Radio journos trained on ICT
COMPUTINGBy BiztechAfrica - Feb. 8, 2013, 2:31 p.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
A training workshop for community radio journalists on the use of social media and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is underway in Zambia.
Panos Institute Southern Africa that is providing the training said community radio stations are good allies for community empowerment and development in Southern Africa, and need to be supported to for them to effectively play their role.
Panos Institute Southern Africa executive director Lilian Kiefer said her organisation found the role community radios play in community development complementary to the work that her organisation does.
“Panos Institute Southern Africa believes in the power of community radio stations in improving the lives of the poor and the marginalised communities of our society because they are based in the community where the people are,” said Kiefer.
She said the introduction of ICTs and social media in the day-to-day running of community radio would go a long way in enhancing this role.
Kiefer noted that despite the great role they play community radio stations are limited in achieving their potential to deliver by a number of factors. These include limited financial, human and technical resources, limited access to facilities that would enable them to perform better, and limited access to information on various relevant issues.
“It is with this in mind that Panos Institute Southern Africa works to support and enhance the capacity of community radio stations to effectively deliver on their responsibilities.
The use of various internet tools will enhance the capacity in searching for or verifying information, and also disseminating information and receiving feedback. We hope that this will enhance your ability in delivering your responsibilities to the communities that you serve,” Kiefer added.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Cisco: the ICT behind the Commonwealth Games240km of fibre underpins the most connected Games ever to a wealth of bandwidth, says Cisco. Read More
Ghana to benefit from Solar Powered Internet School projectGhana is soon to benefit from Samsung's Solar Powered Internet School project, which is taking ICTs to schools across Africa. Read More
Schneider Electric introduces Smart-UPS fifth generation range to Southern AfricaSchneider Electric has announced that two next-generation models of its Smart-UPS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units are now available locally. Read More
PC & console games revenues declineGlobal revenues from PC and console games will decline from $46.5bn this year to $41bn by 2019, but will continue to account for over 50% of industry revenues, says new research. Read More
First Pan-African Women in Tech virtual meetup in AugustThe first ever pan-African Women in Tech meet up will take place as a virtual event in August, supported by simultaneous live viewing events in Uganda, South Africa and Ghana. Read More
Schneider Electric announces winners of Go Green in the City 2014Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has announced the winner among the 24 finalists in its global business case challenge, Go Green in the City. Read More
VMware named a leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructureVMware is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure for the fifth year in a row. Read More
Acer announces management change in EMEAAcer has announced that Luca Rossi will be appointed president for Acer Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Read More
MEA external storage market: the slump before the surgeThe Middle East and Africa external storage market may have suffered a marginal 2% year-on-year decline in revenue during the first quarter of 2014, but the downturn can be attributed to an annual quirk in the market, says IDC. Read More
Togo anxiously awaits locally-made laptops, smartphonesStudents, office employees and business people in the West African nation of Togo are anxiously waiting for the first batch of locally-manufactured IT equipment to hit the market. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.