Community Media
Every Voice Counts

Media is a powerful tool for development. However, the communities that media and development initiatives target often have limited opportunity to effectively participate in influencing and setting the agenda for their own development through media.

The project aims to promote community participation in their own development and decision making processes through media.
The Community Media platform was designed for Center for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD) in partnership with DW Akademie with support from Civil Society Academy.

Our benefiaries

Community Reporters

Get the opportunity to report local stories that affect them and their communities, facilitating accountability by duty bearers and contributing to development of their communities.


Contribute in their own development by increased civic participation and holding duty bearers accountable for public service delivery, monitoring service delivery and community policing.


Media Houses

Increase their relevance to the communities they operate in by airing stories that affect them. They gain access to richer content provided by the Community Reporters.

Duty Bearers

Benefit from an empowered and well informed community who can easily be rallied around communities development initiatives and policing of their own communities .

Our Partners

How it Works

This is the journey our stories take

Community Reporters Collect Stories

Community Reporters are members of their respective community that volunteer to report on stories that affect them and their communities. The Community Reporters undergo a comprehensive training in journalism and development issues using a standard training curriculum developed by CEMCOD and DW Akademie.

The reporters use an android application to record audio, capture video and photographs and record audio which they send to the radio stations.

View CR Profiles Step 1
In the Community

Radio Stations Moderate Stories

Stories submitted by the Community Reporters are moderated by the radio stations. Each radio station has mentors who oversee the work of the Community Reporters. They make sure that stories submitted are complete, good quality and meet journalism standards.

Participating Stations Step 2
At the Radio Station

Publishing News Stories

Stories that pass the journalism standards of the radio stations are either aired on the radio station, published on the web or both so that they can be accessed by the general public, national media outlets, researchers and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Go To News Portal Step 3
Radio and Web Portal

Follow Up on Stories

Community Reporters then follow-up on the status of stories with duty bearers. Where action has been taken about a reported news story, the community reporter provides an update on the same. In this way, the platform provides a feedback mechanism for ensuring that local development issues are addressed.

See Impact Stories Step 4
After the story

Meet some of our community reporters and mentors

Community Reporters are motivated by their contribution to community development by reporting of community issues related to public service delivery, crime and community development. Meet some of the community reporters and mentors.

"All stories including the sound byte converge in one place which makes editing seamless and faster. We are able to receive the stories remotely eliminating the cost of transport and the time it would take for the reporter to travel from their village to the station. "
Michela Muwanguzi
"I like the way the app is organized with the 5W+H arranged along the script where you type the story. The app also doesn’t allow you to go to the next step if you have forgotten a source allowing to submit balanced stories."
Debora Namukose
Community Reporter
"I like that the app can work both online and offline, which allows me to collect and record stories in areas where there is no network and then later sync the app and automatically submit my stories with one click!"
Lilian Babirye
Community Reporter

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