Published by the Latin American and Caribbean office of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-ALC) and the Latin American Association for Radio Education (ALER) El Bit de la Cuestión: La radio popular y comunitaria en la era digital looks at the implications of digital radio and new ICTs for community and popular radio in Latin America.
The report has 2 main sections, the first on digital radio broadcasting and the second on how new ICTs can be used to make community radio stations more open, accessible and participatory.
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“HD radio, which has struggled to establish itself among emerging audio technologies, had another lackluster year.”
The first sentence of HD Radio chapter in “The State of the News Media“, an annual review prepared on the media in the USA by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism says it all.
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In Podcasts: a community knowledge sharing tool, an article published on SciDevNet, Lawrence D. Gudza describes a pilot project in Zimbabwe that uses podcasts to get development information to the people of Zimbabwe’s rural district of Mbire, home to small agricultural communities without electricity, land line telephones or mobile phone infrastructure.
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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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Panos West Africa has published the results of a base-line study of West African radio connectivity to ICTs (internet, satellite, computer, digital storage tools, etc.), analyzing the uses implemented, identifying the constraints and opportunities, and making recommendations to the different stakeholders. The study concentrated on seven countries (Ghana, Benin, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso & Niger) and considered public, community, commercial and religious radio stations. Two hundred and twenty radio stations took part in the survey. The main tools of research used were questionnaires, interviews and documentary analysis.
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