Capacity Building in Community Television
No local television station, including OTV, provides daily or weekly newscasts. Other than TV, there are no opportunities available for television journalists. Nearly every household, in even the most remote areas of Palau, has a television and receives OTV through the National Cable system. OTV is Palau's only television station that operates with public/private cooperation and provides both commercial programming and public access. OTV is the most watched channel in the nation and has absolutely no political affiliation. Capacity building of community news media will allow OTV to train and equip young Palauan men and women to become news journalists and to begin bi-weekly news broadcasts that will encourage freedom of expression in Palau. Moreover, people living in rural areas will be engaged in participation of pluralistic and community media. The project aims to modernize OTV's news facility to allow for proper reporting and to archive stories, as well as to help local television professionals to acquire the skills and training to help self-sustain a bi-weekly news telecast that will source information to the entire community.