Friday, 19 December 2008

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2524

There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Like a Bell that Calls: Participatory Youth Radio in Ethiopia
From: George Lessard

2. Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
From: George Lessard

3. Good morning, Liberian media
From: George Lessard

4. A thank you from Radio 1812
From: Rene Plaetevoet

1. Like a Bell that Calls: Participatory Youth Radio in Ethiopia
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:26 am ((PST))

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Subject: VOY Media Magic List - ARTICLES / RADIO: Like a Bell that Calls:
Participatory Youth Radio in Ethiopia
From: "YPMN" <>
Date: Thu, December 18, 2008 09:31
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*Like a Bell that Calls: Participatory Youth Radio in Ethiopia*

By: jesikah maria ross and Esther Obdam
Published: December 11, 2008
Category: Perspectives

Left: jesikah maria ross, Right: Esther Obdam

Here's a youth media challenge: create participatory youth radio in a
country where the government controls the media and cultural norms
discourage youth self-expression.

Most youth media projects we've been involved with include a cast of
characters---media educators, organizational partners, community media
outlets---who all fundamentally support the idea of young people using
media as a tool to explore, analyze, and create change in their worlds.
This wasn't the case on our last project, where UNICEF Ethiopia asked us
to create a participatory radio project which brought Youth Dialogue
groups and professional radio producers together to create compelling
youth-oriented radio programming dealing with sensitive social issues.
This task was all the more challenging because we had to accomplish this
in a country where community media channels don't really exist and where
media makers are concerned about making missteps, not helping young
people gain access to the medium.

It is vital in countries like Ethiopia to nurture relationships with
media gatekeepers. It's these relationships that result in young people
gaining greater access to larger platforms, carving out a space for
youth-produced radio on state-run channels country where young people
are expected to do as they are told. This requires building rapport with
adult media partners and finding creative ways to overcome their
reluctance of letting go of ingrained production norms and control over
the end result. In this article, we share the lessons we learned about
building youth-adult media collaborations in a difficult environment in
hopes that it will inform youth media educators how to open a channel
with media professionals and gatekeepers in the U.S.

full article

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2. Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:33 pm ((PST))

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

Full-time, part-time or freelance journalists working on human rights or
social justices issues are eligible for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship.
Recipients spend nine months in a tailor-made academic research program at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. During that time, Neuffer fellows may also work with The
Boston Globe or The New York Times. The Neuffer Fellowship includes
lodging, meals and health insurance. It does not provide a salary or

* Support Neuffer Fund
* Elizabeth Neuffer Biography
* Elizabeth Neuffer FAQ

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3. Good morning, Liberian media
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:56 pm ((PST))

Good morning, Liberian media
Christian Science Monitor - Boston,MA,USA

International efforts are transforming the media from servant of warlords
to independent estate.
By Bill Glucroft | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

from the December 19, 2008 edition

MONROVIA, Liberia - It's 10:30 a.m. T.max Jlateh takes his seat in a
bunkerlike, carpet-insulated room harshly lit by a single bulb. He slips
on a pair of oversized headphones. "OK," Mr. Jlateh says. "Let's go."

So begins another edition of 50-50, a weekday political talk show that
combines questions, commentary, and audience call-ins, on Monrovia's Sky
107 FM.

"Our people want to be heard," says Jlateh, a former banker who was once
imprisoned for defending his listeners' right to speak. He says his show,
and the station he cofounded four years ago, can help promote Liberia's
transition from failed state to democratic government.

It's a significant challenge: across Africa, other local news
organizations have been both victims and victimizers while operating under
unstable regimes. In Rwanda, for example, Hutu-dominated media instigated
some of the continent's worst bloodletting, stirring up hatred against the
Tutsi minority and even organizing some of the death squads that carried
out the 1994 genocide. But partly due to the experiences of Rwandan and
other media, Liberian journalists are getting some help from international
aid groups and media outlets. Through intensive workshops on basic
journalism skills and ethics, funding for adequate staffing, and even by
establishing news organizations, the plan is to transform a largely
untrained and unchecked industry into an independent, responsible media
able to promote social cohesion, not anarchy.


Enter the international organizations with their multifaceted strategy:
Train journalists in basic reporting skills and ethics. Provide funding to
ensure independence and enough staff to report the news. Expand
programming to grow a base of listeners interested in substantive news. In
that vein, USAID has helped establish rural community radio stations. The
BBC has been involved in training. Toronto-based Journalists for Human
Rights recently launched a five-year training program
for radio and print journalists here, the 17th African country they are
assisting. UNMIL, with 15,000 peacekeepers, monitors the news and will
open a radio training school in February.



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4. A thank you from Radio 1812
Posted by: "Rene Plaetevoet" rplaetevoet
Date: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:01 am ((PST))

This year, over 170 radio stations from 46 countries took part in the third
edition of Radio 1812. Some stations are still broadcasting today or over
the weekend.

Thank you all for participating and making this a great edition.

With best wishe s for the new year,

Ren� Plaetevoet
Coordinator <>

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