Twaweza partner Uganda Radio Network (URN) reaches and informs between 10 and 20 million Ugandans daily with a variety of news and perspectives relevant to their lives and their every day surroundings. URN provides daily news and a weekly audio magazine to more than 50 radio stations in Uganda. News items, including sound bites, are posted on the secure URN website to which radio stations have access against a monthly fee. Subscribed stations usually broadcast all posted news and typically a news item reaches several millions of listeners instantly, often directly translated by local stations into one of Uganda’s 58 local languages. This provides URN with an unprecedented outreach and it has a central role in providing of news and insights to rural Uganda. URN plays an important role in protecting freedom of radio journalists operating in Uganda.
Twaweza supports URN to both increase the number of news items as well as their quality. To bring out the voice of ordinary Ugandans, Twaweza’s support is helping URN to expand its regional network of journalists and mentor member radio stations as well as independent journalists in the districts. Twaweza support is also enabling URN to make its website more interactive and powerful, and to try out some of the innovations URN always wanted, such as participatory radio, broadcast of public debates and syndicated radio shows on more radio stations.
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