Knight International Journalism Fellowships

South Africa: Create Multimedia Health Coverage

Knight Felllow Brenda Wilson is launching multimedia health programs in Johannesburg, South Africa, reaching a young, tech-savvy population that is particularly vulnerable to illness.

In South Africa, where AIDS and tuberculosis continue to cripple the population, Knight Health Journalism Fellow Brenda Wilson expanded multimedia health coverage at the country’s largest broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She dramatically increased coverage of health from its network of provincial bureaus. She also worked with a team of reporters to improve health stories produced by Health-e, a nonprofit service that provides health news and analysis for print and electronic media outlets across the country.

Wilson helped nearly three dozen journalists at SABC’s headquarters in Johannesburg and its regional bureaus across the country to produce stories that shed light on a wide range of health issues, including AIDS, tuberculosis, rural health services and new government health insurance policies. She also created training manuals and assembled a database of health experts that remains as a resource for journalists.