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FrontlineSMS transforms Community Radio in Malawi

Thank you to John Kisewe Mpakani for writing this post about his experience using FrontlineSMS as a producer and presenter at the Nkhotakota Community Radio Station in Malawi. Background Information Nkhotakota Community Radio Station, along Lake Malawi, is a Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) recognized broadcaster and has been in operation for eleven years. More Read more

Women in Tajikistan on Cell Phone Photo Credit: Kate B Dixon (flickr)

Accessibility and Accountability: Social Impact Lab’s Governance Project Plans

From Colombia to Ghana to Canada, communicating with members of parliament, tracking city council spending, and advocating for environmental oversight of extractive industries are among a wide range of governance activities that have become possible for anyone with access to an internet connection, a computer, or a smartphone. That’s a lot of people, but not Read more

Photo courtesy of Breeze FM

Now Showing: Africa’s Voices

Coming to you from the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights, we are pleased to feature a short film about the Africa’s Voices project.  This research pilot project supported local radio stations to use FrontlineSMS for audience participation, in an effort to continue to enhance citizen-based dialogue. Radio is still the killer Read more

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Combining Local Radio and Mobile Phones to Promote Climate Stewardship

Many thanks to Kier Olson DeVries, Senior Editor of the Communication Initiative, for featuring this work in e-magazine the Drum Beat, and for permission to share here. This case study details a pilot project on the Eastern edge of Zambia that aimed to increase local knowledge of deforestation, and deepen rural communities’ stake in reversing Read more


News That is Node-Worthy: An Idea For Connecting Community Radio Stations in Indonesia

Editor’s note: this post was jointly written by Trevor Knoblich, Project Director at FrontlineSMS, and Harry Surjadi, Knight International Journalism Fellow and freelance journalist   Worldwide, media outlets are increasingly mastering two-way communications channels. Radio and television stations are equipped to receive text messages, phone calls, and social media inputs. Staff can then decide to Read more


7 Ways Newsrooms Can Boost Citizen Reporting

This is the second in a series of three posts, originally published on the PBS Idea Lab blog. In my previous post, I argued that established, traditional newsrooms tend to be most comfortable accepting citizen reporting or user-generated content during a large-scale, widespread emergency event. In these circumstances, newsrooms often accept photo and video submissions Read more


FIRST Response Radio – Life Saving Information in Disaster

A big thank you to Mike Adams, the INTL Coordinator, for sharing his experiences with FrontlineSMS and further schooling us on how radio can facilitate in saving lives!  In times of disaster radio not only saves lives, it can also bring hope and critical information to the affected community. When the 2004 tsunami struck Banda Read more


Can Citizen Journalism Move Beyond Crisis Reporting in Traditional Newsrooms?

This is the first in a series of three posts, originally published on the PBS Mediashift blog. The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings demonstrated yet another significant marker for citizen journalism. Felix Salmon, in an excellent post on the Reuters blog, wrote that the manhunt for a suspect in the bombings “in many ways Read more

Low tech adaptations for a community communications system

FrontlineSMS was recently featured on the ‘Lets Them Talk‘ blog. In the post, Helena Puig Larrauri (@helenapuigl) highlights how the SUDIA community are using technology to bridge the information gap for communities living along the Blue Nile in Sudan. They are using FrontlineSMS to disseminate information about livelihoods and sustainability directly to communities. Thanks Helena Read more

News Participation Starts at ‘Home’

Seemingly every major news event worldwide is heightening participation in news. People are eager to share updates and photos of an unfolding news event, ask questions of media outlets, and share important information. But there are two important aspects to this type of participation: (1) people are most interested in sharing news about the community Read more

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