We’ve opened applications for our annual HIV/AIDS training for journalists, and are bracing for an expected avalanche of applications. Last year’s 500 hopefuls, from more than 50 countries, proved unexpectedly compelling for the NPF staff and top-ranked journalists we recruited to help us sort through them.
Radio journalists in rural African towns from Liberia to Ethiopia wrote of their struggle to get news about the latest AIDS research, with unreliable and expensive Internet connections; in India, Pakistan and elsewhere, journalists are trying to write about AIDS without using words related to sex; and in China, some have trouble getting AIDS stories into print because editors don’t believe it’s an issue there.
This year we are reaching out to journalists from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as other countries where HIV/AIDS is a problem. Because of the large number of applications we expect, we are going to focus on journalists who have never been to a J2J program before.
During our training, many topics are up for discussion among the fellows, who also get access to an impressive lineup of scientific and other experts to help prepare them for covering the International AIDS Conference, set this year for July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria. Our training takes place in the days immediately prior to IAC. You can see past agendas on our website, here. Check out the video slide show from last year’s conference in Cape Town, here.
If you’re interested in being one of our all-expenses-paid fellows this year, apply at our website. We’re ready to read YOUR compelling story.
- Linda Topping Streitfeld, NPF Director of Programs