Strengthening Capacity of RTVGE Journalists in the Treatment of Information and Production Techniques
Owing to a lack of trained human resources, most media houses in Equatorial Guinea, be they state-run or private, are unable to maintain correspondents outside the towns in which their head offices are located. The RTVGE, the largest media outlet with a public-service remit in the country, has acquired new premises and state-of-the-art equipment over the last 5 years. Nonetheless, the main handicap facing the local media in general, and the RTVGE in particular, is the lack of appropriately trained human resources, due to the absence of structures providing training for media professionals. Fewer than 5% of employees have received suitable media training. The greatest needs are in the areas of (i) live broadcast production (currently the RTVGE is unable to produce live programmes) and (ii) the treatment of information. By strengthening capacity in the ''critical'' treatment of information, the RTVGE will be better positioned to support the democratic process in the country. In order to build technical and practical capacity among the professional staff of the RTVGE and to enhance its role in promoting intellectual diversity, the project will provide two theoretical and practical courses in which 6 producers, 10 cameramen, and 10 journalists will participate. The first will provide the producers and cameramen with the technical knowledge required to produce live teleevision broadcasts, and the second will train the journalists in techniques used in the treatment of information, with special focus on the importance of intellectual diversity.