Auteur / Author : William Bird, Rachel Bray, Gemma Harries, alii ONLINE
Titre / Title : Reporting on Children in the Context of HIV/AIDS. A Journalist's Resource
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Editeur / Publisher : The Children's Institute, the CSSR, the Media Monitoring Project
Année / Year : 2005   Nbr. Pages :          Taille / Size


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The media can play a vital role in ensuring appropriate responses to children affected by the AIDS epidemic. They can do so by reporting accurately and sensitively, engaging the debates, tracking implementation and highlighting areas where government does not live up to its promises. Drawing on the findings of recent media research, this resource is designed to assist journalists by providing them with relevant reference information and tips for coverage. While primarily targeted at South African journalists and editors, the resource contains information that should be useful elsewhere in southern Africa.

The Report consists of six parts which cover the following content:

* Recent research and thinking around the ways in which children are affected by HIV/AIDS, including being ophaned.

* Key issues in responding to children affected by HIV/AIDS for journalists, including clinical interventions, (such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission and antiretroviral treatment), and social support for affected communities.

* Misleading messages that the media perpetuates in its coverage. It challenges journalists to contextualise stories and not to compromise children's well being through stereotyping.

* Five guiding principles for reporting on children and HIV/AIDS, including issues of confidentiality and children's right to participate in matters that concern them.

* A detailed resource list, including organisations that conduct research into children affected by the epidemic, those which can provide up-to-date statistics, and organisations that work directly with children and their families.

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