LineupNX at work in Afghanistan
Journalists and trainers at Naw TV
in Kabul put LineupNX 2 to the test
Zainab Mohaqqeq is a TV
journalist with a
lot of talent. She has not been in the TV business long but loves what
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
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
The AMDEP project is funded by the United States Agency for
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. 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.
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.
The Kabul-based journalists are now looking forward to moving into
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
Learn more about LineupNX at www.baobab.net/lineupnx/
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