Reporters begin to track down final story sources

We are relieved to be getting further along in our reporting, though at the same time, we are a little tense. I know I am not the only one itching to get all the sources and information I need for my story.

Each and every one of us Daily Monitor interns is working hard searching for every last source we can possibly find. The hardest sources to find, however, are the HIV-positive people who can give us real insight into what it is like living with the virus. As we approach the final week of reporting, we are lining up interviews at NGOs that will lead us to those sources.

While all the information we have received is useful, I am anxious to get the perspective of someone who has lived with HIV and deals daily with the stigma of the disease, or chooses to hide his or her status to avoid it.

The Monitor room we are stationed in, for the most part, remains relatively empty compared to the first several days we worked here. Instead of doing base research, we are out in the field talking to people who see and are affected by HIV every day of their lives.

Even our newsroom colleagues are affected daily by the virus. HIV is prevalent here in a way we Americans are not used to, and it has taken some time to adjust to that reality, as well as to the culture in Kampala.

While we are writing our stories, it’s important to consider one thing: the people affected by the disease β€” not just for the purpose of the story, but so we can better understand the people themselves.

While I am certain we will never know as much as Ugandan natives, researching the topic as hard and intensely as we have been allows us to begin to understand their struggles.