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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...

While community radios are protected by Uruguayan law, legislation is less supportive in Argentina, where community radios are not licensed in many provinces. Although freedom of press is formally guaranteed in both countries, media concentration and commercialization represent common threats to true participation and plurality. Vocational training for journalists and media professionals, especially in community radios, is crucial to consolidate democratization processes. This is especially important in the border region of Salto (Uruguay) and Concordia (Argentina), where strengthening of...

Animación Andina is a project to train young animators from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to produce animation media, primarily targeting children and youth, using the imagery, cultural values and traditional story telling of Andean cultures. Animación Andina will be proposed to public and private media sectors as an educational media tool that can be used in formal school education as well as through informal television viewing. The Andean region, like the rest of Latin America, has a treasure trove of cultural expressions in the plastic arts, as well as in music, literature and...

In order to provide precise and truthful information that guarantees freedom of expression, the Púlsar Information Agency (newswire) of the World Association of Community Broadcasters ? AMARC ALC offers community and independent broadcasters a full scope of information from Latin America and the world on issues of interest to the civil society, considering the characteristics of radio language. It has 3,900 subscribers and receives more than 36,000 unique page visits a month to its website. In order to ensure a citizen and gender perspective, Púlsar favors alternative information agencies...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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