13.06.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

UNESCO and VIKES enhancing better news inserts for Public Service Broadcasting in Somalia

Trainees during the

UNESCO and VIKES, the Finnish Foundation for Media and Development, organized a training to support public service broadcasting in Somalia, to improve the technical quality of news inserts at the Somali National Television (SNTV)

Mogadishu, Somalia – A training to support public service broadcasting in Somalia and to improve the technical quality of news inserts at Somali National Television (SNTV) was arranged in Mogadishu from May 3 to 7 by the Finnish media support organization Vikes (Finnish Foundation for Media and Development) in cooperation with UNESCO.

The five-day in-house training at SNTV headquarters in Mogadishu, conducted by broadcast solutions engineer Andreas Wirth, was a continuation of Vikes long-term partnership with SNTV to improve the content production of Somalia’s national broadcaster, expected to be transformed into an editorially independent public service broadcaster in the near future, as established by the country’s Media Law.

This activity is supported by UNESCO with funding from the government of Sweden, as part of the continuing concerted efforts by the Somalia Media Support Group to Somali Federal Media Strategy goal, on development of Public Service Ethos in the country. The objective is to assist the media in the understanding and practise of the ethos of public service, that provides for the needs and interests of Somali society.

The training was attended by 25 SNTV staff members, including technical production personnel such as camera operators, editors and producers as well as journalists. One of the aims was to improve team work among the editorial staff and to get a clear understanding of the roles of each staff member in the news production process.

The trainer was excited to see the improvement of the trainees’ skills during the training week and how eager they were to learn more.

“It’s such a privilege and pleasure to teach a group of trainees who really want to learn and to see the excitement when they are succeeding and improving in their work.”

During the more theoretical sessions, SNTV staff learned how to use the basic production equipment, such as cameras, lights and microphones, and how to plan a news shoot and select the right equipment for the job. They also practised basic video production fundamentals such as shot composition and the use of sound.

One of the practical exercises included a simulated press conference on the subject of drought in Somalia and the connection to global climate change. The participants were divided into three news production teams with the assignment to plan and produce a news story including all the elements that had been learnt during the previous day’s training. At the end, all produced news inserts were presented, analysed and discussed based on the given criteria.

“This training has given me exact directions how to set up and operate the camera in order to produce better pictures. We need many more practical trainings of this kind,” said SNTV camerawomen Sadiyo, one of the several female trainees.

“It would be great if you could come here more regularly to help us become fully professional. I will remember all the things you have taught us and use it every day,” commented SNTV news reporter Faysal Musse Mohamed.

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