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|Title: ||Radio communication : the impact of local radios’ news on capabilities of rural people in Cambodia|
|Authors: ||Em, Meak|
|Keywords: ||RADIO COMMUNICATION|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||Royal University of Phnom Penh|
|Abstract: ||Based in province, local radios are supposed to be the most adequate medium to produce
local news that is nearby rural communities. Since most of people living under poverty line
reside and work in the countryside, government, international and national development
organizations have set priorities to improve living condition of rural people who in 2008
represent 80.5 percent of the total population of Cambodia. And along with those efforts, it
is recognized that “a vibrant media and civil society are developing” in Cambodia.
Although the proliferation of radios, especially provincial stations, has become a significant
feature of Cambodian media development, there exists “a lack of synchronisation between
the changes taking place and rural people’s preparedness for them” (MoP& UNDP, 2007).
The rural/urban inequality of access to relevant information in Cambodia has been
highlighted and widened access to needed information as a development priority in rural
areas has been advocated.
There have been many researches related to media’s impact on specific areas of capabilities
but it is hard to find previous studies on the impact of local radios’ news in Cambodia on
aggregate capabilities of rural people. This research thus has two objectives:
1. To explore to what extent local radios, as communication specialists, fulfill media’s
basic functions and address topics which are relevant to capability development.
2. To evaluate the impact of local radios’ news on the capabilities of rural people in
It has been presumed that the capabilities (which help to mitigate other constraints on
livelihoods) of rural people are upheld through local radios’ journalistic production. The
findings from this research indicate the strong relevance of local radios’ news in some areas
of capabilities, and moderate relevance in some other areas. But generally local radio’s news
affects more or less most dimensions of rural people’s capabilities.|
|Project Number: ||105029|
|Project Title: ||Cambodia Development Research Forum|
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