Alison Meston interviews three journalists from Jozi FM, Soweto, South Africa, to see how their training, organised by UNESCO, on reporting in times of emergency has helped them. They discuss what kind of disaster reporting the radio station has been involved in for the last two years.
The UNESCO project "Empowering Local Radio with ICTs" has helped build the capacity of 59 local radios in 10 African countries, since 2012. Funded by Sweden, its overall goal was to improve the lives of the poor, especially women and girls, by raising local radio stations' quality programming and capacity to provide public service broadcasting. Mirta Lourenço, Chief of the Section for Media Development and Society at UNESCO, says "UNESCO helps local radios use ICT skills to achieve an increased range of local news coverage, interact with their listeners as well as cover topics of local public concern".
Included in the capacity building programme was a training session held in November 2013 on Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction. The training focused on preparing community radio practitioners to report disaster risk reduction issues at the community level.