Monday, 2 March 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2583

There are 3 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. MediaInZimbabwe Website
From: George Lessard

2. Zimbabwe: New radio broadcasts from UAE
From: George Lessard

3. Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Middle school students produce radio
From: George Lessard

1. MediaInZimbabwe Website
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sun Mar 1, 2009 8:41 am ((PST))

MediaInZimbabwe Website.

This website is an offshoot of ZimJournalists Arise which hit the internet
on August 26 2006 to Feburary 2007at

This was the brainchild of a senior Zimbabwean journalist to have a
website for Zimbabwean journalists and those who write about Zimbabwe.
This was in realization that despite being abused by the Robert Mugabe
regime, journalists still play an important role to deal with problems in
the country and to prepare for the future of a New Zimbabwe.

Hundreds of Zimbabwean journalists have been forced into the streets or
into exile for political and economic reasons, save for a small but
vibrant media.

Although journalists have faced harassment, torture, arrest, victimization
of all sorts, including poor working conditions, we believe that change,
as sure as tomorrow will come is Coming.

It is with that hope that we would like to be the central point for
Zimbabwean journalists. Our main functions is to link journalists with
newsmakers, so that the former can actively cover events and for
newsmakers to publicize their events.

We aim to facilitate this, by circulating information that journalists may
find handy in their work, provide a platform for networking, no matter
which part of the world we are in, to share ideas. Our main focus is to
promote well- informed and well-trained journalists, by keeping
journalists up to date with of training opportunities available and enough
information to prepare for a New Zimbabwe.

Our focus is to have journalists, even those who have been forced by
circumstances to leave their chosen professions, from getting their pens
rusty so that they are not caught with their pants down in a new and
better Zimbabwe.

While we may presently are working in a hostile media environment,
governed by oppressive pieces of legislation such as AIPPA, we need to be
able to be prepared for the future and also be better prepared to overcome
the present hurdles.

Zimbabwean journalists are talented and have a lot of potential as shown
by the growing number of publications, radio stations and news websites,
that have sprouted outside the Motherland.

Therefore given a chance, the Zimbabwean media can spring back to life one
day and we want to prepare journa's for that day.

As a lesson from the last 27 years of repressive rule, we endeavor to have
journalists who are sensitive to human rights and democracy, JOURNALISTS
that are past partisan journalism. Journalists who will report fairly and
objectively, without fear nor favor.

We endeavor to promote a journalists that will not discriminate on the
basis of tribe, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other
basis. This also involves dealing with any opposition and democratic
forces, whom we believe are also accountable to the people of Zimbabwe.

This website is for all Zimbabwean journalists whether they work for the
state media, private or international media.

Even state media workers are part of the website's plans because we
realise that although they may be used by the regime to churn out
propaganda, most of them are not doing so willingly but are doing it to

Media In Zimbabwe hopes to reach out to these journalists, expose them to
news, training programes and organisations that can help them become
better journalists in a New Zimbabwe. MIZ hopes that they are enlightened,
to the ethics and professional standards in journalism. MIZ also hopes to
expose them to news and opportunities beyond the eyes of the ruling party.

Another area of special interest to us are freelance journalists. Although
there are no statistics, freelance journalists, consist quite a number of
journalist, most of whom have been made jobless because of the closure and
turmoil in the Zimbabwean media. Most of these freelancers, do not have
access to press statements, reports etc. This is where we would like to
come in to help them with some of the tools they need.

We are not a news website, but a tool for journalists, and will only cover
a few important news items, or news not normally covered by most of the
media, as we feel that there are enough news website generating news. We
are essentially a TOOL for journalists.

The website also serves to stimulate debate by occasionally giving
commentary on issues and guidance on coverage by taking a honest, candid
and objective look at current issues, suggest ways to deal with the
Zimbabwe crisis and most importantly the challenging issues facing the
Zimbabwean media.

We look forward to working with each and everyone of you. Newsmakers are
most welcome to communicate through us, to a mailing list of the hundreds
of journalists in Zimbabwe, and all over the world.

Yours In
Striving For A Better Zimbabwean Journalist

The MediaInZimbabwe Team
For comments, suggestions, contributions e-mail

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2. Zimbabwe: New radio broadcasts from UAE
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sun Mar 1, 2009 9:15 pm ((PST))

Zimbabwe: New radio broadcasts from UAE
By Andy Sennitt
A new radio station, Zimbabwe Community Radio will start broadcasting today
joining several privately owned stations forced to transmit their
crprogrammes from overseas because of the country's prohibitive licencing
regulations. ...

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3. Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Middle school students produce radio
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sun Mar 1, 2009 9:39 pm ((PST))

Middle school students produce radio programs
Times and Transcript - Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada
Fredericton Radio CJPN 90.5 was one of four community radio stations across
Canada chosen to participate in the project, which was intended to enhance
the ...

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