United States Agency for Global Media

Health Journalism Training for Haitian Reporters

August 2016

BBG, in partnership with USAID, the National Institute of Health, the Pan American Health Organization and the U.S. Department of State organized a Washington, D.C.-based training for health reporters from Haiti.

VOA trainers discussed the following issues, among others.

  • Ethics in health journalism
  • Sources (protection, verification and validation of sources)
  • The use of social media in health journalism
  • One on one interviews
  • Mock press conference
  • Feature analysis
  • Health scenesetters
  • Editing video for TV and editing video for mobile equipment including iPhones
  • The rights of the patients (how, when and where to interview a patient)
  • How to prepare for an interview in a hospital/clinical facility
  • Definition of terms (i.e. “pandemic, “epidemic”, “endemic” and many others)
  • Protecting yourself and your gear while visiting contaminated sites (Ebola, H1N1, Cholera, etc.)


  • PAHO (Pan American Health Organization)
  • National Institute of Infectious Diseases at NIH
  • USAID Bureau of Global Health
  • USAID Mission in Port-au-Prince