Using Low-Cost Technology to Improve Community Radio

Mar 132014

In Latin America, as in much of the world, radio remains a primary medium for news consumption. The International Telecommunications Union has set 2015 as the deadline for the transition to all-digital broadcasting in most of the world. Digital radio, however, has been slow to catch on in the region.

New technologies can be used to make community radio stations more open, accessible and participatory. But in most cases, “community and local radio do not have the resources nor the technology to enhance their work and better link with their listeners,” says Miguel Paz, an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow in Chile.

Hacks/Hackers Chile, which Paz leads, is trying to change that, proving that new radio technologies need not be confusing or expensive. Last year, the group hosted the world’s first ever open “Radiothon” in Santiago to display and hack useful technologies for community radio, local radio and media that can benefit from low-cost technology.

The idea was to use and reuse existing technology and develop new projects. The low-cost technologies featured at the Radiothon had already been used in Africa, “where radio is the protagonist,” Paz told IJNet.

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