Editorials – Media Watch
Mzansi abortion shock!Fourteen years ago, it was almost impossible for a woman to get a legal abortion in Mzansi. But since 1997 a woman could have an abortion simply if she didn't want the baby.
Editorial: Engaging your audience
Our journAIDS blogs often take issue with the fact that a great deal of HIV journalism is not as sophisticated as it could be. A great many articles merely provide a run-down of who said what, leaving out critical context and failing to corroborate information, add facts or localise cases.
That said, there is a clear limitation to the degree of complexity that can reasonably be added to an article. Leave out critical context and you disempower your reader. But add too much information (particularly multiple statistics and unintelligible jargon) and your intellectualisation has left your readers alienated.