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The Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio - September 7 2011

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  • George Lessard
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      Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio
      September 2011

      For people using community radio for social change...


      The Soul Beat (SB) Extra: Community Radio updates you on community radio
      related programme experiences, evaluations, research, awards, trainings, and
      resource materials recently placed on the Soul Beat Africa website.

      SB Extra: Community Radio complements The Soul Beat newsletter through a
      specific focus on Community Radio.

      If you know someone who would be interested in receiving this free
      e-publication, please forward this edition to them. They can "subscribe" by
      subscribing to The Soul Beat (through the registration process) and indicate
      an interest in radio. See http://www.comminit.com/africa/user/register or
      send an email to soulbeat@... with a subject of "subscribe
      community radio".


      If you would like your organisation's communication work or research and
      resource documents to be featured on the Soul Beat Africa website and in The
      Soul Beat newsletters, please contact soulbeat@...

      For further information on Community Radio in Africa visit Soul Beat
      Africa's Community Radio theme site -


      1. Radio in Africa
      Published by Wits University Press in January 2011, Radio in Africa is a
      collection of essays on the multiple roles of radio in the lives of
      listeners in Anglophone, Lusophone, and Francophone Africa. According to the
      publishers, radio has been called "Africa's medium." The book is divided
      into three parts: Radio, Popular Democracy, and New Publics; The Cultures of
      Radio: Languages of the Everyday; and Radio and Community: Voices of Change.
      The essays cover a wide variety of perspectives, including the history of
      radio and its part in the culture and politics of countries such as Angola
      and South Africa. Others, such as an essay on gender and religion in Mali,
      show how radio can both create tensions and encourage social innovation...

      2. Africa's Evolving Infosystems: A Pathway to Security and Stability
      Published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in March 2011, this
      report looks at how mobile telephony has evolved in Africa, and what it
      means for development and democracy. The author suggests that new uses of
      mobile communication, often paired with radio broadcasting, have created
      entirely new types of institutions that promote transparency,
      accountability, and security. For example, at Radio Tayna, radio club
      members use mobile phones to call in programming suggestions. Radio and
      mobile phones also provide communities tools that empower them to build
      connections with external organisations that can help meet pressing safety,
      health, and economic concerns...

      3. (En)gendering Community and Popular Media Content: Lessons from the Field
      This article, published in the Gender and Media Diversity Journal in April
      2010, examines gender mainstreaming in popular and community media content,
      particularly radio. The author looks at two approaches to incorporating
      gender content into community radio: gender-specific programming and gender
      mainstreaming. The paper argues that gender mainstreaming is crucial to
      ensuring women's voices are heard, and profiles the approach of South
      African-based organisation CMFD (Community Media for Development)
      Productions. The author uses the organisation's work to outline a series of
      'best practices' for gender mainstreaming in community and popular media
      content, particularly radio drama...


      The 5th International Entertainment Education Conference (EE5) to be held in
      New Delhi on November 17-20 2011, is inviting submissions of innovative and
      entertaining short-form digital productions on: "Motivating Behavior Change
      Around Any Health Topic." The maximum length of any submission in any medium
      is 3 minutes.

      Deadline: September 30 2011.

      For more information, visit:


      4. The Media, Climate and Society - The African Story
      This article from the Network of Climate Change Journalists of the Greater
      Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) outlines the media's role in communicating the
      impact of climate change, arguing that most of the disasters affecting
      Africa today are climate-related. Journalists interviewed identified radio
      as the most commonly used medium for the dissemination of climate
      information, arguing that it is a rapid and effective avenue of risk
      management over a wide area especially in rural settings. They further
      argued that while radio is cheap and people without access to electricity
      can listen to their sets in the fields where they work, television reporting
      on weather and climate change is often uninspiring and in need of radical

      5. Hen Mpoano (Our Coast) - Ghana
      This community awareness and engagement campaign was designed to support an
      integrated approach to ecosystem governance and sustainable management of
      coastal resources in Ghana's Western Region. One component of the campaign
      is a regional 24-episode serial radio drama featuring a fictional fishing
      village; it will run weekly for six months, launching September 2011. The
      five-year project, running from 2010 to 2015, is a collaboration between the
      United States Agency for International Development, the Coastal Resources
      Center (CRC) of the University of Rhode Island, SustainaMetrix, Friends of
      the Nation Ghana, the World Fish Center, and Media Impact...



      Soul Beat Africa has recently launched two new thematic focus areas:

      Malaria Theme Site

      Science and Media Theme Site


      6. Esquadrão da Prevenção (Prevention Squad) - Angola
      Launched in 2010 by Population Services International (PSI) Angola,
      Esquadrão da Prevenção (Prevention Squad) is a multimedia campaign that
      features cartoon superheroes on television and radio, in print materials,
      and in person, who protect children from malaria and water-borne illness.
      The campaign is designed to raise awareness about malaria and water-borne
      illness prevention among children by encouraging parents to more
      consistently follow healthy practices with their children, such as using bed
      nets, treating water, and washing hands with soap...

      7. Get Off the Sexual Network! Campaign - Uganda
      Launched in Uganda in September 2009, Get Off the Sexual Network! was a
      multimedia HIV prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about the
      risks associated with multiple and concurrent partnerships (MCP) using
      radio, television, and print media, and community-based interpersonal
      communication. Radio skits tackled issues of fidelity (related to sexual
      networks) in a humourous, entertaining, and educative way. At the end of
      each skit, there was a call-in session where listeners were able to
      participate, interact, and relate to the situations. Drama teams also acted
      out these skits in communities, to prompt discussions...

      8. Tsireledzani ("Let's Protect Each Other") - South Africa
      Launched in February 2009, the Tsirelezdani project works to develop, test,
      and disseminate a series of pilot products, activities, and tools designed
      to raise awareness of human trafficking in South Africa. Specific
      communication tools used in the campaign include: a radio drama series based
      on the adaptation of trafficking stories; the production of artwork, poems,
      and "industrial theatre" representations on and about human trafficking;
      production and distribution of posters, flyers, stickers, and leaflets; and
      the launch of a South African government website on human trafficking...


      For more information on Community Radio, see:

      Community Radio Theme Site

      See also:

      Edutainment Theme Site


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