June is AIDS Education Month and I have some great news. Philadelphia FIGHT, an AIDS service organization, has asked me to join a panel for Philadelphia's AIDS Education Month Summit on Jun. 7 in the morning at the PA Convention Center. The panel discussion will be around the subject matter of HIV in the media/news. Right now, this is a hot topic and I will explain using parts of the email that was sent to me by Philadelphia FIGHT.
"In this era of the twenty-four-hour news cycle, media outlets are always looking for new story ideas, and there are some great examples out there of important, in-depth and well-researched HIV news coverage, but as we know, today the coverage of HIV news can be sparse, and sometimes sensationalized (i.e., some of the coverage of the Charlie Sheen story revealing he is HIV-positive). Our panel of media experts will share some examples of positive coverage and some inspiring stories about the HIV epidemic, as well as provide valuable tips and guidance on how to get your story told, and how to advocate for more of the types of stories you'd like to see."
Panel discussions like these are really important because they start a dialog about HIV in the media can help and hinder our efforts to get to 0 infections. I will also answer questions from the audience as well. Panelists will include CBS-3 reporter and reporter for KYW Radio Cherri Gregg; STI/HIV author, advice columnist and activist Justin B. Terry-Smith; CEO of Techbook Online and co-host of "Pushback" a social-justice podcast, Christopher "Flood The Drummer" Norris; and moderator Chip Alfred, director of development and communications at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers. Please check the flyer below for information and bios of the panelists and moderator. (10:30 to noon is the approximate time slot).
Click here for more information about the summit.