimburse visa costs. Fellows who wish to extend their stay after the fellowship will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.


Participants will be asked to post frequent stories, including blog posts, slideshows, social media posts, video and audio clips, before, during and after the trip. All of the stories produced by Brazil Fellows will be posted on the IRP site and co-owned by the Fellow (or his/her distribution partners, depending on agreements) and the IRP.
In addition, the work produced as a result of the trip will be made available for posting on the social media channels of the IRP’s funders. This trip is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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