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INTERNATIONAL RADIOCRACY CONFERENCE (article first published : 2001-02-17)

“Radiocracy” comprises radio, democracy and development - the term being coined following a presentation by President Thabo Mbeki. “Radiocracy” represents a genuine attempt to encourage and promote the study of radio as a critical communicative instrument. Radio is also an excellent tool for the purposes of reconciliation and reconstruction toward an open society. The medium does not only provide constant companionship and entertainment but also is the sole source of information for several impoverished regions around the world.

The conference enjoys the full endorsement of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini through His Majesty's Foundation for Community Upliftment. Organisations in support include the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef).

The conference intends exploring key areas like radio's role in terms of the disabled, youth, women, health, peace and conflict, environment, arts and culture, human rights, sport, consumerism, and education.

Topics earmarked for the conference include community, public-service and commercial broadcasting; globalization; formatted programming; commodification; technology; the “digital divide”; convergence/multi-media; complimentary relationship - radio, television and print media; advertising, marketing and public relations; journalism; governance; ethics; policy and regulation; diversity; competition; funding; audience fragmentation; orientation, training and development.

The conference will interest media practitioners, academics, students, researchers, producers, regulators, policy makers, CEO's, presidents, general managers, government personnel, marketers, public relations practitioners, consultants, advertising executives/agencies, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists.

Participants from diverse places such as Boston, Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, London, New York, Perth, Philippines, Russia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and Sydney will be at the conference. A strong delegation from the African continent is also expected.

Further details are available from the Conference Chairperson Advocate Robin Sewlal on (031) 308-6806 or e-mail radiocracy@wpo.mlsultan.ac.za.




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