IPDC Project implementation status: Implementation completed

While a large number of public-service radio and television broadcasters in the West African region possess their own audio and visual documents, a lack of training among staff in archiving combined with poor conservation conditions, make it difficult for broadcasters to exchange such documents. This project attempts to address these issues, and respond to to the ongoing technological revolution in radio and television broadcasting media, with a view to strengthening production capacity and safeguarding vital West African radio and television archives. In doing so, an Archiving and...

In spite of the progress achieved in the field of media development in Burkina Faso in the 1990s, numerous breaches of standards in ethics and professional conduct are observed in its media today. One of the reasons for this is a lack understanding of the elementary rules of the profession, which has highlighted the need to strengthen the capacity of training institutions. The Communication and Journalism Department of the University of Ouagadougou is one of the leading institutions of its kind (as illustrated by its nomination by UNESCO as a potential centre of reference in journalism...

The liberalization of the broadcasting and print media sector in Pakistan over the past two decades has led to an explosion in the number of circulating newspapers and magazines, with over 850 publications in circulation today. Historically this growth began in the main metropolitan centres, however the devolution of power to local governments across Pakistan has led to increased pressure on the media sector to mirror this change and provide support to district correspondents. At present this support is largely unavailable, with district correspondents often poorly educated, underpaid, and...

We might find communities into which this technology and advances in communications are not reached. This situation tends to increase the levels of poverty and makes more difficult the achievement of real development of the rural communities. This is why there is a strong need to strength media communications in the communities, such as the creation of a bulletin board, information sheets, posters, community radio stations, newspaper articles, door to door flyers and magazine articles, which would allow the communities to rescue their form of living, their needs, dreams, achievements, and...

Like many other structures in Liberia, the media is faced with the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction. The Liberian media requires an extended period of revitalisation and professional development to be able to properly fill its role as the 'fourth estate,' including acting as a watchdog, directly contributing to good governance and poverty reduction, as well as functioning as a tool for conflict resolution. In addition, most Liberian journalists have little or no exposure to new technologies and trends in the media, leading to poor quality media products. Journalism training...

Today, traditional mass-media, being by nature a 'one-way traffic' of information, gain an opportunity to create interactive grounds: it opens prospects for further development, and is a challenge, since most of mass-media have lost the skill to carry on a dialogue with an audience or have never been able to establish it. Besides, Internet is a new democratic space where each one has a freedom of speech. However, any mass-medium that knows and understands its audience information needs, is able to see a concrete person, family or group behind the audience. Thus, understanding their social...

Many Cambodian newspapers and private radio and TV stations depend on support from political parties. Although press freedom is not guaranteed, the government has declared support for press freedom, publicly praising the benefits to society of an unfettered media. There are no restrictions on satellite dish ownership and foreign radio broadcasts can be received easily from neighboring countries. The purpose of the project is to develop reporting skills in the provincial media in the Kingdom of Cambodia, which has been neglected by the tertiary education sector and other training...

Latin America and the Caribbean is a very vulnerable region regarding the environment, which is mostly due to the large number of economically underdeveloped small insular states in the region. The urgency for development is contradictory to the care for the ecosystems that distinguishes this region, which generates several conflicts at the social scale. Frequently and unfortunately, the media and journalists do not have a specialty degree, particularly on environmental issues to reflect objectively those issues, playing their role of surveillance against impacts to the environment and to...

In Colombia, investigative journalism faces many obstacles, such as violence in small cities, routine danger and threats to journalists, economically entrenched interests of communication media, the control of some politicians over journalists and media outlets, and the lack of knowledge about technologies and investigative techniques by journalists. Despite these difficulties, many journalists in Bogotá and Colombian regions have produced great investigative works on diverse topics such as political, environmental and social matters. However, very few journalists use information and...

Although only 1% of Burkina Faso's 13 million inhabitants speak French proficiently, it is the predominant language in the print and audiovisual media. Thus, the vast majority of the population has no access to written information in any of their national languages. Supporting local-/national-language newspapers is a means to increase citizen involvement and thereby strengthen democracy and promote local development. The project aims to build capacity among national-language newspaper editors/managers and copy-writers through training in newspaper publication, namely the collection and...

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