First phase (2012-2014)

Bush Radio and Radio Atlantis'correspondents were trained on the use of ICTs, broadcasting and networking. The workshop took place at Bush Radio, between 24 and 28 June 2013, and capacitated 20 trainees (10 women).

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Bush Radio

89.5 FM - Africa's pioneering community radio station

Radio Atlantis

107.9 FM - The heartbeat of the community

Training of correspondents from Bush Radio and Atlantis Radio
Training of correspondents from Bush Radio and Atlantis Radio
Training of correspondents from Bush Radio and Atlantis Radio
Training of correspondents from Bush Radio and Atlantis Radio
Training of correspondents from Bush Radio and Atlantis Radio

For several trainees, this workshop was their first contact with radio production, including recording interviews. It was encouraged to use of ICTs when doing the radio production, for example, each participant learned how to use their mobile phones to record a short interview and then edit on computer, delivering to radio stations completed products.

The training also focused on the use of social networks, online media and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Although all the participants were familiar with several social networks and online media, the training provided them with ideas on how to enhance audience participation through the use of the social networks and online media, as well how to integrate these so that updating information becomes easier.

As part of the training, a network of community correspondents had been established for those at Radio Atlantis and Bush Radio. This network will be further extended with the correspondents from Radio Riverside, Jozi FM and Valley FM. A key discussion point was how this network of correspondents could share information, news and programming, as well as support each other in their work.

At the end of the training, it was clear that the training introduced new forms of social media to several participants, and that this will be used to enhance the radio station’s audience participation. In addition, Radio Atlantis decided to introduce the use of Zara Radio as a playout system in their radio station, after seeing how it is used at Bush Radio. Participants were greatly motivated and gained the skills and knowledge to integrate a range of ICT platforms into their regular programming. This training has led to higher quality and more effective radio programming about development issues.

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