2011 CAMECO Practice Series

Now Available: Energy for Radio

Energy for Radio. A Guide for Practitioners. By Michael Bycroft

"Energy for Radio" is the unparalleled guide to energy management for radio stations. In Africa and other parts of the world, radio practitioners daily face the widespread lack of reliable public energy supply. "Energy for Radio" supports managers and operators as they tackle the energy issue at their station, helping to understand the various sources and technologies of energy, especially gensets, wind and hydro turbines, solar and hybrid systems.

The guide is structured around five steps towards improving energy management at a station:

Step 1: Assess energy needs

Step 2: Identify potential energy savings

Step 3: Select appropriate energy system and technology - both for energy generation and for energy storage and regulation

Step 4: Plan for the long-term management of the system

Step 5: Select and work with energy technology providers to plan and install technology. 

Thus, the guide views all relevant aspects requiring attention before "informed decisions" can be taken. It also includes case studies describing the experiences of radio stations in Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Haiti and Indonesia where renewable energy technologies have been implemented. Worksheets and a list of key resources add to the usefulness of the publication.

The author: Michael Bycroft is a science journalist based in the UK, with a special interest in green energy technologies and climate change.

Download "Energy for Radio" and worksheets for assessing the energy needs of the stations, and cost-effectiveness of different energy sources, or order a print copy at cost price.  

The publication is sponsored by the Dutch foundation Stem van Afrika  

"Energy for Radio" is the second publication in the CAMECO Practice Series, edited by the Catholic Media Council (Aachen, Germany), and providing practice-oriented material to support partners in their communication activities.  


Published so far:

Managing Your Reputation. A Guide to Crisis Management for Church Communicators. By Jim McDonnell

On 48 pages, "Managing Your Reputation" provides guidelines for media communications, and offers concrete advice on how to prepare for a crisis, establish a Crisis Management Team and develop a respective plan of action. In addition, checklist templates for setting up a Crisis Management Plan of Action and for establishing a Crisis Management Team are available for downloading.

The author: Jim McDonnell was Director of the Catholic Communications Centre. Since 2002, he runs McDonnell Communications, an independent communications and public relations advisory service. He is also the Director of Development and Advocacy for SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication.

Spanish and French translations are in progress and will be available in the near future.