UNESCO carried out a workshop from 13 to 17 October 2014 at Live FM community radio station premises, in Namibia, on the use of ICTs for reporting and broadcasting. The five-day training was attended by seven participants comprising of the station manager, volunteers and staff members of radio station.
The training was facilitated by Mr. Pieter Olivier, who was assisted by a skilled local trainer with experience in radio journalism, Mr. Harald Kambrude. The training program featured the importance and use of ICT’s, writing for the radio, collection of news items, structure of a news bulletin, interviews, voxpops, verification of news, sources of news, rules of news language, structure of a news script, sound clips and presentation skills with specific emphasis on the voice. Diversified training techniques – such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning – were applied to secure maximized output in promoting a conductive learning environment and atmosphere required for adult training.
The workshop’s objectives were:
1. To introduce a variety of advanced ICT’s, and transfer skills and knowledge (technical, theoretical and practical) to the participants in order to enable a better understanding on how ICT’s can be used and linked to radio broadcasting;
2. To help the participants understand the importance of participatory exploration of social media as a platform for radio broadcasting, in particular radio news;
3. To empower the trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge in terms of journalistic ethics, reporting and collection of news, the language and writing skills with regards to news and the proper presentation thereof;
4. To make the participants understand the imperatives and value of establishing and using a network of correspondents, as well as all other sources they can tap into to acquire news that can inform, educate and entertain their listeners.
The evaluation report proved that the training was highly effective, achieved its overall and specific objectives. The participants immensely valued the entire training layout and content, the teaching methods applied, the general conduction of the training and the subsequent skills and knowledge transferred, additional to the added software and relevant technologies.