Key Correspondents: Reporting on action for HIV

No-one knows better what’s needed to tackle HIV, health and rights in any given community than the people living there and most affected by the issues.

That’s why the Alliance supports Key Correspondents, a global network of citizen journalists. Its correspondents report to influence HIV and broader health policy, programming and financing. Issues reported on are wide-ranging, from how fisherwomen in Kenya are empowered to fight HIV, to an inspiring school in India tackling HIV stigma, or how coffee ceremonies in Ethiopia are used to share information on HIV.

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Young people’s time to be heard

our timeAs HIV is the second largest cause of death amongst adolescents globally, Key Correspondents frequently report on the issues affecting young people. Issues include a lack of age appropriate HIV services and parents struggling to disclose their child’s status to them, but there are also stories showing how young people are an important part of the HIV response, with young people's networks and peer outreach workers having significant impact on individuals lives in their communities. A collection of stories on adolescents and HIV has been brought together in this new publication Our time to be heard.

Ways we support

The Alliance supports the network through providing mentoring, including via email, with feedback provided on all articles. All correspondents have access to Change the World: A toolkit for Citizen Journalists, which was published in February 2014, which brings together the core journalism and advocacy skills required to be an effective citizen journalist.

Each year, correspondents have the opportunity to apply for a place on the Alliance’s five-day intensive communications workshop, benefitting from training on subjects including news reporting, advocacy, blogging and social media. Multimedia training is the most recent addition to the training programme and is part of the programme’s ‘theory of change’ the ultimate goal of which is for decision makers on HIV at national and international level to be influenced by those most affected by HIV. Watch Roxy’s video story I’m a transgender sex worker, but only God can judge me. The video was produced by Key Correspondents Nina Benedicte Kouassi, Adella Mbabazi and Hazvinei Mwanaka.

The high standard of journalism on the site has caught the attention of both specialist and mainstream media with articles featured on sites such as Impatient Optimists, All Africa and Thomson Reuters Foundation.