GroundTruth and Solutions Journalism Network announce HIV/AIDS Reporting Fellowship

The global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis has been called one of the most effective humanitarian interventions of all time. African nations including Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland have dramatically reduced infection and death rates in recent years — and have helped provide a model for American communities like Washington D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood on how to do the same.

And yet in regions like the American South, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, HIV/AIDS is an exploding epidemic fueled by intravenous drug use, unsafe sex and stigma. How can these parts of the world learn from others’ success?

The GroundTruth Project, in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and Narrative 4, will embark on an international filmmaking reporting project to find out in an immersive multimedia series.

GroundTruth will select two, six-week film fellows to participate in the reporting journey. Fellows will receive $5,000 and have all travel expenses covered. Special consideration will be given to candidates experience covering local and/or international health stories who demonstrate a passion for working collaboratively.

The deadline has now passed. Please write to executive editor Kevin Grant at with any questions.


GroundTruth Films unites the best of international journalism and documentary filmmaking to tell stories that strive to understand the human condition and address the most important social, political and human rights issues of our time.

Led by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Beth Murphy, GroundTruth Films is building a team of talented and culturally diverse film fellows, including directors, producers and cinematographers, who will produce character-driven work around the world. Our fellows are mentored through all aspects of production — from pre-production and funding to editing and distribution — to create short form, web-based, and feature documentary films. When our stories demand it, we design and launch sustained  educational and impact campaigns that serve our belief in media as an engine for social change.


The Solutions Journalism Network trains and connects journalists to cover what’s missing in today’s news: how people are responding to problems, leading a mindset shift and practice change in journalism, building capacity for rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. In five years, over 10,000 journalists have been exposed to its curriculum. More than 180 news organizations have worked with SJN to produce reporting projects that cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection.


Narrative 4 is a global organization that uses the power of personal stories to build empathy and spark collaborative change. Backed by a diverse network of artists, educators and students, N4 is becoming one of the world’s most impactful change-makers in the fields of empathy and education. Individuals from over a dozen countries are working to navigate and heal our divided world with N4’s trademark “radical empathy,” addressing the broad, yet intersecting, themes of faith, identity, immigration, violence and the environment. Our mission is to harness the power of the story exchange to equip and embolden young adults to improve their lives, communities and the world.