community radio's technical...
Media women trained on
Creative programming courses
And approve code of
community radio's technical capacity
The Community Radio in Metangula is back on air after a couple of
months of silence due to a lightning strike early this year that caused
severe damages to its electrical system. The transmissions could
re-start after a complete repair, upgrade and installation of equipment,
including a new diesel generator, in an operation carried out by
Globecom mid October in this rural, municipal town, along Lake Niassa.
This operation culminated a countrywide three-week round trip during
which the south African equipment supplying company visited the UNESCO
partner community radio stations for preventive maintenance, breakdowns
repair, equipment upgrade and installation and spare parts supply to
"Voz Coop", Arco in Homoine, Dondo in Sofala, Chimoio in Manica, Milange
in Zambezia and Metangula in Niassa. The huge periodical technical
operation also served as a training opportunity for the local
technicians working at routinely maintenance operations level.
The present maintenance service activity is part of a global
technical sustainability strategy designed by the UNESCO Media Project,
which also includes an equipment upgrade package and a spares storage
system, that's manageable and sustainable beyond the Project's lifetime.
In an unprecedented operation during the last couple of months, teams
of high level technicians carried out a global registration of the
status of equipment and technological lines of the existing community
radios in the country, with the view to facilitate co-coordinated
maintenance and repair operations, within the framework of National
Community Radios Co-ordination Group.
The informal community radio forum is composed of three main "sectors",
including the UNESCO radio partners, the Institute for Social
(ICS) and the Catholic Church. Its is the intention to boost
technical sustainability of the stations, in a context of permanently
scarce technical and human resources, that are adequately trained.
It is expected that by the end of November a new member joins the
community radio "family" in Mozambique, with the installation of
equipment in Vila Manica, for the Macequece Community Radio station in
this municipal town, close to the border with Zimbabwe, in the Manica
Women Trained on the ICT
A group of African Women from Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa,
Somalia and Kenya gathered in Nairobi early October in a workshop on the
use of Information and Communication Technologies in community media in
The African chapter of the World Association of Community Radio AMARC
Africa - organized the event, which aimed at providing African community
media women skills on the use of informatics packages, from word to
Internet, for radio programme production.
Celina Henriques, our Community Radio adviser, took part in the
workshop representing the Media Project.
Radio, be it community or commercial; is - we all now - about
communication and sharing, But it is also about entertaining. Or, to use
using a modern concept on development communication, is about
edutainment altogether. It means that, just because your programme is
about education -you do not need to be a boring broadcaster - be it on
primary health care, agriculture and rural extension or water supply,
you do not need to be so boring: be creative! Find and work with
particular cases, focusing on situations that are familiar to your
audience, with familiar names, with human touch and.. . why not? Some
humor? Because there are many people who think that talking. on
community issues is synonymous with sadness, suffering and conflict. For
two weeks, radio producers from the central and northern provinces of
the country are gathering in Chimoio and Nampula to improve their skills
on creative programming. This is a joint initiative of the UNESCO Media
Project and the Institute for Social Communication ,ICS.
More than 50 professional journalists participated in two regional
forums organized in Beira and Nampula with the purpose of exposing them
to the relevant forthcoming municipal elections legislation packages and
agree on strategies to share their scarce resources while keeping
diversity and editorial independence among themselves. Through a special
Media Fund for Elections, the Southern Africa Research and Documentation
Centre (SARDC) is also helping a number of media houses to cover
municipal elections, through providing them funds for transport,
accommodation and communications to their reporters. This is to allow
for a more editorial independence of the small media houses, which tend
to depend on transport and accommodation provided by the competing
Political Parties and candidates, a practice with strong ethical
Approved Code of Conduct
The Northern and Central Forums meeting in Nampula and Beira
respectively also extensively discussed the Cod of Conduct initially
approved during two national editors' workshops in Maputo in June and
August. The selfdefined Code of Conduct is specific for elections
coverage, and underlines the main ethical principals in journalism:
independence, impartiality, commitment with the truth and strict
observation of the relevant electoral legislation.