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JANUARY 2021 - Coffee and COVID

In our first edition, we experience a coffee harvest in Costa Rica turned upside down - and the impact of COVID-19 on the epic journey of migrants that make this iconic industry possible.

FEBRUARY 2021 - Women not numbers

Our second edition explored themes related to the life and death of women in Costa Rica: from the country's struggle to overcome its last hurdles in infant and maternal mortality, the faces of adolescent pregnancy, to a three-part series on the femicide.

MARCH 2021 - Lessons learned

On March 1st 2021, with our third edition, we set out on a journey through Costa Rica's mid-pandemic education system. We called it "Lessons Learned," and explored what the nation's schools have learned under extreme stress over 2020.

APRIL 2021 - The trailblazers

What does rural tourism in Costa Rica look, feel, smell, taste, and sound like? What does it mean to be a rural tourism entrepreneur in one of the most diverse destinations in the world? How has COVID-19 affected rural tourism in Costa Rica? Can the Costa Rican government save the sector... or can rural entrepreneurs save themselves? We asked ourselves all these questions, and in a very ambitious edition—with seven in-depth articles, four opinion columns, and nine articles written by members of our Directory 506—we tried to answer them.

MAY 2021 - Costa Rica Inside Out

A month when we turned the keys over to Directory 506. These pieces are shaped by El Colectivo 506, but generated by the rural tourism and nonprofit leaders we’re here to serve. Behind the scenes, we made surveys and forms, tools, and editing procedures, all designed to help us develop stories not just about, but also with rural organizations.

JUNE 2021 - Country of allies?

In June 2021, at El Colectivo 506, we asked ourselves the question: Is Costa Rica a country of allies? The search for the answer led us to look at the struggle for respect for Human Rights of the LGTBIQ + community in the country, and to dig to find who is doing the work so that we can answer "yes" to our question. We look at the public sector, the private sector and civil society organizations.


How have rural Costa Rican towns gotten back on their feet after a tragedy, and how are they preparing for the future in this era of increasing storms and rising waters? Our seventh edition, "Watershed," explores moments of crisis that marked a before and after for Costa Rican communities. The stories of floods, storms, and other natural events that started something new. Longform articles from Upala, Monteverde, Talamanca, Ciudad Cortés y Sarapiquí, written by journalists from our NETWORK 506, supported by the Solutions Journalism Network


Costa Rica is famous for its commitment to its protected areas. But what is life like for the neighbors of these parks and reserves? What it's like to make a living in these iconic places? What innovations are being developed in Costa Rica to ensure the future of these spaces and the people who depend on them? In "Symbiosis," we'll explore the relationship between Costa Rica's national parks and the communities that shape them: in Ostional, Chirripó, Isla San Lucas, and Bahía Ballena. Would you like to support the work of our journalists this month?


What does fake news look like in Costa Rica? Have you ever seen it? During this month of September—the month of Independence Day and of Costa Rica’s bicentennial celebrations—we’re turning our attention at El Colectivo 506 to the health of our democracy, and how disinformation and fake news is causing new symptoms in our society. We’ve prepared for you an edition that explores errors small and huge, lies of all shapes and sizes, and the stories of the people who work day and night to correct, convince, and clarify. In short: this month, we’re shining a light on local media and journalists who want to inform us well and truthfully. Join us for “Infodemic,” a month behind the scenes of Costa Rican news.⁠


Just how dire is the impact of COVID in the early detection of cancer? What is the solution? What public-private partnerships are in place, or taking shape, that can reduce cancer mortality in Costa Rica?⁠. We dive deep into this topic. We explore the experiences of patients and medical personnel around the country, and some of the various initiatives that have been developed to improve cancer prevention and early diagnosis.


Leilani. Kenneth. Shirley. Sherman. They’re names that many Costa Ricans have spoken—or shouted—this year in front of the TV screen, with astonishment or glee. But what is the work behind the scenes that goes into allowing a new athlete or a new sport to emerge from the shadows? What can we learn from this process? What are the myths surrounding non-traditional sports and sectors in Costa Rica, that these athletes are helping to defeat? And whose lives are affected when this is achieved, beyond the lives of the people who are now so well known for their mastery of their fields, arenas and waves? ⁠


"Rearview," begins what we hope will be an annual tradition at El Colectivo 506: a month to look back at the stories we reported throughout the year. This was a month to chase down loose ends. To find out what happened with the plans and dreams that were left on the table.