The New Times (Kigali)

Africa: Burundi to Host International Workshop of Francophone Broadcasters

Burundi is to host the 21st edition of the international training workshop of Francophone broadcasters next week, a senior official of the French Speaking Radio and Television International Council (CIRTEF) said here on Thursday.

The workshop will be held in the East African country's capital Bujumbura on Nov. 6-9 with a theme of "Digital culture: Which strategies for our public media?" said CIRTEF Program Officer Ronald Theunen.

"The training workshop (SEFOR) will bring together professional journalists working for radios and televisions from the North and the South in a bid to share experiences and discuss issues related to news reporting and magazine production as well as the introduction of new technologies in radio and television stations."

Theunen said the training workshop is an opportunity that will allow Francophone journalists from the North and the South to discuss with experts issues related to the "digitalization" of radios and televisions.

Participants will also analyze how to better keep archives for the use of the audience. "Keeping well audio and video archives is very important. Participants from all over the world will learn how to keep them for the use of our future generations," said Theunen.

The workshop of Francophone broadcasters has been jointly organized by the French Speaking Radio and Television International Council (CIRTEF) and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF).

During the joint press conference, Burundi National Radio and Television (RTNB) Chanel Nsabimbona said this will be the first time for Burundi to host such an event, stressing that the choice of Burundi to host it is "an evidence of the return of peace and stability" in Burundi.

Xinhua

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