HIV/AIDS Reporting Fellowship

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South Africa is believed to have more people infected with HIV/AIDS than any other country in the world. Yet, mainstream media coverage of the pandemic has been characterized by a lack of urgency, failure to examine the reasons behind stigma and denial, and inadequate engagement with people living with the disease.

To transform the way that HIV/AIDS reporting is done in South Africa, the IWMF created its HIV/AIDS Investigative Reporting Fellowship in 2011 with support by the M*A*C AIDS Fund. Now in its third year, the fellowship offers 10 journalists advanced training and coaching to produce innovative, high-quality investigative reporting on the complex, underreported issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, reflecting women’s voices and concerns.

  • Interview-thn Challenging journalists to promote excellence in HIV reportingBy Wynona Latham. More than 100 stories have been produced by the 30 IWMF HIV/AIDS Investigative Reporting fellows since the fellowship started in South Africa in 2011. And the fellowship itself has had a life-changing impact with many who have come into contact with it. South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) multimedia journalist Siphosethu Stuurman, a …

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  • WesternSahara-thnInvestigative StoriesThis program’s investigative reporting fellows have already produced more than 100 investigative pieces on a spectrum of issues including drugs that can prevent HIV in rape victims, shortage of antiretroviral drugs in South Africa, traditional medicines, infection through “corrective rape”, medical male circumcision, health guidelines for asylum seekers, and false AIDS ‘cures’.


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  • HIVAIDS-thn IWMF Fellows Investigate Untold Stories of HIV in South Africaby Elischia Fludd July 18, 2013 — The IWMF HIV/AIDS Investigative Reporting Fellowship is well underway with the fellows having completed their opening sessions in May. The year-long fellowship provides advanced training and stipends for fellows to report untold stories about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. The 2013 Fellows are comprised of seasoned and …

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  • Mentors-thnPromoting Excellence In HIV ReportingThe story of HIV and AIDS in Africa has changed dramatically since the IWMF published its first media resource guide on the subject in 2000. This 2014 report tells the story of how the IWMF has transformed HIV/AIDS reporting in Africa.

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  • 2013Fellows-thnFellowsThe third group of IWMF HIV/AIDS reporting fellows represent a range of both national and community media outlets from several different South African regions, most notably KwaZulu-Natal, the region with the highest HIV prevalence in the country.


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  • Mentors-thnMentorsFellows receive one-on-one coaching to conduct their research over the course of the year-long fellowship, and to build a valuable network of diverse contacts, including experts who participate in training workshops and sources provided by seasoned mentors.

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