Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean

The communities in the south are isolated and indigenous ? Mopan and Q'eqchi' Maya. Unfortunately, radio cannot reach many of these villages due to the terrain. This is particularly problematic because these villages also are home to poor, marginalized indigenous people who need access to information and communications technologies. It is imperative that local Maya receive accurate and up-to-date information. Given its accessibility and cost-effectiveness, community radio represents a democratic and participatory medium. People can be united by community radio. Tumul K'in Learning Center...

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...

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...

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...

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...

In terms of journalism training programs, very few universities offer a degree in the specialty. Journalism courses are usually part of a Social Communication degree. Mid-career training is not part of the culture. Media companies are reluctant to pay, and the journalists are too poorly paid to afford it themselves. This project will train citizen journalists and professional journalists to access, organize and publish information on land use, water resources and development issues. It will also train them at established media outlets how to mobilize their audiences to help them in these...

In El Salvador, after the civil war and the Peace Accords (1992), there has been a new era for democracy and the implementation of new media outlets. However, some of these media projects, over time, have disappeared and others still face critical financial challenges for sustainability. Today, there are about 200 radio stations in the AM and FM bands -20 of these stations are self-defined as community radio, 4 major daily newspapers, about 16 television stations in VHF and UHF, and at least 3 online weekly newspapers. Nevertheless, there are some concerns about the level of media...

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...

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...

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