First-hand Reporting Brings Lives Into Focus

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Sandeep Junnarkar writes about his new multimedia blog which covers the impact of India’s new patent law on the medical treatment of the country’s HIV-positive population:

I was motivated in large part by my dissatisfaction with the superficial coverage of this issue by the American mainstream press. I wanted to work outside the traditional freelance options of magazines or newspapers so I could allow those affected by AIDS to describe their experiences in their own words. Their lives, I reasoned, should not be reduced to a traditional anecdotal lead and kicker.

Lives in Focus, a multimedia blog, was the result. The project is an effort to document the lives of families struggling to buy anti-retroviral drugs in order to keep a family member healthy, and to show the challenges that stigmatized AIDS patients face while trying to earn enough money to buy lifesaving treatment. My colleague, Srinivas Kuruganti, a photographer, took portraits, while I interviewed on video more than two dozen men, women and children.

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Junnarkar continues:

While most blogs use stories published or broadcast by news organizations as fodder for discussion and debate, Lives in Focus required first-hand reporting. We gathered over 1,500 photographs and 13 hours of video, giving us enough material to update the blog every week.

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2 Responses to “First-hand Reporting Brings Lives Into Focus”

  1. Shivani Jain Says:

    oh hi
    sir
    i become reporter can u guide me pls

  2. All About Americans Says:

    I will recommend your site to my friends definitely.

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