Starved of information that was not controlled by the authorities and long deprived of freedom of expression, in the wake of the Arab Spring young people are finding their voices through the media. Interacting online and through social networks, young people are also taking an interest in traditional radio. Educated, committed and determined, they nonetheless find it difficult to report on and grasp issues of democracy.
In this context, the Shabab Up! Radio project is supporting the professional development of radio stations, a medium which is recognised as an effective means of reaching the masses and relaying messages from civil society.
The project aims to promote the participation of young people in radio programmes, supporting them in the development of interactive content for the 15-25 age bracket.
The Shabab Up project also includes a component for journalism schools.
Three studies on the radio sector in the region have been completed in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
These in-depth reports are shared with beneficiaries at a seminar held in Tunis.
CFI has just launched a study with a number of Moroccan and Tunisian media organisations, asking them about their expectations in the following terms:
What do you expect today of a higher college of journalism?
Practical training for young journalists and presenters to strengthen their journalistic and technical skills:
In response to the needs expressed by the beneficiaries of the training, three complementary themes are proposed:
On 13-14 March 2014, CFI is organising a seminar in Tunis to bring together seven radio stations from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
At the conclusion of two years of support provided to seven radio stations and two higher education institutes in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, the Shabab* up! project – financed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and run by CFI – will bring together around 60 participants for a final session on 11–12 June 2015 at the Villa Méditerranée conference centre in Marseilles.