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