The training sessions on radio news and program production at Al al Bayt University in Mafraq are now complete. Organized as part of the European Union (EU) funded and UNESCO implemented “Support to Media in Jordan” project, the trainings were part of a larger capacity development support program provided to Al al Bayt and a few other universities over the course of the last two years.
Under this initiative, several radio experts and consultants have been working with the university’s faculty, staff and students focused on the basics of setting up a radio station, institutional issues such as how to form an advisory board, ensure editorial independence, and manage the station, as well as technical skills such as radio production and editing.
Mohammad Zayoud was one of the enthusiastic participants taking part in the second round of training at Al al Bayt University. Mohammad, 22, is a student at the University studying Physical Education. “I wanted to study journalism but my grades were not good enough to enroll in the program. I always wanted to work in media; I had taken a few journalism courses and was writing short articles that were published on the university website. When I learned about the UNESCO-led training, I was very excited to join”.
The training was conducted by radio journalist Samia Kurdieh and the topic of the latest round was voice coaching and presenting radio talk shows. The sessions also focused on news and radio production concepts, offering students a chance to make use of their technical skills. “Ms. Samia was a sophisticated trainer who was able to convey the lessons to us using her practical expertise in the field. We learned so many new skills”, shared Mohammad. “One of the most important things I learned was how to use different styles when presenting news or another program, such as a talk show”.
“As a radio presenter, the new headsets and mics have really made my work easier and we are thrilled with all the equipment. The donation is good for students and the university as a whole,” said Mohammad.
The training also helped students to develop ideas for new programs. One of Mohammad’s ideas was a show dedicated to tackling local issues by asking critical questions about listeners’ behavior on topics like the increasing violence among students.
Trainees expressed their gratitude for the training and the opportunity to sharpen their skills. The participants thanked the European Union and UNESCO for supporting the development of their radio station. The university has an FM license (103.5 FM in Mafraq) in place and has now commenced broadcasting, with programs and segments produced by both students and faculty, offering quality programming to students and the surrounding community.