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Community Media

Promoting Indigenous voices through community-controlled media

Cultural Survival partners with Indigenous media producers who are amplifying Indigenous voices on issues that matter to their communities. Radio’s universal and free nature and its ability to access many remote communities makes it a key medium to reach Indigenous audiences. Indigenous-produced programming strengthens Indigenous Peoples’ capacity to claim their rights and enables access to essential information and broadcasting in Indigenous languages that ensures widespread understanding and cultural continuity.

Indigenous Community Media Fund

Providing opportunities for international Indigenous radio stations to strengthen their broadcast infrastructure and systems and provide training opportunities in journalism, broadcasting, audio editing, technical skills, and more to Indigenous community radio journalists and media producers around the world.

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Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Media Trainings

Indigenous women’s voices matter. Cultural Survival's trainings support Indigenous women’s leadership in radio by working to improve their radio operations through a series of workshops and exchanges. We train local volunteers in journalism, broadcasting, interviewing, recording, audio editing, and technical skills. Our workshops also focus on deepening the dialogue on intercultural gender issues, improving locution, script writing with inclusive language, and audio mastering to improve production quality.

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Indigenous Community Radio Networks

Regional networks provide opportunities to empower Indigenous communities regionally to focus on common issues while supporting and strengthening their individual community efforts. Cultural Survival supports the development of regional networks to fortify the capacity of Indigenous media and provide training on important issues like gender equality and promoting women’s and youth voices.


Training & Indigenous Community Media Policy Advocacy

Close to two decades of experience in Central America has enabled Cultural Survival to learn the immediate needs and constraints of Indigenous media and has positioned us to respond in meaningful ways. Cultural Survival supports community radio programming and capacity building by providing technical and material assistance to increase internal community capacity and skills. We have provided small grants to community radio stations for equipment, trainings and staff support, organizing, and travel in response to the needs of our community partners around the globe. Cultural Survival organizes regular trainings in Central America, Mexico, and Nepal in radio journalism, production, broadcasting, and technical skills. We also work with Indigenous communities to secure rights and increase ownership and access to radio waves in their communities.

Indigenous Youth Fellowship

The Fellowship supports individuals and groups of youth in their efforts to build their media, audiovisual, radio journalism, and radio broadcasting skills through trainings, community radio visits and exchanges, radio production, and conference attendance.

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