Saturday, 6 November 2010

[creative-radio] Solomon Islands : Basic Journalism training for Isabel Community radio & email operators commenced


RT @creative_radio: Solomon Islands : Basic Journalism training for Isabel
Community radio & email operators commenced

Friday, 05 November 2010 12:05

Community radio and email station operators from throughout the province
have gathered in Buala Isabel province for a week-long training workshop
in basic journalism.

People First Network and Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) are
co-facilitating the training for the operators.

The training was conducted at the Diocese of Isabel conference room Buala
a total of fourteen men and women community radio and email operators
attended the training.

Speaking at the start of training on Monday 1st November, one of the
training facilitators, Mr Tony Matelaomao of People First Network
highlighted the relevance of the training in building the capacities of
operators to identify and write about issues affecting the lives of the

"This training is a stepping stone to more effective communication of the
major issues affecting provincial communities.

The participants will emerge at course end with an understanding of the
fundamentals of story construction and will be familiar with the basic
skills applying to journalism.

The results from this training should be apparent over the coming months
as operators use their skills and knowledge of the media to help address
issues such as, violence against women and children, lack of roads,
teacher absenteeism, alcohol abuse, climate change, land disputes,
disquiet over the disappearance of funds for local projects and lack of
community cooperation in key projects."

Community Media Manager SIDT Joseph Major said the other training will
help both Community radio and email operator to develop their own radio
news for community radio station broadcast it and could also send their
issues of concern to the mainstream media" he said.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Susubona Radio operator Mr
Patterson Khana said "This is first time for community radio and email
operators to undergo such training, we will go back after this week
training and train other young and female and male radio operator on this
valuable skill" he said.

The training will end today

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