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Voices of Citizen Journalists on HIV and AIDS: Implications for the Next Generation of Researchers

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.377
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305-10

ABSTRACT

The Caribbean is experiencing major challenges beyond those related to the treatment of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and its sequel, the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The region has an HIV-infection rate that is second only to that in the Sub-Saharan Africa and the burden of proof on particular groups is especially difficult. The objective of this study is to analyse scientifically, the narratives of citizen journalists of two Jamaican national newspapers. The method incorporated a context-dependent qualitative inquiry, which is an emerging design in research. A systematic approach was used for manageability and included those citizens whose voices are often unheard. The narratives were published within the first two weeks of the news cycle when the topic was front-page news. Fourteen narratives met those criteria. The results are the emergence of three themes: outrage, bothersome facts/burdensome detail, and escalating tolerance. The conclusion of this study is that Jamaicans are vocal on the need for inclusivity, but simultaneously believe that such support should exclude groups with varying sexual preferences, such as the men who have sex with men (MSM) group. Despite the harsh discrimination expressed, there is movement towards tolerance for sexual diversity than previously thought. The implications of the study’s findings for education, research and practice are discussed.

Accepted: 
10 Sep, 2015
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e-Published: 18 Sep, 2015
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