First phase (2012-2014)

Local Radio

Base FM

106.2 FM

Live FM

90.3 FM

Ohangwena Radio

94.1 FM

West Coast FM

107.7 FM

The workshop carried out in Namibia, from February 13th to 15th, enhanced 30 trainees’ skills in the use of ICTs for broadcasting, editorial work, programme production, reporting and monitoring of radio programmes. The trainer was Ms. Grace Githaiga, PhD candidate at a joint programme of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, and Roskilde University in Denmark.

The training entailed close collaboration with the radio station managers. Beforehand, it was shared the preparation of the training manual and programme, ensuring that the stations are involved in developing training contents. Targetting hands-on activities during the training, participants produced at least one blog each, created a Facebook page and Twitter account for the four stations.

It was adopted a participatory methodology composed of thematic sections and practical activities. It covered foundations of radio broadcasting, particuliarities of local radio, principles of operation, community engagement, sustainability, use of ICTs in radio stations for enhancing participation, mobile participation, FOSS, social media, new collaborative media, cloud storage and ethical issues. 

Day 1
Session I
1.           Understanding Radio
1.1.        What informs local radio and why local radio?
1.2.        Basics of local radio
1.3.        Principles of operation
1.4.        Participation of audiences

Session II
2.         Sustainability: investing and strengthening community participation to build sustainable radio stations
2.1.      Social sustainability, institutional sustainability and financial sustainability
2.2.      Resource mobilization
 
Day 2
Session III
3.           Understanding ICTs: how do radio stations use ICTs?
3.1.        Online platforms, mobile phones, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
3.2.        ICTs enhancing audience participation and emergence of web 2.0
 
Session IV
4.           The tools
4.1.        Instant messaging (IM)
4.2.        Blogs
4.3.        Search Engine
4.4.        Wikis
4.5.        Social networking sites
4.6.        Multi-media sharing sites
 
Session V
Group work on integrating ICTs in editorial, news, programme production etc.
4.7.        Twitter and creating a hash tag for events and issues of discussion
4.8.        How to create and use hash tags in Twitter
4.9.        Creating Facebook page for station(s) for mobilizing listeners for breaking news, reporting on local activities, mobilizing supporters etc.

The participants created the Facebook page Namibian Media Chain (NMC), with the motto “Be the connection!" 

Day 3
Session VI
5.           Monitoring feedback: how do stations monitor feedback?
6.           Frontline SMS platform/ Freedom Fone
 
Session VII

7.          Sharing and storing documents in the cloud

Session VIII
8.          Practical session on blogging on Word Press and Blogger
 
Session IX
9.         Ethical issues
 
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