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February 13 is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, and free, independent and pluralistic media.
UNESCO and all the stakeholders - public services, mainstream and community media - will celebrate the fourth edition of World Radio Day on February 13, 2015. The theme for this fourth edition is “Youth and Radio”. This is an important opportunity to evaluate the contribution of young people in the radio sector with the goal of increasing their participation along three levels:
- Youth-targeted programming
- Programmes produced by young people
- Programming devised and produced by young people
The organizers have proposed some subthemes that are designed to offer a wide array of opportunities for discussion and to lend themselves to interesting and informative programming. Here are some examples:
- The elimination of stereotypes and prejudice in the portrayal of young people in the media.
- Improving the security of young journalists, especially freelancers and fixers in conflict and disaster zones.
- The impact of young people on community radio (education, acculturation, coverage of conflicts not being covered by the wider media, emergency and humanitarian crises, etc).
- The link between the accessibility of information through radio amongst young people and the sustainable development of communities.
To mark this important day, AMARC invites you to share your youth-related programmes via We Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 13, 2015. We will share all the programmes received with the network, in AMARC's newsletter and on social media.
About the WRD
The decision to declare February 13th the World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO following a proposal by the Spanish Academy of Radio and a consultation process supported by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). Please find further information on the UNESCO website and on the World Radio Day web page.
The main objectives of the World Radio Day are to raise the understanding among the public of the value of radio, including in the context of new media, and the importance of actively supporting radio; to encourage decision-makers to support, establish and provide access to radio and to provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide, to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.