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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Panos South Asia is organising a 5-day South Asian regional ‘Online Radio Broadcasting Training Workshop’ for media and other communication practitioners in South Asia, from 17- 21 March 2008 at its Media Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop aims to provide know-how on the potential the Internet offers to radio and point them to ways of incorporating it in their respective media outlets’ strategy.
The Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) has launched a media production contest on ICTs open to all print and broadcast media journalists from West and Central Africa.
Prizes will be awarded to the best print articles and radio programmes on the theme ICTs and elections in Africa.
Articles or radio programmes should focus specifically on one of the following issues:
- the use of Internet during campaigns (“cybercampaigns”, public debate using Internet) ;
- impact of Internet on campaigns and elections;
- mobile telephony and elections ;
- ICTs and elections’ transparency (electoral file, voter card, data transmission security, statistics);
- ICT theme in election candidates’ programmes.
InterWorld Radio is a global network for radio stations and journalists. It features news and programmes about “world issues and local contexts”. This chapter by Francesca Silvani in The One to Watch looks at the early days of the network.
A chapter in The One to Watch by Lynda Attias and Johan Deflander looks at the harsh reality of using internet and radio West Africa.
Since our radio has been connected to the Internet, our telephone bills are four times higher, but I’ve also seen that we communicate four times less with our community.
– Zane Ibrahim, Bush Radio; Cape Town, South Africa