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Capacity Building for Staff and Volunteers of Community Radio Stations

Capacity building of the staff and volunteers of community radio stations through trainings, learning by doing workshops and on-the-job coaching is one of the primary focus areas of the proposed project.

More than 150 participants and additionally around 600 young students will benefit from the trainings and are expected to have increased knowledge and to have gained professional skills.

The training and coaching program for capacity building include the following concrete components:

1. Team building and communication training combined with community development:

  • - Development and Communication Training
  • - Self reflection, intercultural communication and observation skills
  • - Development (theory versus practice)
  • - Simulation games (reality checks)
  • - Cause or culpa – differences between causes and responsibilities
  • - Elements of Participatory Rural Appraisal (Indications, impressions and facts – interpretation of information, the human factor)
  • - Analysis of facts and evaluation process
2. Recording and editing techniques
  • - Use of microphones
  • - Use of recording devices (MD, hard-disc recording)
  • - Make tracking keys
  • - Transfer from device to PC
  • - Basic editing on Cool edit (tracks, fades, voice over)
  • - Saving, Filing and Locking produced items
3. Theory and practice of radio production with basic principles of
  • - Sourcing and research (including Internet)
  • - Quotation/mentioning sources
  • - Fact-sheets, relevance of statistics/data for listener, appropriate comparison
  • - News-values: proximity, impact, conflict, timeliness and human interest
  • - Production skills (Planning, Selecting Sources and persuasion)
Interview techniques
  • - Research
  • - Selecting guests
  • - Listing and selecting questions (types of questions)
  • - Preparing guest
  • - Performing interview
  • - Repeating and changing questions to get better answers
  • - Tracking, documenting and selecting recorded material (item sheet) before editing
5. Developing news items
  • - Inverted Pyramid: starting with the most important part of the message
  • - Developing specific item sheet
  • - Preparing questions
  • - Editing towards specific news-angle
  • - Fine tuning and critical reflection (revision of item)
6. Theory and impact of radio communication
  • - Community oriented (audience awareness)
  • - Relevance of topic for the listener
  • - The importance of research of the target audience
  • - Perception of information by listener
  • - Cultural embedding of item/issue
  • .
7. Radio presentation skills (writing and performing)
  • - Use of voice
  • - Announcing skills, (language and pronunciation)
  • - Voice over (translation)
  • - Leading discussion (interview)
  • - Entertaining audience (host)
8. Ethics and principles
  • - Both sides of the story (balanced positions, ethics behind selection of quotes and facts)
  • - The role of community media for promoting development in Bangladesh
  • - Radio as a development tool (gender, peace, minorities, human rights)
  • - Specific roles and responsibilities of community radio stations in Bangladesh
  • - Facts are sacred, comments are free
  • - Various Codes of Conduct
9. Developing a feature
  • - Research (pre-interview, documents and background information needed)
  • - Building a story-line (keep the audience hooked/specific item sheet)
  • - Preparing questions
  • - Editing towards specific discovery or conclusion
  • - Fine tuning and critical reflection (revision of item)
10. Technical training:
  • - Packaging and labeling audio files
  • - Editing
  • - Making voice-overs
  • - Backing up audio-files and administration of files
11. Modules on citizen journalism:
  • - Difference between professional and citizen journalism.
  • - Limitations, libel, slander and copyright.
  • - Improved quality of content
  • - Separation of facts and comments
  • - Separation of bloggers-input and editorial content
  • - Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
  • - Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
  • - Disclose conflicts of interest, affiliations, activities and personal agendas.
  • - Expose unethical practices of other bloggers
  • - Identify and link to sources whenever feasible
  • - Distinguish between advocacy, commentary and factual information


Capacity building of the staff and volunteers of community radio stations through trainings, learning by doing workshops and on-the-job coaching is one of the primary focus areas of the proposed project.

More than 150 participants and additionally around 600 young students will benefit from the trainings and are expected to have increased knowledge and to have gained professional skills.

The training and coaching program for capacity building include the following concrete components:

1. Team building and communication training combined with community development:
  • - Development and Communication Training
  • - Self reflection, intercultural communication and observation skills
  • - Development (theory versus practice)
  • - Simulation games (reality checks)
  • - Cause or culpa – differences between causes and responsibilities
  • - Elements of Participatory Rural Appraisal (Indications, impressions and facts – interpretation of information, the human factor)
  • - Analysis of facts and evaluation process
  • 2. Recording and editing techniques
    • - Use of microphones
    • - Use of recording devices (MD, hard-disc recording)
    • - Make tracking keys
    • - Transfer from device to PC
    • - Basic editing on Cool edit (tracks, fades, voice over)
    • - Saving, Filing and Locking produced items
    3. Theory and practice of radio production with basic principles of
    • - Sourcing and research (including Internet)
    • - Quotation/mentioning sources
    • - Fact-sheets, relevance of statistics/data for listener, appropriate comparison
    • - News-values: proximity, impact, conflict, timeliness and human interest
    • - Production skills (Planning, Selecting Sources and persuasion)
    Interview techniques
    • - Research
    • - Selecting guests
    • - Listing and selecting questions (types of questions)
    • - Preparing guest
    • - Performing interview
    • - Repeating and changing questions to get better answers
    • - Tracking, documenting and selecting recorded material (item sheet) before editing
    5. Developing news items
    • - Inverted Pyramid: starting with the most important part of the message
    • - Developing specific item sheet
    • - Preparing questions
    • - Editing towards specific news-angle
    • - Fine tuning and critical reflection (revision of item)
    6. Theory and impact of radio communication
    • - Community oriented (audience awareness)
    • - Relevance of topic for the listener
    • - The importance of research of the target audience
    • - Perception of information by listener
    • - Cultural embedding of item/issue
    7. Radio presentation skills (writing and performing)
    • - Use of voice
    • - Announcing skills, (language and pronunciation)
    • - Voice over (translation)
    • - Leading discussion (interview)
    • - Entertaining audience (host)
    8. Ethics and principles
    • - Both sides of the story (balanced positions, ethics behind selection of quotes and facts)
    • - The role of community media for promoting development in Bangladesh
    • - Radio as a development tool (gender, peace, minorities, human rights)
    • - Specific roles and responsibilities of community radio stations in Bangladesh
    • - Facts are sacred, comments are free
    • - Various Codes of Conduct
    9. Developing a feature
    • - Research (pre-interview, documents and background information needed)
    • - Building a story-line (keep the audience hooked/specific item sheet)
    • - Preparing questions
    • - Editing towards specific discovery or conclusion
    • - Fine tuning and critical reflection (revision of item)
    10. Technical training:
    • - Packaging and labeling audio files
    • - Editing
    • - Making voice-overs
    • - Backing up audio-files and administration of files
    11. Modules on citizen journalism:
    • - Difference between professional and citizen journalism.
    • - Limitations, libel, slander and copyright.
    • - Improved quality of content
    • - Separation of facts and comments
    • - Separation of bloggers-input and editorial content
    • - Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
    • - Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
    • - Disclose conflicts of interest, affiliations, activities and personal agendas.
    • - Expose unethical practices of other bloggers
    • - Identify and link to sources whenever feasible
    • - Distinguish between advocacy, commentary and factual information