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Nothing working? Try Colmena, a digital newsroom in your pocket

Nationwide lockdowns or natural disasters: DW Akademie has developed an app – together with 23 organizations from 13 countries – to enable local media to reliably inform their communities even in times of crisis.

DW Akademie Frauen von UMA Radio führen Interviews am Titicacasee im Süden Perus

Yeny Paucar and her mother Rosa Palomino produced radio segments for the Aymara communities around Lake Titicaca in Peru during Colmena's test phase

Colmenawhich means beehive in Spanishis a digital toolbox for community radio and local media outlets. DW Akademie and its Mexican partner organization REDES A.C. have been providing the software free of charge since April 2022.  

With Colmena, local media contributors can produce on the go: from recording and editing to file sharing and publishing. All features enable collaboration just like in a real newsroom! The app is developed for a wide range of devices, works offline, is secure, is open-source and is already offered in six languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish). If required, the menus, manuals and explanatory videos can also be quickly translated into other languages. Being open source means that anyone who wants to can contribute to its further development. Colmena is now also being tested in Ukraine.

GKI-Projekt Colmena

Radio Ada in Ghana, which broadcasts in the local language Dangme, was also involved in the development of Colmena

Initiatives for crisis-proof media 

As the pandemic has shown, strong and independent media are key to overcoming any crisis. Now the war in Ukraine is exacerbating the already precarious situation in the region and is having an effect as far as the Global South. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and DW Akademie have responded to this with two Global Crisis Initiatives. Journalistic skills, economic viability, good crisis communication and media-competent audiences are critical for local media and civil society to ensure people can make informed decisions in crises. 

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