Life.Beats.Arts.Journalism.HIV was a project that was first piloted in 2010 as part of the DFL Sex Actually Festival. The Life Beats project seeks to foster a synergy between arts journalism and health journalism, particularly journalism covering HIV and AIDS, to promote a more holistic and integrated media coverage of the epidemic. The project is a partnership between DFL and the HIV/AIDS and the Media Project.
This initiative recognised the importance the potential of both the media and the arts in covering HIV and AIDS and therefore is across-pollination between the arts and health journalism, by promoting media coverage of HIV through the arts.
By inviting journalists across South Africa and beyond the project trained journalists with either an arts background or a health background, in reporting HIV and the arts. This training was done by means of a workshop that familiarizes journalists with both the technicalities of HIV reporting as well as the intricacies of covering the arts. By bringing together journalists from both fields and familiarizing them with each other's specialisation, the project stimulated debate and discussion and fosters a hitherto unprecedented partnership between the health and the arts beats – all in the interest of addressing HIV and AIDS.
The last Life.Beats event that took place at Wits University in September 2010, included workshops and seminars by important specialist journalists such as Adrienne Sichel (Artslink), Mia Malan (Mail and Guardian), Zingi Mkefa (freelance writer) and Franz Krüger (Wits Journalism Radio Academy). The temporarily last Life.Beats workshop was proposed to take place as part of the Wits Arts and Literature Festival (WALE) in May 2012. As a successful remnant of the workshop DFL Life.Beats is airing every Monday evening.
Spokespersons for Life Beats: Hamish Neill: email@example.com