Community Radio – The People’s Voice

22 10 2007

Cover illustrationProduced by ABC Ulwazi in South Africa, this handbook offers guidelines on setting up, managing and sustaining a community radio station.

  • Explores the differences and similarities between commercial and community radio stations, explaining the unique position of community radio in South Africa, and highlighting its role as a tool for development.
  • Offers extensive guidelines on how to manage a community radio station, and outlines the roles that each employee or volunteer plays in the station.
  • Explores issues relating to effective and ethical reporting.
  • Shows how community radio is pivotal to educating people about their human rights.
  • Details the main processes in producing programmes on a minimum budget.
  • Outlines the serious issue of sustainability and offers guidelines on working toward making your community radio station sustainable.

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14 definitions of community radio

9 04 2007

Below is a selection of fourteen statements about community radio. Each of them puts a different emphasis on the characteristics described in the previous post What is community media?, and many introduce other characteristics.
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What is community media?

9 04 2007

Bruce Girard

There is no single definition of community media and there are almost as many models as there are stations. Each community radio station is a hybrid, a unique communication process shaped by a few over-arching characteristics and by the distinct culture, history, and reality of the community it serves. Nevertheless, there are some characteristics that all community radio stations have in common. Among these are that they are community-based, independent, not-for-profit, pro-community, and participatory.
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Mirrors and windows

4 04 2007

Community broadcasting is distinct from public broadcasting in that the latter is a window through which people can look and learn about their surroundings while the former is a mirror that reflects a community’s own knowledge and experience back at it and invites the community to know itself, to dialogue, to find solutions to its problems, and to develop agendas for action.

Guidebook to Sustainability

21 03 2007

Community Radio Sustainability Project
Financial sustainability presents the greatest challenge to the success of independent radio stations operating in developing countries and is inextricably linked to a news outlet’s ability to preserve its editorial freedom. In these developing countries there is a critical need for gathering and sharing information about the small steps media can take to build their capacity for sustainability.

This guide is intended as the first in a series of guidebooks to equip station managers and staff with management and programming resources for their station. Each guide will include examples and case studies of how the topic has been addressed by stations in Sub-Saharan African countries, including relevant environmental factors and key outcomes.

Guidebook to Sustainability

NEAR FM Station Handbook

6 03 2007

This is a sample station handbook from one of Ireland’s leading community radio stations.

Online Station Handbook