Health/Science

The Henry Luce Foundation Program to Promote Excellence in Global Coverage of Religion

Continuing its efforts to improve coverage of religion around the world, ICFJ has launched a two-year program for American and international journalists who cover religious issues. By improving professional skills and increasing the dialogue around religion, ICFJ hopes to encourage journalists to engage the subject more openly and free of bias, and simultaneously more respectfully and critically. The program activities will include two online courses and international joint reporting projects,

The program is designed to:

  • Improve U.S.

Creating an Association of Pan-African Health Journalists

Founding members of Africa's first continent-wide health journalists network met for four days to hammer out the many details needed to launch the association.

The African Health Journalists Association (AHJA) is an association of health journalism organizations and journalists dedicated to promoting and providing quality media coverage to improve the lives of people across Africa.

Its goals are:

  • To help journalists improve the quality and quantity of reporting on health issues in Africa
  • To advance professional development and raise the profile of health stories in the media
  • To promote dialogue and understanding between journalists and experts
  • To encourage journalism that fosters the b

Mozambique - Story on Kuchinga

Using data, health journalists at Mozambique's weekly newspaper Savana proved that the tradition of "widow cleansing" increases the risk of HIV infection.

Mozambique - Declan w/journo at Entebbe workshop

Knight Fellow Declan Okpalaeke, president of the newly formed African Health Journalists Association, is helping lead the way for health data journalism training in Africa. (Photo by Mercedes Sayagues)

Jul 252012

Learning Data Visualization Skills Helps Tell Compelling Stories in Africa

For two days, the trainers became trainees, and it was fun. We stepped into the world of data visualization using the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). These population-based surveys provide reliable information on HIV, malaria, gender, family planning, maternal and child health, and nutrition in more than 90 countries.

Uganda Data Vis

Workshop participant Joy Wanja of The Nation in Kenya wrote an award-winning story using health and demographic data to tell the life story of a baby girl and the challenges she will face until adulthood. (Photo by Mercedes Sayagues)

Jul 252012

Unsafe Abortion Makes News, as Mozambique Prepares for a Change in Law

Abortions are technically illegal in Mozambique. Even though the laws are no longer enforced, medical standards have yet to catch up, especially in rural areas where patients find less sterile, riskier procedures. Now with a new effort to revamp and discard the old national laws, all that is about to change.

Mozambique - Abort-Trainee

A journalism trainee (left) interviews a community health activist with Pathfinder, an organization which promotes family planning and warns about unsafe abortions in Chokwe, Gaza province. (Photo by Mercedes Sayagues)

Mozambique - AbortWard

Mozambique's Parliament is likely to approve decriminalizing abortion later this year, a move that will impact procedures performed at sites like the gynecological ward at Beira Central Hospital. (Photo by Mercedes Sayagues)

Jul 242012

Knight Fellows in Africa Develop Tools To Improve Health Data Reporting

Knight International Journalism Fellows collaborated with Measure DHS (Demographic Health Surveys) in Entebbe, Uganda, to develop tools that can be used to train other journalists to accurately report on health issues using data. The complexity of understanding health data, coupled with the thoughtful and sensitive coverage necessary when reporting HIV prevalence, makes training health journalists critical to improving public health in Africa.

Knowledge for Health wrote about the event on their blog.