September 16, 2014

10 Investigative Journalism Fellowships Offered to Cover HIV/AIDS in South Africa


The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is offering 10 journalists fellowships to produce investigative reports on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

Nearly 6 million South Africans are suffering from HIV – among them 3.2 million women and 280,000 children, UNAIDS estimates.

With funding from M•A•C AIDS Fund, the project will offer 10 experienced South African reporters one-on-one coaching with media trainers and stipends to conduct interviews and in-depth research. The M•A•C AIDS Fund has donated more than $8 million to HIV/AIDS programs in South African in the last decade.

Four training sessions in 2011 will bring together experts in the fields of journalism and HIV/AIDS to coach these journalists.

From 30 to 40 investigative reports will be produced by the fellows, and South African new media, broadcast and print outlets will spotlight their reports.

Under the IWMF’s transformative training model, these trained investigative reporters will work with editors and management to improve news reporting on HIV/AIDS.

Key features of the training model include:

* Continuous training

* Buy-in and a commitment of institutional support from top management

* Empowerment of women journalists

* Training provided by journalists and experts with a focus on health and gender issues.

For more information, please contact Roshani Kothari at

Covering Poverty and Food Security, 22-23 April, Jhb

Withered bean plants: Farmers in the larger Nakuru area in Rift Valley province have experienced maize and beans crop failure in 2009 due to poor rainfall early in the year. © Jane Some/IRIN

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Workshop objectives

Covering Poverty, Food Security & Social Protection aims to increase and enhance news media coverage of poverty and poverty policy interventions in the Southern African Development Community region.

The workshop is an RHVP initiative, funded by the United Kingdom’s development agency, UKaid.

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is R600.00 excl VAT. Please return the registration form to Samkele Nkabinde at or contact her at +27 11 341 0767 to attend.

Download a Microsoft Word registration form to your computer, or a PDF version.


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Withered bean plants: Farmers in the larger Nakuru area in Rift Valley province have experienced maize and beans crop failure in 2009 due to poor rainfall early in the year. © Jane Some/IRIN

Withered bean plants: Farmers in the larger Nakuru area in Rift Valley province have experienced maize and beans crop failure in 2009 due to poor rainfall early in the year. © Jane Some/IRIN

Food riots across Africa, sparked by the global economic crisis, have made food security the continent’s most pressing issue. Is your newsroom equipped to cover the issue quickly, intelligently and in depth?

Africa is home to three-quarters of the world’s “ultra-poor”. Food aid may solve their immediate hunger, but longer-term solutions are needed to bolster food security.

Sign up your journalists to the Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme’s two-day training workshop on Thursday and Friday 22-23 April in Dunkeld West, Johannesburg.

The Workshop will be facilitated by a veteran journalist who is also an experienced trainer. Journalists will receive coaching on writing stories. Interactive practical sessions will equip journalists to find, plan and write compelling stories on poverty and food security in future.

Programme Day 1

  • Introduction to covering poverty – plus film screening
  • Debate with local experts on how the media covers poverty
  • Introduction to the RHVP, social protection & cash transfers
  • A deeper look into poverty in South Africa and the region
  • Expert on local anti-poverty project
  • Interview opportunities with experts and facilitators

Programme Day 2

  • Generating poverty story ideas
  • Planning stories on poverty
  • Sourcing information on poverty and anti-poverty interventions
  • Questions & answers on the RHVP and anti-poverty interventions
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The workshops are offered in partnership with:


Newspapers learning in community

How can small community newspapers and magazines be made viable? Delegates from several provinces, sponsored by the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), will be pooling their experiences and ideal solutions at a two-day workshop.

 frayintermedia’s Michael Schmidt will be a speaker at the forum for community media on February 11 and 12, convened by the MDDA, the Government agency mandated to assist “historically disadvantaged communities and persons not adequately served by the media to gain access to the media”.

 For small media, keeping their heads above financial water is a major challenge. Issues such as revenue generation, cash flow, managing the relationship with clients, printing and distribution, and sales and marketing will be debated in depth.

 frayintermedia conducted feasibility studies for some of the media now sponsored by the MDDA. Examples are Agenda Magazine in Mafikeng and Penopele News, a community newspaper in North West. Agenda Magazine and Penopele News are unusual publications, as both are bilingual, published in seTswana and English. Both operate in areas with seTswana radio stations, but no other source of printed seTswana content.

Alex Pioneer, a community newspaper distributed in Alexandra in Gauteng, will be another attendee at the event. Sponsored by the MDDA, frayintermedia mentored Alex Pioneer during weekly visits for six months in 2009.

Training government journalists – being fair, accurate and balanced

frayintermedia’s Michael Schmidt conducted a two-day workshop on “Online to print” for government journalists on February 4 and 5.

GCIS, the Government Communication Information System, approached frayintermedia to provide training to a group of their journalists who work for BuaNews, the Government news agency. These journalists work mostly online, but needed to acquire skills in writing for print. The course included understanding the media landscape in South Africa, understanding the reasons for tensions that have developed between the government and the media, and the legal environment journalists operate in.

During the workshop some basic journalism skills were refined. The GCIS journalists’ brief is to report on what Government does, but that needs to be done in a fair, balanced and accurate manner conforming to journalistic standards – even when covering controversial stories touching on the personal lives of Government figures.

Award-winning author Adam Hochschild and Prof. Anton Harber at the 2008 Narrative Journalism Conference

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frayintermedia’s Charmeela Bhagowat conducting TV interview training 2006

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The “Naked Scientist” Dr. Chris Smith at the Reporting Science Conference 2007

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frayintermedia’s Michael Schmidt advises the editor of a community newspaper in Alexandra 2009

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Community journalists interview migrants during a field trip, on a 2-day training workshop 2009

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