Join a webinar to learn about covering an important health issue: infectious diseases. The webinar is part of ICFJ?s story contest recognizing the best coverage of infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

You can hear ICFJ?s Knight International Journalism Fellows Brenda Wilson and Declan Okpalaeke talk to noted expert Dr. Phyllis Kanki of Harvard University about the issues, with a special focus on the spread and treatment of infectious diseases in Africa.

Anyone can participate in this hour-long webinar by visiting ICFJ?s Google Plus page. If you have a Gmail account, you can hear the discussion and text in questions and comments. If you have a different email account, you can email your questions and comments to [email protected]

The webinar will be live on Tuesday, Aug.13, at 15:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); 16:00 Central African Time.

Journalists who submit stories to ICFJ?s contest, along with related proposals for additional coverage, will have a chance to win a US$10,000 international reporting trip. The awards will recognize the best media coverage of infectious diseases in Africa, Europe and the United States. Stories must be in English or French and cover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Reports published or broadcast between May 20 and Sept. 1, 2013, will qualify. The deadline for submission is Sept. 1. Along with the story submission, participants must include a 300-word proposal for an international reporting trip to expand their coverage of infectious diseases. Winners will be announced on Oct. 1. Please post stories you enter on Twitter and use the hashtag #icfjhealth.

The contest is organized by the International Center for Journalists in collaboration with the African Health Journalists Association.

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