Community radio training manual for Liberia
A training manual is being written to help community radio broadcasters in
Liberia run their media outlets long after the trainers have left.
The region has suffered from the movement of newly qualified staff. The
aim of the manual is to build local capacity so that the skills that are
needed are retained and not lost with staff move on.
The Liberia Media Project pilot,
run by London-based International Alert,
decided to develop the comprehensive training manual designed to assist
those setting up and working for community radio in the West African
The head of the project, Blamo Robinson, said the training manual is
needed because whenever someone leaves a particular community radio
station the training and knowledge they gained is lost and the station
The manual will also be part of the exit strategy for International Alert
as it aims to pull out of the country and leave behind media personnel
with the necessary skills to continue to broadcast.
Robinson said that a round table conference held in the Liberian capital
Monrovia in June came up with a draft for the manual. Radio managers from
25 community radio stations across seven of the 15 counties of Liberia
The Liberia Media Project will offer the final version of the training
manual to all who attended so that they can distribute it throughout their
The manual covers issues such as interviewing techniques, news reporting
skills, news writing tips, programme production, traditional programming,
talk show presentation, the use of equipment and studio maintenance.
The Liberia Media Project, with support from international Alert, has set
up eight community stations in 2006 and seven in 2007 serving communities
across the bordering countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote de'ivoire
The project is intended to enhance regional peace and security in the
region as well as fostering the integrations of the various border
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