The Key Correspondents Programme aims to influence HIV and broader health policy, programming and financing at a local, national and international level by supporting Key Correspondents, with a particular focus on 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 Programme is a network of citizen journalists supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, which assists the network with mentoring, training and opportunities to be more widely heard.
Why be a Key Correspondent?
Do you have something to say about health issues? Are things happening in your community that the world needs to know about? If so, the Key Correspondent network would like to hear from you.
Being a Key Correspondent enables you to profile your work on an international citizen journalism 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. Previous training sessions have seen international media organisations PANOS and Internews partner with the KC network to build skills in news journalism, analysis and multimedia.
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.
You’ll also be subscribed to the KC eforum, which is part of a larger HIV forum network, and a regular e-bulletin KC Connect. These provide updates on what’s happening in community health across the world and what’s coming up in the HIV sector on the international agenda.
How to become a Key Correspondent
The Key Correspondent team welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and in particular welcomes 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 Programme will be reviewed on a six monthly basis. The next dates to review applications will be September 2013 and March 2014.
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.
The Key Correspondents Programme is a network of citizen journalists supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance which assists the network with mentoring, training and opportunities to be more widely heard.