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CRST FM104 is the only radio station licensed to broadcast from Tafea Province (which includes the 5 most southern islands of Vanuatu) to the people of Tafea Province. It is the only licensed community radio station in the country. The national broadcaster, the VBTC (Radio Vanuatu and Television Blong Vanuatu), commercial FM radio stations, other national media outlets including newspapers are generally not able to be seen or heard in Tafea Province which results in its people being unable to receive updates on events taking place across the Province, as well as nationally and globally....

Currently, most video producers in Papua New Guinea are educated at media organizations and therefore trained with an institutional agenda. There is currently no film and video production course offered in PNG. The Highlands region in particular, where over 50% of PNG’s population live, has a lack of trained media professionals and little capacity for media training. Education at university level is important for shaping the future of the country. The University of Goroka, as the only tertiary institution in the Highlands of PNG, is uniquely placed to provide training in this area....

This project will provide training to regional community reporters to work as correspondents for the national broadcaster, the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC), and thus make an essential contribution to media development in Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands comprise more than a thousand islands, with a population of more than half a million, 80 percent of which lives in rural villages where radio SIBC is usually the only media communication. A lot of media reports in Solomon Islands cover issues in the capital Honiara, because of the lack of people trained to report from...

Radio and television broadcasting is important for a country like Tonga, where more than half of the population lives in isolated islands separated by vast distances. The communication value of radio and television broadcasting is essential for national integration by providing education, information and entertainment, and by preserving cultural integrity for the people of Tonga. As a public service broadcaster, the mission of the BroadCom Broadcasting is to deliver to the people of Tonga quality programmes, education, news, information and entertainment. To be able to accomplish its task...

The importance of community-access radio in promoting social and community development, basic education, and models of good governance has been widely acknowledged in the international community. According to the World Association of Community Broadcasters’ 2007 report on community radio (CR) and its social impact, this form of development communication has contributed to poverty reduction and sustainable development, fostered broader non-partisan political communication within countries (including peace building and conflict resolution), helped to engage marginalized or excluded...

In recent years there has been an increased demand for more participatory forms of media in the Pacific region, thus accounting for the emergence of community radios in certain areas. Community radios are important tools for development since they enable the participation of marginalized groups in the development process by offering a platform for democratic discourse. Unfortunately however, many rural dwellers in the Pacific are still unable to access radio due to technical challenges. Furthermore, the scope of existing Community Radios to exercise their full potential as development...

In 2008, the Oceania Television Network (OTV) developed the Micronesian island of Palau's first ever television news programme, with the help of financial support from the IPDC. Since its launch, television news has become the primary source of information for the Palauan community - raising awareness and promoting discussion on important political, educational, environmental and social issues. With the exception of Palau however, much of Micronesia does not have access to television news, due to lack of resources in terms of equipment, staff, and training opportunities. This project will...

The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the few remaining monarchies in the world. The country is currently undergoing a period of radical change in the switch from a constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary system with elected representatives. This will greatly affect the way in which the Tongan society is governed, and media can play an important role in helping society to navigate through this crucial transition period. It is therefore essential to train media staff in order to facilitate this supportive role. The Tongan Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) is the national broadcaster in the Kingdom...

In Samoa, radio provides the primary means for accessing information. Training journalism students and working media professionals to fully exercise the capacity of radio is therefore of crucial importance. The National University of Samoa attempts to respond to this need by offering training to students in radio journalism through its Media and Journalism Programme. However despite its good intentions, the University is forced to contend with severe financial constraints and lack of equipment, thus inhibiting students from applying theory in a practical context. This project will attempt...

The basic human right of freedom of expression is accounted for within Papua New Guinea's Constitution, thus serving as a tool to enhance empowerment of its people and assist in development. At present, the country has two major newspapers in circulation, with a handful of smaller newspapers existing within the main cities. In terms of electronic media, two television stations and two major national radio stations operate, with links to provincial station networks. This national-owned radio network covers most of the major centres, however certain areas remain outside the coverage zone,...

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