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While established and secure, the media industries in Jamaica see little competition from new or different organizations in their markets. In addition, there are very few local and community mediums to address relevant issues not covered by the major outlets. This is especially true in rural areas, such as Spring Village in rural St. Catherine. Jamaica is also currently experiencing an exponential rise in its use of and reliance upon computers and the internet. This trend has correlated with the embracement of several types of digital media that have until recently been associated with...

The Asociación Latinoamericana de Investigadores de la Comunicación (ALAIC), representative entity of Latin American researchers on the communication area, proposes to IPDC actions aimed at improving the competencies of academic researchers and professors. To this end, ALAIC intends to restructure its website and transform the electronic platform into a portal of academic and professional interest (by incorporating the Latin American Journal of Communication Science, which is currently available only in printed version). ALAIC's purpose is to integrate local researchers in a network and...

Media pluralism is a recent phenomenon in Chad, so much so that, as is often the case in countries in which pluralism of expression is embraced against a backdrop of poverty, the professional challenges are multiple. Today, however, the Chadian media can be viewed as a vanguard in pluralism of expression. Nevertheless, Chadian journalists are threatened and arrested in the exercise of their profession, and the media landscape is characterized by a lack of training among journalists, in writing for radio for production techniques, and among first-level maintenance technicians, as well as a...

Because Grenada does not have a tertiary level media training institution many of the journalists do not have formal training. Apart from a few older and more seasoned journalists, many media workers in Grenada are young and unqualified. One reason for this imbalance is that it is because it is very expensive to travel to CARIMAC in Jamaica for training. This has been a cause for concern amongst members of the Media Association of Grenada (MWAG) for a number of years. MWAG is also concerned that the salaries that currently exist in the Grenada media industry do not attract secondary school...

Madagascar has a liberal policy towards the media, which has fostered the development of media pluralism and diversity. Currently, Madagascar boasts 198 public and private radio stations, 25 public and private television channels, and 28 newspapers (dailies, weeklies and monthlies). The online media, too, is a growth sector, with considerable potential for further development. With regard to reliable archive sources, the Malagasy media suffers from a lack of specialist professionals coupled with insufficient national coverage. Currently, skills are acquired either on the job, or through...

Despite the existence of a few privately owned journalism schools (85% of the establishments in the Haitian education system are privately owned), the majority of journalists are not sufficiently trained to enable the process of critical and investigative journalism. Moreover, most Haitian journalists--especially those in the provinces--do not belong to a professional association promoting their interests and development. Most of the journalists work in radio, which attracts more than 80% of the national audience. Although very dynamic, Haitian radio is severely affected by the low level...

Due to the absence of journalist training and the attitude of press bodies, in-depth investigative journalism is rare in the Angolan press. The project aims to create a core of motivated journalists in the printed press and electronic forms of media who are familiar with investigative journalism, and to train them to proficiency in this specialty. Trainers and professionals in investigative journalism will train thirty active journalists (of which 10 are women) during three one-week workshops, sensitize twelve to fourteen people with higher press responsibilities in the framework of a...

Central Asian countries have been broadcasting via independent systems since 1992, but governmental censorship of press freedom, weak media legislation and corruption present barriers for the development of non-partisan media. Practical training and programme production can help broadcasters in the region to fully engage with the access to information initiative by highlighting the public's rights in countries where freedom of information has been ratified. Involvement of state and private broadcasters on the topic of access to information could help increase populations' level of...

The main problems confronting Haitian community media are a lack of equipment; high cost of internet access in Haiti; the poverty of the communities; insufficient problem of electricity supply, especially in remote areas; training of young coordinators; and the lack of legislation on community media. The development and strengthening of a network of community radios in remote regions of the country would contribute to the creation of a pluralist society and to fostering equal access to information. Such a network would therefore constitute an essential and effective strategy for achieving...

Climate change already affects every member country in the SADC region: droughts, floods, unseasonable weather events, pests and food shortages. People on the ground need to be empowered by the awareness of the authorities. Broadcasting plays a pivotal role in bringing these urgent issues to the attention of the authorities. Education of the authorities and information of the public will enable them to take informed and responsible decisions. Broadcasters in the region need both the journalistic skills for this programme and the structures through which they can exchange and co-produce...

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