08.06.2010 -

Young TV producers from Central Asia trained on HIV reporting

A training workshop took place in Almaty from 31 May to 4 June to upgrade the competences of young TV producers and enable them to create quality programmes on HIV issues. The training was organized by UNESCO's Office in Almaty in cooperation with the Kazakh Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP).

Eight young TV producers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, selected through a contest on social journalistic topics, participated in the workshop. The training focused on improving professional skills of the participants and on increasing their motivation to develop new regional television programmes on HIV and AIDS.


The following topics were covered by the workshop: journalism ethics, correct vocabulary and terminology, gender issues, interview techniques, as well as the use of equipment. Each participant created a TV report on HIV, using the technical skills acquired during the sessions. In addition, young producers established a network on Facebook, which has become an integral part of UNESCO's Network of Young TV Producers on HIV.


In the framework of the training, participants visited the National AIDS Center, the Kazakh Union of People Living with HIV and had discussions with HIV-positive persons. Representatives of UNESCO and UNAIDS briefed them on the spread of the infection in Central Asia and on the strategies currently applied in response to HIV and AIDS.


This training is a contribution to the implementation of UNESCO's Strategy for HIV and AIDS Prevention Education, with a special focus on strengthening capacities of journalists in covering HIV and AIDS issues. Over the past few years media training for journalists has been organized in all Central Asian countries and many national media trainers have been trained. The pre-production workshop in Almaty is a starting point for the implementation of new projects aimed at creating documentary films in accordance with international professional and ethical journalistic standards.

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