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Case study: Slum TV

Case study: Slum TV
The idea about the slum alliance is to  bring more impact the work that this   media collectors do so we do joint  programming we do joint fundraising we   also help these organizations to build  their capacity so that they’re able to   tell their stories more effectively so we build  the capacity of artists capacity of organizations   to become more effective in delivering  organizational goals and basically we also   support them to distribute their content so we  are now preparing online and offline distribution   channels. So we are going to we are discussing  of even creating a Slum TV broadcast channel. 
Slum TV is a community media initiative driven  by a very clear vision of radically redefine the   image of the slum. How do we do this? We capture,  we document authentic stories and the lives of   the slum dwellers through film and photography.  Our core values are very clear it’s passion we   value partnership we value innovation and quality.  I came to know Slum TV because of its purpose   amplifying voices in the community and  telling stories of the dying society   that you’ve never heard of in a different  perspective.
Slum TV in Madara is basically   giving people their voice their voice actually  it’s like it’s like sort of a mic it’s like   you have this voice that you know you’ll be  heard of and your story will be well told   without being discriminated or being uh your  story being interfered with so Slum TV is a   is like a big microphone for everybody  to talk to and for your story to be heard.

Community media doesn’t have to be on the radio. Slum TV is another community media organization – also based in Nairobi. By working with local residents to produce and screen their own films and television shows, Slum TV is training future generations of journalists to tell their own stories in their own way and change perceptions of life in slums.

Watch the video above to learn about how SlumTV is trying to change perceptions of Muthare, one of Nairobi’s largest and most stigmatised informal settlements.

  • What are the main aims of SlumTV? How are these different to the aims of Pamoja FM?

  • Why do you think there is an emphasis on ‘quality’ and on stories being ‘well told’ and not ‘interfered with’ within SlumTV? Who do you think is the main target audience for SlumTV?
  • What do you think the advantages and disadvantages might be of using video or television (rather than radio), for community media, in this context?

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