Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Update October 20, 2010

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Radio for Peacebuilding Africa

October 20, 2010


  • RFPA Feature
    • Radio Agnia—Cote d'Ivoire
  • Award Opportunities:
    • West Africa Journalists Association (WAJA) Excellence Awards 2010
    • Farm Radio International—Radio Scriptwriting Competition and Free Online Courses
  • Professional Opportunities
    • AMARC International Conference in Argentina
    • Course on Online Journalism Offered in the Netherlands
    • Grants for Photojournalists Covering Conflict
    • Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme in Washington, D.C.
    • News from the field
    • Media and Phone Use in Zambia

Community Radio Feature: Radio Agnia FM-Cote d'Ivoire

Radio Agnia FM is a three-year old radio station, located in Abengourou, Côte d'Ivoire, east of the capital, Abidjan. The General Council of Abengourou plays host to the radio station, providing it office space and funding. Radio Agnia FM's primary mission is to educate and train people for economic, social and cultural development.  The radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, and puts an average of six programmes on air per day. Approximately 5% of the programmes are in the local language, Agni. In addition to broadcasting entertainment segments, Radio Agnia FM also produces programming that covers rural issues and awareness campaigns. Radio Agnia FM also produces special feature programmes about the men and women who have positively influenced Abengourou District. The radio is one of the few stations available in the region other than ONUCI FM, the United Nations radio station.

According to the Radio Agnia FM station manager, Jean Luc Konaté, the station's objective in the short-term is to reach the largest number of people possible, in the medium-term to be more professional and in the long-term, to be free and independent. Radio Agnia FM would like to improve its services by increasing its range of coverage, physical resources and personnel training, ultimately hoping to be autonomous of the support of the General Council, on which the station is currently dependent for all funding. Radio Agnia continues to address its original goals: serving as a tool to bring people together, fitting into the dynamics of national reconciliation and contributing to the consolidation of social peace.

Award Opportunity:
West Africa Journalists Association (WAJA) Excellence Awards 2010

The West Africa Journalists Association (WAJA) through its Capacity Building Project is calling for submissions for the WAJA Excellence Awards 2010. The awards, under the theme "Investigative Journalism and Ethics", are designed to promote ethical journalism and quality research and investigations, as well as recognise and promote talent in journalism in West Africa.

The 3rd Edition of the Competition is open to practising journalists in the 15 Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) member states and Mauritania in the fields of print, radio, and television. In addition to a monetary prize, the winners will take part in at least one training session on "Investigative Journalism and Ethics". Works must be submitted latest October 30, 2010 through National Associations/Unions, which are members of WAJA and/or to the WAJA-CBP, B.P.1300 Hamdallaye ACI 2000, Rue 413, Porte 109, Bamako, Mali.

For more information, visit http://www.wajaujao.org/fr/l-ujao-dans-la-presse/launching-of-the-waja-excellence-award-2010.html

Radio Scriptwriting Competition and Free Training Course for African Radio Broadcasters

Farm Radio International is organizing its fourth scriptwriting competition for organizations and individuals that work with radio in Africa.  This radio scriptwriting competition aims to build the production skills of broadcasters who serve smallholder farmers and rural communities.  Also, it promotes the exchange of high quality radio scripts amongst radio organizations in sub-Saharan Africa in order to benefit rural listeners.  This year, the subject of the competition is healthy communities.

The script is to be prepared by talking with local farmers and can take a variety of formats - for example, dramas, interviews, or conversations. The script must be an original piece of work between 500 and 2,000 words in English or French, written specifically for this competition.

To assist participants with writing the radio scripts, a free, ten-week online scriptwriting training course is available at http://scriptcompetition.farmradio.org/online-course-2 . Script entries must be received no later than November 1, 2010.

For more information, visit  http://scriptcompetition.farmradio.org/competition-2

AMARC World Assembly of Community Broadcasters:  Argentina to host international meeting of community radio broadcasters

Community broadcasters and stakeholders from around the world are invited to the 2010 World Assembly of Community Radio Broadcasters conference in La Plata, Argentina, from November 8 to 13, hosted by the International Board of Directors of AMARC.

The conference aims to improve quality practice in community media, establish legal environments for community media to develop and reinforce content development leading to social change through radio.

For more information visit: http://amarc10.amarc.org/index.php?p=home&l=EN

Online Journalism Class Offered in the Netherlands

Mid-career journalists interested in online reporting can participate in a course in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The course will be held May 16 to June 24, 2011. The deadline to register is November 1.

The course, sponsored by the Radio Netherlands Training Centre aims to help broadcast, print and online journalists use the Internet for research, publication and distribution. The focus will be on content rather than technical skills.

Applicants must have at least three years experience and be proficient in English. The course is targeted towards media professionals from developing countries and countries in transition.

For more information, visit http://www.rntc.nl/node/10#top

Grants for photojournalists covering conflict

The Aftermath Project is inviting photojournalists who cover conflict to submit works to an annual competition of photos reflecting conflict and its consequences. The competition is aimed at supporting photographers working on long-term projects in the aftermath of conflict. The deadline is November 1.

For more information, e-mail info@theaftermathproject.org or visit http://www.theaftermathproject.org/

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme at the Washington, D.C.-based National Endowment for Democracy invites applications for fellowships in 2011-2012. The programme enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Dedicated to international exchange, this five-month, residential programme offers a collegial environment for fellows to reflect on their experiences; consider best practices and lessons learned; conduct research and writing; engage with counterparts; and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.
The programme is intended primarily to support practitioners, scholars, and journalists from developing and aspiring democracies; distinguished scholars from established democracies may also apply. A working knowledge of English is required. All fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, travel assistance, and research support. The programme does not fund professional training, fieldwork, or students working towards a degree.

Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2010.  For more information and application instructions, visit http://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program. Flyers may also be viewed in the following languages by clicking on these links:  English, French, and Portuguese

Radio, Mobile Phones Stand Out in Africa's Media and Communication Landscape 

 Radio, Mobile Phones Stand Out in Africa's Media and Communication Landscape
While radio remains the single most important source of information in Africa, new technologies are seeing mobile phones and other ICTs contributing to the media sector. Intermedia is doing research into these trends, looking at Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, and other countries outside of Africa. Findings include:

  • Individuals who have had ownership of a phone for at least five years, have shown be greater consumers of a variety of media compared to those who have owned a phone for a shorter period of time.
  • Mobile phones are rivalling radio as the most accessible communication or media platforms in both Kenya and Ghana.

More information and data analysis is available through their AudienceScapes project, in particular,

Africa Development Research Brief http://audiencescapes.org/sites/default/files/AScapes%20Briefs%20New%20Media_Final.pdf
 Zambia: Radio and Mobile Phones Stand Out as Important Communication Mediums http://audiencescapes.org/zambia-radio-and-mobile-phones-stand-out-key-information-sources-communications-television-income

Do you have training material that can be used in the context of radio for peacebuilding that you would like to share with members?  Send an email to: rfpa@sfcg.org. We will put it up on the website for other members in the network to access.  

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