Community Radio

This section provides resources on community radio basics, technical tips and tricks, along with programming ideas and resources.

 

Community Radio

Introduction

AMARC, the World Association of Community  Broadcasters, describes community radio as follows:

When radio fosters the participation of citizens and defends their interests;  when it reflects the tastes of the majority and makes good humour and hope its  main purpose; when it truly informs; when it helps resolve the thousand and one  problems of daily life; when all ideas are debated in its programs and all  opinions are respected; when cultural diversity is stimulated over commercial  homogeneity; when women are main players in communication and not simply a  pretty voice or a publicity gimmick; when no type of dictatorship is tolerated,  not even the musical dictatorship of the big recording studios; when everyone's  words fly without discrimination or censorship, that is community radio

Web Radio - General

Independence and Integrity II: The Updated Ethics Guide for Public Radio  Journalism

Developed by: Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Dr. Alan G.  Stavitsky and Jeffrey Dvorkin Type of resource: PDF  guide Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This guide provides an overview of some of the most important ethical issues  that face public radio, as identified by public radio journalists. It offers  principles and standards for ethical practice, in keeping with public radio's  commitment to the highest standards of journalism.

Dhttp://www.cpb.org/radio/ethicsguide/


Internet and E-mail Basics -  General

Where to find training?

Developed by: African Women's Media Centre Type of  resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

The following list of resources includes programmes where journalists can  obtain specific skill-building, reporting and management training.

Dhttp://www.awmc.com/programs/index.php


Community Radio - Basics

The Africa Community Radio Manager's Book

Developed by: AMARC Type of resource: Word  document Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Many people can tell community radio operators what they need to do but not  exactly how they should do it. In this workbook, no one will tell you what to  do. But we will talk about how things happen in a community radio station. And  we will use examples, so that you understand. Then you can see what you need to  do to get what you want for your station.

This is the pilot copy. Testing and evaluation is under way and final  edition of this manual will be available early 2003.

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Community Radio - Content  development

Radio Talkshows for Peacebuilding - a guide

Developed by: Search for Common Ground Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

A short guide for radio presenters/producers and others in how to do talk  shows in a way which helps reduce rather than increase conflict. You need to  register (for free) to download the guides.

Dhttp://www.radiopeaceafrica.org/index.cfm?lang=en


BBC News Styleguide

Developed by: BBC Training & Development Type of  resource: website Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

Avoid clichés and improve your journalism with this PDF version of the BBC  News Styleguide. The Guide gives practical suggestions on many aspects of  journalism style, including abbreviations, clichés, reported speech - and how to  avoid irritating your editor.

Dhttp://www.bbctraining.com/pdfs/newsstyleguide.pdf


Building Blocks for Common Ground Talk

Developed by: Search For Common Ground Type of resource: PDF Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This leaflet introduces useful ideas on interviewing techniques which  highlight points of agreement between two sides in a conflict rather than  emphasising the differences. It suggests ways in which broadcasters can deal  with hot issues by focussing on areas of genuinely shared values and concerns,  and so contribute positively to the eventual resolution of that conflict rather  than emphasising the divisions.

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Children, Violence and the Media in an Expanding Europe

Developed by: Press Wise Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

PressWise has taken a special interest in issues associated with media  coverage of children and children's engagement with the media including devising  and delivering training around the world. Have a look at the extensive list of  useful online manuals on reporting issues related to children.

Dhttp://www.presswise.org.uk/display_page.php?id=71


MEDIA & HIV/AIDS in East and Southern Africa

Developed by: UNESCO Type of resource: website Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

This resource book includes practical guidelines and strategies for effective  reporting of HIV/AIDS issues.

Dhttp://www.unesco.org/webworld/publications/media_ aids/index.html


Step by Step guide to Radio Browsing

Developed by: UNESCO/OneWorld Type of resource: real  media Target audience: General Cost: Free access

What are the benefits of "Radio Browsing" radio format and how to do it.

Dhttp://portal.unesco.org/ci/ev.php?URL_ID=5590&URL _DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201&reload=1054043785


Radio programs on HIV/AIDS - 23 steps to success

Developed by: Farm Radio Network Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Suggestions to help meet the challenge of creating effective programs about  HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Dhttp://www.farmradio.org/english/hivaids_2.html


"Voices of Youth" Training Guidelines

Developed by: OneWorld Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The Moab, UT-based Voices of Youth project has developed a handbook for youth  radio production training. This easy-to-read resource for documentary production  was written by Project Director Bruce Hucko, a photographer who brings an  artistic eye and ear to radio sound design, recording and interviewing skills. 

Dhttp://snipurl.com/b7b4


How to Write a Radio Serial Drama for Social Development: A Script  Writer's Manual

Developed by: Johns Hopkins University School of Health Type of  resource: PDF (long) Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

This book by Esta de Fossard is a "practical manual for script writers  preparing radio serial dramas for development projects. It will be useful both  for novices and experienced script writers who have not yet written drama that  educates as well as entertains."

Dhttp://www.jhuccp.org/pubs/fg/3/3.pdf


Interviewing for Radio

Developed by: BBC Training & development Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

A guide to preparing for interviews for radio, including live studio  interviews and vox pops.

Dhttp://www.bbctraining.com/onlineCourse.asp?tID=25 55&cat=2772


MMTK Radio Browsing Unit

Developed by: OneWorld Type of resource: MS Word  files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

Using the "radio browsing" approach, community radio stations give their  listeners access to a wealth of information from the Internet. This workshop kit  offers materials which trainers can use as the basis of face-to-face workshops.  The handout will be of value to anyone wanting to learn about radio browsing.

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/radi obrowsing.shtml


Producing Content for Radio

Developed by: MMTK Type of resource: MS Word  files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

Developed by AMARC and aimed at trainers in community radio, this workshop  kit covers topics including interviewing, presenting and editing. Part of the Multimedia Training  Kit.

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/radi ocontent.shtml


Radio Drama Techniques

Developed by: from Alan Beck, Lecturer in Drama at the University of  Kent, UK Type of resource: web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Visit this website for tips on how to produce a radio drama, advice on how to  use radio equipment to create different sound effects and much more!

Dhttp://www.kent.ac.uk/sdfva/technique/index.html


Reporting Human Rights and Humanitarian Stories

Developed by: Produced by Jo-Anne Velin Type of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Produced by Jo-Anne Velin with Human Rights Internet & The  International Centre for Humanitarian Reporting

This handbook is aimed to help journalists report on issues around human  rights.

Dhttp://www.hri.ca/doccentre/docs/handbook97/


13 story ideas for radio programs about HIV/AIDS

Developed by: Radio Farm Network Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Program ideas to help rural communities cope with labour shortages and other  impacts that result from HIV/AIDS.

Dhttp://www.farmradio.org/english/hivaids_3.html


Program ideas about HIV/AIDS

Developed by: Farm Radio Network Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Ideas on how to produce programs that encourage discussion about the changes  happening in the lives of rural audiences as a result of HIV/AIDS.

Dhttp://www.farmradio.org/english/hivaids_4.html


Writing radio scripts to improve food security

Developed by: Farm Radio Network Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This paper is intended to share with the reader the steps in script writing  that we at Developing Countries Farm Radio Network follow to ensure that our  final product - which is the written radio script - is credible and useful to  you, the radio broadcasters we are mandated to serve. By sharing the steps  behind our work, it is also hoped that radio broadcasters may gain some insight  to the steps that they themselves can take to produce a high-quality information  product that will be of direct benefit to the people in rural areas who listen  to their radio programs.

Dhttp://www.farmradio.org/english/writingscripts.ht ml


Financial Planning Programming for Rural Audiences

Developed by: Farm Radio Network Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Making a budget is an important part of financial planning for farmers. Find  out here how your radio programme can help farmers in developing their financial  systems. A sample of scripts is also available.

Dhttp://www.farmradio.org/english/financial.html


Indigenous Knowledge Programming for Rural Audiences

Developed by: Radio Farm Network Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Attracting listeners and developing a loyal audience is the work of radio  broadcasters everywhere. A tested and true method is to provide interesting  programs with relevant, local content. For farm radio broadcasters, programs  that discuss and share indigenous knowledge work well....

Dhttp://www.farmradio.org/english/indigenous.html


Community Radio -  Technical tips and tricks

Minidisc portal

Developed by: Minidisc Community Portal Type of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Any question you might have about minidiscs - you'll find the answer here. 

Dhttp://www.minidisc.org/


Technical help for producing radio programs

Developed by: Transom Tools Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Transom Tools provides technical help for producing programs, from collecting  sound in the field, through editing and mixing on Digital Workstations, up to  preparing your program for uplink or upload. The columns and discussion boards  can help experienced producers negotiate the conceptual shift from analog  production and make best use of their tools, as well as folks just starting out  with their first projects.

Dhttp://www.transom.org/tools/index.html


Microphones and sound for radio

Developed by: BBC Training & Development Type of  resource: web site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

Learn about microphones, sound levels and ways to get the best recordings. 

Dhttp://www.bbctraining.co.uk/onlineCourse.asp?tID= 2508&cat=2772


Minidisc for Radio

Developed by: BBC Training & Development Type of  resource: web site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

A course for radio programme makers in using the minidisc recorder for  interviews, vox pops etc, featuring an interactive 5-minute guide to using the  Sony MZ-R55 mindisc model.

Dhttp://www.bbctraining.co.uk/onlineCourse.asp?tID= 5514&cat=2772


Community Radio - General

"Community Radio - The people's voice"

Developed by: ABC Ulwazi Type of resource: PDF  files Target audience: General Cost: Free access

A "How to" guide for radio practitioners working in community media.

Dhttp://www.abculwazi.org.za/jsp/published_cr.jsp?p g=published_cr


How to do Community Radio: A Primer for Community Radio Operators

Developed by: Louie Tabing, for UNESCO Type of resource: Primer Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This UNESCO-supported primer builds on the experience of Tambuli, which in  the past ten years has grown from one community radio to a network of 25  stations. Often located in remote rural areas, these stations are “operated in  the community, for the community, about the community and by the community”. The  handbook features basic community radio concepts, including equipment, finances  and programming. It also brings in aspects of community radio ethics, councils,  and codes of conduct. The document is online as a PDF file (327 Kb; 70  pages)

D http://portal.unesco.org/ci/fr/file_download.php/ 9f3aef45c6447010890b417095e3a27cCom_radio.pdf


Participative Marketing for Local Radio

Developed by: AudienceDialogue.org Type of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Participative marketing is a new term for what is probably a very old  concept: that marketing is not just something that big corporations do to  consumers, but something that everybody does when engaged in any kind of  purposeful activity. What's new about the idea of participative marketing is  that it deliberately weaves a strong web of relationships to bring people  together for a common purpose. If it works properly, there's no exploitation,  but a filling of mutual needs. Read most of the chapters of Dennis List's new  book, Participative Marketing for Local Radio on Audience Dialogue website.

Dhttp://www.audiencedialogue.org/pmlr.html


Using Community Radio for Non-Formal Education

Developed by: Commonwealth of Learning Type of resource: PDF Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Community radio can be a powerful medium for non-formal education. This short  guide introduces the possibilities, looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the  medium, and gives tips on getting started.

Dhttp://www.col.org/colweb/webdav/site/myjahiasite/ shared/docs/KS2001-02_radio.pdf


Writing for Radio

Developed by: Mike Meckler Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This site is intended to help radio journalists improve their skills as  writers and anchors. Topics covered range from writing copy to improving on-air  delivery, and the site include a glossary and links to external resources.  Although not directly aimed at community radio, http://www.newscript.com should be of value  to practitioners in the area.

Dhttp://www.newscript.com/

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