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Mongolian journalists to participate in sessions on reporting helpful information about avian flu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
ImageMongolian 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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