#COVID19 Response through Community Radio: IPDC Project

Radio Active is among the thirteen stations working on #COVID19 Response through community radio – within the framework of the IPDC project titled ‘Strengthening Community Media Crisis Preparedeness and Response in India, with the cooperation of UNESCO, New Delh and the facilitation partner Maraa.

The broad themes of the facilitation are centered around

  • Accountability of local government systems, daily update and reporting local concern to related authorities, -building pressure mechanism toward action 
  • Emotional and psychological support to listeners
  • Gender sensitive programming + programming around sexaul health during COVID
  • Counter misinformation and fake news by providing reliable information about COVID and being sensitive to minorities. 
  • Creative programming as a coping mechanism 

The intent is to build perspective on the issues and look at disaster more holistically and not something to respond to only when the need arises. The project is also intented is to be attentive to continuities and build a mechanism where CR stations can support each other and to build and strengthen this network of CRs. The project commenced in June 2020 and will conclude by December 2020. The grant amount for the project is Rs. 50,000/- RJ Vijaya and RJ Usha are working on the project.

Till date eight workshops have been conducted:

20th May 2020: Experience Sharing of COVID related pograms by the 12 stations

Post the workshop stations were given asn assignment: Share an example of the media (news/video/poem/song/poster/story etc) that you think is a good example of representing and talking about the current crisis. And one example of media that you think is a bad practice, where you did not agree with the way they represented or spoke about it.

26th May 2020: Orientation on the IPDC Project, formal welcome from UNESCO New Delhi and discussion on the assignment of good and bad media on the current crisis

Post Workshop Assignment : Send in one of the best programs and write /record a story from two different perspective:

It was a family of three. Wasim is 30 years old and works in a city as a construction worker. He lives with Aliya (27 years old) and his 7 years old son. Aliya works as a domestic worker in the city. Wasim came to the city with his uncle when he was 16 years old and Aliya first came to the city with her one year old child. Initially Aliya would get confused with the roads in the city and would often forget the way to her house but now she can easily travel in an auto or bus on her own. During the lockdown all work stopped and they struggled for money and food. The government used to distribute cooked food in their locality but they didnt like the taste of it and would often refuse to take that food. They wanted ration. After waiting long for trains to start they decided to walk back home. Wasim’s contractor asked him to wait for another ten days and then the trains might start again but he didnt listen. The three of them packed a bag, carried two meals with them and started walking back home. They met many people on the road. Some helped them, police stopped them, they also got sacred of a few poeple on the road but they continued walking. They still didn’t had any money or food but they continued walking towards their home.

Perspectives: Wasim, Aliya, 7 years old child, policeman who stopped them, their neighbours in the city, the governemnt official who distributed cooked food in their locality, the truck driver on the road.

Out of the seven perspectives given, you may select two perspectives to write this story. Your story/script should be one page long or upto 3 minutes long, if recorded.

4th June 2020: The second workshop discussed a radio programme produced by the CR station and the scripts

Post Workshop Assignment: From the last week’s calls received at the radio station, please map the corresponding government departments they relate to.For example, if the call was for food and ration demand. It pertains to food and supply department or municipality or the department in charge of distributions.
Please make a list of all such departments Which goverment departments or local administration do you find difficult to access or get in touch with.
Maraa also shared a copy of the newsletter, bevaru(sweat), with the aim of discussing the participants views on the newspaper and the articles.

11th June 2020: The discussions were centered around the assignment and in particular the newsletter.

PostWorkshopAssignment: Based on the discussion in the previous session on governance please send us a programme where you have spoken to any government officials or from local administration looking at different perspectives of an issue and trying to go deeper in our enquiry.
While making the programme please keep the last two sessions in mind.
It could be a new programme that you record this week or if it’s difficult to record in the given time, can also share a programme plan/idea for the same. Or if you have an old programme that you feel talks about an issue in a comprehensive way, then can also share that.

18th June 2020: Ram Bhat made a presentation on Community Radio and Governance and looking at the role of CR between the State and the people

1.Making a program by two perspective Government and Governance

27th June 2020: This session focussed on “Listening and the Role of Community Radio” and was hosted by Anish Victor

2nd July 2020: This was a continuation of the previous session and the teams were divided contexts to produce audio programmes on collective community habits and factors that lead to change in collective habits.

9th July 2020:

This session was a continuation of the previous session, groups were asked to make a story on community based culture and share it. In the session one exercise was to draw out a tree or example- the intent behind drawing the tree is to look at the whole ecosystem and not just the tree (in present case, it was the pandemic). The session discussed what one chooses to focus and highlight when talking about a pandemic, the ways of approaching in on radio and the importance of linking it to the larger issues of what is happening around and not in isolation. 

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