For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bach Polakowski, NLGJA Communications Coordinator
Washington, D.C. – The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is pleased to announce that it has received a grant renewable for up to five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deliver journalism training that will enhance strategies and skills in covering HIV/AIDS.
“NLGJA shares in CDC’s confident resolve that the battle to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS is a winnable one,” said Adam Pawlus, NLGJA’s Executive Director. “The media can serve as a bridge, linking those at greatest risk of contracting HIV with the facts, tips and action steps of the Act Against AIDS campaigns and other CDC initiatives along with other research and information.”
The grant is part of CDC’s Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS program, administered by its Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention’s Prevention Communication Branch. Other grantees include organizations addressing media or health issues and/or focused on serving the African American, Latino and LGBT communities.
With the grant to NLGJA, $130,000 in the first year through fall 2016, the association of LGBT journalists will provide a series of in-person and web-based trainings, fellowships and specially designed online resources.
These will equip journalists to cover issues and trends related to HIV/AIDS in new ways while reiterating the time-tested basics of talking, testing and treatment. These journalists in turn can better serve their viewers, readers and listeners with important information, especially those in communities and geographic areas most impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Journalists interested in these free trainings and resources, available to those regardless of NLGJA membership, should contact NewWays@nlgja.org to get updates.
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About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information on the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, visit the NLGJA website at http://www.nlgja.org.