Shabab Up! Radio



To develop, in radio stations, local news and the production of interactive programmes presented by young professionals for listeners aged between 15 and 25





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Project timeline

December 2012
June 2015
This project is finished


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.

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“The Shabab Up! project has put us on the path to journalism and helped us better understand our listeners. We have learned a lot from the various training initiatives, enabling us to double our audience in one year.”
Hamed Soyah, CEO and founder of IFM Tunis

Project beneficiaries

7 radios : Jil FM (Alger), Hit Radio (Rabat), Radio plus (Agadir), Sawt el Manajem (Gafsa), Nefzawa (Kebili), Jawhara (Sousse), IFM (Tunis).

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1.Shabab up Radios: Analysis of the radio situation in the region

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.

Putting the Maghreb’s colleges of journalism to the test

June 26, 2014

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?

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2.Training for working journalists

Practical training for young journalists and presenters to strengthen their journalistic and technical skills:

  • 5 initiatives aimed at enhancing journalistic and presenting techniques
  • 8 initiatives focusing on the production of local, interactive news programmes

3.Training in the financial and organisational development of radio stations

In response to the needs expressed by the beneficiaries of the training, three complementary themes are proposed:

  • support for the use of multimedia, in line with the trends of young listeners
  • support for the development of a reputation and a business model to ensure a sustainable future for radio stations
  • support for management to improve radio stations in terms of organisation

How do you attract young people to radio? A debate between seven stations in Tunis

March 10, 2014

On 13-14 March 2014, CFI is organising a seminar in Tunis to bring together seven radio stations from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Shabab up! – Marseilles to play host to new generation of Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian media representatives on 11–12 June

June 9, 2015

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.

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