4-10 May 2012—HIV News Update.
Editorial: Writing for your reader
- Oh woe is woman: Balancing personal accountability and gender sensitivity: A headlining article in the Daily Sun reminds us that the media needs to strike a fine balance between gender sensitivity and personal accountability when it comes to reporting on HIV.
- Sowetan's dangerous factual faux pas: The Sowetan should seriously consider printing a retraction, after publishing misinformation on HIV treatment.
- Get with the programme: An article in the Daily Sun covering a school which allows teen moms to breastfeed during school time, misses out on the chance to help make the government’s new and controversial breastfeeding-only policy workable.
- The snip makes the cut: A fair quantity of HIV news coverage this week was dedicated to male circumcision.
In the news:
- Local prof gets Lifetime award for HIV research (The New Age)
- Sticks and stones (The Times)
- Dalyrymple was pioneer in field of Aids communication (TNA)
11-24 May 2012—HIV News Update
- Positively sexy: A cheeky sex-positive article in the Daily Sun is out to prove that people don’t just allow their sex lives to fizzle out and fade away when they are diagnosed with HIV.
- Facing XDR-TB: City Press restores the humanity of XDR-TB sufferers through an account of the personal experience of Dimakatso Montshiwagae, the first person to be successfully cured of this virulent disease.
- HIV, AIDS and a new shame: A City Press column sets a good example by distinguishing between HIV and AIDS, through an intelligent and considered questioning of the silence that continues to surround AIDS-related deaths.
- Daily Sun's destructive diatribe: A Daily Sun article on a teenager, who is allegedly intentionally infecting men with HIV, goes for shock value over sensitive reporting.
- TNA highlights caring counsellors: A full page dedicated to an article on a day in the life of an HIV counsellor puts a friendly face on the frontline of HIV prevention and treatment.
In the news:
- Teen sex laws challenged in court (Mail&Guardian)
- Fund to fight disease open for business again (The Star)
- Model chief reveals his status (Daily Sun)
- Koyo battles cancer pain (Sunday Sun)
- Step forward as new TB unit is unveiled (TNA)
- Vital medicines rotated at clinic (TNA)
- Excellent journalism benefits all in society (TNA)
- Poverty among causes of baby dumping (TNA)
25-31 May 2012—HIV News Update
- Daily Sun's "death sentence": This week the Daily Sun irresponsibly perpetuated the outdated idea that HIV is a “death sentence”.
- 'Tikking' all the boxes: A well-written and thorough article on tik and HIV, which appeared in last week’s Mail&Guardian, covers all the bases of these two complex interrelated issues.
- HIV and child protection week coverage: It is child protection week and coverage has been characterised by here-and-there reports on baby dumping, child abuse and children facing desperate poverty on a daily basis.
- XDR-TB cure coverage a mixed bag: Last week JournAIDS featured a blog about a City Press article that put a human face on XGR-TB. But a subsequent blink-and-you’ll-miss-it report on XDR-TB patient Andaleeb Ringquest-January’s long road to recovery in The New Age (TNA) is decidedly lacklustre in comparison.
In the news:
- Children should live in a safe and healthy environment (The Star)
- Company denies non-delivery of ARVs (TNA)
- Shortage of ARVs in six provinces (TNA)
- Sun's effect on Aids to be studied (The Times)
- Thousands of mothers die after childbirth, maternal report shows (The Star)
- Light of hope for Aids victims (Daily Sun)
- No help at horror clinic (Daily Sun)
- HIV test row hits school (TNA)
- MPs to intensify war on HIV-Aids (TNA)
- Nkosi still touching lives! (Daily Sun)
- Beady Eye on HIV (The Citizen)