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Workshop on the use of Skype and YouTube for news gathering and reporting at Mwanedu FM, in Kenya

First phase (2012-2014)

UNESCO supported Mwanedu FM to carry out a two-day training workshop. The workshop was on the use of Skype and YouTube in news gathering and reporting while being held on the 11th and 12th of August 2014 in Voi, Kenya. Eight journalists, five men and three women, from Mwanedu FM were equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to use these tools to enhance their work. 

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Mwanedu Radio

96.1 FM

Workshop for Mwanedu FM's journalists

Although YouTube has been available since 2005, it was never brought to the news room of the organization. In all circumstances, the station only used YouTube for music downloads and nothing else. These limitations made the station lose plenty of opportunities even though it possesses great versatility. On the other hand, the radio station has used Skype, but to a limited level. Knowledge on this application was a huge problem until recently, a situation that changed thanks to the training provided by UNESCO with the help of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). After the training, Skype is being used as an important tool in news reporting by the station.

The training has elevated the level of understanding in the use of Skype and YouTube among the participants. This has facilitated news gathering and reporting of distant events. Having the ability to interview within the station has reduced the cost of travel when it comes to onsite interviews. Journalists in the field can also pass information to their colleagues in the newsroom via Skype. At the end of the training, all journalists were able to log on and access Skype through a brief and practical session.

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