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Updating Campus Radio Studio at Daystar University

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US$20 900.00

The media environment is Kenya is one of tremendous opportunity and challenge. In particular, the medium of radio has rapidly expanded in pluralism and reach. However, the quality of existing training institutions varies enormously, and a strong and well-trained cadre of media professionals is needed. Daystar University has long been known as the premier broadcast training institution in the nation, particularly in the area of radio. In 2008 it was named as a Centre of Reference in journalism by UNESCO and was the first Kenyan university to have a licensed radio station on air. However, the equipment in the radio studio is outdated. The university needs to replace existing equipment in order to continue to provide the quality of training in journalism and media that it has become known for in the entire East African region. This project seeks to improve media training in the nation by upgrading the existing university radio studio at Daystar University with updated equipment so as to effectively train upcoming broadcast journalists. Specifically, its objectives include: to provide a well equipped university radio station and programme production unit; to train university staff in the use of this updated equipment; and to introduce practical broadcast study programmes at diploma, undergraduate, and graduate levels of journalism studies. Practical training facilities for radio broadcasting will be made available to 50 diploma, undergraduate, and graduate students per year (at current enrollment rates).

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Beneficiary name: 
Daystar University
Beneficiary address: 
Daystar University - Athi River Campus PO Box 17 - 90145 Kenya

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Beneficiary phone: 
045 662 260 1/2/3
Location and contacts
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Hezekiel Dlameni, h.dlameni@unesco.org;

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Project contacts: 

Dr. Levi Obonyo, Chair, Communication Department,

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Athi River

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Summary of the project implementation: 

At the time of writing this report, all the studio equipment has been purchased. Most of the technical work on the improvement of the studio, including the cabling and sound proofing is progressing well and should be completed before the end of February 2011. Installation of the studio equipment will commence thereafter and is foreseen to be completed in March or April 2011. The implementation of this project is on schedule. Upon completion, it is expected that the project will contribute to the promotion of pluralism, diversity and freedom of expression in the Kenyan media landscape. It will also provide capacity to the Daystar University to deliver practical training to future journalists in the field of radio broadcasting.

Achieved outputs: 
? Studio equipment procured ? Soundproofing and cabling currently underway