1. What are examples of types of action a reader could take after seeing one of these articles that would immediately or eventually lead to policy change?  Be sure to consider the accumulation of small actions as well as the impact of big actions.
  2. What are the mechanisms through which this type of journalism can lead to readers taking some concrete action that will lead to policy change?  A sense of hope?  The excitement of new technology?  The fear of XDR?  An assessment of how depressing the current situation is?  Personal stories?  Are there other mechanisms you identified from the readings?
  3. Of these mechanisms is there one that you think seems to work most effectively for TB?  Explain why.
  4. Do any of these mechanisms have the opposite effect in the assigned articles — making the reader feel like action towards controlling TB is fruitless or hopeless?
  5. Which images that accompany the stories are most likely to support a call to action?  What characteristics do these images have?  Which is the single most effective image?
  6. The way journalists write about different public health issues is influenced by the mindset of the sources they speak to.  Can you see differences in the way the TB epidemic is discussed compared to the HIV or malaria that is driven by perception rather than by differences in the nature of the epidemic?

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Health Inequities

Health Inequities