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Style guide for Púlsar news agency

Founded in 1995, the Agencia Informativa Púlsar was the world’s first internet-based radio news agency. Now run by AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters), the agency provides text and audio news to hundreds of radio stations in Spanish and Portuguese. Púlsar has just published a style guide “El Continente es el Contenido: Manual de estilo de la Agencia Informativa Púlsar” (The Continent is the Content: Agencia Informativa Púlsar style guide”.  The guide is available in PDF from Púlsar’s website.

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Local News with SMS

The mobileactive.org website has an article about a project in Grahamstown, South Africa that will use SMS to enable citizen journalists to contribute to the local community newspaper.  Eighty high school journalists trained as citizen journalists will send their news and views via SMS messages. A selection of the messages will be printed in the newspaper while others will be redistributed via SMS to community members.

Guy Berger, the project coordinator and head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, admits that it will be difficult to fit the news into the 160 characters that an SMS message can have, but they are already thinking of how to overcome the problem.

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News Factory – Fabrika Novostei

“News Factory” software was first developed by Internews Russia in 1999 to help radio and TV stations manage many aspects of their operations, including programme production and advertising schedules. It has evolved since then and Internews estimates that it is in use by some 350 stations around Russia. Another software package, News Exchange, facilitates the online exchange of news and information among stations.

The two packages have apparently been used together to establish low-cost virtual news agencies in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

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The Agencia Informativa Púlsar

In 1996 the Púlsar news agency started up as a regional news service for local, independent and community radio stations in Latin America, providing an alternative to CNN and the major news agencies based in the USA or Europe. It was the world’s first internet-based radio news agency. Now run by AMARC, the agency provides text and audio news to hundreds of radio stations in Spanish and Portuguese. This chapter, by Bruce Girard, founder of Púlsar and editor of The One to Watch discusses the agency’s first years.

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