Rhodora Ramonette de Villa-Custodio

Job Opening: Senior Lecturer at Malmo University

The Communication for Development program at Malmö University is looking for a Senior Lecturer to join their team. This is a full-time, permanent position and applications are accepted until 30 April 2018.   The position of Senior Lecturer has the following qualifications: obtained a PhD in a subject relevant to Communication for Development, for example, Development Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Anthropology, or Political Science; demonstrated teaching expertise through his/her

New mobile application launched to combat Fall Armyworm in Africa

The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) mobile app has recently been launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat Fall Armyworm in Africa. Through the application, farmers, agricultural workers, and other partners can “identify, report the level of infestation, and map the spread of this destructive insect, as well as describe its natural enemies and the measures that are most effective in managing it” (FAO, 2018).  “The

Beyond the Playground - LEGO for Social Change

In the University of Queensland, Master students in COMU7102, Communication for Social Change Foundations, were lucky enough to receive a visit from Laura Simpson Reeves, who shared her wealth of knowledge on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, and proved that playing isn’t always just fun and games. The courses’ mix of students, who specialise in both Communication for Social Change and Public Relations & Professional Communication, were surprised at the playful turn of events during one

Challenging the Role of Community Radio in Climate Change

“As a mass medium at the local level, community radios can provide the link between community and science.” This was emphasized by Ajaya Dixit, Executive Director of the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) in Nepal during his discussion on climate change and disaster resilience among community radio broadcasters, community media practitioners, and representatives of farmer organizations from South Asia.   Dixit advised the community radio stations that when they try

World Radio Day 2018: Radio and Sports

The seventh World Radio Day will be held on 13 February 2018 with the theme “Radio and Sports”. In this year’s celebration, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) enjoins all radio stations and supporting organizations “to strengthen diversity, peace and development through sports broadcasting.”  World Radio Day 2018 has the following UNESCO sub-themes: Diversity in Sports Coverage: Through the coverage of traditional and grassroots games, radio can reconnect people

Erfan Daliri: Using art to orchestrate change*

Erfan Daliri, a 2011 graduate at the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland, is an author, speaker, artist, educator, mentor, event director, and agent of social change. The Centre had a chat with him about the Newkind Festival, as well as his events production company (with the soul of a social movement) UpUpTrampoline. In this article, Daliri’s lifelong interest in using the arts to orchestrate social change is uncovered.  Erfan Daliri’s

RNTC offers Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change course

Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) has published its course calendar for 2018. One of the courses that it will be offering is “Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change.” The course aims to enable participants to “explore the ingredients of successful development campaigns and learn how to create the right campaign for your target audience” (RNTC website). Below are the expected outcomes upon completion of the course: Mastery of the tricks of

Call for papers to the IAMCR 2018

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will be holding IAMCR 2018 with the theme “Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World” on 20-24 June at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.  The conference aims to bring together professionals in the field of media and communication research to discuss about “current and emerging models of sustainability, and the struggles that surround them, and

Educational campaign builds tsunami resiliency

Tsunamis are frequent in Indonesia and more than 35% of them are deadly. The December 26, 2004 tsunami claimed 178,000 lives in the island of Sumatra. In hindsight, the weak tsunami resilience of the people contributed to the terrible catastrophe. Many people were unaware, unprepared, and lacked knowledge about tsunamis. The mass media reported on the December 26 tragic consequences but did not provide substantial information about tsunamis (Morin et

Why Capacity Development?

Professor Helen Hambly-Odame and Winifredo B. Dagli of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development of the University of Guelph discuss capacity development and the levels of change at which it operates in their paper titled “Why Capacity Development?”  The authors also feature three case stories on capacity development in rural communication and development. In particular, the article presents the following cases: “Piloting and Up-Scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural