HIV/AIDS Media Training at VOA Headquarters

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Hundreds of journalists from around the world developed new perspectives on covering HIV/AIDS during a two-day media training session held over the weekend at Voice of America headquarters in Washington.

The training was supported by the International AIDS Society and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and held in conjunction with the week-long AIDS 2012 Conference, which began on Sunday.

Among the training presentations: Rick King of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative discussing HIV vaccine research, Miguel Gomez of on HIV and social media and Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade on his 30 years of covering HIV/AIDS in Washington D.C.

Activists and thought leaders from the worlds of science, diplomacy, politics, philanthropy and entertainment have come to Washington for the AIDS 2012 Conference.  Speakers include former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

The BBG is dedicated to delivering accurate news and information, including coverage of important public health policy and issues relating to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The agency’s media development office forges partnerships with U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and commercial and public broadcasters to create programs that support democratic institutions, good governance, the free flow of information and the free enterprise system.

The BBG is an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 187 million in 100 countries. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí).