Carter Center Announces 2022-23 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellows in Latin America

The Carter Center and the University of La Sabana in Bogotá, Colombia, have named the two recipients of the 2022-2023 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America.

Since 2013, the two organizations have worked together to award two fellowships each year for reporters to investigate and produce in-depth journalism projects that shed light on mental health issues and solutions in Latin America and break the stigma toward those who live with mental health conditions. In 2019, the program expanded beyond Colombia to include other Latin American nations.

After grant administrators received qualified applications from reporters from across the region with backgrounds in investigative and scientific journalism, they conducted a rigorous selection process, including two rounds of evaluation by experts in mental health journalism.

Below are the two recipients of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America 2022-2023:

Jazmín Bazán, Argentina 
Journalist, El Clarín
Topics: Health and social footprints of the pandemic; growth of eating disorders and the culture of silence in Argentina. 

Jazmín Bazán is a journalist at the Argentinian newspaper El Clarín, focusing on gender, education, and health. She has a particular interest in making the most vulnerable sectors of the population visible and impacting public policy on gender and mental health issues. She is a doctoral student in cultural criticism and Latin American literature, and she has worked for DiarioES and Televisión Pública in Argentina.

María Paula Rubiano, Colombia
Freelance Science, Environmental Journalist
Assistant Editor, Environmental Health News
The following media outlets endorsed her nomination: Mutante, El Espectador, Grist
Topic: The impact of violence on the mental health of environmental leaders in Latin America.

Rubiano is a freelance journalist with seven years of experience covering climate change, energy transition, and water resources in Latin America. She is assistant editor of Environmental Health News and specializes in issues related to biodiversity, environmental justice, and food sovereignty. She was a 2021 Environmental Justice Fellow at the independent media organization Grist and former editor of the newspaper El Espectador.

The two journalism fellows receive $5,000 each to produce their stories over the course of one year and are required to actively participate in the virtual Carter Center Learning Lab in September, led by the Mental Health Program in Atlanta, Georgia. During the grant year the journalists will also be partnered with mental health experts who will provide mentoring and access to sources and scientific guidance in the execution of their projects.  

For more than 25 years, The Carter Center has awarded annual fellowships to over 250 journalists who have been trained and connected with resources and experts to increase the quality and accuracy of mental health reporting around the world. The program currently operates in Latin America, the United States, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and was previously in New Zealand, South Africa, and Romania. 

The Carter Center provides training, educational materials, advice, evaluation tools and technical assistance to the University of La Sabana to develop a sustainable program tailored to the needs of Latin America. La Sabana administers the Latin America program and is responsible for the selection process of journalists, organizing conferences, media training, adapting the program to respond to local needs, and developing an evaluation of regional strategies. 


More information on the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship is here.

More information on the University of La Sabana Fellowship Program is here: Keys to Good Mental Health and Trauma Journalistic Coverage 

Follow @Carterfellows on Twitter to see mental health stories produced by current and former Carter Center fellows.

Click here to meet the 2022-2023 Fellowship recipients selected in the United States.

For more information, follow University of La Sabana and the Communications Faculty on Twitter, and the Carter Center on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook 



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A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.