Radio Scriptwriting Competition

African Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Climate Change Radio Scriptwriting Competition - Africa

Deadline Date
March 15, 2008

Developing Countries Farm Radio Network (DCFRN) and Technical Center for Agricultural Cooperation (CTA) invite African scriptwriters to participate in the African Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Climate Change scriptwriting competition. The competition is open to African radio organisations, including broadcasters, production organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a radio project and farmers’ associations with a radio show. Writers are invited to submit a radio script on one of the following themes related to climate change:

water and soil management
cropping strategies emphasisng drought-resistant plants
livestock management practices
fisheries and agroforestry
other original topics related to coping with climate change and not listed above

To assist radio practitioners with producing the radio scripts, a climate change resource kit, guide to writing radio scripts, and coaching and mentoring on scriptwriting is available through the competition website. Participants can use any of the following script formats: interviews, spots, discussion between two hosts, drama (with different characters), or a story (told by one or two narrators). Examples of the different script formats can be found on the competition website. Participants are encouraged to include an audio file with their script; however, this is not a requirement. Edirol R-09 digital audio recorders will be awarded to the top 15 radio scriptwriters.

Application Information
The script is to be prepared with input from local people (especially farmers). It must be between 500-2000 words, include background notes about the topic and production notes for broadcasters, and include references to information sources used to prepare the script (i.e. farmers, agricultural institutions, NGOs, documents, etc.).

The scripts will be reviewed by an international panel of judges. The top 15 entries will receive high quality digital audio recorders. The winners will be announced in May 2008 and will be profiled on the competition website. The winning scripts will be published and distributed by CTA and DCFRN. All entrants will receive feedback on their scripts.
Entries must be received no later than March 15, 2008.

Sarah Bel
CTA’s Communications Officer -
03 December 2007
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