The Key Correspondents network aims to influence HIV and broader health policy, programming and financing at a local, national and international level. Our citizen journalists come from diverse backgrounds and include representatives from marginalised groups most at risk of HIV and people living with HIV, to report the HIV, health and human rights stories that matter to them.
The Key Correspondents network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, which assists with mentoring, training and opportunities for citizen journalists to be more widely heard.
Why be a Key Correspondent?
Do you have something to say about HIV issues? Are things happening in your community that the world needs to know about? If so, the Key Correspondents network would like to hear from you.
Being a Key Correspondent enables you to profile your work on an international platform and exchange ideas with advocates, health professionals, academics, policy makers, opinion formers, journalists and editors.
As part of the KC community you’ll receive news about training opportunities to build your skills in news journalism, analysis, social media, photography and video. Our previous training partners include international media organisations PANOS and Internews.
To build your citizen journalism and community action skills further you’ll receive distance mentoring on the work you produce and be kept informed about scholarships and competitions. There will also be opportunities to participate in international conferences, communication and advocacy projects.
Through the KC eforum, which is part of a larger HIV forum network, and a regular e-bulletin KC Connect, you’ll be kept updated on what’s happening in the HIV sector, including what’s coming up on the international agenda.
How to become a Key Correspondent
The Key Correspondents team welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and in particular encourages applications from representatives of groups most at risk of HIV and from people living with HIV – all you need is an enthusiasm to document HIV in your community in order to affect change.
New applications for membership of the Key Correspondents network will be reviewed annually in March. But please note that, in 2014, we will not be recruiting from the following countries, where we already have a large number of correspondents: Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
You can apply at any time by simply filling out a few details in our online application form. Your details will be kept on file until our annual recruitment phase in March, when we will get back to you.
Key Correspondents and community action
A number of multi-country programmes being run by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance incorporate the work of Key Correspondents as a way to advocate for political and social change. The latest programmes are shown in our Advocacy section.