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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...

A three tiered media structure comprising public, private and community is now in place. However, there are critical issues of concern. First, the guidelines subsume campus radio, community radio and agricultural universities under the same umbrella. This is unrealistic, particularly in the context of management and ownership. Community radio stations in most parts of the world are managed and owned by communities, in contrast to campus and agricultural university radio stations. Other issues of concern are that the guidelines do not permit community radio stations to broadcast news. This...

The Chama district is far away (more than 330 km) from Lusaka, Zambia's capital city where the media industries and institutions are located. The national radio signal barely reaches this province and newspapers: monthlies, weeklies and dailies are a rarity. Most of the citizens of this area end up listening to Malawian radio, even reading newspapers from the same country, which is not ideal for the building of a national identity. The illiteracy rate is very high because of the long distances to schools and the natural barriers like hills and rivers, which lead pupils to drop out 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...

Though there are a large number of newspapers, weeklies, television channels and radio stations, access to media is still a privilege enjoyed by upper and middle class people. The condition and position of women is still quite vulnerable in mass media industry. Women are placed in low-ranking administrative jobs with no responsibility or with no possibilities of career development. Their participation in media is still very limited and is far from having reached a critical mass when women can make a difference. The project aims to increase women's participation in upcoming CR and to change...

In Malawi, severe floods occur regularly in six river basin systems. The highest flood frequency has been recorded in the Lower Shire Valley, covering Nsanje and Chikwawa Districts. For the communities living in these areas, better information could considerably lessen human suffering: improved meteorological services giving accurate and timely information about the weather patterns can alert the population to be better prepared for the coming of rains, and hence enable them to move to higher grounds with their livestock to carry educational and medical equipment to safer areas. The...

Of RNSTP's 41 staff members, only 16 have received training lasting more than three months. On the technical front, up until 2006?the year in which the Government decided to commence a digital migration process?the RNSTP was operated entirely with analogue equipment dating back, for the most part, to 1975. As part of the digital migration process, the RNSTP was provided (2007) with new hardware and software for its 3 production (broadcasting and editing) studios. Unfortunately, for economic reasons, the Government was unable to continue its support. Although the switch to digital is an...

New media is developing as an alternative to news in the Dominican Republic as traditional media (three major newspapers and two free dailies) seems more and more committed to the statu quo. In a moment where governmental pressure is becoming permanent news in the region, at a time when the economic crisis is hitting the traditional media hard with palpable consequences on the quality of the reporting due to strained working conditions for journalists and other pressures by the economic powers that have a say in the journalistic agenda; today, when new media is becoming increasingly...

In the Gabonese media landscape only three media organizations can be described as having a socio-educational role: Radio Emergence, operated by the Ministry of National Education, and catering to primary- and secondary-school children (civic education); Radio Ogooué FM, operated by the Mairie de Libreville with the mission of educating the general public; and Radio Campus, operated by the Omar Bongo University in Libreville, broadcasting cultural, educational, and scientific programmes geared mainly towards university students. Radio Campus operates with University-appointed personnel and...

Access to accurate and relevant information on the humanitarian situation calls for an international humanitarian and development assistance in a changing political environment, since security is a vital need of the people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Many international organisations, including the United Nations, have established effective communication and public information channels, while the local media outlets are less capable of producing news and information on humanitarian and development issues. The recognition of the crucial role of the humanitarian media is...

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