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Date: 7 September 2011 13:19
Subject: The Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio - September 7 2011
Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio
For people using community radio for social change...
The Soul Beat (SB) Extra: Community Radio updates you on community radio
related programme experiences, evaluations, research, awards, trainings, and
resource materials recently placed on the Soul Beat Africa website.
SB Extra: Community Radio complements The Soul Beat newsletter through a
specific focus on Community Radio.
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For further information on Community Radio in Africa visit Soul Beat
Africa's Community Radio theme site -
1. Radio in Africa
Published by Wits University Press in January 2011, Radio in Africa is a
collection of essays on the multiple roles of radio in the lives of
listeners in Anglophone, Lusophone, and Francophone Africa. According to the
publishers, radio has been called "Africa's medium." The book is divided
into three parts: Radio, Popular Democracy, and New Publics; The Cultures of
Radio: Languages of the Everyday; and Radio and Community: Voices of Change.
The essays cover a wide variety of perspectives, including the history of
radio and its part in the culture and politics of countries such as Angola
and South Africa. Others, such as an essay on gender and religion in Mali,
show how radio can both create tensions and encourage social innovation...
2. Africa's Evolving Infosystems: A Pathway to Security and Stability
Published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in March 2011, this
report looks at how mobile telephony has evolved in Africa, and what it
means for development and democracy. The author suggests that new uses of
mobile communication, often paired with radio broadcasting, have created
entirely new types of institutions that promote transparency,
accountability, and security. For example, at Radio Tayna, radio club
members use mobile phones to call in programming suggestions. Radio and
mobile phones also provide communities tools that empower them to build
connections with external organisations that can help meet pressing safety,
health, and economic concerns...
3. (En)gendering Community and Popular Media Content: Lessons from the Field
This article, published in the Gender and Media Diversity Journal in April
2010, examines gender mainstreaming in popular and community media content,
particularly radio. The author looks at two approaches to incorporating
gender content into community radio: gender-specific programming and gender
mainstreaming. The paper argues that gender mainstreaming is crucial to
ensuring women's voices are heard, and profiles the approach of South
African-based organisation CMFD (Community Media for Development)
Productions. The author uses the organisation's work to outline a series of
'best practices' for gender mainstreaming in community and popular media
content, particularly radio drama...
The 5th International Entertainment Education Conference (EE5) to be held in
New Delhi on November 17-20 2011, is inviting submissions of innovative and
entertaining short-form digital productions on: "Motivating Behavior Change
Around Any Health Topic." The maximum length of any submission in any medium
is 3 minutes.
Deadline: September 30 2011.
For more information, visit:
4. The Media, Climate and Society - The African Story
This article from the Network of Climate Change Journalists of the Greater
Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) outlines the media's role in communicating the
impact of climate change, arguing that most of the disasters affecting
Africa today are climate-related. Journalists interviewed identified radio
as the most commonly used medium for the dissemination of climate
information, arguing that it is a rapid and effective avenue of risk
management over a wide area especially in rural settings. They further
argued that while radio is cheap and people without access to electricity
can listen to their sets in the fields where they work, television reporting
on weather and climate change is often uninspiring and in need of radical
5. Hen Mpoano (Our Coast) - Ghana
This community awareness and engagement campaign was designed to support an
integrated approach to ecosystem governance and sustainable management of
coastal resources in Ghana's Western Region. One component of the campaign
is a regional 24-episode serial radio drama featuring a fictional fishing
village; it will run weekly for six months, launching September 2011. The
five-year project, running from 2010 to 2015, is a collaboration between the
United States Agency for International Development, the Coastal Resources
Center (CRC) of the University of Rhode Island, SustainaMetrix, Friends of
the Nation Ghana, the World Fish Center, and Media Impact...
NEW THEME SITES!
Soul Beat Africa has recently launched two new thematic focus areas:
Malaria Theme Site
Science and Media Theme Site
6. Esquadrão da Prevenção (Prevention Squad) - Angola
Launched in 2010 by Population Services International (PSI) Angola,
Esquadrão da Prevenção (Prevention Squad) is a multimedia campaign that
features cartoon superheroes on television and radio, in print materials,
and in person, who protect children from malaria and water-borne illness.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness about malaria and water-borne
illness prevention among children by encouraging parents to more
consistently follow healthy practices with their children, such as using bed
nets, treating water, and washing hands with soap...
7. Get Off the Sexual Network! Campaign - Uganda
Launched in Uganda in September 2009, Get Off the Sexual Network! was a
multimedia HIV prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about the
risks associated with multiple and concurrent partnerships (MCP) using
radio, television, and print media, and community-based interpersonal
communication. Radio skits tackled issues of fidelity (related to sexual
networks) in a humourous, entertaining, and educative way. At the end of
each skit, there was a call-in session where listeners were able to
participate, interact, and relate to the situations. Drama teams also acted
out these skits in communities, to prompt discussions...
8. Tsireledzani ("Let's Protect Each Other") - South Africa
Launched in February 2009, the Tsirelezdani project works to develop, test,
and disseminate a series of pilot products, activities, and tools designed
to raise awareness of human trafficking in South Africa. Specific
communication tools used in the campaign include: a radio drama series based
on the adaptation of trafficking stories; the production of artwork, poems,
and "industrial theatre" representations on and about human trafficking;
production and distribution of posters, flyers, stickers, and leaflets; and
the launch of a South African government website on human trafficking...
For more information on Community Radio, see:
Community Radio Theme Site
Edutainment Theme Site
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