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This is a space to discuss use of FrontlineSMS in the context of radio as well as the wider media. Checkout the radio website for more details on the progress of the radio project.

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Free Life-Saving Satellite Earth Imagery!!

FrontlineSMS Media Community,My name is Adam Brinckerhoff and I work at SpaceUnited. We're a nonprofit humanitarian space agency who is using aerospace technology to help people all over the world.…Continue

Tags: technology, humanitarian, relief

Started by Adam Brinckerhoff Mar 8, 2013.

Media Manch for Journalists of Nepal.

MediaManch ( is a social networking platform cum online community…Continue

Tags: Journalist, Media

Started by Pankaj Chhetri Oct 8, 2012.

Micro and commercial mobile news operations 3 Replies

Hi everyone, It's great to join this community! I am looking forward to getting to know you more.I am a (new) new media consultant and I believe Frontline SMS will be ideal during the pilot stage of…Continue

Started by Chamath Ariyadasa. Last reply by Amy O'Donnell Sep 29, 2011.

Small Innovation Grants for Pilot Media Projects in Africa: Great opportunity for FrontlineSMS users! 3 Replies

Call for Proposals from Internews:"In 2011, Internews Network launched a new Center for Innovation, Research & Learning aimed at maximizing the potential of digital technologies and innovative…Continue

Tags: mobile, social, M4D, ICT4D, media

Started by Florence Scialom. Last reply by Domingo Liotta Jun 22, 2011.

Radio Tagline - Input Needed! 7 Replies

FrontlineSMS:Learn has "The world is your classroom" FrontlineSMS:Legal has "Justice, mobilised" But FrontlineSMS:Radio needs a tagline... Please help us to brainstorm a one line phrase which sums up…Continue

Tags: radio

Started by Amy O'Donnell. Last reply by Colin Stevens Apr 28, 2011.

Introducing Myself and \~/ Survey Reminder

Dear All, I want to introduce myself as I am now taking over Karim’s role within FrontlineSMS:Radio. My name is Amy and I'm thrilled to be on board at what seems to be a very exciting time for the…Continue

Started by Amy O'Donnell Feb 9, 2011.

FrontlineSMS:Radio \~/ Survey!

Hi All,I would be incredibly grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to fill out our survey for those using FrontlineSMS at local or community radio stations. It's part of our final push to…Continue

Started by Karim Amijee Jan 17, 2011.

frontline sms for radio 12 Replies

hello Wonderful Frontline people of the world!i am so enjoing frontline- we have launched in malawi and kenya. as my bio says i work for farmer voice radio and we run a program that assists radio…Continue

Tags: systems, Feedback, Agriculture, Radio

Started by Traceyleigh Wastell. Last reply by Amy O'Donnell Jan 9, 2012.

FrontlineSMS:Radio \~/ 43 Replies

A message for all those experienced or interested in using FrontlineSMS in a radio station context: FrontlineSMS is collaborating with the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of…Continue

Tags: Radio

Started by Karim Amijee. Last reply by Andrew Kessinger Jan 31, 2011.

Possibility to reimburse people that send you SMS 5 Replies

Hey, I am working on a media project in Nairobi using FrontlineSMS with independent journalists.We would like to reimburse them for the money they spend to send us SMS, but I am not sure that it is…Continue

Started by Anahi Ayala Iacucci. Last reply by Anahi Ayala Iacucci Nov 8, 2010.

SMS, Media and disasters... 4 Replies

Hi allI'm off to the Digital Citizen Indaba which will run next week as part of the Highway Africa conference in Grahamstown, South Africa. I'm on a panel discussing the use of SMS for media purposes…Continue

Started by Laura Walker Hudson. Last reply by Laura Walker Hudson Jun 30, 2010.

Can SMS Frontline be deployed as an everyday journalistic tool? 6 Replies

We all know that mobile journalism is integral to our future. But, how do we practically embed something like SMS Frontline in our newsrooms, as an everyday tool that reporters build into every…Continue

Started by Justin Arenstein. Last reply by Joerg Henkel Jan 15, 2011.

Frontline and Literacy 6 Replies

I'm looking for examples of how FrontlineSMS has been used for literacy training.Thanks.BillContinue

Tags: education, SMS, literacy

Started by Bill Siemering. Last reply by Equal Access Cambodia Jun 10, 2010.


Glad to see this group is up. We're eager to share experiences and hear what everyone else is doing with FrontlineSMS and their media projects. Currently Equal Access is using FrontlineSMS with our…Continue

Tags: frontline, niger, equal, welcome, cambodia

Started by Equal Access Cambodia Nov 25, 2009.

Implementing Frontline SMS at radio (TV) stations 1 Reply

I talked to several broaadcasters like Al Jazeera on how others are implementing frontline SMS and Ushahidi. So far it seems to be implemented more as an add-on rather than an integrated part of the…Continue

Started by Jonathan Marks. Last reply by kiwanja Dec 14, 2009.

Case studies and implementation informaiton

Please use this thread to share experiences using FrontlineSMS.

Started by Josh Nesbit Nov 24, 2009.

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Comment by Adam Brinckerhoff on March 8, 2013 at 1:35pm

FrontlineSMS Media Community,

My name is Adam Brinckerhoff and I work at SpaceUnited. We're a nonprofit humanitarian space agency who is using aerospace technology to help people all over the world. Check out our website below.

We’re currently working on a project called Satellite Humanitarian Imagery Mission (SHIM-1). The goal of the mission is to provide complimentary Earth imagery to relief organizations like yourself. Check out its website below.

Please contact me directly if you or your colleagues are interested in taking advantage of this world-changing imagery service. 


Adam Brinckerhoff

Comment by Amy O'Donnell on March 27, 2012 at 4:57am

Checkout how this project in Ghana is using radio to promote transparency and accountability at the community level by focusing on local government, health, education and budgets

Comment by Amy O'Donnell on March 12, 2012 at 12:21pm

Ofcom are accepting funding applications in 2012/13 will open on 9 April 2012 and close at 5pm on 11 May 2012. The Community Radio Fund Panel will meet to consider applications on 25 June 2012.

Section 359 of the UK Communications Act 2003 makes it possible for a fund for UK community radio operators to be set up, and for Ofcom to administer it and “make such grants as they consider appropriate” to community radio licensees.

The UK Government (specifically, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport) is providing some financial support to be distributed to community radio stations through such a fund. Only holders of a community radio licence can seek financial support from this Fund.

Ofcom has established the Community Radio Fund Panel to meet as required to examine applications and make awards from the Fund.

The Panel is independent of the Ofcom Radio Licensing Committee (RLC) which awards community radio licences.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees who are broadcasting under a community radio licence (and not an RSL, for example).

The latest application form and guidance notes are available at the Ofcom website link below:

Comment by Amy O'Donnell on January 31, 2012 at 1:45pm

Hi Ousseini, 

Great news about the modem - connect it to your computer then close the driver (software which pops up). Then open FrontlineSMS (download from here Check the connection in Phones tab by clicking auto detect phones. If it works the connection will appear under working devices. Let me know how you get on! Amy 

Comment by ousseini idrissa on January 31, 2012 at 1:34pm

hi Amy

i write you this mail in order to know how to dowload the frontlinesms .

now i have a modem to use it,please help me.


Comment by Amy O'Donnell on January 31, 2012 at 1:04pm

Hi Darlington, Great to hear about your work in Zambia about disseminating agricultural information. Are you already using FrontlineSMS or what are your plans to use it? How many participants do you plan to engage? Are you using other platforms like the radio? Thanks, Amy \o/

Comment by Darlington Kahilu on January 27, 2012 at 3:43am

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well at the start of 2012 and we shall work together for the betterment of our communities by giving them the much needed information that will enable them make informed decisions. I work for National Agricultural Information Services whose mandate is to disseminate agricultural information to the farming community in Zambia.  

Comment by Amy O'Donnell on October 20, 2011 at 5:58am
Hi Thomas, Thanks for joining the group and for sharing your experiences about setting up Getjenge FM, as well as the challenges you face. I hope some community members can share their ideas about working in similar contexts. Amy \~/
Comment by Thomas Sithole on October 20, 2011 at 5:23am
Hie Everyone. I am pleased to join you in this exciting networking site in the media family.My main bias is in community and grass roots media. I am in Plumtree which is a small border town in Zimbabwe and am currently working towards establishing a community radio called Getjenge FM to service a predominantly rural community.In Zimbabwe, media reform especially in the broadcast fraternity is yet to happen hence our desire to explore other creative avenues of disseminating news  and information. I count on the experiences and ideas of members on various options that one can explore to disseminate news and information. I look foward to your views and ideas.
Comment by Amy O'Donnell on April 28, 2011 at 5:41am
Muli Bwanji Colin? Ndasangalala kuku mana nanu! Cha Bwino! Ndimapunzira Chichewa. Your project sounds very interesting - how do you intend to use SMS? What are your initial ideas? I do know of some projects using FrontlineSMS in Malawi. You should find Joseph Mazizi from Radio Mudzi Wathu on this forum! Tiowana, pitani bwino! Amy

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