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    Voices of the Scientific “Dissidence”

    Four journalists – working as a cross-border team under the name Conexión Centroamericana — investigated the role of science in government decisions to respond to the aggressive regional advances of COVID-19. The answers they found as a result of their two-month investigation showed that an unhealthy dose of politics and scarce science are driving the decisions on Central America’s response to the pandemic.




    Transgender in Latin America

    Unfolded from Otherness

    We are thrilled to announce that this project is a finalist for Outstanding Investigative Reporting in the Fetisov Journalism Awards

    The HHMI Department of Science Education supported the first cross-border science journalism collaboration initiated by Lynne Walker and Iván Carrillo in July 2019, when a proposal by a team of four Latin American science writers was selected from among a number of worthy proposals during a science journalism workshop held at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The result was an in-depth, multi-faceted transgender multimedia report carried out by the reporters from Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina and Venezuela and edited by Iván Carrillo that combined complex scientific information with a compelling and compassionate narrative.

    Call for entries

    Historias Sin Fronteras will begin accepting applications for our Cross-Border Science Journalism Project, an initiative to promote collaborative journalism in Latin America, in early 2021. 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.

    The long-term effect of our journalism programs at InquireFirst is to build close collaboration among journalists from Latin America in the belief that cross-border reporting can strengthen journalism and give citizens the information they need to make better decisions.

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

    Our goal is to support teams of science, health and environment journalists working on in-depth regional projects. This initiative includes grants to provide financial support to journalists whose projects are selected by our international panel of judges in 2021.


    S. Lynne Walker
    S. Lynne Walker
    Project Director

    S. Lynne Walker is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who spent much of her career reporting from Mexico, where she served as Mexico City Bureau Chief from 1992 to 2008 for San Diego, Calif.-based Copley News Service.

    Lynne was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for “Beardstown: Reflection of a Changing America,” a four-part series on a small Illinois town transformed by immigration. She was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2005 for her outstanding coverage of Latin America.

    From 2008-2016, Lynne served as vice president of the Institute of the Americas, a nonprofit organization on the University of California, San Diego campus. There, she established the Institute’s regional journalism program, creating an international network of journalists and raising funds to provide them with scholarships to attend workshops that she organized and directed.

    As president and executive director of InquireFirst, which she launched in 2016, Lynne continues to travel to Latin America to work with colleagues on new ways to produce in-depth reporting on science, health and the environment. She has conducted Spanish-language journalism workshops in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador.

    Iván Carrillo
    Iván Carrillo
    Editor and Project Coordinator

    Iván Carrillo is a Mexico City-based science journalist with more than 20 years of experience in magazines and television. He is conductor of the program Los Observadores on Canal ADN 40 of TV Azteca and the Ibero-American Scientific and Cultural News, a program that is broadcast in more than 17 Latin American countries in Spanish and Portuguese with news on science and technology.

    He is an independent contributor to National Geographic and the Latin American editions of Newsweek and has collaborated with Discovery Channel, CNN in Spanish, El WESO, Radio Mexiquense, Grupo Expansión, among many others.

    Iván is part of the 2016-2017 generation of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, the world’s most recognized scientific journalism program, and holds a master’s degree in digital journalism from the University of Guadalajara.

    He has conducted reporting in more than 20 countries. In addition, he is a lecturer on journalism, storytelling and creativity and is a founding member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists.

    He is also consultant for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and Mexico’s National Cancer Institute and has served as a juror for numerous journalism and innovation competitions.


    Aleszu Bajak
    Aleszu Bajak

    Aleszu Bajak, a science and data journalist who teaches and manages the graduate programs at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

    Bajak is the editor of LatinAmericanScience.org, a resource for science news and opinion in Latin America.

    He has been a freelance reporter in Latin America, a producer for the public radio show Science Friday, and once worked in the gene therapy department at Weill Cornell.

    From 2013-2014, Bajak was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Bajak grew up in New Jersey, Germany and Colombia and has lived in Chile, Peru and Argentina.

    Jane Roberts
    Jane Roberts

    Jane Roberts, the deputy editor of Undark, a non-profit, editorially-independent digital magazine dedicated to exploring the intersection of science and society.

    She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Economics, with a minor in Environmental Studies.

    Before joining Undark, Roberts interned with the wealth team at Forbes, where she valued and wrote about some of the country’s richest billionaires.

    She joined Undark as associate editor in 2016 and has since developed its widely respected fact-checking program.

    Robert Hernández
    Robert Hernández

    Robert Hernández, an associate professor of professional practice at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, who focuses on finding ways that technology and journalism can empower people, inform reporting and storytelling and engage community.

    Hernández has been an international keynote speaker and moderator and gave a TEDxKC talk on the future of news and misinformation.

    Prior to joining Annenberg, Hernández worked at The Seattle Times, where he helped shape and execute the vision for the website. He also worked as a web designer and consultant for El Salvador’s largest daily newspaper, La Prensa Gráfica.


    Mara Brugés
    Daniel Meza
    Tania Orbe
    Ximena Serrano

    Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Production Project

    A team of journalists from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador will be probing the contentious issue of GMOs with the support of a reporting grant from Historias Sin Fronteras. In selecting the project for our fourth and final 2020 reporting grant, the international panel of judges said, “this is a story that has more than just pro-con stakeholders, so we look forward to hearing all the diverse perspectives and the impact ranging from environment to economic as well as health.”

    Eduardo Franco Berton
    Eduardo Franco Berton
    Gustavo Faleiros
    Gustavo Faleiros

    Water Conservation and Environment Project

    A team of South American journalists is conducting an environmental investigative project with the support of our third Historias Sin Fronteras reporting grant. Our international panel of judges called the project “an exciting exploration” of the multi-faceted and complex issue of large-scale water projects and the danger they present to the environment.

    Marcela Cantero
    Marcela Cantero
    Beatriz Benítez
    Beatriz Benítez
    Evelyn Boche
    Evelyn Boche
    Moisés Martínez
    Moisés Martínez

    Central America Health Project

    Four Central American journalists have been awarded our second reporting grant for a regional Covid-19 project which they will produce as part of our 2020 Historias Sin Fronteras initiative to provide Latin American journalists the resources they need to conduct in-depth, cross-border reporting on science, health and the environment.

    Alexa Vélez
    Alexa Vélez
    Fabiano Maisonnave
    Fabiano Maisonnave

    Environmental Investigative Journalism Project

    InquireFirst is pleased to announce that our first regional reporting project will be conducted by two South American reporters as part of a new initiative to encourage cross-border reporting on science, health and the environment by Latin American journalists. 


    HHMI, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., is the leading private nonprofit supporter of scientific research and science education in the United States. The Department of Science Education supports storytelling and science literacy through its media partnerships and its HHMI Tangled Bank Studios unit, which creates powerful films about science and scientists for broad audiences.

    Its Undergraduate Grant Program aims to transform science education in universities and colleges, and its BioInteractive division produces and provides free educational resources to educators and millions of students around the globe.



    A collaborative cross-border science journalism project organized by InquireFirst


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