World Federation of
Science Journalists

Journalist to Journalist HIV/AIDS Training, 29 July - 1 August 2008 and The XVII International AIDS Conference, 3-8 August 2008

All-expenses paid fellowships for international journalists
To attend training and conference in Mexico City

Application deadline: March 31

The Journalist to Journalist Project of the National Press Foundation will conduct a four-day training program on HIV/AIDS in Mexico City, Mexico prior to IAC 2008, the 17th International AIDS Conference. This biennial conference brings together HIV scientists, policy-makers and global stakeholders in HIV/AIDS. Fellowships that include air travel, lodging, per diem, and most meals are open to journalists who have covered HIV/AIDS and health for five or more years. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2008. Twenty fellowships will be awarded to qualified print, broadcast, and online journalists. Applications are encouraged from reporters with experience covering the social, economic and larger societal impact of HIV/AIDS, as well as the science and medicine. Applicants must have a clear ability to speak and read English. Applications are encouraged from journalists based in the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Haiti, Honduras, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The fellowships include air travel to and from Mexico City, lodging, a per diem, and most meals for the duration of the training, and lodging and per diem during the conference. Journalists will need to arrive in Mexico City on July 27. To apply, please submit:
  • Application form (available on website, www.nationalpress.org)
  • Cover letter explaining why you should attend, with emphasis on AIDS issues particular to your geographic location
  • Brief biography or CV
  • Letter of support from a supervisor (if you are an independent journalist you may include a letter from a previous supervisor)
  • Two samples of journalistic work (clippings, CD, DVD, VHS, audio tape, digital sound file).
If you're an editor, send a sample of work you have edited.

Applications will not be returned. E-mail application materials as attachments to programs@nationalpress.org or mail to

MEXICO CITY TRAINING 2008,
National Press
Foundation,
1211 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Suite 310,
Washington, DC 20036.

E-mail is preferred. Applications must be received by noon EST Monday, March 31.

This training opportunity is organized by the Journalist to Journalist Project of the National Press Foundation, a U.S.-based, non-profit independent journalism education organization, in collaboration with the IAC 2008. Funding is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others. For more information, contact Ms. Kashmir Hill at khill@nationalpress.org. Selected journalists will be notified by April 20. Each fellow will receive a letter of invitation to attend but will be responsible for making the necessary visa arrangements.

Click here to download the form [pdf] [ http://www.wfsj.org/files/File/resources/IAC_2008_App_Form.pdf ]