Mongolian journalists will
soon have the opportunity to attend three-day training sessions on explaining
avian flu in news stories in print and broadcast.
Sponsored by Internews and
UNICEF, the three-day sessions aim at separating fact from fiction,
showing the human side of the disease, and informing people about protecting
themselves and their families.
Internews is a non-governmental
organization which assists journalists in developing countries.
Training for journalists includes
field trips to actual outbreak sites, lectures, and practical exercises.
The exercises cover best practices in health reporting and reviews materials
from the United Nations-sponsored avian influenza awareness campaigns.
The training also provides
access to accurate, up-to-date information on avian influenza, safety
precautions for reporters who might be exposed to contaminated areas
and improved technical skills needed to report on this complex and rapidly
evolving health concern.
The project is an ongoing initiative
that targets countries that are particularly vulnerable to avian flu
outbreaks. Building on Internews’ experience in health journalism
and reporting emergencies, the program has created a training curriculum
that is tailored to address the specific needs of each country in which
it is conducted.
Commenting on the program,
Internews lead trainer Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan said, "Working in
partnership with veterinary and public health officials, journalists
will be made aware that they can communicate correct information about
avian influenza in simple but powerful messages. At the end of the day
it’s all about saving lives.”
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