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Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:53

Why radio remains indispensable: WRD statement from Tadateru Konoé - President of the IFRC

The president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Tadateru Konoé, is explaining how radio is essential to the work of his organization and why it is important to celebrate World Radio Day, as radio remains, even today, the most critical channel of communications.

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:27

Video, Audio and Written Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Radio Day

Humanitarian emergencies and disasters are increasing worldwide, with terrible consequences for human lives, sometimes reducing years of development to dust. Amidst the ruins and in the face of an emergency, the radio is often the first medium for survival.

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:19

Ethical Journalism Network Podcast to Download

The Ethical Journalism Network promotes ethics, good governance and independent regulation of media content. The EJN was formed in 2011 as a unifying professional campaign bringing together owners, editors and media staff to strengthen the craft of journalism. It works across all platforms and supports partnership at national and international level between media, journalism support groups and the public.

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 18:55

Atacama’s school radios collaborate in the aftermath of the floods in Northern Chile

In order to support the reconstruction after the floods that occurred in March 2015 in the North of Chile, while seeking to promote the active participation of young people in community dialogue, students from the Atacama region learned radio broadcasting techniques to make their voice felt and to contribute to the reconstruction of their communities.

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 08:21

Children co-produce radio programmes and fight against the disastrous effects of Ebola

More than 8000 children have been orphaned by the Ebola emergency. Many are stigmatised and unable to access the love and support they need. There has been a huge rise in sexual violence; child rape has reached epidemic proportions and gang rapes of very young girls have become alarmingly common.

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 14:38

High Frequency Co-ordination Conference and Humanitarian Work - protecting radio frequencies

Shortwave radio was by far the most widely used means of distribution of international broadcasting only a couple of decades ago. In contrast with the rest of the radio spectrum, no acceptable method of assigning frequencies has ever been developed since the discovery of shortwave propagation in the 1920s.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:10

The IFRC - WRD partner - is using radio to improve and save lives in times of emergency and disaster

For World Radio Day, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent decided to share their most fruitful initiatives using radio as a tool for risk reduction and disaster management. Have a look at their articles to understand just how essential radio can be to improve and save lives.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 13:36

Ethical Journalism Network and the 5 Point Hate Speech Test

How can journalists determine what is hate speech? In a world plagued by censorship, press freedom violations and propaganda it is difficult for reporters to judge what type of rhetoric is acceptable and what is intolerable. Currently there is no accepted international definition of hate speech and the levels of tolerance vary dramatically from country to country.

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:09

BBC Media Action Lifeline Programming - online course

This free, online ‘Lifeline Programming’ course shows journalists and editors how media can best help their listeners and viewers during a humanitarian crisis. The 45 minute course – narrated by Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief international correspondent – includes interactive modules on ‘communicating during crises’, ‘connecting with audiences’ and ‘working with the humanitarian sector’.