Bridging the Digital Divide: Community Radio's Potential for Extending Information and Communication Technology Benefits to Poor Rural Communities in South Africa
Howard Journal of Communications 18 (4): 335-352 (2007)M3: Article; Accession Number: 27216766; Megwa, Eronini R. 1; Affiliation: 1: Department of Communications, California State University, Bakersfield, Antelope Valley Campus, Lancaster, California, USA; Source Info: Oct-Dec2007, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p335; Subject Term: CONVERGENCE (Telecommunication); Subject Term: MASS media & social integration; Subject Term: INFORMATION & communication technologies; Subject Term: COMMUNITY radio; Subject Term: SOUTH Africa; Author-Supplied Keyword: community conversations; Author-Supplied Keyword: digital divide in South Africa; Author-Supplied Keyword: information and communication technology; Author-Supplied Keyword: media convergence; Author-Supplied Keyword: media integration; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article.

This study explored the potential of community radio stations to extend information and communication technology benefits to rural communities in South Africa. Using face-to-face interviews, document analysis, observation method, and community conversations, the study examined 10 community radio stations in 10 rural communities in South Africa and found that they are popular, accessible, and affordable, and enjoy the support of their owner-communities but lack the human and material resources necessary for extending ICT benefits to their stakeholder communities. Suggestions on how to more fully develop the community radio stations' potential are provided. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR; Copyright of Howard Journal of Communications is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)
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