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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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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The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UNESCO, recently published a book about community radio use of digital technologies.? Fighting Poverty: Utilizing Community Media in a Digital Age is based on a series of reflections raised during a roundtable on community radio and new technologies at the World Congress on Communication for Development (Rome, October 2006) and later further developed by workshop participants and others.
The ostensible subject of this publication is community media. The real focus of the text is on democratic and sustainable development. It reflects the main interest of those who support or are active in community radio, an interest that does not centre on technology, equipment, infrastructure or spectrum. Their interest focuses on participation.
The publication and additional audio and video material can be downloaded from AMARC’s website or you can order a print copy from here.
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At first glance SMS text messages would seem like a natural for inclusion in a community radio station’s essential toolkit. SMS messages are inexpensive and easy-to-use and in recent years the mobile phones that are needed for sending and receiving them have become ubiquitous. However, a survey of recent projects indicates that use of SMS messages among community media in the developing world is still at an early stage. In most stations SMS use is informal. The few cases identified of community stations making more complex use of SMS messages have accompanied political crises or natural disasters and have inevitably been donor financed. There are few, if any, experiences of complex uses of SMS by community media without external funding and technical support, even though the financial and technical resources required are minimal.
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The AMARC Japan Working Group, in cooperation with AMARC’s Asia Pacific and the association’s international secretariat is planning a Radio Forum in the city of Saporro where the G8 leaders will meet in July. The invitation to attend, reproduced below in English, French and Spanish, invites community radio journalists to bring their laptops, radio equipment and sleeping bags, so it looks like their planning some do do programming from the site. I’ll be watching for further announcements of their plans. If you have any information or ideas, feel free to post a reply or email me.
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