First phase (2012-2014)

A workshop carried out from 15 to 19 July 2013 capacitated 10 correspondents (4 women) from Mafeteng community radio station. Trainees were motivated to discuss the value and possible applications of ICTs in the context of radio broadcasting. The workshop provided Mafeteng community radio station correspondents the knowledge and skills to integrate ICTs into broadcasting in order to improve the quality of programming and encourage Mafeteng community participation.

Local Radio

Mafeteng Radio

107.7 FM

The network of correspondents was established at Mafeteng, Lesotho, and capacitated by ensuring that they acquire reporting skills, such as reporting local news, interviewing techniques, moderation and interactivity, documentary reporting, gathering of testimonies, media laws, self-regulation and use of ICTs in gathering news, reporting and editorial work.

A manual and programme outline provided by UNESCO comprehensively guided the training methodology. Besides it, the training was charecterised by practical tasks which witnessed participants opening up social networks for themselves and the radio, thus encouraging dialogue between presenters, correspondents and listeners. The training at Mafeteng contributed to:

  • Understanding of ICTs and its link with radio broadcasting;
  • Appreciation of interactive radio broadcasting;
  • Participatory exploration of social media networking and/or tools;
  • Fundamental understanding of digital media ethics;
  • Imperatives and value of establishing and using a network of correspondents/reporters.
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