Reporting Trips FAQ

What are the IRP reporting trips?
Several times a year, up to 12 journalists will be awarded grants to travel as a group to an important but under-covered country in the news. Currently, we are accepting applications for our group reporting trip to Mozambique.

How does "group reporting" work?
All Fellows are required to attend and participate in the sessions arranged for the group. Some independent reporting time is also built into our schedule for each Fellow to pursue stories related to the trip's themes on their own. Fellows who wish to cover topics outside of the group fellowship's theme are encouraged to extend their stay after the trip. Fellows are not required to collaborate with each other on stories, though they may if they wish to do so.

What types of activities do the trips include?
Fellows meet with key government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, members of the business community, members of the local media, and local citizens, among others.

How long does the trip last?
IRP's reporting trips generally last between one and two weeks. The trip to Mozambique will last a week and a half.

Who is eligible?
It depends on the trip; read each announcement closely to learn who is eligible in each case. For the Mozambique trip, we welcome applications from new media journalists, including journalists for online publications, bloggers, influential social media practitioners, and freelance contributors with established publication relationships. 

Do IRP Fellows have to be U.S. citizens?
It depends on the trip. The Mozambique trip is open only to citizens of France, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.

What costs of the trip does the International Reporting Project cover?
The IRP will purchase Fellows’ round-trip air tickets to the destination and pay for hotel costs, meals and local transportation. Fellows not based in the U.S. will have to arrange their own visas, but the IRP will reimburse them for the visa costs. Fellows who wish to stay on in a country after the end of the program would arrange that at their own expense. Each Fellow is responsible for paying the costs of his or her passport and immunization fees.

Do journalists produce stories from the trip?
Yes, Fellows are required to produce stories, op-ed columns, audio slideshows, blogs or other pieces from the trip with a credit line to the IRP for making the trip and story possible. Stories produced by Fellows will run on the IRP website, but journalists are encouraged to collaborate with other news organizations as well.

How are the trips you now offer different from your Gatekeeper Editor trips?
The Gatekeeper trips, which we offered from 2000 to 2012, offered an overview of each country. Our trips now have a specific focus on a given topic. In addition, we accept applications from a wider range of journalists, from new media experts to bloggers to established journalists using media in innovative ways. We also began supporting international Fellows for the first time in 2013.

What topics are covered on the trips?
Each trip explores a different topic.

Our trip to Ethiopia is focusing on efforts to prevent newborn deaths, as well as provide an overview of maternal and child health, immunizations, nutrition, communicable diseases, and health care provision in Ethiopia, among other topics.

Our trip to Mozambique will look at immunization efforts in the larger context of maternal and child health, nutrition, women’s empowerment, governance and access to health care in rural and remote areas.

Who owns the stories produced during a trip?
All of the content produced by the Fellows would be co-owned by the IRP and the selected journalists, unless he or she has a different relationship with his or her publisher. All material (subject to editorial review) would be posted on the IRP site, along with links to other organizations where the work of the IRP Fellows appear. In addition, the works produced during the trip would be available for distributing through the social media channels of the IRP’s funders.

Where does funding for the trips come from?
The IRP does not accept any government funding, either from the U.S. or elsewhere. Support for all IRP programs comes entirely from private, non-partisan foundations in the U.S. whose names are listed on the About the IRP page, as well as from contributions from individuals. The program schedules for the reporting trips are devised entirely by the IRP senior staff, who are former journalists and who create a program of appointments and activities based on the interests and requests of participating journalists.

Are freelancers or unaffiliated journalists eligible for the program?
It depends on the trip. On our new media trips, we often take bloggers, social media experts, and freelancers with established publishing relationships and significant new media experience.

Are former IRP Fellows and Gatekeeper Editors allowed to apply for a trip?
Yes. Former IRP Fellows and Gatekeeper Editors are eligible to apply for all IRP trips.

How do I apply?
All candidates must fill out an application form on which they should describe the stories they would pursue during the trip.