Empowering Communities to Speak Their World for Social Change through Citizen Journalism

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Slide set which Taline Haytayan intended to present at BarCamp Africa UK, London, 7 November 2009. How the International HIV/AIDS Alliance organises its international network of 250 Key Correspondents …

Slide set which Taline Haytayan intended to present at BarCamp Africa UK, London, 7 November 2009. How the International HIV/AIDS Alliance organises its international network of 250 Key Correspondents to ‘speak their world’ in support of social change.

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  • 1. Empowering Communities to Speak their World Citizen journalism for social change in HIV/AIDS, TB and related health issues Taline Haytayan Barcamp Africa UK, London, 7 November 2009
  • 2. Aims
    • Concept and vision
    • Who are the Key Correspondents (KCs)?
    • How KCs are empowered to speak their world
    • Use of ICT and Multimedia
    • Challenges
    • Way Forward
  • 3. Concept and Vision
    • Community-based, citizen journalists
    • Passionate & Igniting social movements
    • Empowering civil society with the tools to make a change
    • Writing and expressing for change, accountability and transparency
  • 4. The Key Correspondent Team
    • Community-based writers on HIV/AIDS, TB and related health & development issues
    • 250 KCs in over 50 countries
    • Team in existence since 2000, supported by the Alliance since June 2009
    KCs from Zambia and Kenya at IAS Conference, Cape Town, 2009 KC team at 3 rd annual Stop TB Partners Forum, Brazil, in March, 2009 KC team at International Harm Reduction Conference, Bangkok, 2009
  • 5. KC representation 31.8% 21.2% 18.2% 5% 12.8% 1.5% 1.5% 8%
  • 6. The KC Team
    • The Key Correspondent Team is a vibrant network of community-based writers uniting to speak their world. These citizen journalists, comprised of civil society members from around the world, share stories from their communities.
    • The aim of KC stories is to give a voice to the voiceless, advocate for change and connect with policy and decision makers. KCs have a genuine interest in illuminating health and development issues from the ground up, initiating a movement to mobilize and empower civil society.
    • The KC Team ignites social movements for change among communities affected by HIV, AIDS, TB and related health and development issues.
  • 7. KCs by country
    • KCs come from forty countries
    • Asia: Cambodia 18, Malaysia 9, Thailand 35, China 5, India 17 (Manipur 10), Vietnam 9, Indonesia 5, Papua New Guinea 2, Philippines 3, Russia 3
    • Africa: Uganda 33, Namibia 17, Zambia 72, Zimbabwe 22, Kenya 6, South Africa 9, Tanzania 4
    • LAC: Mexico 2, Jamaica 1, Argentina 2
  • 8. Interpreting, Criticizing, and Challenging
    • Interpreting is to explain the meaning of information to your audience and making complicated ideas and concepts simple to understand.
    • Criticizing is to offer a constructive and objective assessment; it can be positive as well as negative. This assessment or criticism is not simply complaining. It is a rational, supported set of arguments.
    • Challenging is to encourage people to think more critically about issues and may cause someone to question their personal beliefs and/or mainstream thoughts and perceptions.
  • 9. Building writing capacity of KCs
    • Adhere to the general principles of good journalism described in this manual.
    • Separate clearly factual reporting and the author’s opinion.
    • Avoid needlessly offending readers when offering strong views.
    • Offer balance and consider alternative points of view.
    • Use sensitive language.
    • Maintain rationality of argument and support arguments with evidence.
  • 10. KC Support & Incentives
    • Article assistance, editing and feedback
    • Announcements of opportunities for jobs and conference attendance
    • In-country support for writing and advocacy engagement
    • KC ID cards (press cards)
    • Conference invitations, logistical support, media pass acquisition, and general on-site support
    • KC training events
    • Letters of reference or recommendation
    • External dissemination to mass media
  • 11. Roles of the KCs
    • KCs are the eyes and ears of those who cannot attend meetings and conferences in person
    • KCs play a role in influencing policy change by bringing community perspectives and solutions to the national and international level
    • KCs are helping the development community to analyse and think critically about current discourses
    • KCs play a role in facilitating genuine dialogue and discussion (via the eForums)
    • KCs act as a pool of resource , helping to build an on-going institutional memory of what is said, when, where and by whom
  • 12. Use of ICT and Multimedia
    • www.Healthdev.net (web 2.0)
    • eForums (AF-AIDS; Uganda; Zambia; Namibia; Zimbabwe)
    • Community radio
    • Photography
    • Podcasts
    • Blogging
  • 13.
    • Healthdev.net
    • KC-Forum & KC Connect
    • Regional eForums
      • AF-AIDS
      • SEA-AIDS
    • National eForums
      • Partners Zambia
      • Partners Uganda
      • Partners Namibia
      • Daiku Cambodia
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  • 17. Becoming a KC
    • KCs join the team in three different ways :
    • Invitation to a training workshop: usually the training of KCs is conducted in collaboration with NPPs.
    • Recruited from HealthDev.net: users who regularly post unique articles and links are invited to become KCs.
    • Special request : Key strategic leaders in the health field can also be invited to become KCs.
  • 18. Challenges
    • Time and commitment to develop skills (including IT skills)
    • Lack of spaces open to community voices
    • Representation and involvement of most marginalised groups
    • Fundraising for KC activities
  • 19. Way Forward
    • Fundraise for innovative ICT related KC projects
    • Increase number of KCs from most marginalised groups
    • Partnerships with media organisations and other NGOs
  • 20. The KC team at ICAAP following media orientation, 2009 Godsway at work, interviewing Frika Chia Ishkandar, Coordinator of WAPN+, and CS representative of Commission on AIDS in Asia, 2009
  • 21. Ishwar (KC from SASO) with his poster presentation “Addressing the needs of IDUs female sexual partner in harm reduction programme” Yudi, Prakash and Gosdway following media orientation
  • 22. Ishwar and Sarah with first of many KC articles published in the first edition of 9 th ICAAP newsletter Prakash and Ishdeep supporting Women and Lesbian Community Forum rapporteur draft the community statement
  • 23.  
  • 24. KC Products and Outputs
    • Content for publications, for example
      • Home-based Care in Zimbabwe (advocacy)
      • Commission on AIDS in Asia report (global policy and agenda-setting)
      • Seen and heard [HIV in children project]( voices of the marginalised)
    • Articles (stories) on HealthDev.net
    • eForums articles and comments
    • Structured discussion contributions
    • Content for conference newspapers and reportage
    • Blogs
    • External media (local, national, regional, global)
  • 25. Useful sources
    • Healthdev.net
    • www.HealthDev.net/kcteam
    • [email_address]
    • Twitter.com/theKCteam
    • Facebook: Key Correspondent Team
    • For more information, please contact: [email_address]
  • 26.
    • Thank You!