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Title: The healthy community radio station
Post by: Peter Kuthan / AZFA on October 18 2013
by Wits Radio Academy; Open Society
Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), 2013, 72 p.

Quotation from introduction (page 4):
There is already considerable literature on community radio much of it
containing insights and advice that are very useful for people involved
in building radio stations, or in supporting the sector. There are also
many handbooks and we have been grateful to draw on some of these. What
we have tried to do that is perhaps somewhat different is to organise
this discussion on the basis of five distinct dimensions. The five
parameters we use are Mission and Governance; Management and Staffing;
Infrastructure and Finances; Programming; and Community Involvement.
These are the five pillars of health, and it should be obvious that they
are interlinked: the issue of community involvement needs to run through
all aspects of a radio station’s functioning, for instance. One could
argue that the divisions are somewhat artificial but they are introduced
here to give some structure to the analysis. It should be noted that we
prefer the term ‘health’ to the more common ‘sustainability’ for
reasons we will explain below. These dimensions then form the basis for
a diagnostic tool, the Station Health Check, which uses a series of
detailed checklists to develop a clear idea of the strengths and
weaknesses of a particular station. The Health Check is intended to be
cost-effective and can be applied in different contexts. It is also
based on verifiable data: too many analyses are based on a single
optimistic interview with the station manager.

Title: Re: The healthy community radio station
Post by: Peter Kuthan / AZFA on October 18 2013
Community radio continuous improvement toolkit

by Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA); Hyderabad: UNESCO Chair on
Community Media, University of Hyderabad, 2013, vi + 49 p.

Provides indicators of performance along 9 parameters: 1. Content
Generation and Programming; 2. Policies and Guidelines; 3. Volunteers;
4. Technology: Access and Management; 5. On-Air Standards of
Broadcasting; 6. Governance; 7. Feedback and Grievances; 8. Content
Sharing and Networking; 9. Revenue Generation and Financial
Accountability. Themes such as participation, inclusion, gender, and
capacity-building cut across the 9 parameters.

Title: Re: The healthy community radio station
Post by: Peter Kuthan / AZFA on October 18 2013
Community radio performance assessment system

Kathmandu: Community Radio Support Centre (CSRC), Nepal Forum of
Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), 2009, 86 p.

This publication allows community radio stations to assess their
performance regarding: community participation and ownership; radio
governance structures and procedures; radio programme structure; radio
station management; financial management and resource structure; as well
as networking. Using a detailed scoring system, the manual provides a
comprehensive list of indicators that categorises assessed stations into
four groups: evolving, progressing, performing and model community
radios. It considers the issues that are at the heart of community
media: public accountability, community representation, locally relevant
programming, diverse funding, and due acknowledgement of staff,
including volunteers. The manual is clear and concise providing a sound
basis for the task it describes. Tailored to the needs of community
radios in Nepal, not every single indicator may apply to stations in
other countries. Nevertheless, the scoring methodology can easily be
adapted to other contexts. (source: CAMECO Update 4-2009)