Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas

The International Center for Journalists aims to build stronger and better-informed communities of Latin American immigrants by creating a corps of community radio reporters and citizen journalists who will develop and share higher-quality multimedia programming across stations and borders.

ICFJ's Jesse Hardman builds stronger community radio across Latin America
through customized consultations and training sessions.

Community radio stations are a vital source of information for the rapidly expanding community of Hispanic workers in the United States, as well as in their homelands. But the stations serving ethnic communities need trained reporters and volunteers who can report accurately and responsibly for their communities on issues related to health, education, personal finance, and the environment.

In a six-day regional, training conference, eighteen radio journalists, nine from Latin America and nine from the U.S. Spanish-language media, learned new trends in digital radio news production and current issues, such as health, education, trade, and the environment, that affect the immigrant communities in the United States as well as people in the immigrants’ homelands.
ICFJ also offered a month-long Online Course on Digital Tools for Community Radio Journalists

Digital Radio Coaching

The second phase of the program provided digital radio coaching to 10 of the 18 community radio stations. The digital radio coaching served five community radios in Latin America and five stations broadcasting to immigrant communities in the United States. ICFJ selected stations that already have local news production but limited digital media skills. ICFJ assigned to each radio station a trainer who has digital radio expertise and experience working with ethnic media. The trainer worked with the selected stations for up to two weeks providing hands-on training and coaching to reporters, producers, and citizen journalists. The training focused on radio news production and radio Web development, which improved the stations’ ability to produce and stream digital audio through the Internet.

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