Building local correspondents skills to increase the coverage of plublic interest issues for local populations

11 March 2016

Since this morning, local radio stations’ correspondents are attending the training on management of information sources. The activity aims at developing their skills for a better coverage of topics of public interest to local populations.

Thirty-four (34) correspondents from local radio stations, including eleven (11) women have taken part, in Bujumbura, this March 11th, 2016, at a training workshop on the management of local information sources. The workshop is organized by UNESCO House for a Culture of Peace, in collaboration with the Ministry of Post, Information Technologies, Communication and Media.

The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Sensitize participants on the importance of having a reliable network of information providers;
  • Equip participants on techniques to develop and maintain a network of reliable local information sources;
  • Assist participants in creating list of potential local information sources on different types of subjects.

Mr. Noël Banteye, journalist, teacher and former Head of programs at RTNB, is the one leading the working sessions. The workshop revolves around how to prepare for information gathering, how to identify potential sources for a given subject, etc.

This workshop complements the one (also for correspondents) that ended on 03/10/2016. It focused on, among others, digital audio editing techniques via mobile phone, conducting interviews and reports on topics of public interest to local populations.


Correspondents following a demonstration on the use of mobile phone
© UNESCO

By strengthening the skills of local correspondents, UNESCO seeks to promote content diversity through the coverage of topics of local public interest in local radio stations.

All these activities are conducted within the framework of the project "Empowering local radio stations with ICTs". A project funded by the Swedish Government and carry out by UNESCO from 2015 to 2017 in Burundi and several other countries in Africa.