AIBD/IPDC-UNESCO Regional Workshop ‘Connecting in a Crisis’ Radio, Social Media, Natural Disasters & Climate Change, 6 -9 November 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



17 Participants from 9 countries attended an AIBD/IPDC-UNESCO regional workshop in Kuala Lumpur this month focusing on radio, social media and natural disasters. The 4-day workshop designed for radio managers, new editors, on-line producers and broadcasters covered how radio & social continue to play a critical role in disseminating information to the masses during a crisis. They were also exposed to the broadcast methodology on developing and implementing a disaster control plan. 
Guest speakers also shared valuable insights into our changing weather patterns and the impact of climate change, working with volunteer groups and emergency services to how technology is shaping traditional media. Each participant was invited to share their own experiences in a 10 minute presentation recorded for UNESCO.
Workshop consultant, Anthony Frangi (visiting from Brisbane, Australia) said although television is the medium of choice, radio’s portability and convenient power supply makes it unmatched during and after disasters strike, especially local radio. Mr Frangi said "The accessibility and mobility of smart phones has changed the playing field for many journalist"
This workshop was not only aimed at training broadcasters and on-line developers in covering disasters stories, but also to be more cautious of the danger when out in the field.
'Connecting in a Crisis' was held at AIBD from November 6 to 9 with participants from Bangladesh,Bhutan, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Thailand and Vietnam.