Hands-on Training on the Production of Provincial Environmental Radio Programs

The ProCEEd project trained more than 70 radio journalists from four provincial and district radio stations in Khammouane and Houaphan on the production of environmental radio programs. The training aimed at enhancing the journalists’ basic

knowledge and capacities about environmental issues which they need for producing related radio programs. The trainings were held in Thakhek, Khammouane Province on 27 July, 2016 and in Samneua,  Houaphan Province on 5 Aug, 2016.

The two one-day workshops were a follow-up of the basic environmental radio training organized by ProCEEd,  in which participants from the four stations joined in November 2015, and the production of environmental radio programs by the four stations in cooperation with ProCEEd experts throughout 2016.

 

Based on inputs from ProCEEd trainers, participants learned about wildlife and biodiversity conservation, forest management, co-management of national protected areas and climate change.

 

 Divided into five working groups, participants learned how to improve a given sample script for a radio report. By going through the script step-by-step,  learned what makes a good introduction, how to adjust the radio report for a specific target group and how to phrase good interview questions. The radio journalists also became skilled at techniques for the creation of interview questions for different target groups such as villagers, decision-makers and experts, and approaching these groups. Moreover, they gained knowledge of appropriate and feasible scheduling of each production step. Finally, all participants had a chance to discuss various challenges that they may encounter during the production of environmental radio programs.

 

Aside from staff members from the district (Boualapha District, Khammouane and Houameang District, Houaphan) and provincial radio broadcasting stations, a few members of the ProCEEd project team, DEQP and the two related Province Offices of Natural Resources and Environment (PoNRE) joined the training.

 

The workshop supported radio journalists to gain new knowledge and to develop skills needed for the production of environmental radio programs in international quality. Having a better understanding about environmental issues themselves will enable the journalists to pass on their knowledge to their audience.

 

 

 


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