Watch: Radio journalism in a time of crisis

Watch now: Radio Journalism in a time of crisis

The challenges faced by broadcasters and journalists right now is unprecedented. For many, the coronavirus pandemic is, and may be, the biggest story of their lives.

Like their colleagues around the world, broadcasters in Africa are hard at work right now.

Not only do they have a responsibility to their listening audiences to get them the right information, in a timely and easy to understand way, but they also need to protect themselves in order to continue doing it.

There’s a lot that goes into this, which is why we were excited to host a town hall discussion on April 30 featuring radio broadcasters from across the continent discussing the role of radio journalism in a time of crisis.

Listen in to our conversation with radio broadcasters from across Africa, and learn more about the work Farm Radio is doing to support them in the recording of this great event!

Our speakers

Liberian broadcaster and media trainer Jefferson Massah shares his experience during the Ebola crisis in 2015, and how those lessons are useful now. 

Ghanaian broadcaster and Farm Radio partner broadcaster Emmanuel Asamoah talks about the challenges Radio 1, his station, is facing in responding to COVID-19, and how they are addressing the questions of listeners in the rural communities he serves. 

Ottawa-based Caroline Montpetit explains the work Farm Radio International is doing to support broadcasters as they address COVID-19 in their communities, and how it’s important to take gender into consideration during these trying times.

Ugandan radio trainer and Farm Radio staff Pascal Mweruka discusses how broadcasters across the continent are facing similar issues, and how Farm Radio’s work is helping. 

Many thanks to our host, CBC Radio One’s Nora Young — the host and the creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture.

Learn more

Find out more about our work in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here.

Support broadcasters in their response to COVID-19 by donating to our Emergency Response Fund. 

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