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Development Education & Radio

Group:            Community Radio Youghal

Methdology:  Development Education & Radio

Project Title: The Global Hub/Training

Purpose:        Active Citizenship

Photo:  Vicki, Bernadette, Will, Stan, Eileen, Eanna, Gertrude

My thanks to all for your incredible work and great fun.  Well done on achieving a CRAOL award…see below.


Global Hub CRAOL Award 2016

The method of working with a self-selected group of participants/presenters was innovative in itself. The subject matter of the shows was innovative in tackling issues previously not broadcast on the station. TTIP in particular was a brave choice of contemporary topic, presenting a complex international trade agreement to the general public in an accessible way.

Photo:  Vicki, Bernadette, Will, Stan, Eileen, Eanna, Gertrude

My thanks to all for your incredible work and great fun.  Well done on achieving a CRAOL award…see below.

Thanks to Eanna for report below.

Team Building

All 7 participants prepared and presented contributions to the 3 shows. Each show had a separate main presenter. Some participants spoke from their own experience, others researched a topic and presented a narrative based on their research. Presenters researched the topic, gathered and shared their research and prepared a broadcast.

On the Colonial Legacy show, research was presented on Sir Walter Raleigh’s links with Youghal and Colonialism; the settlement of Palestine; & the colonial roots of conflict in Syria. Personal experience of everyday life during the Troubles in Northern Ireland and a visit to a post-colonial Ghost Town in Transkei, South Africa, were also presented.

Participants gathered in the studio every Tuesday evening over 2 months for course-work, sharing research and programme development. They created a social media “Closed Group” to communicate between weekly meetings. This allowed them to share relevant research on complex topics, and to assist each other with technical and other consideration. This assisted considerably with Team Building and motivation.


Community Participation (How were community group(s) engaged in the making of these programmes)

The participants may be seen as a community group in itself, a community of interest that manifested around the opportunity to make radio programmes on Global Development issues. In addition, local young people’s views were solicited and broadcast during a show on Gender Equality, and farmers and activists were interviewed by phone for the show on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership treaty between the EU and the US.

Global Development issues are a niche interest in Irish society, as national and local issues dominate media space and conversation. However, people generally have an underlying interest in these matters, and a curiosity about the world beyond their everyday experience. The local and online audience for these 3 shows will have heard interesting points and themes that explore aspects of how our world has come to be as it is.

Community Awareness (evidence of growing awareness about the relevant topic within your community)

Feedback was received through the Facebook Event pages that were set up to promote each show. Individual participants used their personal social media networks to invite contacts to listen to and engage with each show. Each show was podcasted on and made available through the event page for an audience to listen at their leisure.

Awareness growth can be identified by a number of phone calls to the station; and comments on the Facebook event page. The TTIP show in particular received a large amount of online attention. The Rubberbandits and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP were amongst those who re-tweeted a link to the podcast. Comments included: “Has to be the best programme on TTIP I have heard”; “An absolute must for anyone wanting to learn more”, as well as a number of “thanks” and “well done” messages.


The podcasts can be heard at:


Quality of Content (demonstrating creativity and commitment to strong production values) (can be used to enter a long time volunteer’s music programme)


Part of the process involved learning Radio Skills under the guidance of CRY104FM Manager Darragh Parker. He facilitated several sessions on interviewing skills, programme scheduling and studio tools. CRY104FM staff looked after production of each of the 3 shows. Staff and a volunteer worked on a pre-recorded segment for the TTIP programme. This involved recording phone calls, editing them into a coherent package and the presenter adding commentary for narrative cohesion.


A strength of this show was the level of detail demonstrated in personal reflection and in research. The topics of Gender Equality, Colonial Legacy and TTIP arose from the Development Education Studies aspect of the course. Each participant had to read extensively to inform their contributions, with some having little or no prior knowledge of their segment topic. Presenters learned to condense complex subject matter into accessible chunks of radio, and understood how getting each segment as good as possible would make each show as good as possible.

Volunteer Impact

Volunteers turned up week in week out, prepared, enthusiastic and with a good attitude of mutual support. They worked on the programmes at home, researching topics effectively. One volunteer spent hours in the studio preparing a pre-recorded segment, considerably enhancing their technical capacity. Another took the initiative to create an online presence for the shows and to make a podcast available to the community of interest beyond the geographical limits of the station’s local reach.

Following completion of the course, the participants had a greater understanding of the amount of time it takes to create good radio. Several of the participants are interested in continuing to work with Community Radio Youghal, and are working on broadcasting follow up shows on a once-a-month basis.