March 2 2011
For people using community radio for social change...
The Soul Beat (SB) Extra: Community Radio updates you on community radio and
radio related programme experiences, evaluations, research, awards,
trainings, and resource materials recently placed on the Soul Beat Africa
SB Extra: Community Radio complements The Soul Beat newsletter through a
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1. Minority Voices Newsroom - Global
Launched in September 2010 by the international non-governmental
organisation (NGO) Minority Rights Group International (MRG), Minority
Voices Newsroom is an online multimedia library that showcases the stories
of minority and indigenous communities in developing countries and makes
these stories available to the global media. The website is designed to
enable journalists to identify stories and develop useful media contacts -
with a focus on minorities and indigenous peoples. Journalists and others
wishing to use these contributions or learn more can then download and use
the material from the website...
2. Ajing Conga, Bila Pa Ladwar Radio Programme - Uganda
Ajing Conga, Bila Pa Ladwar (I Will Strengthen My Knees – The Song of a
Hunter) is a 72-part radio drama and live theatre production produced in
2010 by Lamele Theatre Artists. It is designed to provide people, especially
returnees, in post-conflict Uganda with information on education, health,
culture, security, and governance. The programme tells the stories of three
families that have returned to their homes from internally displaced
people's camps and are grappling with the efforts of rebuilding their
3. Mbariza Ntore: Pool Synergy Project on the Election in Burundi 2010
This document highlights some of the results of an evaluation conducted by
Radio La Benevolencija to assess the impact and identify lessons learned
from the "Mbariza Ntore" (Kirundi for "inform us so that we can vote")
programme. This programme brought together journalists from 16 different
media houses in Burundi to work collaboratively as a "pool" or network ahead
of the country's 2010 elections. The objective of the project was to enhance
the capacity of citizens to better understand the conditions in which they
are invited to fulfil their political rights. The goals included: assuring
political space, avoiding political hostilities, and making elections
understandable to citizens...
4. Climate Airwaves - Ghana
This pilot project, implemented by AfricaAdapt, Ghana Community Radio
Network (GCRN), and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
(AMARC) with technical support from the Institute of Development Studies
(UK), supports three community radio stations in Ghana in developing
effective methods to share the latest climate change research with local
policymakers and local communities. The idea is for a two-way flow of
knowledge and information: the community radios will broadcast new climate
research information to communities in a way that is accessible and
applicable to their circumstances, while at the same time, the communities
can share and report their experiences, which will help inform local
decision-making and research...
5. Listen, Share, Act! WASH Radio Campaign in Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe
From July to November 2009, the Institute of Water and Sanitation
Development (IWSD), in collaboration with Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings,
implemented the Listen, Share, Act! WASH Radio Campaign in Zimbabwe to
educate communities about healthy practices related to water, sanitation,
and hygiene and empower them to advocate for change. The campaign broadcast
a radio series called "A Clean Zimbabwe – A Healthy You" on Power FM, which
sought to raise awareness on the essential role of sanitation and hygiene in
improving health and creating a cleaner environment for all Zimbabweans...
6. Communication for Education and Development - Toolkit
This toolkit, published by Association for the Development of Education in
Africa (ADEA), is divided into nine sections, each containing a number of
training modules focusing on specific themes in communication, education,
and development. According to the publishers, the toolkit is primarily
designed to be a do-it-yourself training programme that will build the
capacity of media practitioners and those working towards the development of
education in Africa...
PLEASE VOTE IN OUR SOUL BEAT POLL ON COMMUNITY RADIO
Are community radio stations in Africa making effective use of new
technologies such as mobile phones, the internet, and digital technology?
To vote and send comments, visit Soul Beat's Community Radio Theme Site, and
see the Top Right side of the page
RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS POLL:
Community Radio stations are focusing too much on entertainment and not
enough on education and information.
57% - Agree
22% - Disagree
21% - The balance is just right
Selection of comments received:
"Playing music seems to be an easy option because of the low capacity to
produce programs on information and education."
"Agree. Because of inaduquate funding, lack of skills, the easy and cheap
programmes that can be produced are entertainment and much of that being
playing music and sometimes drama."
"They offer relevant education they don't just generalise they are based in
the community. Then know exactly the needs of that particular community. I
love community radio Stations."
"I don't think this is correct, community radio stations are very effective
information sharing and edutaining medium. Although they struggle with
advertising and programme sponsorship they are doing a good job."
"Agree. I had debated this with different radio stations but the fact
remains that entertainment gets more paid adverts and sponsorship than
education and information."
"From the best of my knowledge, QwaQwa Radio and other community radio
stations I came across maintain a wonderful balance between entertainment
and education. Quest lectures are usually given weekly and different experts
are invited to the radio to come and enlighten students on academic issues."
7. Advancing Gender Equality through Community Radio - South Africa
Launched in 2010 by Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa, the Advancing
Gender Equality through Community Radio project is designed to use community
radio to promote the ideas of its flagship One Man Can (OMC) programme.
Started in April, the radio project is part of Sonke's Communication for
Social Change strategy, which uses various media to promote change in
attitudes and behaviour regarding gender and HIV...
8. Audience Research for Campus Radio Stations
Published by the Institute for Media and Society and Panos Institute West
Africa, this book presents various scientific methods available to campus
stations in conducting audience research. According to the publishers, the
presentation is designed to support easy application of each of the methods,
and to be a resource not only for operators of campus broadcasting stations
but also their colleagues in other broadcasting sub-sectors, as well as
students of communication research methods within and outside educational
9. Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Awards 2011
Deadline Date: March 25 2011
The Radio for Peacebuilding Africa (RFPA) Awards are designed to recognise
the best radio programmes contributing to peace in Africa. According to
RFPA, a project of Search for a Common Ground, the awards particularly
celebrate radio programmes that help to reduce group and community tensions,
enhance and give value to shared interests, break down listener stereotypes,
and/or provide positive role models...
11. AfriComNet Award for Excellence in HIV and AIDS Communication in Africa
Deadline Date: April 30 2011
African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development
(AfriComNet) is calling for nominations for its Award for Excellence in
HIV/AIDS Communication in Africa. Some of the award categories that apply to
radio are: best mass media intervention, campaign, or production; best
interpersonal/community initiative/intervention, which includes use of
community radio, peer education, counseling, or community mobilization; and
best HIV or AIDS related series, which include newspaper/magazine columns or
series of articles, documentary films and TV/ radio broadcasts, or comic
12. Financial and Economic Reporting Course (May 9-13 2011) Lagos, Nigeria
This course, organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Norwegian
Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), is designed to help journalists
in Western Africa to strengthen their reporting on financial and economic
topics by developing their understanding and skills...
13. World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 (June 27 - 29 2011) Cairo,
The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is organising the seventh
World Conference of Science Journalists which will be tailored to the needs
of all science journalists worldwide and will include workshops on the most
pressing issues facing science journalists today as well as discussions of
the newest technologies at hand to improve their work...
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