Friday, 1 May 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2620

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Topics in this digest:

1. LIVE WEBCAST: Freedom of Press in South Asia: Old Challenges, New Me
From: Kishor Pradhan

2. Bihar children being trained in community radio
From: George Lessard

1. LIVE WEBCAST: Freedom of Press in South Asia: Old Challenges, New Me
Posted by: "Kishor Pradhan" kp780
Date: Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:49 am ((PDT))

Dear colleagues,

Panos South Asia in collaboration with UNESCO and Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) is organising a South Asian regional conference 'Freedom of Press in South Asia: Old Challenges, New Media' on 3rd and 4th May 2009, to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day 2009.

In this regard, and in order to reach out to wider audience beyond the confines of the conference hall, we are pleased to announce that the proceedings of the conference shall be LIVE WEBCAST from Nepal Standard Time 12:30 pm on 3rd May and from 09:00 am on 4th May 2009. The live webcast can be accessed at:

The detail program of the conference is also available on the webcast site. You can also participate virtually by submitting your comments and questions online through the feedback window form which is available on the webcast site.

Look forward to your active participation.

Best regards,

Kishor Pradhan
Deputy Director, Panos South Asia
Country Representative, Panos Nepal
Sri Durbar Tole, Patan, Lalitpur
GPO Box 13651, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: 977-1-5521889/5531447 (Off), Fax: 977-1-5544641
Cell: 977-9851040564


Listen online to Panos Radio South Asia at

"Panos South Asia's vision is to make our societies inclusive, democratic
and just. We seek to renegotiate power through the media by enabling diverse
opinions, ideas and theories to be included in the debate on governance and

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2. Bihar children being trained in community radio
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri May 1, 2009 7:06 am ((PDT))

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Subject: [cr-india] Bihar children being trained in community radio
From: "sajan venniyoor" <>
Date: Fri, May 1, 2009 09:38
To: "CR India" <>

Children being trained to produce radio programmes
29 Apr 2009, Sanjeev Kumar Verma, TNN

PATNA: They do not carry the aura of tech-savvy children of metro cities.
But these children from hinterlands of Bihar are on the way to achieve
something, which would be first of its kind in India.

A group of 35 children from Patna, Gaya, Lakhisarai and Samstipur districts
are being trained these days to produce radio programmes. The goal is to set
up community radio stations at the aforesaid places by the end of next year
which would be run by these very children.

A joint initiative of Azad Bachpan, a social organisation working for the
cause of children, and Panos South Asia, an organisation of radio
journalists of South Asian countries, the training includes things like news
gathering, conducting interviews, script writing, editing, voice over, song
and drama. Technical skills required for running a radio show too have been
imparted to the trainee children.

Selection of children, most of whom come from poor families, was done after
weighing the trainees on various parameters like writing skills, oration

Four trainers have been invited from Tamil Nadu and Delhi who specialise in
things related to production of radio programmes.

"We intend to broadcast programmes which not only address the issues
concerning children's lives, but also produced by people of the same age
group so that the programmes connect well with the target group," Azad
Bachpan founder chairman Ajay K Singh told TOI.

He said that radio still being the main source of information for over
two-third of rural population in Bihar, the radio programme was likely to be
successful in terms of reaching the target audience, majority of whom are
still not aware of the issues concerning children.

To begin with, the selected children would produce radio programmes which
would be aired using the All India Radio platform. "We have already booked a
weekly slot and the first radio show is likely to be broadcast in June this
year," Singh said and added that about 120 episodes of the programme would
be broadcast.

"Our programmes would help in sensitising people about children's rights,"
said Baby, a trainee from Patna. Shivam of Lakhisarai is interested in
producing a programme on Aids awareness, particularly among the adolescent
ones. "These children have exhibited extraordinary interest in learning the
tricks of producing radio programmes," Singh said.

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