First phase (2012-2014)
Themes: Correspondents

Local Radio

Kyela FM

96 FM

Micheweni Radio

94.7 FM



Casmine E.Mfalme giving speech to the participants
Role of Correspondents, Tanzania
Role of Correspondents, Tanzania
Role of Correspondents, Tanzania
Role of Correspondents, Tanzania
Role of Correspondents, Tanzania

Trainers :

Rose Haji, trainer of community media
Courtney Ivins, gender specialist
Emmi Puputti, UNV gender specialist

The launch of this event, was officially chaired by E. Casmine Mfalme from the Cultural District General Kyela, who made a presentation on the importance of the work of correspondents and radios they represent for the development of their present local communities and of future generations.

Kiswaga Bertram, director of KBC Community Service Initiative ( KCIS ) - the umbrella NGO which started Kyela FM - also gave a welcome introduction.

Main objective:

• To improve the skills of correspondents about how to communicate local and relevant news, and use important testimonials and evidence from geographic reach.

Secondary objective :

• To follow up and monitor the implementation of Gender Policy for Community Radios, Code of Ethics and other related tools .

There are three separate but interrelated learning objectives that create the framework of the training.

1 . Attitudes:
At the end of this training, participants were able to:
• Appreciate the value and importance of local news and stories to reach a wider community
• Appreciate and use the established network
• Recognize the importance of accurate, balanced and fair news reporting and information
• Contribute to the community radio station

2 . Knowledge :
At the end of this training, participants were able to:
• State the different components of the news package and stories
• Knowledge of the different components of interview techniques
• Be able to evaluate good and bad reporting
• Understand the importance of accurate representation, balanced and equitable news

3 . Skills:
At the end of this training, participants were able to:
• Demonstrate skills in the use of local news gathering testimonies and interviews, and technical skills 
• Demonstrate skills in covering news, in a balanced and informative way
• Demonstrate the integration in the established network

The intervention has contributed to the achievement of good project results, development of relevant reporting capacities and news coverage of good quality, that are gender sensitive and of local interest, thanks to the commitment to the correspondents network. The workshop also provided a follow-up evaluation on gender policy and tools related to the topic, including the status and challenges of their implementation. Ideas about hos to inform and strengthen the implementation of the policy of future development of radio were also mentioned.

Other following results:

• Establishment of a network of 24 correspondents
• Equality Policy deployed in five community radio stations
• Production programs (unpublished)
• Media coverage by ITV / Radio

The participants were a group of members from five community radios ( Pangani, Micheweni, Makunduchi, Pambazuko and Kyela). The main learning objective was to develop attitudes, knowledge and skills to collect and communicate local coverage precisely, balanced and fair, mutually reinforcing an integrated network of practitioners. Approximately 90% of the participants were under 30 years old. The balance between the sexes, women compared to men was of 29 %. Most participants work as volunteers in their respective positions and meet barriers to access professional development opportunities and training. The implementation of the program was adjusted by a creative adaptation of modules, translation of documents ( English Swahili ), and the redistribution of responsibilities for facilitating the workshop and good implementation.

Training content :

  • Basic knowledge of Community Radio journalism
  • Journalism, communication news
  • Interviews
  • Gender training
  • Reporting on sensitive issues (HIV / AIDS)
  • Work and reporting in the field

Following methods:

  • Brainstorming
  • Interactive sessions
  • Mini-conferences
  • Group discussions and presentations
  • Practical tasks
  • Analysis of case studies from media sources in the country

The topic of gender has been mainstreamed throughout the program, with particular emphasis on capacity building for reports of gender equality as a goal in itself and as a means of increasing the overall competence in the production of the exact coverage, to be balanced and equitable, soliciting marginalized voices and reporting sensitive issues (f.ex. the theme of HIV / AIDS). For most participants it was evident that this was their first exposure to gender training. The group was interactive and generally open to new hardware. After the fieldwork, participants increased awareness and capacity on rapporting on the sensitive issue of gender.

The majority of participants thanked in particular the facilitation of the workshop and they asked for other workshops in the future. They especially appreciated skills related to researching information and news packages (information sources, preparations, etc.) Use of appropriate language, information exchange, and a critical approach when reading and publishing information were appreciated skills that the participants also mentioned. In addition to this, the skills and knowledge about the differences between sexes, politics and sensitive gender relations have also been reported in almost all forms of assessment. Participants discussed their responsibilities towards the community and the importance of being close to the their local communities.



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