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Reporting from Kenya

July 1, 2013

This summer, for the third time, a dozen students from the IU School of Journalism in Bloomington traveled to Eldoret, Kenya, home to the IU-Kenya Partnership with Moi University. Led by Jim Kelly, associate professor in the School of Journalism, the students were taking part in Kelly’s class  J418 Reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa. The mission of the class is to help the students better understand and practice health reporting about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, for audiences in Kenya and in the United States.

The students spent four weeks in Kenya reporting, doing interviews, taking photographs, shooting videos, and collecting other material for in-depth stories issues surrounding health care and HIV/AIDS. They also blogged regularly and published their essays online. The course finishes back in Bloomington, where students spend two more weeks on editing and production before marketing their stories to media outlets for publication.

The course is, by all accounts, professionally stimulating and profoundly life-changing, whether the activity is baking banana bread, fending off baboons, or researching stories about clean water and teenage mothers coping with HIV/AIDS.

Read the students stories’ and much more about their experiences on a website devoted to the class.

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