Welcome to the ediscussion on addressing sensitive issues on air.
In our regular broadcast activities, we are very often confronted with dealing with sensitive issues on air. These are topics that have an impact on the values of individuals and communities and can sometimes cause misunderstanding and discontent.
So how can we deal with these sensitive issues without offending some people while encouraging voluntary listeners’ participation in radio programs? This is the question that led Farm Radio International to offer this opportunity to discuss ways and means of addressing these issues with professionalism.
Our discussion is scheduled to run for four weeks. We will be sharing our experiences, asking questions and learning from other broadcasters across Africa, as well as from invited resource persons @Mimi @bkaneka and Jaqueline. Anyone who participates actively throughout the four-weeks discussion will receive a certificate of participation upon completion.
During these four weeks, we will mainly focus on the following discussion points:
- Understanding sensitive issues;
- Knowing your audience;
- Ensuring that our information is accurate and up to date;
- How to create a safe and conducive environment for learning.
Here’s what you need to do this week:
- Introduce yourself. Your introduction should include your name, your country, the name of your radio station or organization, and your role in the organization.
- Then tell us what you understand by ‘sensitive issues’;
- Share some sensitive issues that you have already worked on at your station.
- Comment on the contributions of other participants.
Note that active participants who introduce themselves during this first week and post at least two meaningful messages in each of the other three weeks will receive an “active participant” certificate issued by Farm Radio International at the end of the discussion.
For your introductions, please use only written texts to allow us to properly collect your information for certificate purposes.
Have an excellent day !