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Launch of CR Forum in Chimoio
National Editors Forum to strengthen the media
Mozambican senior editors on 16 March elected a Committee to prepare
a national constitutive assembly of a National Editors Forum, conceived
as a common space for executive content managers to discuss and
coordinate ideas and editorial plans in a more systematic, organized
The idea to establish a formal, legal structure through which senior
editors can meet, express opinions, discuss and agreed on different
subjects of common interest and concern was fIrst put in consideration
in 2003, when the Media Project and SARDC organized debates on elections
coverage by the national media.
Crucial subjects such as competence in editorial management and
leadership, access to sources of information, partnerships and
coordination with similar fora in the region and elsewhere, as well as
the search for high level permanent training opportunities have been
mentioned as some of the objectives of the future forum.
It is worthy to mention that, incidentally, the Mozambican editor's
initiative coincided well with a similar general movement across the
continent, where beginning from March 2003, national editors forums have
been established with the guiding principle of promoting the common
interests of senior editorial executives and who carry on business,
professions or occupations in the print and electronic media, including
newspapers, magazines, regional publications, radio and television,
media education, and the journalism profession generally.
Editors also stress the need to foster solidarity among journalists
and to promote cooperation in all matters of common concern between the
print and electronic media, and the public and the independent/private
sectors. Through their national forum, senior editors intend to help
aspirant and practicing journalists to acquire or develop new skills and
professional depths through media education programmes.
The meeting urged the elected Committee to prepare and hold the
national constitutive assembly of the National Forum in a six months
period, i.e., up until September 2004. The Media Project is supporting
the initiative, including with some funding to facilitate initial
meetings and mobilization activities.
CMCs Into Reality in MOZ
Scaling up of the many existing pilot projects carried out in
Mozambique in the area of Community Radio and Community Telecenters is
the Idea of a major project initiated by UNESCO Paris with initial Swiss
funding. A Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) is a combination of a
community radio and a telecentre. During the WSIS in Geneva in December
the Head of State of Mozambique, together with the Presidents of Mali
and Senegal accepted the invitation to be the pilot countries for the
Ms. Stella Hughes from UNESCO Paris visited Mozambique March 22-25 to
launch the initiative and prepare the next steps, ensuring that these
will be in close conformity and coordination with existing national
strategic plans. It is foreseen that initial studies and workshops have
paved the way for implementation as of July this year.
New Studio For RM in Xai-Xai
The Media Project has just approved a decision to provide the RM
delegation in Xai-Xai (Gaza Province) with a whole new studio, thus
significantly boosting the station's technical capacity.
UNESCO provided RM's delegation in Gaza with its AM and FM transmitters
in a more than $700.000 project in 2001.
UP the Women Component
The Media Project has received a number of applications to support
media women with both academic and professional training opportunities,
as we are mobilizing efforts in order to speed up the implementation
pace of a specific component dealing with this sub sector of the
country's professional media practioners.
Following a working lunch on 31 March with media women ITom different
media institutions, applications were sent requesting supporting for
graduate and master studies, as well as for management and leadership,
and English language training.
In a dynamic exchange and debate, senior and midcareear women
journalists deplored what they called a continued lack of a long-term
staff training policy from the country's media companies, specially with
focus on gender equity.
The Media Project plans to positively respond to almost all the
applications during the present Phase III, expected to close next June.
of CR Forum in Chimoio
The National Community Radio Forum will be launched during the week
from 26 to 30 April in the provincial capital of Manica, Chimoio. More
than 150 delegates representing 45 community radio stations are expected
to take part in the national constitutive assembly. Main topics for
discussion include: the FORCOM's Constitution, and the election of its
governing organs, including the National Council and the Fiscal
National delegates from all over the country will be joined by
observers from Angola and South Aftica, in the SADC Region, as well as
from Holland's NIZA.