Correspondents' network and ICTs for programming, editorial work and diffusion at Ohangwena Community Radio, Namibia

English
19/08
Themes: 
Correspondents
ICT
Internet
Mobile
Programming
Radio format
Gender equality
Health
Issues of local public concern
Radio monitoring
Editorial work
Interaction
Broadcasting
Journalism
Networking
Project outcomes: 
Journalism training
ICT training
Correspondents’ network

This training aimed at establishing a network of correspondents and increase their knowledge of ICTS in various areas to support local broadcasting. The training took place from 19-23 August 2013 in Eenhana at Ohangwena Community Radio for a total of 6 participants (2 men and 4 women).

Radios: 
Ohangwena Radio

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:

  • Strengthen the capacity of radio staff on the use of the Internet for journalistic production and broadcast
  • Knowledge on online platforms that support information delivery as well as communication both within the radio and towards listeners
  • Establish a network of correspondents and train them to acquire skills to report news, etc. using ICTs and mobile media reporting
  • Establish communication lines with correspondents, information sharing procedures, working modalities, code of ethics, community relations principles, monitoring
  • Provide training in the production and use of pictures and graphics and simple video

 

METHODOLOGY:

This training was a participatory, hands-on training, using a range of tools and technologies for the production, broadcasting and sharing of radio content through social media. Visual and audio elements were employed in training to offer clear understanding of the training.

The approach has five main strands:

  1. Work closely with community radio correspondents to identify their methods and techniques, when producing, broadcasting and sharing content via online resources.
  2. Promote ethical standards in sourcing, editing, broadcasting and content sharing.
  3. Embrace new ICTs for social media connection as well as FOSS tools for content production and graphics development to improve the station’s interaction with its audience.
  4. Monitor the application of skills and integration of ICTs in broadcasting in order to provide on the effectiveness of the training.
  5. To produce quality radio programmes using ICTs and participation of local community.

 

TRAINING TOPICS

USE OF ICTs IN BROADCASTING

This training entailed an input presentation and resultant discussion of ICTs in general to identify the different types, uses and links between ICTs and radio. The introduction acquainted participants with different FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools suitable for integration into radio programming and network development. The discussions also focused on how Ohangwena Community Radio currently using mobile telephony and social media in relation to the challenges the stations face on daily basis. In addition, the training introduced how target audiences use social media to interact with the station.

After the introduction of the ICTs and their use at the station the participants discussed how ICTs help OCR interact with their target audiences. Participants were also empowered to suitable Free and Open Source Software - FOSS to be considered when using ICTs in programming. Lastly, participants produced radio programmes using smart mobile phones and voice recorders in the vicinity of the radio stations relating to issues of public concern such as crime, drugs and alcohol abuse, and gender based violence, unemployment, etc. using FOSS.

COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENTS AND ETHICS

The training opened with discussion on the role of correspondents at OCR and the role of the community. Furthermore, the discussion focused on different platforms of engagement by the correspondents with the audience in order to build upon these platforms with the integration of ICTs online, mobile phones and radio.

Furthermore, the discussion was complemented with addressing ethical aspects regarding the use of online platforms and mobiles as well as digital media ethics. Some of the ethical points to be covered are: anonymity, speed rumours and correction, impartiality and conflict of interest.

The participants practised the concepts by opening a Google account, Whatsapp, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook page for OCR in Eenhana, then the correspondents shared content and networking through those platforms.

ONLINE PLATFORMS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING

The session on online platforms and social networking provided an overview of online platforms and social networks and how radio stations use these networks, including the different types of online platforms and their uses. The focus was on Facebook, mylocalradio, Youtube and Skype.  In addition, participants were introduced to online search engines such as Google and Wikipedia. Participants also practiced audio sharing through Youtube and WhatsApp, Skype and eMail attachments as part of practical exercise.

RADIO PRODUCTION USING DIFFERENT TYPES OF ICTs

The programme production was based on issues of social concern in the community of Eenhana. The topics were identified by the research, which was conducted by UNESCO to the listeners of the community radio station. Participants then chose the topics to produce during the training. The chosen topics were: poverty, drugs and alcohol abuse. 

The production included:

  • Identifying topics to be produced
  • Researching on the topics
  • Identifying and selection sources
  • Preparing scripts
  • Recording interviews and vox-pops
  • Downloading and uploading recorded vox-pops
  • Audio mixing with Audacity
  • Graphics editing
  • Uploading to Youtube as a sound video  
  • Sharing through Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc .
First phase (2012-2014)