International Health Journalism Fellowship Project: India
International Health Journalism Fellowship Project: INDIA
Read more information about HIV/AIDS and related health issues in India on GlobalHealthReporting.org – India Country Page and in the updated fact sheet on HIV/AIDS in India. For a reporting guide on AIDS in India (available in English, Tamil, Marathi and Hindi), see The HIV/AIDS Reporting Guide for India. See the Health e-Letter, a monthly newsletter about public health in India.
About the Project
The Kaiser Family Foundation announced the new International Health Journalism Fellowship Project at the Media Leaders’ Summit, which was held at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi in January 2005. The goal of the International Health Journalism Fellowship Project is to encourage substantive coverage of the health, social, economic, political and cultural implications of HIV/AIDS and associated health problems, as well as policies and programs to address HIV/AIDS and related health issues in India. Selected news organizations undertake an individually tailored project that focuses on HIV/AIDS and related health issues in India. Select examples of completed work are posted below. Please note that this program has ended and we are no longer granting these project awards.
The selected news organization designates a team of editors, reporters, photographers and/or graphic designers to lead the project. Priority is given to:
- projects otherwise unlikely to be undertaken or completed without outside funding,
- projects that focus on issues currently under-reported or not reported at all
- projects that have a high likelihood of being published/broadcast and
- are accessible to a relatively large audience
Awards are intended to produce in-depth, substantive and sustained reporting on HIV/AIDS and related issues. Selected broadcast news organizations may also be eligible to receive an award for in-depth reporting, to cover project expenses such as travel and research expenses typically up to and no greater than a maximum award of 220,000 Indian Rupees (approximately U.S. $5,000).
The Project in India is funded entirely through a generous grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of a larger initiative on increasing understanding of global health issues. The Gates Foundation is not involved in the selection of any project-award recipient, and no representation should be made that the Gates Foundation supports the activities of any project-award recipient.
What is Covered?
The project award covers travel expenses and other expenses including research, photography, internet access, telephone/fax and photocopying, laptop rental, camera crew and project-related production expenses. These expenses could include additional pages or print inserts, graphics, website information, online features such as Q&A with readers, additional television studio or editing time. Up to 20% of the award could be designated for additional staff time/salary expenses or to commission freelance contributions. The award may not be used to pay anyone who is being interviewed or who is being used in some other way as a news source.
Recent Project Events
- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Journalism Workshop “Reporting on HIV: Issues and Concerns“, October 26-27, 2007
- Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Panchgani, Jaipur, India, U.S. Journalists’ Sitevisit, April 2-13, 2007
Click here for the NPR report by Joe Neel about our site visit to India (7/6/07)
- Patna, Bihar, India, Issues on Covering HIV/AIDS, October 9-10, 2006
- Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Issues on Covering HIV/AIDS, March 9-10, 2006
- [Internews Network Project] Lucknow, U.P., India, “Voice of U.P: Raising the profile of Health and HIV/AIDS in the U.P. Press,” February 11-12, 2006
- Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Reporting on HIV: Issues and Concerns, October 21-22, 2005
- New Delhi, India, Media Leaders’ Summit on HIV/AIDS, January 2005
- Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Media Consultations, November 2004
- New Delhi, India, Media Consultations, October 2004
In February 2007 Kaiser International Fellow, Kalpana Jain, launched the Health e-Letter, a monthly newsletter about public health issues in India with contributions from journalists from India and around the world.
To see past issues of the Health e-Letter click below:
A selection of articles from our fellows’ work are represented below. Many of the articles are translated from their original language (Marathi or Hindi) into English for greater accessibility. It is important to note that as a result of the translations, the language in the articles may not reflect the full original intended meaning or tone.
- Hindustan newsaper (Hindi)
Sudhir Mishra, principal correspondent, Lucknow
“Every hundreth person in Manipur is HIV positive” May 26, 2006
“Songachi’s Agrey Wali has become Folklore” June 19, 2006
“Flying Sex Workers have to give in to Customers’ Demands” July 3, 2006
- Indian Express newspaper
Toufiq Rashid, principal correspondent, New Delhi
“New surveys to pin AIDS count” February 16, 2006
“Moving Down South” April 2, 2006
“Back to Basics” April 2, 2006
“72,000 New HIV cases, high-risk group is problem” April 5, 2006
- Loksatta newspaper (Marathi)
Shekhar Deshmukh, senior sub-editor/reporter, Mumbai
- Rajasthan Patrika (Hindi)
Harindra Singh Bagwala, principle correspondent, Jaipur
The Heroes Project, co-chaired by Parmeshwar Godrej and Richard Gere, seeks to harness India’s communication power and potential to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduce stigma and discrimination. It works through two avenues: media partnerships and its societal leaders program.