• Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee
    Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee
  •  Post-truth era threatens communication rights
    Post-truth era threatens communication rights
  • WACC e-book feature editorials on communications and social justice
    WACC publishes e-book about communications & social justice
  • Radio campaign helps galvanize Nepal's Newar communities
    Radio campaign helps galvanize Nepal's Newar communities
  • Shrinking democratic space, rise of far-right populism threaten communication rights
    Shrinking democratic space threaten communication rights
  • 'New window' opens for Delhi's migrant women, girls
    'New window' opens for Delhi's migrant women, girls
  • Media key to achieving gender equality, WACC tells UN Commission
    Media key to achieving gender equality, WACC tells UN Commission
  • Linguistic Rights and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean
    Linguistic Rights and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean
  • IDW
    Better the balance in journalism, better the world
  • All living beings have right to communicate
    All living beings have right to communicate
  • Communication rights must go beyond freedom of expression
    Communication rights must go beyond freedom of expression
  • Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee
  •  Post-truth era threatens communication rights
  • WACC e-book feature editorials on communications and social justice
  • Radio campaign helps galvanize Nepal's Newar communities
  • Shrinking democratic space, rise of far-right populism threaten communication rights
  • 'New window' opens for Delhi's migrant women, girls
  • Media key to achieving gender equality, WACC tells UN Commission
  • Linguistic Rights and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean
  • IDW
  • All living beings have right to communicate
  • Communication rights must go beyond freedom of expression


Media Development 2019-1

Brave new digital world

What are the challenges confronting a society increasingly dependent on digital technologies? Who is making the rules and determining the values behind using social media? How are societies adapting and what are the prospects for the future? Articles in this issue address these questions and more.

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Developing a Model of Community Radio Sustainability in Oaxaca State, Mexico

Radio Bee Xhiidza (Zapotec Waves) is a community radio station operating in the Xhidza region of Oaxaca State, Mexico, since 2009. The station currently reaches 25 Zapotec communities (approx. 12,530 people) using a 250 watts transmitter. Over the past 9 years, the station has become a starting point for numerous community development projects and has played a key role in helping to enhance community autonomy. Despite this success, the station faces problems such as limited local radio production in the local language, high electricity costs, limited access to resources, and volunteer fatigue.

This project seeks to support Radio Bee Xhiidza to embark on a strategic planning process to address long-term sustainability issues, purchase repeating towers to increase their reach an additional 10 Zapotec communities (bringing their total reach to 35 communities or 20,730 people), install solar panels to lower their electricity costs, and build the capacity of the 10 community reporters (5 men and 5 women). Content will focus on the UNDRIP and will be produced in the Zapotec language. A stronger station will help the Zapotec communities promote and protect their language, culture, and land rights.


  

 

 

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