The workshop provided training to 11 participants (including 2 women) from the five Zambian radio stations participating in the project: Breeze FM, Zambezi FM, Radio Lyambai, Mkushi Community Radio and Iso-Community Radio.
The workshop was facilitated by Samuel Ndhlovu and Martin Mwape from Zambia.
Aims and objectives of the workshop
This workshop aimed at giving participants the knowledge required for managing radio news and programming that meet the information needs of the audience. By the end of the training participants were expected to have knowledge in how to:
- Establish programming guidelines and operations that will achieve maximum participation of the community and its various sectors at all stages;
- Set up mechanisms to ensure that programming meets audience needs and wishes;
- Cover community issues objectively and fairly;
- Understand the ethical principles of news production and radio programming for maintaining a balance of views in news and programming;
- Gauge gender sensitivity in the radios’ content and operations.
To deliver the training the facilitators used a learner-centred participatory approach, group work and individual exercises making presentations based on training notes to introduce concepts.
The training content had the following main parts:
- Newsroom Management and Operations,
- Community Radio Programming and Scheduling,
- Gender and Community Radio; and
- Monitoring and Feedback.
An evaluation was carried-out among the 11 participants, and the outcomes were as follows:
- 6 participants had not attended training since joining their radio stations;
- 7 participants did not know what was involved in radio programming at their radio stations;
- 5 participants indicated that their radio stations had programming guidelines;
- 4 participants indicated that they had been involved in editorial operations;
- 6 participants had no prior experience in polling and audience surveying.