This year's mission participants will also be the first group to take advantage of the advocacy resources offered at HonestReporting's brand new international headquarters in Jerusalem. Perched atop Heichal Shlomo in the center of Israel's capital, this state-of-the-art training facility boasts enhanced multi-media capabilities and a rooftop lecture terrace.
"The transition into our new office and teaching space is both a symbolic illustration and very real indication of our growth from a small group of scrappy grass-roots activists into a serious media watchdog, a powerhouse and a true force to be reckoned with. We have finally grown into ourselves," added HonestReporting's CEO Joe Hyams.
"Our new central facility makes us more accessible to student and professional groups from around the world who are interested in taking advantage of our advocacy training programs. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for HonestReporting."
After this year's mission, nearly 400 participants from around the world will have experienced the 'Inside Israel' program. Follow-up indicates that more than 35% of past HonestReporting mission participants become active Israel advocates in their communities, many assisting their local Israeli Consulates with the coordination of events and initiatives.