How is the article management system structured?

The site is password-protected. Anyone who wants to use the site must be a professional in the broadcast industry; either a working journalist or an editor/producer (exceptions can be made). Please contact us directly. Once past the login page, every user will see the Home page, with stories arranged by Top Stories and Latest Stories, as well as by subject; news, business, sport, entertainment. Depending on who you are and what you want to do with the site, you will see a slightly different version, and have different capabilities. There are four categories of user; Contributor, Station, Administrator and Agent. A journalist will use a Contributor account, which will allow him or her to upload stories. A Contributor cannot download stories, but can read their transcripts and listen to other contributors’ audio files. A radio station will be given a Station account, with a senior representative designated as Administrator. The Administrator cannot download or upload: this account is designed solely for creating and managing Agent accounts for different editors and producers within the station, setting their spending limits and viewing all their transactions. An Agent can both download and upload stories on behalf of their station.

What kind of material is available?

Contributors can file any news content that radio stations may want to buy and use, including dispatches, packages and actuality. Uganda Radio Network will currently only accept English-language reports, and has set the following standards, to which most radio stations adhere:

  • 30 second story
  • 1 minute dispatch
  • 1.30 minute dispatch
  • 1.30 minute feature/package
  • 2-4 minute feature/package
  • Independent Cuts/Clips (5 seconds – 20 seconds)
  • Complete interview (regardless of length)
  • Bespoke features/packages
  • Sourced 2-ways

We recommend contributors file as much content, in different formats, as possible. Different radio stations around the world are likely to want to buy content in different formats. If a contributor records a newsworthy event, he or she can use clips of the actuality in a package as well as providing the actuality by itself. Contributors who also work in print journalism and record interviews and events could use that actuality to create a radio package, or simply upload and sell the actuality, or both.

What you need – Radio Stations

All you need is a PC or Mac with Internet and a connection to a digital news desk to which you can transfer the file. We recommend you use a modern browser to access the site.

How do I advertise on the URN website?

We are currently experimenting with allowing advertising on our news pages. Contact Douglas Mutumba on +256 758 745 021 for more information.

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