Media Development




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Where I’m From

Where I’m From mixes entertainment, journalism, and commentary in a big-hearted mash-up that reflects the talents, experiences, and contributions of diaspora populations in the US. “CLICK” to listen to the show




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Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas

ICFJ Trainer Jesse Hardman visited top community radio participants from Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela to help them improve their use of digital technology and best practices to reach new audiences with quality content. This video shows what an impact better radio can have on each community.





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Media Training in Sri Lanka

esse Hardman was a reporter here at WBEZ. He’s also been Worldview’s World Cup Commentator for the past two years, and writes the blog Put Me in the Game. Most recently he spent a year doing media training in Sri Lanka, working with local reporters on a project to improve access to information for people who’d been displaced by the war. His group of reporters produced a daily radio show called Lifeline. In order to gather material for the program, they went to the areas where those who’d been displaced by the war were living. Jesse talks to us about what the mood was like in the country when the civil war ended.


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Music in the Midst of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

One of the stories of 2009 was the end of 25 years of brutal civil war in Sri Lanka. Government troops forced the surrender of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation just south of the Indian continent.

One Minnesotan who got an inside view of the conflict was journalist Jesse Hardman In the midst of the chaos he came upon an amazing story of a forgotten people.


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Worldview-Chile: Rebuilding After the Earthquake Part 1

In Chile the south of the country continues to piece itself together after it’s massive earthquake at the end of February. They’re trying to get million children back in school. 800,000 people are still homeless. Jesse Hardman is a former Chicago Public Radio reporter who’s been working with Internews in Chile. Internews is a non profit that works to empower local media in more than 70 countries. Hardman says local radio has played an important role in the Chilean recovery.


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Chile: Rebuilding After the Earthquake Part II

In Chile the south of the country continues to piece itself together after it’s massive earthquake at the end of February. They’re trying to get million children back in school. 800,000 people are still homeless. Jesse Hardman is a former Chicago Public Radio reporter who’s been working with Internews in Chile. Internews is a non profit that works to empower local media in more than 70 countries. Hardman says local radio has played an important role in the Chilean recovery.


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Community Radio in South America

Peru’s been on a wild ride in recent years. In the 80’s, the country had an increasing security threat from the “Shining Path” coinciding with a financial debacle.

The 90’s were spent with the popular authoritarian Alberto Fujimori. Now it’s back to the 80’s president again Alan Garcia.

Jesse Hardman just returned from a year in Peru, Jesse’s a radio journalist who long time listeners to this program might remember as our World Cup commentator in the two World Cups.

Jesse was a Knight International Journalism fellow in Peru. The Knight fellowship sends US media professionals to key countries where they can make a difference.