Gates Foundation funds global health news coverage

bill_melinda_gatesThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $3.5 million grant to “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer to help its correspondents produce 40 to 50 reports over three years on malaria, AIDS,  tuberculosis, measles, neglected diseases and other global health issues, reports The New York Times.

The plan is to use the money to produce 40 to 50 documentary-style reports over that time frame, plus online content and a PR effort to put the reports in front of key policymakers, health professionals and others.

“Health stories and international reporting have always been important to The NewsHour and our audience,” said Linda Winslow, executive producer. “Thanks to the support of the Gates Foundation, we now have the resources to give global health the attention it deserves.”

The Gates Foundation has in the past funded health journalism; it donated $6 million to WGBH in Boston for a series on global health; $5 million to Public Radio International, a partnership between American public radio and the BBC; $2 million to the International Center for Journalists to train African reporters; $1.2 million to Harvard for fellowships for health reporters; and $1.6 million to Johns Hopkins to send top editors on a fact-finding trip to poor countries.

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