AMARC: Popular Correspondents ? Supporting Voices of the Excluded Sectors in Latin America
In order to provide precise and truthful information that guarantees freedom of expression, the Púlsar Information Agency (newswire) of the World Association of Community Broadcasters ? AMARC ALC offers community and independent broadcasters a full scope of information from Latin America and the world on issues of interest to the civil society, considering the characteristics of radio language. It has 3,900 subscribers and receives more than 36,000 unique page visits a month to its website. In order to ensure a citizen and gender perspective, Púlsar favors alternative information agencies and Latin American community broadcasters as journalistic sources. However, community media professionals face difficulties in becoming leaders and information sources. These difficulties are related, among other factors, to the lack of professional formation, of reaction capabilities when facing events, and of monitoring capabilities of political, economic and cultural processes. This project aims to promote media as a platform for democratic participation by demonstrating the needs, problems, proposals, voices and diversity of Latin American marginalized social groups. Community broadcasters serve as a tool for reflection and freedom of expression. The project further strengthens networking and coordination of community radios. It proposes to support the Púlsar correspondents network expanding it to seven new radio journalists (representing the six sub-regions and the Women's Network of AMARC ALC), who will participate in a four-day training course where they learn journalistic techniques for web and radio communications, new perspectives and technical knowledge to carry out their journalistic task. Púlsar will benefit from a greater diversity of voices, journalistic expertise and additional sub-regional journalistic coverage: two regional journalistic reports and weekly issuing of notes and audio reports. All fourteen members of Pulsar's correspondents network will prepare and cover AMARC 10 in November 2010 in Buenos Aires. The conference will gather more than 500 community broadcasters from all over the world. Therefore it represents an excellent opportunity to increase debates on the fundamental right of freedom of expression, which is crucial for the visibility and inclusion of marginalized Latin American social groups.