COIMBATORE: Internews Network, an international network of media professionals, plans to launch Local Voices, a project to initiate a capacity building exercise for young media professionals in Chennai, Sreeder Ramamurthy, Project Director of Local Voices told reporters in an informal meeting on Thursday.
Supported by USAID, the resource centre would provide information to journalists on issues concerning HIV/AIDS.
However, the media resource centre was yet to be commissioned in India, he added.
They would tie up with local non-Government organisations, Government bodies and people living with HIV/AIDS and act as an information bank for media professionals.
"The ultimate aim of setting up such a centre is to make media people aware of the magnitude of the problem of HIV/AIDS," he said.
They would also organise workshops for print, radio and electronic media where members of the community infected and affected by HIV/AIDS would also participate to discuss the way they were represented in mainstream media.
"Our aim is also to involve youth working for local publications and `neighbourhood newspapers' and encourage them to handle the stigma related to the disease," Mr. Sreeder said.
A radio talk show workshop for radio professionals including those working in commercial stations and campus radio stations is also likely to be held in January 2007 in Coimbatore.