World Radio Day 2015

World Radio Day will be celebrated on February 13, 2015. It’s a global celebration of radio as a medium, and
as this year’s theme is “Youth and Radio”, it’s a great opportunity to plan a youth-focused event or activity. Here
are some ideas to get you started, both on the day and in the months leading up to it.

Talking points:

Instead of dictating the discussion, we believe it’s crucial to ask young people about the issues that are important to them, but here are some ideas for topics related to youth and radio that you might want to discuss:

  • The future of radio and the challenges and opportunities brought about by new technologies, especially given the early adoption of these by young people
  • How to improve participation of young people in the radio sector
  • Radio for youth: Youth-focused programmes
  • Radio with youth: Programmes involving young people in the production team
  • Radio by youth: Programmes produced by youth, for youth
  • 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

Message from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

See more at worldradioday.org 

World Radio Day 2014

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13 February 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, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

 As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. It is an ideal channel to further UNESCO’s commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world, UNESCO will promote gender equality by:

  • Sensitizing radio station owners, executives, journalists, and governments to develop gender-related policies and strategies for radio;
  • Eliminating stereotypes and promoting multidimensional portrayal in radio;
  • Building radio skills for youth radio production, with a focus on girls as producers, hosts, reporters;
  • Promoting Safety of women radio journalist

We invite all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public. On 13 February, let’s celebrate women in radio and those who support them!

Celebration in Brazil:

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