Our Work in Africa 2010

HIV/AIDS Training

Democratic Republic of Congo — Late November – December, 2010

Journalists across the Democratic Republic of Congo are learning about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a series of eight workshops organized by the Voice of America.

“We are very happy with the VOA initiative and its contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Aime Mboyo, coordinator of the national HIV/AIDS program in DRC.

The workshops, organized by  the Development Office with support from the French-to-Africa Service, include a mix of information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in DRC, along with practical information about covering treatment and prevention. The VOA workshops are supported by the U.S. Department of State through its embassy in Kinshasa.

Town Hall and Training for Zimbabwe Reporters

Johannesburg, South Africa — October 6-10, 2010

Studio 7 implemented a week-long training for stringers in the region. “Studio 7” editors moderated the training in three languages English, Shona and Ndebele.

The project also worked to set up aTown Hall meeting to discuss the upcoming constitutional process. The Town Hall meeting attracted 70 and 90 people and took place at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg. The Town Hall was aired across Zimbabwe, attracting widespread listenership.

The training included sessions on reporting and producing techniques: field recording, selecting actualities, mixing, filing, using the Internet for reporting and filing radio news.