Base FM’s staff participated in a series of workshops provided by UNESCO on the role of correspondents, the use of ICTs, entrepreneurship, income generation, marketing, financial planning, management and sustainability from 1 to 5 December 2014 in Katutura, Namibia. Mr. Julius J Mtemahanji and Ms. Elva Gomez di Sibandze facilitated the training.
UNESCO conducted a training workshop on humanitarian reporting and development journalism for correspondents from five community radios in South Africa, from 1 to 2 December 2014. The objectives of the workshop were to introduce participants to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to show how South Africa has progressed in meeting these goals as well as to enable participants to come up with community-based stories from the MDGs.
A five-day workshop, from 27 to31 October 2014, was held at Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, to enhance the station’s operations especially when working with correspondents. The workshop sought to equip correspondents with news gathering and writing techniques – skills required for effective planning and producing radio programmes that are relevant, participatory and gender sensitive; and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge on how to use ICTs in radio programming, conducting interviews, collecting feedback and testimonies; among others.
UNESCO carried out a workshop from 13 to 17 October 2014 at Live FM community radio station premises, in Namibia, on the use of ICTs for reporting and broadcasting. The five-day training was attended by seven participants comprising of the station manager, volunteers and staff members of radio station.
UNESCO carried out a workshop at Mangelete FM, in Kenya, on the role of correspondents to feed local news and collect testimonies from 3 to 4 June 2014. The training brought together 92 participants, including the correspondents of the radio station, comprising of 23 men and 75 women. It aimed at increasing and deepening their knowledge on how to feed the radio station with relevant and timely information on local news.
A workshop aimed at strengthening Jozi FM’s network of correspondents and increasing their knowledge on ICTs was carried out from 24 to 28 March 2014 for 6 correspondents and a focal person for monitoring radio schedule.
A five day workshop on the use of ICTs to report issues of local concern was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10 to 14 of March 2014. The trainings were conducted by Mrs. Brenda Leonard and benefited 32 participants, including 15 women, from all 5 radio stations under the project in South Africa, plus Mafeteng Community Radio from Lesotho and !aH FM from Namibia. The trainees included board members, correspondents, managers and journalists from the 7 local radio stations.
UNESCO conducted a workshop in Lusaka, from 25 to 26 February 2014, to enable 17 media professionals (10 women) to communicate effectively about interventions related to humanitarian aid and disaster reporting. The forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to exchange opinions about how to strengthen the communication between media and humanitarian organizations.
From 3 to 7 February 2014, twenty-five correspondents from five local radios (Pambazuko, Micheweni, Kyela, Uzikwaza, and Mtegani) convened at Pambazuko FM in Ifakara, Tanzania, for a workshop on the use of mobiles phones and applications for gathering and reporting news.