Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Zambia: Putting Health News in the Headlines


Knight International is working to make health reporting a regular beat at one of Zambia's leading newspapers. Knight Fellow Antigone Barton helped to establish the first health desk at the Zambia Daily Mail, one of the country's most influential newspapers. Under her coaching and mentoring, the staff markedly increased the quality and quantity of health stories on topics such as HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera and malaria. Barton’s fellowship ended in February 2010. Knight Fellow Zarina Geloo began work the same month at the Times of Zambia.

HIGHLIGHTS

-Helped reporters and editors produce a World AIDS Day package that included an examination of HIV-positive Zambian prisoners who return to their communities and spread the disease.

-Led a team of reporters in producing a ground-breaking series on cancer risks and links to AIDS, and on the challenges of cancer treatment in Zambia.

-Created a monthly health newsletter as a resource to assist journalists covering health-related stories.

-Helped the new health desk report on disease prevention.

-Led a team of reporters and editors in producing an award-winning series on malaria, the nation’s deadliest disease. Zambia’s health minister credited the newspaper’s coverage with helping to reduce malaria infections.

-Helped organize an association of journalists and health experts to serve as a resource for the media community and forum for discussing health threats and policies.

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