Workshops about the role of local correspondents for UNESCO’s partner radios

English
21/02
Themes: 
Correspondents
ICT
Editorial work
Journalism
Project outcomes: 
Journalism training
ICT training
Radios: 
Radio Moanda
Radio Bangu
Radio Télé Déo Gratias
Kimvuka na Lutondo

 

UNESCO promoted workshops about the role of local correspondents for the participating radio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The training built skills on reporting and interviewing, contributing to collecting and reporting local information. Furthermore, the trainings also covered: rights to information, media law, media self-regulation, ethical and professional standards in journalism; collaborative practices between radios and networks of local correspondents; possibilities of ICTs in the media production environment.
 

Rights of the press and media
The module on press law was designed to provide local correspondents and radio journalists with the necessary basis to enable them to understand the legal rules governing their profession as journalists.

Major genres in journalism
This module proposed practical exercises to awaken the interest for the concepts of journalism and translate theory into practice. At the end of the module, trainees expressed high level of appreciation of the workshop and new skills acquired, reassuring their will to continue working in the service of the radios and further training.
 

Collaboration between the stations and correspondents, including the use of ICT
Activities under this theme discussed ways to establish and nurture correspondents’ networks, which are valuable assets for reporting issues of local public concern. The module included practical, hands-on exercises such as script-writing and collecting reports. Furthermore, correspondents improved skills on reporting, gathering local information, interviewing techniques, moderation and interactivity, collection of evidence, media legislation, media self-regulation and awareness of the importance of establishing a sense of trust within the local public.

First phase (2012-2014)