LineupNX Update

LineupNX at work in Afghanistan

Journalists and trainers at Naw TV in Kabul put LineupNX 2 to the test

Zainaib working with LineupNXZainab Mohaqqeq is a TV journalist with a lot of talent. She has not been in the TV business long but loves what she is doing with Naw TV in Afghanistan. Soon after LineupNX 2 was installed on the operation's computer network in Kabul she was helping others on her team get the hang of it.

In May Baobab Productions installed LineupNX software and provided a week of training for eight journalists along with managers and IT staff in the Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project (AMDEP). Working when necessary with an interpreter, the trainees took little time to get the program working and working well.

"This was a very challenging environment for us," says Baobab's David Mowbray. "We had a new software package and for many of the trainees an unfamiliar language. If ever there was a stress test for LineupNX, this was it."

The AMDEP project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Internews, a non-government Organization headquartered in the U.S. Naw means 'new' in the Dari language. By the end of 2011 the Internews team will build or provide equipment for 11 new television stations across Afghanistan, most of them in so-called 'information dark' parts of the country. All the stations will be linked to Naw TV headquarters in Kabul and all the stations will exchange program material. LineupNX in Kabul The Internews group will also  train TV journalists for each of the other stations. The eight young journalists in Kabul are the vanguard of what will grow into a much larger team of reporters and producers that will produce programs and stories at all 11 stations.

Two very experienced television journalists, Michael Alexander and Jennifer Glasse (seen on the left in the picture below), have been working with the group in Kabul since February and are very impressed with their progress. "They are producing great quality television," says Glasse. "It is as good as anything I have seen on Afghan TV."

While Kabul itself is served by many TV stations, much of the programming is Kabul-centric. By exchanging stories, the new stations will provide a view from parts of the country that are rarely seen in Kabul. For viewers living areas far from the capital the new stations will provide a new window on their capital city as well as good local information.
Recording the show
The Kabul-based journalists are now looking forward to moving into their new studio facility and in upping the frequency of their productions from the current weekly half-hour to twice a week and before the end of the year, a daily show. The Kabul training was a valuable proving ground for LineupNX and was also a learning experience for Baobab Productions. Lessons learned in Kabul will result in some new features being incorporated into LineupNX.

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Shooting on-cameras in Kabul


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