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...

Since the change of government in 1991, Ethiopia has witnessed tangible signs of increasing press freedom: under the Ministry of Information Licensing and Registration Office, more than 630 newspapers have been licensed, 130 magazines published, and more than 10 private and regional FM radio stations have begun broadcasting. Much remains to be done on the human resource side of the media industry to build capacity and professionalism. Despite the progress made by local and international partners, efforts to enhance the media professionals' skills, particularly in reporting on election...

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...

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...

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...

Bangladesh experiences an urban bias with regard to distribution of economic and social goods, and media is no exception. Only 16 percent of the rural population has access to newspapers, and local newspapers are published in urban areas and therefore do not focus on rural problems. However, the main part of the rural population in Bangladesh is facing some of the largest development problems so far due to climate changes. It is essential to involve these peoples in the country's process towards a more democratic and developed society. Furthermore, although Article 39 of Bangladesh...

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...

The CBA works with broadcasting regulators in order to establish a framework for democratic principles in broadcasting. In order to reinforce the CBA's Guidelines for Broadcasting Regulators, supported by UNESCO and published in 2007, with a second updated edition in 2009, there is a need for an annual Workshop for Broadcasting Regulators. The CBA proposes to hold it first in Johannesburg in April 2010, and to invite 24 Commonwealth Regulators / those responsible for broadcasting regulation. Some regulators in Africa are well staffed and well funded, and have been established for a number...

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