Institute member, Reach Beyond, has completed its first-ever online course for Indonesian radio announcers, with 18 participants participating from stations spanning the breadth of the country. Each lesson takes 2-3 hours, and the course lasts 6 weeks, with two lessons per week.
The workshop is aimed at new announcers who have little or no formal training in radio. It starts with an overview of what online study involves: the sort of challenges distance students may face. It moves from there to core topics relevant to ministry in Christian radio – including studio and software, announcing skills, program planning and content delivery. Landmark lessons include a look at what the Bible says regarding communication, and how to protect one’s station while on air.
A unique feature of this course is the way it ties training into real experience at the station. Some lessons can be studied at home using the dedicated Android smartphone app, but many activities require students to talk with senior staff, or complete a supervised task in the studio.
Students in the pilot-course were very positive, so a second class is scheduled for October-November. Testimonials include:
“Introduction to Radio” is currently only available in bahasa Indonesia, but an English-language version is planned for the New Year.
Contact: Janice Reid