Funding Partner : International Programme Development and Communication (IPDC)
Budget: USD 25,000
Duration: June 2009- December 2009
A) In-house training: 21 community radio stations were benefited from the 19 In-house training. Some of the achievements of the training are:
i. Enhanced sharing of knowledge and skills among community radio stations.
ii. In addition to the radio journalism, the few sessions were allocated for analyzing status of the radio, sharing of community radio code of conduct and editorial policy and producing quality radio programme in local language/dialect.
iii. The training gave an equal opportunity to all relevant staffs of the radio stations. In some cases, the training was organised in a package for Executive Board, Programme Producers, Volunteers and technicians to effective radio programming.
iv. Introduced/shared dimensions, techniques and model of radio journalism among radio stations, including enhanced capacity of the participants on news reporting, identifying key issues and its presentation.
v. Since the training was targeted for newly established radio stations and training session were packaged accordingly. The training also enhanced awareness about role and responsibility of community radios.
vi. Since the training is organised at the respective radio stations and the radio stations also needs to share cost, the modality of organising the training is three times cost effective as compared to other traditional training.
vii. Since the radio stations are directly involved in organising the training, it was a great learning experience for them. Foremost the community radios could conduct the training themselves which is a part of Management. Secondly all the staffs were able to participate in the training unlike other programs where one or two staffs only represent the station. Thirdly, they were able to decide upon the training module and subject matters and focus on what they really require and fourthly they had better social and professional networking with media experts and key resource person in the field of Community Radios and other media.
B. Community radio Code of Conduct: A one day national workshop on Code of Conduct was organized where more than 140 radio station members participated.
i. Considering need of participation of all member community radio stations to revise the Code of Conduct, ACORAB organized a conference that brought together more than 140 representatives of Radios Stations, both newly established and the old one. Most of the representatives were of decision making level. The conference was a great learning platform, where they could share their experience and jointly give feedbacks on the existing CoC. They had an open discussion about the CoC, and effective implementation of the CoC
ii. ACORAB made an 8-point declaration. Among others, the declaration has made a commitment on that the community radio stations will own the CoC and implement at their respective radio stations.
iii. Since all radio stations could participate at the revision of the CoC, the conference developed ownership of the Radio Station at the CoC
iv. The newly established radio stations gained knowledge about community radios ethics and values through discussion about the code of conduct.