RFI’s “L’Atelier des Médias” presents MédiaSahel’s COVID-19 activities

RFI’s “L’Atelier des Médias” presents MédiaSahel’s COVID-19 activities

June 11, 2020

The show broadcast on Sunday 31 May 2020 featured talks by a number of partners involved in combating COVID-19.

L'Atelier des médias [The Media Workshop] dedicated its 31 May broadcast to initiatives led by African media stakeholders with a view to raising awareness of the dangers of coronavirus among the continent's populations. Several of those initiatives have been implemented within the scope of the MédiaSahel project..

Damien Glez, a press cartoonist from Burkina Faso ... to be conveyed as to the correct behaviours to adopt.talked about the twenty awareness-raising videos he has produced. These short #CoroVidéos, which have been translated into 13 local languages, capture the spirit of the press cartoon and are currently being broadcast on social networks and on a number of public and private television channels in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In his opinion, they enable clear messages to be conveyed as to the correct behaviours to adopt (preventative measures, etc.) in a quirky, slapstick style and with simple, humorous animations.
The format of the videos and their dissemination on social networks were essential to reaching the young people who make up MédiaSahel's primary target audience", explained the cartoonist, before going on to explain that the most difficult part of this exercise was keeping the cartoons concise. “We worked together as a team to create them. It was an enjoyable experience and one that I am used to, since I often work in confinement", concluded Damien Glez with a touch of humour.


Breaking down fake news

The Media Workshop also included a talk by Rachid Assade Zongo, the chief editor of the Jeunes Wakat programme, which is produced by UNALFA in collaboration with MédiaSahel. Looking back on the various adaptations ... having a positive impact on the lives of young people.made to the programme to enlighten listeners on the COVID-19 pandemic, he expressed his pride, as a journalist, in having been able to play a part in “having a positive impact on the lives of young people in search of guidance, hope and attention", particularly in these unusual times.

An extract from the CoronaVérif videos was also broadcast during the show. These short, multilingual videos, produced by the Priorité Santé of RFI team in partnership with CFI, are broadcast on social networks. Their purpose is to break down the fake news stories gaining the most attention by inviting well-known African scientists to talk about them.

L'Atelier des médias is a radio show presented by Steven Jambot and produced by Simon Decreuze. It focuses on innovation, the digital society and (r)evolutions in the media world. It is broadcast every Sunday at 11:10 UT, 17:10 UT in Fulani and at 17:30 UT in Mandinka.

Listen to the show: www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/20200530