In Pursuit of People-centered Radio Programs
— Internews, ALICOR provide journalists with requisite radio production skills ahead of 2023 Elections
With support from the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia under the Community Radio Content Syndication project managed by Internews Liberia, an intensive Training of Trainers workshop for Association of Liberia Community Radio (ALICOR) radio producers and Secretariat staff was rolled out in Monrovia recently.
The project seeks to improve citizens' access to public information through community radio content syndication.
More than fifteen participants, including Radio Producers from ALICOR and ECOWAS Radio received refresher training in several areas including Facilitation Skills, Developing a Training Plan, Mentoring Skills, Radio Program Production and Packaging, Interview Techniques, among others.
Facilitators include Internews Liberia Senior Journalism Trainer, Torwon Sulonteh Brown, Teah Doegmah, Raymond Zarbay, Sam Howard, formerly of the BBC and UN Radio in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Radio Content Syndication Project Senior Radio Producer Romeo Togba.
The training was designed to enhance radio content production skills of participants. The workshop was a first step toward the opening of the radio content production facility to be housed at ALICOR.
The training ran from Wednesday, February 22 to Thursday, February 23, 2023.
Peter Quaqua, the project director, described the training as the setting up of a stage to produce people-centered radio programs.
Quaqua emphasized that the goal is to ensure that people are at the heart of the production and delivery of radio content.
Torwon Sulonteh-Brown, senior journalism trainer at Internews, encouraged the participants to attach seriousness to the training as it would serve as a pathway to produce programs of high quality.
At the close of the training, the participants praised the quality of training offered. Through their spokesperson, Florence Flomo, the participants promised to use the skills they had acquired to produce credible, accurate, and balanced programs for what they termed the greater good of society.