This training manual helps lay the foundation for civil society advocates to become citizen journalists. It brings together journalism skills and advocacy goals to help advocates share their perspectives and experience with decision makers and wider audiences to influence the discourse around HIV and related issues.
The manual introduces the basic components of journalism; so correspondents can write their stories with accuracy and using a journalistic approach to improve the potential of being published in mainstream media. It is a ‘how to’ guide for individual study.
About the Key Correspondents Network
Key Correspondents is a vibrant network of citizen journalists who write to influence HIV and broader health policy, programming and financing around the world. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and focuses on people affected by HIV, including representatives from marginalised groups, to report the HIV, health and human rights stories that matter to them.
Around the world, Key Correspondents’ stories ignite social movements for change among communities affected by HIV.
- Module 1: Advocacy and media
- How citizen journalism can influence decision makers and create change
- How to write strong stories that support an advocacy campaign strategy
- How to identify and communicate with your audiences
- How to develop compelling messages and write relevant stories
- How to pitch stories to a media outlet
- Module 2: Writing news stories
- How to construct a basic news story
- How to write an effective lead
- How to create a compelling headline
- How to quote sources
- How to proofread and edit your work
- Module 3: The art of the interview
- How to identify sources
- How to prepare for an interview
- How to conduct an interview
- How to close an interview