Posted on: 08/12/2016

My skills have doubled. I did not know how to write a radio script but now I am well equipped and confident to go to the field to interview farmers

Local radio stations’ correspondents are the link between the station and the community. They are the ones responsible for gathering news, getting testimonies and investigating stories out on the field. Their role is crucial are they are the most efficient way for local stations to get the news that matter to their local communities.

Improving correspondents’ skills with ICT trainings

 

Correspondents with better ICT skills are able to use the Internet and mobile phones to make better programmes, and interact with local communities.

 

Sabina Nestoni used to only be a farmer. She is now also working as a correspondent for radio Sengerema. After receiving training from UNESCO, Sabina is able to get out on the field, record interviews, write stories and to fully contribute to programmes on topics that are relevant for her community.

 

Building networks of correspondent: deeper and wider news

 

By developing a network of correspondents and training reporters to fish for stories on the field, the geographical range and variety of news content have been significantly raised. There has been an increased production and broadcast of news on local public issues, including those where accountability to the community is at stake.

 

As the project’s final external evaluation report highlighted, audiences “noticed changes in the content broadcast including new subjects, higher quality programmes, more interaction with the public, and more gender-sensitive content”.

 

Meet some of the correspondents working within local stations participating in the project

 

Correspondents are now able to cover a wider spectrum of issues of local concern and package them as news, documentaries, or any other radio format. Watch the video below to understand exactly how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have considerable impact on the quality of news in local radio stations by training correspondents like Sabina.

 
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About the donor

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is a government organization under the Swedish Foreign Ministry. Swedish development aid follows three thematic priorities; democracy and human rights, environment and climate change and gender equality and womens' role.