SCS Global Professionalizes Media in Balkans, Myanmar, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tanzania
FHI 360, Internews

Professionalizing media outlets and increasing technical expertise are priorities as media projects under SCS Global look to increase the capacity of media actors and organizations.

Capacity for livestreaming is one focus. Last year, SCS BMAP provided livestreaming training and equipment to Vijesti—a partner in Montenegro—through a BMAP Technology Investment Grant. In December, Vijesti applied their knowledge and resources in reporting on the adoption of a controversial law on freedom of religion. Key BMAP partners are select media outlets in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.)

SCS Myanmar conducted a six-day digital livestreaming training in February to teach 12 journalists technical and editorial broadcast techniques, with a focus on livestream reporting and posting to Facebook live.

Radio is another area of SCS focus. Last year, SCS Kyrgyz Republic helped upgrade Salam Media’s radio studio in Kyrgyzstan, allowing them to broadcast on YouTube and other social media platforms. As their radio audience has increased, Salam Media—located in a poor region where the majority of the work-capable population is working abroad—has begun paying for private advertisements on social networks for labor migrants living outside the country. Advertising revenue is helping Salam Media plan
future improvements.

Chuchu FM, a radio station in Zanzibar, Tanzania, receive support from SCS Tanzania to improve the station’s broadcasting. In addition to mentorship and equipment, SCS Tanzania has connected the station with local CSOs to provide better, more relevant broadcasts to the community.

SCS Global media activities are implemented by consortium partner Internews with support from FHI 360.