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Radioambulante: radio reporting and connecting Humans

Submitted by on June 14, 2012 – 12:46No Comment

In a word marked by migra­tions and uproot­ed­ness, Radioam­bu­lante offers a new space for shar­ing Latin Amer­i­cans’ human sto­ries, wher­ever they live. Financed on Kick­starter plat­form (crowdfounding) by six hun­dred micro-donors who believe in the project, Radioam­bu­lante works with inde­pen­dent reporters who bring sur­pris­ing stories.

Talk to peo­ple about people

In an inter­view for the Red iberoamer­i­cana de peri­odismo cul­tural, the Peru­vian and North Amer­i­can founder of Radioam­bu­lante, Daniel Alar­cón, makes the project’ s pur­pose clear: “We are look­ing for sur­pris­ing chron­i­cles that bring us where we couldn’t imag­ine […] We are not look­ing for folk­lore or NGO’s work. Our sto­ries don’t need to be head­lined, but go fur­ther, allow­ing us to see those head­lines from a human point of view. Daniel Alar­cón illus­trates his point with their inter­view of Manuel Zelaya, the for­mer pres­i­dent of Hon­duras, which speaks about his exile: “Coup d’état– there can­not be more catch­ier title for report – but what we try is telling about the other side, the per­sonal story, the empti­ness of exile, the fail­ure, a pres­i­dent sud­denly forced to become an ordi­nary citizen”.

Using radio and podcast

Radioam­bu­lante team has received many pro­pos­als and works for the moment with one broad­cast per month. They develop part­ner­ships with local radios in all Span­ish speaker coun­tries and in the United States. You can also find their audio reports in pod­casts on their web­site.

Bring to radio report the aes­thet­ics of print press”

Daniel Alar­cón stresses the added dif­fi­cul­ties of radio media: “within print press, you make your inter­view, take notes and only the words are impor­tant, not the way you tell them, your tone of voice nor if there is a car dri­ving in front of you”. But he also stresses the big­ger cre­ativ­ity and play allowed by radio media.

And record­ing does not need expen­sive mate­r­ial: “now there are appli­ca­tions for iPhone that trans­form your tele­phone in semi-professional recorder”. But even if the jour­nal­ist who wants to work with them does not need a large expe­ri­ence of radio, the process before broad­cast­ing is really care­ful and they focus on all sounds’ quality.

For the moment, the project meets a great suc­cess and story idea pro­pos­als are numer­ous, wait­ing to be broadcasted.

Video may no have killed the radio star…

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