Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean

This project contributes to encouraging the involvement of young people in the area of communication, as a strategy to construct citizenship, increasing the capability for producing qualitative broadcasting and to allowing UNI RADIO to participate in the exchange of learning skills with other social actors to generate knowledge that should be socially useful and valid. It aims to provide training to sixty young people, belonging to four different communicational projects in the entire country. They will then be in a position to produce and edit their radio messages digitally, after...

In the provinces of Peru, radio station owners ?frequency permit holders-- rent time space indiscriminately. This practice constitutes a critical problem as far as journalistic practices are concerned, and is criticized by journalists and citizens alike because it is the vehicle used by journalists and pseudo journalists to slander and undertake smear campaigns, defame o blackmail authorities and citizens in exchange for money. It is this recurrent anomaly, related to journalism and ethics, which demands attention and change, in order to gain leeway in the work towards promoting an...

Usually, introducing gender related policies and laws is not enough to succeed in fighting against women discrimination. Behaviors, values, judgments, roles, stereotypes, prejudices and so on, must be changed. Media has the responsibility of influencing positively in this process. Therefore, it is necessary to provide media professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and to address gender issues in all communication process and to be gender-sensitive while producing news and reporting objectively. The Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism has a group of...

Media houses in the region basically focus on the bottom line, profit maximisation. Development issues such as climate change generally do not receive the amount of air coverage they deserve. This is partially due to the high cost of air time but more importantly the high cost of producing televisions programmes in the region. Additionally there is scarcity of journalists trained to report on environmental issues, particularly climate change. Most television content on the environment broadcast in the Caribbean is extra-regional in origin. The material tends to be educational, informative...

New needs have been identified in Bolivia, namely: The indigenous Chiquitano organisations currently possess two FM transmitters, and a third on the way, all inspired by the Bolivian vision of community radio. However, the long-term viability of the equipment is jeopardised by the lack of human-resources trained in the production of multi-format radio material ; The indigenous organisations do not have a web site promoting their culture and the work they accomplish in their communities ; Media workers need to be provided with appropriate tools for training and facilitating information...

According to a Guyana Press Association Survey report produced in 2004 as well as several student surveys, journalism in Guyana is viewed as an unprofessional profit driven enterprise. Efforts to change this perception and the current practices of the media are critical to democracy and development in the country. Hence, there is a need to strengthen the capacity of institutions teaching journalism in the country. Project Phoenix is a multi faceted project for the resuscitation and restructuring of the Centre for Communications Studies (CCS) at the University of Guyana. This critical...

A forthcoming study to be published by INSI Latin America Office shows that two thirds of the journalists murdered in a decade were journalists investigating political corruption or economic crimes (so called parallel powers) and 74% of them were working for radio or written Media1. These journalists, potentially most affected by violence, usually do not have the means to access timely information on security or acquire the necessary skills and hence are most at threat. This project proposes to develop a way of delivering in a timely and economic mean security information and skills to...

Unfortunately the largely unplanned expansion of the broadcasting industry did not allow for commensurate training with the result that this sector now suffers from an acute shortage of trained or skilled media workers at all levels of the broadcast industry. In a recent study, for each of the broadcast stations surveyed, less than a third of the staff had received formal training. Media managers are reluctant to provide skills training as they feel that persons use media training to launch new careers or that they are training persons for mobility to other things. Radio St. Lucia is the...

This project proposes a series of activities focused on analyzing self regulating ethical standards for journalists in the region, in order to promote a responsible journalism. By doing so, it will contribute to the strengthening of public support for press freedom, as well as to the development of a more democratic society. One of the central benefits of press self regulation is that it combines high standards of ethical reporting with a free press. Statutory controls would undermine the freedom of press - and would not be so successful in raising standards. A privacy law, too, would be...

As part of the effort to foster and promote dialogue among Haitians, the MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) and UNESCO in Haiti have made a network of 9 Multimedia Centres (MMCs) available to civil-society organisations and local authorities. Established in the communities as venues for learning and exchange, the MMCs enable beneficiaries to share information and knowledge as they work together on resolving priority concerns in their regions. Haitian journalists are regular users of the MMCs, where they enjoy free internet access, and technical (raising awareness of...

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