Friday, August 24, 2007

Carter Center Includes Romania in Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program


ATLANTA (August 20, 2007) - The Carter Center Mental Health Program has awarded two Romanian journalists with the eleventh annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. This will be the first year that journalists from the Eastern European country will participate in the program. The journalists will join a class of six other fellows from the United States and two from southern Africa. The journalism fellowships are part of an international effort by the Carter Center Mental Health Program to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses by decreasing incorrect and stereotypical information in the media.

"Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues, as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey," Mrs. Rosalynn Carter said. "They influence their peers and stimulate discussion among the general public, and an informed public can reduce stigma and discrimination."

The new fellows will convene in Atlanta at The Carter Center on Sept. 17-19, 2007, to meet with Mrs. Carter, the Mental Health Task Force, other Rosalynn Carter fellows and the Journalism Fellowship Advisory Board. The projects of the inaugural class of Romanian fellows will be to work collaboratively to develop a curriculum and relevant teaching materials for courses aimed at promoting more responsible mental health journalism.

Since the beginning of the Center's journalism fellowship program, more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles have been written, five books published, four television documentaries produced, and hundreds of minutes of radio time aired. Fellows' projects have garnered awards from Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association), the American Psychological Association, Amnesty International, and the Association of Healthcare Journalists, as well as Emmy Award nominations and two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. To view projects completed under the auspices of the Fellowship Program, visit the online archive at www.cartercenter.org .

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