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Lecturer to conduct workshop for international journalists

Thursday, 28 July 2011

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Lecturer from the School of Communication and Arts, Associate Professor Trevor Cullen, has been asked by the coordinating committee of the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) to organise a workshop for international journalists.

The Congress, to be held in Busan, South Korea, from 26- 29 August, is a bi-annual event which attracts up to 6,000 delegates from 60 countries and more than 300 journalists.

Professor Cullen ‘s workshop entitled, ‘Reporting HIV’ will discuss topics such as ‘Trends and omissions of HIV coverage from 1990 -2010’ and ‘Examples of effective HIV Journalism’.

Professor Cullen said he was delighted to share his research and expertise at such an important international health conference.

“HIV is still a major problem in many countries and the media is such an important player in the HIV message and narrative.”

“I’ve been involved with AIDS since my missionary and broadcast days in southern Africa during the 1980s. So I think I’ve gained a great deal of insight and knowledge about the disease over the past 25 years,” said Professor Cullen.

Since 2000, Professor Cullen has participated in United Nations, AusAid, Commonwealth Press Union and South Pacific Community sponsored workshops for editors and journalists on reporting HIV and has worked with several AIDS organisations in Australia to try to bring an international AIDS conference to Perth.

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