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Both print and broadcast organisations display a lack in preparation of the young journalists to enable them to improve coverage of the country's newsworthy activities. To date, the two private FM stations only broadcast music and entertainment programmes. Efforts are on the ground to set up a Journalists' Association of Bhutan that will help in determining the training needs and guide the vision for long-term training in this field. An immense challenge facing the media today is professional training of journalists and limited knowledge on how to report news, feature stories,...

The Nauru Media Bureau faces problems of a limited client base, very old or damaged equipment, lack of staff with appropriate journalism and production skills/experience. The application seeks funding to obtain high-level training from recognized regional providers on best-use and maintenance of equipment, basic journalism skills for news collection and broadcasting, and the production of radio and TV programmes. Nauru had 17 changes of administration between 1989 and 2003. The lack of access to information and source of news on Government has been identified as a major cause of unstable...

While the FSM does have some semblance of a mass media in the form of limited newspapers and international cable television, radio remains the most effective, affordable and accessible media forum for the majority of the population in the FSM, including Yap. Yap has only one government-run radio station, which also operates a free television channel provided to the State government through a cable television agreement with the FSM Telecommunications Corporation. Both the radio (AM and FM) and the television channel are operated by the Division of Media, which, for the most part, is free to...

The Afghan media has made considerable progress since the downfall of the Taliban. The magazine, ROZ?founded in 2002, is one of the first magazines in the country to have been created by Afghan women for Afghan women. Since its foundation, it has actively sought to provide Afghan women with information on all aspects of their daily lives, while affording them a long-denied opportunity for access to culture. ROZ's staff have all been trained and have evolved with the magazine. Currently boasting a circulation of 6,000, the magazine has earned a reputation for quality as well as a loyal...

Print press in Bangladesh is pluralist and free. Broadcasting includes private satellite and radio channels. But many media do not respect media ethics. The media in Bangladesh is now virtually acting like the Fourth Estate. Despite all the freedom and 'fourth estate' status, one seldom sees any investigative and in-depth reporting in either newspaper or in television. Even those reports, which are printed with an investigative report tag, are not investigative reports in true sense, since the ingredients of investigative reports are missing from those stories. Lack of training for...

Sri Lanka is in urgent need of media that strengthens diversity and pluralism. However, a well-known litany of issues prevents media in Sri Lanka from doing so, ranging from political interference to editorial bias. The journalists who have been trained on impartial, accurate and responsible reporting, often find themselves alienated by a deep-rooted organisational culture that is inimical to professional standards of journalism. There are also fears of political backlash for taking on issues in the public interest. The media also has very limited engagement in young people, especially...

The province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea has passed through an extended period of civil insurrection that has left countless thousands of people dead, injured or internally displaced. The island's infrastructure, especially in the south of the province, has been almost totally shattered, schools and hospitals destroyed, airports closed, towns wrecked, shops looted and transportation links in disarray. During the violence, the province's National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio station (Radio Bougainville) left the airwaves after its studios and offices in Kieta were razed. The...

Since the early nineties, there are only two media organisations on Niue keeping the population upto- date with news, current affairs and community developments. Whilst the government-owned Broadcasting Corporation of Niue provides TV and radio services, the Niue Star provides a weekly newspaper in Niuean with English translation. During the devastating cyclone Heta, the Niue Star office in central Alofi suffered extensive damage resulting in loss of plant, equipment and historical records. Soon after, the production and office administration was relocated to Auckland until such time Niue...

With the success of CMC model in Tansen and for that matter in Nepal, the demand from the neighbouring villages has tremendously increased, not only to address the development issues and disseminate knowledge, but also to build the skills and capacity of ICTs. This model helps create media literacy with the community's participation. With many years of experience in this field and available human resources, CMC Tansen wants to replicate the same model in the entire Palpa Districts to the benefit of marginalised and disadvantaged community groups. The proposed solution is to build on...

Kyrgyzstan's youth was actively engaged in March 2005 events, hoping to see significant changes occur in the country. Following March 24, 2005, the day that led to change of power in the country, young people of Kyrgyzstan are in a state of trauma : more than a year has passed since the revolution, but the results for better life are disappointing. Many political observers note that young people of Kyrgyzstan, including young journalists and media students, are easily manipulated by catchy slogans to serve the interests of political forces, due to their lack of exposure to critical...

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