2018 Regional Conference on Investigative journalism

Deadline to apply is October 28, 2018. Click here to apply

Under the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas (IRIA) project, ICFJ, in partnership with Connectas, invites bilingual Caribbean journalists to apply to attend a regional conference program on investigative reporting and digital security practices. Since 2013, IRIA has encouraged and strengthened independent and quality journalism in Latin America by offering support to investigative journalists. In 2018, ICFJ proudly expanded its IRIA project to include journalists from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana. Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.

Please keep in mind that the application is only for journalists from the Caribbean new to the initiative. We will reach out to journalists from Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, and Honduras currently in the ConnectasHub.

The training will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2018 in Panama City, Panama. Over the course of three days, our trainers will cover investigative journalism and digital security best practices. In addition, we will dedicate a day to exploring different methods journalists can use to help their audiences ascertain the credibility of news.

Since 2013, ICFJ and Connectas have built a network of reporters across 17 countries in Latin America. This is a new opportunity for Caribbean journalists to join the ICFJ and Connectas network and build relationships with journalists who are just as passionate about issues such as freedom of expression, corruption, drug and human trafficking, gang violence and environmental degradation.

Apply for the training

If you would like to join ICFJ and Connectas’ network of investigative journalists at this training program, click here to apply. Please note that the selection committee will not accept late applications and will only consider complete applications. Deadline is October 28, 2018 (11:59pm EST).


Requirements to apply

  • Have a minimum of three years of investigative experience;
  • Be bilingual in English and Spanish. This is imperative as the entire training will be conducted in Spanish;
  • Work and reside in a Caribbean nation;
  • Confirm your availability from November 28 to December 2, 2018 (includes travel dates);
  • Have a valid passport until 2019.


If you are accepted, you will
  • Have your training expenses covered by ICFJ (lodging, international travel, ground transportation, and per diem expenses);
  • Work with ICFJ and Connectas’ team of trainers to hone your investigative reporting skills;
  • Have the opportunity to receive advice about security protocols in high-risk cases.


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