AJAs 2018 Finalists

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Date Aired or Published Sept. 1, 2018 and Nov. 3, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: CHMR-FM
Name of Program: Radio RIAC
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Location: St. John's, NL
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Running time (TV/Radio): File 1: 13:33; File 2: 14:57

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Radio RIAC is a weekly radio program produced by a team of volunteer producers and hosts from the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC). RIAC is a grassroots community organization based in St. John's, NL which supports immigrants and refugees in the province. Since early 2018 RIAC has produced a weekly information news radio program with the aim of providing news and information produced by and about the refugee and immigrant community in the province. The show is predominantly produced by immigrants and refugees themselves, with the support of some Canadian volunteers. The goal of the program is to provide timely, relevant, and useful news and reporting relating to the immigrant community and to multiculturalism in the province. Regular segments focus on arts and entertainment; business reporting; immigrant news (pertaining to law and policy); as well as human interest reporting on individuals and community groups. The program's audience is both the immigrant/refugee community, as well as the broader NL community -- informing and educating in the service of multiculturalism is a primary goal of the program. The program has featured hundreds of guests in its first year in operation, from musicians and small business owners to artists, policymakers and community members. It's made tremendous strides towards educating the province's broader population about the experiences, struggles and initiatives of its immigrant/refugee population, a demographic which has undergone marked growth in recent years. The program marks a unique innovation in the province's journalistic landscape: a news information program offering immigrants and refugees a voice to report on their own cultures, experiences, and issues as well as one that contributes to bridging cultural gaps and informing and educating the broader population about the growing diversity that characterizes the province, all wrapped up in a professionally produced and enjoyable radio news program. The entry being submitted here is the Arts & Entertainment beat of the program. We've submitted two entries from the Arts & Entertainment beat. In the first audio file (taken from Episode 26, Nov. 3 2018), reporter Nabila Qureshi explores the music of Ecuador with guest Estefania Vineuza. In the second clip (taken from Episode 17, Sept. 1 2018), she explores the music of Lebanon with guest Hiba Hassounah. The program is produced entirely through volunteer efforts and with no budget. Some of the volunteers include immigrants and refugees who were reporters and radio producers in their home countries before coming to Canada, who must now work in other fields (or are unable to find work at all) and who contribute their skills to the program out of the love of radio-journalism and a desire to promote diversity and multicultural understanding in the province. It also offers an opportunity for new immigrants and refugees to develop radio-journalism skills under the tutelage of more experienced team members. It is produced and broadcast at CHMR-FM, a not-for-profit campus/community radio station in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The program is produced entirely through volunteer efforts and with no budget. Some of the volunteers include immigrants and refugees who were reporters and radio producers in their home countries before coming to Canada, who must now work in other fields (or are unable to find work at all) and who contribute their skills to the program out of the love of radio-journalism and a desire to promote diversity and multicultural understanding in the province. It also offers an opportunity for new immigrants and refugees to develop radio-journalism skills under the tutelage of more experienced team members. It is produced and broadcast at CHMR-FM, a not-for-profit campus/community radio station in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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