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Updated by Galich Valentina Valentina on Jul 04, 2016
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Community media in Kyrgyzstan

Since 2007, Kyrgyzstan received the development community media.

Community media satisfy the informational need of the population in the most remote villages of Kyrgyzstan, where there is no local information platform for villagers, which allow to obtain reliable and objective news about what is happening in their village, how works the local authority.

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Digital images about rural news

Digital images about rural news

Despite the distance from regional centers and the capital, all the work of community media is linked with modern ICT and mobile technologies, ranging from the preparation of the material prior to its publication. In other words, they all work on the effectiveness of the principle: "One interface - the set of communication channels." Software mobile phones, which community-based media use to creation content - the most simple to the rural communities.

Community media make photos for news or photo essays using the mobile app PicsArt. This is a free photo editor that allows taking photos, to carry out their preview and apply live effects to photos using a standard smartphone camera.

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Voice of Village through mobile app

Voice of Village through mobile app

To conduct interviews and record other important events rural community media use a mobile application Audio Recorder. They can easily record and play back on smartphone or tablet. User-friendly interface allows recording easily, pausing and editing audio, as well as quick access to records and other functions settings.

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Interview with smartphone

Interview with smartphone

Another important tool used by community media is a mobile app Automatic Call Recorder. It is very convenient as it allows rural correspondents to interview or comments by phone. This mobile application allows to automatically recording all incoming and outgoing calls. Thus, they can contact the authorities of the regional, district or national level, to get their comments on an issue of concern to the villagers.

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Creating news in your phone

Creating news in your phone

When all the information is collected, processed photos, audio is decoded and edited text, the correspondent of the community media engaged in publication of the news in the mobile Word Press application. It makes it easy to create and use the content, write, edit and publish posts on the site of community media. All the phone numbers of community media are configured in such a way so that can create content and publish it on the blog with a fixed automatic publication on the website of the Association of Community Media in Kyrgyzstan http://kyrgyzmedia.com/

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Radio Studios in Community Media

Radio Studios in Community Media

In addition to text publications, community media make radio stories. They are all equipped with all the necessary studio equipment for the production of audio editing, recording and broadcasting.

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Wired broadcasting and radio broadcasting in community media

Wired broadcasting and radio broadcasting in community media

Audio stories, important announcements of community-based media in the village broadcasted through mass notification system - speakers. This so-called "narrow broadcasting" carried out by the community media, who have not received or have not been able to obtain the necessary documents for full broadcasting.
In addition, in Kyrgyzstan there are also community radio stations. They have a radio frequency and broadcast in rural communities live.

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Online platform of community content

Online platform of community content

All publications of community media from smartphone are available on the website of the Association of Community Media - kyrgyzmedia.com. On this internet-platform integrated about 30 blogs of community media. The news on this site goes by the nickname of community media, which it was published. It is quite functional and provides the ability to retrieve information on user request in four languages. The site allows downloading and playing audio content, including MP3 and other mobile audio formats, including local accounts on SoundCloud kyrgyzmedia.com. At the same time, the site uses sources syndication (RSS) to "Voice of Ayil" mobile application in accordance with the language of the application.

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Community mobile Internet podcasting

Community mobile Internet podcasting

In addition to the narrow broadcasting and community broadcasting media are actively using mobile technologies for the production and dissemination of rural news in podcast broadcasting format. Radio reports of concern to local communities, are also available in a mobile application "Voice of Ayil". "The mobile app works as a handheld digital radio. It simplifies access to the information of the mobile device user to agriculture, since all the news of his village he is available at the touch of an icon on your phone.

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Rural events via Twitter

Rural events via Twitter

To disseminate information about events in the village community media also actively use Twitter -mailing technology. They registered their accounts in Twitter. Phone numbers have snapped to this account. In all the villages, where community media work, they had a subscription to the locals twitter newsletter. For example, to connect to the Twitter account of community multimedia center "ChintamaniMedia", you must send SMS with text “follow chintamanimedia” to the number 4040. After that, the sender will receive two SMS confirming his subscription. Through these Twitter-SMS ads and are locally significant warning to the public, public service ads. On average, the daily goes from 1 to 5 messages.

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News makes rural youth

News makes rural youth

With all mobile technologies of community media in Kyrgyzstan works simple rural youth. They are young boys and girls who attend school or work in rural organizations. They make the publication of what is happening in their village every day, raising questions and issues that affect the inhabitants of their village. It supplies the protection of drinking water sources to prevent contamination, on the construction of bridges, roads, creation of digital libraries, creative teams, the opening of foreign language courses. In addition, young rural correspondents talk about the thoughts and desires of young talent and just about life of local residents.

Changing attitudes towards a particular issue voiced by the local government in the village is distinguished on the stage of preparation of the materials, and then after the publication. As a rule, articles that raise issues do not go unnoticed by local administrations. On their side distinguished the corresponding reaction: straight - through a specific decision voiced concerns and indirect - in the form of comments of decision-makers on the issues rose, with the prospect of their subsequent resolution. All of this is evidence of changes in the villages in the direction of development and dialogue between local authorities and the local community, dialogue platforms that are community-based media in Kyrgyzstan.