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Using Radio Talkshows to Build Peace

This free guidebook (get color pdf here) by Ross Howard and Francis Rolt is aimed at talkshow presenters and producers. It is a guide to exploring the questions surrounding conflict as a primary subject in the media which dominates news reports and fills up radio talkshows.

Most of the examples in the book are drawn from African countries, and it is written with that continent in mind however the issues, discussion and skills are relevant to a much wider spectrum of countries. The authors argue that talkshows which use conflicts and disagreements as a way of attracting listeners, risk doing more harm than good. They intensify the conflict under discussion, and rather than inform listeners, they leave them angry or fearful, or with the sense that the conflict will go on forever.

The book highlights how good talkshows require diversity, spontaneity and flexibility, that there are no absolute rules about how to discuss conflict in a more constructive manner. The authors also consider radio talkshow formats and new ideas for these formats, the role of the presenter and the importance of the media telling the whole story. (Abstract and initial sighting thanks to the ever-growing collection at Elidis.org)

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 03 10 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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