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Strengthening of Community Radio and CMC Network in the Borough of Romeral

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US$16 280.00

The Chilean mass media, and particularly radio broadcasting stations, are well developed and perhaps exist in sufficient number to allow community members to have several options to choose from. However, they are almost all of regional or national reach and therefore not very useful for those who live and work in rural areas, because they do not correspond to the local reality and needs. These regional and national radios are mainly used to listen to music in those areas. The borough of Romeral although near to the provincial capital Curicó, consists of 71% rural area. Therefore local radio is an important communication channel for communi, in order to share news and information. For these reasons the project proposes to strengthen the two community radio stations of the Borough: (1) Radio Romeral is managed by the municipality of Romeral, which reaches the rural areas near to the centre of the borough, while (2) Radio Los Queñes reaches the area up to the Andean foothills, being located at Los Queñes in a Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) created by UNESCO, that is currently managed by the local community. To strengthen citizens' participation, community members will receive training in radio programme production and editing as well as technical training on radio broadcasting and operating. Additionally, a seminar on internet research on development topics will help community members to investigate adequate information for broadcasting. By strengthening commmedia, the project promotes access to pluralistic information, especially for pin rural. It also enhances the capacities of communities to use media as a platform for democratic participation. It will be achieved by encouraging communities to develop their own abilities to manage the radio stations at a technical level, producing their own programmes and using the internet to promote local development.

Project details
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Municipality of Romeral / Radio Romeral and Radio Los Queñes

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Location and contacts
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Gloria Alberti, CI/UNESCO Santiago & Günther Cyranek, ACI/UNESCO MTD, &;

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Project contacts: 

Miguel Valenzuela,;

Project place: 
Municipality of Romeral, local government of Maule (GORE): Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1213 Romeral; Major: Carlos Gabriel Cisterna Negrete. Rut: 8.897.868 -4
Follow-up and achievments
Summary of the project implementation: 

According the project's immediate objectives, the community radio Los Queñes is being strengthened in its potential to provide access to local information, knowledge sharing and democratic participation of citizens in the communities. Different to what was originally planned, the second community radio, run by the Municipality of Romeral, cannot be part of the project because of a recent modification of community media regulation, according to which municipalities are no longer allowed to own community radios. As a consequence, the provision of infrastructure and capacity building will focus on the radio Los Queñes. Training courses for community radio journalists and a seminar for community members are being prepared and are designed to help beneficiaries to research, gather, produce and edit information to be broadcast over the radio. After a delay in identifying authorized bodies for the transfer of funds to the partner institution, the purchase of the required radio station infrastructure is now being prepared.

Achieved outputs: 
The project is in implementation. Final results are expected at the end of June 2011.