NEW WEBSITE ON PRESS COVERAGE

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

June 1, 2001

OF HIV/AIDS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
( www.hivpress.com )

This new website examines press coverage of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea and several other South Pacific countries including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, New Caledonia and Micronesia.

With the increasing spread of HIV/AIDS in the South Pacific region, it is vital that everyone unites in an effort to contain and slow the epidemic. The press, in particular, is well placed to influence public opinion about the disease. It is vital that it finds different ways to inform and educate the public about this serious health threat. Since it is a difficult story to tell due to various cultural, political and newspaper practices, it is important to discover ways to overcome these obstacles.

The website contains the doctoral thesis of Rev. Dr. Trevor Cullen from the Journalism Department of Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Cullen spent three years researching press coverage of HIV/AIDS in the above-mentioned countries and has posted his findings and recommendations at www.hivpress.com

Recent articles by the author on HIV/AIDS together with a handbook for journalists and interviews with 25 editors in the South Pacific concerning their approach to the disease are also available on the website.

Rev. Dr. Trevor Cullen balaka@serv.net.au  

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