The Powell River Community Radio Society is pleased to host the area’s first-ever community run, local news show – CJMP News.
CJMP News will broadcast Fridays from noon to 1 pm live on 90.1 FM and on-line at www.cjmp.ca. The show will develop local news stories that highlight the diversity and strength of our community. The hour-long show will broadcast one day a week.
“This is a chance to offer a unique blend of training and inclusivity to the station and our community,” said Carrie Swiggum, news director. “Joining the CJMP news team is a perfect avenue for people to get involved in community radio who aren’t sure where to start. It’s also a great way to enhance their skillset, and that can include audio or video production, media literacy and ethics, or what it takes to host or engineer a show.”
In addition to the hour long show once a week, CJMP News will offer free training workshops three times over the next year. The first workshop, News 101, will include how to write for radio, interviewing tips and the role of community news in today’s media landscape. The second part of the first workshop will focus on the technical aspects of getting content on the air, and will include an overview of the recording equipment, the studio soundboard, and basic audio editing that can be done on free open-source software.
CJMP is funded by a Radiometres grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) that has allowed the radio station to hire three new paid position: a station manager (Mel Edgar), a news director (Carrie Swiggum) and a community engagement producer (Giovanni Spezzacatena).
The PRCRS has designed this project with accessibility and sustainability in mind. The aim is to create an ongoing community-based, volunteer news department at CJMP 90.1 FM that will serve as an alternative media source by and for the people that influence and shape the station itself.
In addition to increasing volunteer involvement the news department also contains a strong fundraising component with the aim of creating increased and diverse community engagement.
The Powell River Community Radio Society feels this is an exciting project for our community radio station, as well as a new chapter for news coverage in the Powell River area.
Anyone interested in learning to be part of the news team is invited to email Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.