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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

Klipfontein Road Rondebosch, 7700 Cape Town, South Africa

The RX Radio team makes sure, as far as possible, that quality radio programming  is aired – meaning that the content is appropriate, factual, informative, balanced, as well as fun.

Read our Editorial Guidelines carefully below:

 

1. Introduction

RX Radio is a radio station - by and for children - at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The initiative aims to create a platform for communication between hospitalised children, their families, and health services by providing patients with the skills and support to produce and broadcast radio programmes across the hospital.

 

We strive to

  • Improve children’s experiences in hospital and with their illnesses;
  • Increase adult understanding of children’s experiences of chronic illness and of the hospital;
  • Inform improved healthcare worker and hospital practice;
  • Investigate the impact of a child participatory radio intervention on hospitalized children, their caregivers and on health services, and
  • Produce quality audio programmes by children and for children.

 

Radio BY and FOR Children:

RX Radio seeks to act in the best interest of children, not just as passive listeners, but also as key contributors. As a result, RX Radio has produced a set of Editorial Guidelines to facilitate this process.

 

The Editorial Guidelines are intended to help the editorial staff negotiate difficult editorial issues and decisions so that distinctive, compelling — and sometimes controversial — programmes can be made, while maintaining the highest ethical and editorial standards. We have used the BBC Editorial Guidelines as a model for our station.

 

The guidelines embrace RX Radio’s responsibilities under legislation, along with the editorial and ethical expectations of the Board, management and staff on how best to serve our audiences.

 

These guidelines further serve as a reference to help guide the day-to-day programme making operations. Every member of the editorial staff is required to study, understand, and observe these policies.

 

The RX Radio Editorial Guidelines apply to all our content, whoever creates or makes it, and wherever and however it is received. They set out the standards expected of everyone making or presenting RX Radio output. They will help anyone, in-house or independent, public service or commercial, to deal with difficult editorial issues, meet the expectations of the audience, and produce distinctive and challenging content to the highest ethical and editorial standards.

 

The Editorial Guidelines are approved by the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Facility Board and the RX Radio Advisory Committee. However, the Editorial Guidelines are subject to change according to the needs of the station as it grows and develops.

 

Any proposal to step outside the Editorial Guidelines must be editorially justified. It must be discussed and agreed in advance with the station manager.

 

2. RX Radio Editorial Values

Introduction

Our listeners are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to giving them high-quality, original and, at times, challenging programming. We must give our listeners content made to the highest editorial and ethical standards. Their trust depends on it. We must therefore balance our presumption of freedom of expression with our responsibilities in order to:

  • respect privacy,
  • be fair,
  • avoid unjustifiable offence,
  • and provide appropriate protection for our audiences.

 

We seek to uphold the RX Radio’s Editorial Values in all we do. Our Editorial Guidelines apply to all our content, whether it is made by RX Radio itself or by an independent media partner, and whether it is made for radio, television, online, mobile devices, interactive services or the printed word.

 

Editorial Values

Trust

Trust is the foundation of RX Radio: we are independent, impartial and honest.

We are committed to achieving the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality and strive to avoid knowingly and materially misleading our audiences.

 

Equality

RX Radio seeks to produce and deliver quality content that is inclusive and does not discriminate. We strongly advocate for the human rights of all our stakeholders and listeners.

 

Human Dignity

RX Radio respects the inherent dignity of all South Africans, reflects them in all their diversity, and does not use language or images that convey stereotypical or prejudiced notions of South Africa's races, cultures and sexes.

 

Respect

Respect is crucial in the work space, especially when dealing with sensitive matters. Therefore, rather than perpetuating a nonsensible situation, one should consider appropriate measures of dealing with the issue and/or even getting a second opinion.

 

Accountability

RX Radio is accountable to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Health Facility Board. Thus, the reputation of the hospital should be respected. Anything tainting the standing of the hospital’s operations must be brought forth to the hospital management as soon as possible.

 

We are accountable to our audiences and will deal fairly and openly with them. Their continuing trust in RX Radio is a crucial part of our relationship with them. We will be open to acknowledging mistakes when they are made, and encourage a culture of willingness to learn from them.

 

Transparency

RX Radio ensures that the principles of honesty, openness and transparency govern every aspect of its relationships with sponsors, members and the public. We will be transparent about the nature and provenance of the content we offer - in our broadcast and other media platforms we use.

 

Truth and Accuracy

We seek to establish the truth in our stories and we are committed to achieving due accuracy in all our programming. Our priority is to keep the best interest of children first: of our child/youth reporters and our child and young listeners.

 

Accuracy is not simply a matter of getting facts right. When necessary, we will weigh relevant facts and information to get at the truth. Our output, as appropriate to its subject and nature, will be well-sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested and presented in clear, precise language. We will strive to be honest and open about what we don’t know and avoid unfounded speculation.

 

Impartiality

Impartiality lies at the core of RX Radio’s commitment to its audiences. We will apply impartiality to all our subject matter and will reflect a breadth of diverse opinions across our output as a whole, over an appropriate period, so that no significant strand of thought is knowingly not reflected or underrepresented. We will be fair and open-minded when examining evidence and weighing material facts.

 

Editorial Integrity and Independence

RX Radio is independent of outside interests and arrangements that could undermine our editorial integrity. Our audiences should be confident that our decisions are not influenced by outside interests, political or commercial pressures, or any personal interests.

 

Harm and Offence

We aim to reflect the world as it is, including all aspects of the human experience and the realities of the natural world. However, we will balance our right to broadcast innovative and challenging content with our responsibility to protect the vulnerable from harm and avoid unjustifiable offence. We will be sensitive to, and keep in touch with, generally accepted standards as well as our audiences’ expectations of our content- particularly in relation to the protection of children.

 

Serving the Public Interest

We seek to report stories of significance to our audiences. We will be rigorous in establishing the truth of a story and be well-informed when explaining it. Our specialist expertise will bring authority and analysis to the complex world in which we live. We will ask searching questions of those who hold public office and others who are accountable, and provide a comprehensive forum for public debate.

 

Fairness

Our output will be based on fairness, openness, honesty and straight dealing. Contributors and audiences will be treated with respect.

 

Privacy

We will respect privacy and confidentiality of children and families. Private behaviour, information, correspondence and conversations will not be brought into the public domain unless there is informed consent provided by the people involved.

 

Children

We will always seek to safeguard the welfare of children and young people who contribute to, and feature, in our content, wherever in the world we operate. We will preserve their right to speak out and participate, while ensuring their dignity and their physical and emotional welfare is protected during the making and broadcast of our output. Content which might be unsuitable for children will not be included in our schedule.

 

3. Roles and Responsibilities

Editorial Responsibility

Editorial responsibility in RX Radio rests with the editorial chain of management from programme or content producer, whether in-house or independent, through to the RX Radio station manager.

 

Content Producers

Knowledge of the Editorial Guidelines is an essential professional skill, and everyone who makes RX Radio content is required to familiarise themselves with the guidelines and work within their confines.

 

When applying the Editorial Guidelines, individual content producers are expected to make the necessary judgements in many areas and provide guidance, and support to the RX Radio Child/Young reporters on pre-recorded and live broadcast situations. However, some issues will require careful consideration by the station manager and, if necessary, need to be referred to members of the RX Radio Advisory Committee for their opinion and guidance.

 

The station manager must be prepared to discuss areas of concern and be ready to offer guidance and support to adult content producers and to the child/young reporters. RX Radio staff must support child producers/reporters/presenters in the editorial management of their content, including the effective supervision of on-air broadcasts.

 

Referrals

No one involved in the making or presenting of our output should hesitate to refer editorial dilemmas. The more important or contentious the issue, the higher the referral needs to be. It is your responsibility to be aware of who you should refer too.

 

Editorial Compliance

All RX Radio staff have compliance responsibility on implementing the editorial guidelines.

It is a fundamental requirement of the compulsory compliance process that all pre-recorded content must be watched or listened to in full by the content producer and, if necessary, by the station manager. When broadcasting live, the RX Radio Child/Young Reporters should always be supervised and supported by an RX Radio staff member.

 

4. Accountability

Principles

RX Radio is accountable to its audiences. Their continuing trust in RX Radio is a crucial part of our relationship with them. We will act in good faith by dealing fairly and openly with them. We are open in acknowledging mistakes when they are made and encourage a culture of willingness to learn from them. RX Radio is accountable to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Facility Board - thus the reputation of the hospital should be respected.

Anything tainting the standing of the hospital’s operations must be brought forth to the hospital management as soon as possible.

 

Feedback and complaints

Audiences are at the heart of everything RX Radio does. Audience feedback is invaluable to us and helps to improve programme quality. Our commitment to our audiences is to ensure that complaints and enquiries are dealt with quickly, courteously, and with respect.

 

Complainants should be treated politely and with respect. A complainant/member of the audience who contacts RX Radio with a comment or complaint should be informed in the reply that there is a complaints process.

 

Complaints from listeners that have to do with hospital issues, such as patients and family complaints about service delivery and quality of care, will be referred to Hospital Management for them to address.

 

Complaints about any specific RX Radio content broadcasted will be addressed by the producer responsible for that programme in conjunction with the Station Manager.

 

Any response to a complaint should inform the complainant of the next step in the process for taking the complaint further, if applicable. Complaints should be responded to in a timely manner

 

Retaining Content

RX Radio is obliged by law to keep recordings of all broadcast radio programmes for 90 days.

 

5. Children and Young People as Contributor

Introduction

RX Radio is a station by children and for children. The young people in the programme have all been within the hospital environment – either because of medical support, or in support of a sibling. Their contribution is valued and highly regarded in the station, as one of the core aims of the station is to create a platform that allows these young people to engage with each other and, in the process, educate the public on what it means to live with their conditions. Their contribution is not only limited to their condition (even though it is an important part of the process). They are also encouraged to share their other interests and extra murals not related to their illnesses. It is therefore the station’s responsibility to create an environment that is conducive for such exchange, and that is comfortable enough for the young people involved. If any topics feel uncomfortable for them, under no circumstances should the contributors be made to feel forced to take part. All contributors are encouraged and motivated to be tell their stories truthfully and respectfully.

 

Principles

We will create an environment that is safe and encouraging for all parties involved to be able to express themselves freely in a respectful manner.
All the children and young people that are part of the shows will have to give consent first.
Be transparent at all times and provide all the necessary support conducive for full support.
We will make sure that all the young people are made aware of the role they have to play in all programme broadcasts.

Practices

The contributors are made aware of materials that will be used towards their respective shows, as they are encouraged to produce content for their own shows.
Before broadcasting, all materials are checked by RX Radio staff to make sure that content is relevant to the show and the targeted listeners.
All the contributors (interviewees) are made aware of the nature of the station and     the materials that will be used during the interviews.
We will secure consent for all outings/excursions that the reporters may have to take in relation to their shows and training.

 

Training

Training workshops with project staff, students and volunteers will ensure that the project team obtains the necessary skills to run a child-led children’s radio initiative and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the initiative. A range of skills are required, many of which are not standard in radio journalism. Over and above the ability to produce broadcast-quality radio, team members will need (or need to develop) excellent child-participatory facilitation and communication skills, and a solid understanding of child rights and child protection.

 

Child-participatory radio training workshops

The workshops involve a selection of children aged between 4 to 16 with chronic conditions who attend RCWMCH. Likely departments from which participants will be drawn include the burns unit, oncology, psychiatry, renal, diabetes, cardiac or respiratory units at RCWMCH, St Joseph’s Paediatric Rehabilitation programme, or other similar organisations that work closely with RCWMCH.

Doctors and Sisters in charge of the wards, Hospital School teachers, other health service providers, as well as the children and caregivers will be involved in the selection of those children who are willing and able to participate in the training program, program production, interviews and live broadcasts.

Given that the children are central to the initiative, due and proper consent processes will apply as a crucial prerequisite for the children’s participation. The project is designed to ensure that all caregivers are well-informed of the project through meetings and workshops, so that they can participate and ask questions to enable informed decisions in considering the participation of each child. In addition to consultation with caregivers, children will also participate in consent workshops that explain the process and outcomes of the project in terms that enable and enhance their own understanding - so that they can make their own decision about their participation. The children who choose to participate, and their parents/caregivers, will have to sign formal consent forms.

The Station Manager will ensure that appropriate referral systems and access to essential support services are available for all children participating in the programme. Such services may include (among others) health services, psychosocial support services, social agency interventions, etc.

A developmental process, facilitated quarterly over approximately two weeks, is designed to enable children to express themselves in a safe environment and to engage with those around them. Through participatory activities, children build self-confidence and the necessary trust with each other and with the facilitators to speak about their experiences and learn a range of basic communication and technical skills necessary for the production of personal radio stories. Upon completion of the workshop, participants would record their personal narratives, interviews and sounds needed to tell a personal audio story of their choice.

A subset of children involved in the basic radio training workshops will be selected to participate in further training in different programme formats, more advanced production techniques, and producing and anchoring live shows - among other things. These children will become integral to the functioning of the hospital radio station.

 

Presenters
  • The presenters are children and young people who are living with chronic conditions and some of their siblings and friends who are also affected and have been part of their sibling’s/friend’s journey. These children have expressed further willingness to participate in this project.
  • The presenters are motivated to be involved in the generation of content in their respective shows.
  • The presenters are encouraged to take control of their respective shows and show respect and commitment by respecting the time slots, their guests, and other commitments related to their shows. This all happens under the support of RX Radio staff.

 

Code of conduct for the presenters
  • The presenters are encouraged to be punctual, respectful, and committed to the agreements made with RX Radio.
  • They are encouraged to be respectful towards each other and avoid foul language as described under language usage.
  • They are encouraged to show utmost respect to whoever they may have as a guest in their shows.

 

Language policy

RX Radio has a language policy that encourages all participants to express themselves in a language that feels comfortable for them. The primary languages spoken by patients at RCWMCH are isiXhosa, Afrikaans, English and, to a limited extent, French (patients referred from West Africa). Children will be encouraged to produce and broadcast programmes in their language of choice; and programmes produced for and by children will aim to cover a spectrum of appropriate languages - especially South Africa’s 11 official languages. RX Radio has therefore a policy that is inclusive of all the languages in South Africa.

 

RX Radio’s language usage:

  • ·Inappropriate language, including profanity and language that discriminates on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity should not be used in the programmes.
  •  As a radio station, we are aware that we could influence standards and values through language usage and therefore we should be sensitive with regards to how language should be used.

 

6. Fairness, Contributors and Consent

Introduction

Fairness is an integral part of all the processes and programming at RX Radio. All the programming revolves around divulging sensitive and personal information and experiences of all the children and young people involved. It also involves participation and input from the health professionals and parents/caregivers. It is an essential requirement that all parties involved are treated with utmost respect and fairness by all means. This is a principle that should also guide and be a prerequisite for all the contributors, and consent from all parties involved (especially the parents/caregivers) is of great importance.

 

Fairness
  • Proper consultation processes and channels are in place at all times to ensure that whatever information is aired does not in any way negatively affect or impede the rights of any of the participants and their families at any given time.
  • All the participants, especially children, are treated with fairness despite their condition, ethnicity, gender, religion, class or social status. According to Section 28 of the Bill of Rights, entitled ‘Children’, every child has the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. The bill further notes that the child's best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child – which is what RX Radio advocates for.
  • Not unnecessarily expose for public consumption any aspect of the participant’s illness that the participant might not feel comfortable in revealing.

 

Contributors
  • All the contributors are individuals/organisations whose interest at heart is to help educate our communities in creating awareness about some of the chronic illnesses that affect children/young people in the programme.
  • To give any type of support to the station.
  • Not use any of the children’s/young people’s identities and stories for any other projects or programmes without clearing it with RX Radio staff first. (Also refer to RX Radio Media Code appendix 1)
  • Should also act in a manner that shows fairness to all the participants involved and not at any time use any information from the programme for personal gain.

 

Partners

RX Radio has partnered with various organisations and individuals that comprehend and champion child participation. Therefore, the following partnerships provide (at times) syndicated content, adapted material, training, and, most importantly, provision of child-friendly services to the station. These partnerships further create an opportunity for the children to learn and to be involved, which is what the station is about – the impact of a child-participatory radio intervention in the hospital environment.

 

Consent

Consent is a process that will ensure a continuous accord between parents/caregivers, the health professionals, the contributors, and the entire team at RX Radio before making any decisions that affect any of the participants. For example, a signature that approves participation needs to be secured before any crucial, private, or sensitive information is aired or documented – whether it be on what is expected of the participants or how the participants choose to contribute.

  • Consent is a critical ethical issue that includes permission from parents/caregivers as well as from the children themselves.
  • It is also about privacy, confidentiality and always upholding the best interests of the child.
  • Consent is to be attained at all times before any sensitive information regarding the participant’s conditions is aired - whether it be through vox pops or radio broadcast.
  • Parents/caregivers will, at all times, be made aware in written and verbal communication of any aspect of the programming that may require their consent in due time.
  • No part of any consent- process would be embarked on without securing consent first.

 

Consent for chronically-ill child patients participating in the radio project:

The below process will be followed to select and obtain initial consent for potential chronically-ill child patients to participate in the training provided by RX Radio to become radio reporters:

  1. Children that are interested in participating in the radio station and are affected with chronic illnesses, admitted to the hospital for long periods of time (Oncology, Renal, Burn Wards, etc), or are staying at St Joseph’s Home will be identified by the project with the support of the health workers (nurses, doctors, social workers, OT, physiotherapist, etc.) working in each ward and the hospital teachers.
  2. Once the child/children have been identified, the Project Manager and other radio staff members will meet with the parents/caregivers to explain the project and what the training entails, as well as how the children will be involved with the radio station. Parents/caregivers will have the opportunity to ask questions so that they have all the information they require to make an informed decision about the possible participation of their children in the project.
  3. The child/children that have been identified will also participate in a workshop that explains the process and outcomes of the project - in terms that enable and enhance their own understanding so that they can make their own decision on whether or not to participate in the training (life skills and radio skills) and their on-going participation in the radio as child/young reporters and radio producers.
  4.  All the parents/caregivers that have given permission for their children to participate, as well as the children that have agreed to be part of the radio project, will sign formal consent forms.
  5. Consent given by parents/caregivers and the children involved will be needed to broadcast all edited pre-recorded radio productions produced by the children (such as radio diaries and interviews with health workers, parents and other children). Caregivers and children will have the opportunity to listen to the programs that they have produced before they are broadcasted through the different vehicles available to the radio station. If a child or a parent is not happy with a specific segment of the content, it will be changed or cut according to their wishes/preferences.
  6. In the case that children are presenting live from the studio (live broadcasts), there will always be an adult radio staff member during the broadcast to make sure that the information that is shared by the children is acceptable and not detrimental in any way to the child or their family. The staff will be ready to intervene if and when it’s necessary. Parents/caregivers are welcome to be present during the live broadcasts presented by their children.
  7. The initial consent given by the children to participate in the radio as reporters and producers will be revisited every four months to make sure that the children are still willing and happy to participate in the radio/programme.
  8.  Any photos of children/parents that are taken during the training or the ongoing operations of the radio station will not be used by the project without the permission/consent of the people involved
  9.  The Advisory Committee is involved and plays an integral and ongoing role in all ethical issues concerning children’s participation in the project, including consent.

 

Consent for participation in the radio project of children attending outpatients or those children that are admitted only for a few days. It is not possible for children that are attending the hospital for a couple of hours or days to be trained to become radio reporters and producers. However, these children will be able to participate in the radio station through their interaction with the child/young reporters by being interviewed live in the studio or for pre-recorded productions. Any involvement of these children requires informed consent from their parents/caregivers, as well as from the child. The same safety measures discussed for chronically-ill child patients described above will apply.

 

 Distinct set of forms used at RX Radio:

  • Consent for pre-workshop basic training (child and parent)
  • Consent for post-workshop basic training (child and parent)
  • Consent (child and parent) for becoming a child/young RX Radio reporter,
  • Consent (child and parent) for in- and outpatients to participate in any RX Radio   activity,
  • Consent for health workers, parents/caregivers and children to participate in listener groups.
Principles

We must guarantee that we will treat all the participants with utmost respect and fairness, that whatever decision or changes made will directly benefit the participants and would not at any point make them feel discriminated against or treated unfairly. All our contributors will be made aware of our principles beforehand and are thoroughly sensitised to the nature of our station, in order for them to know the nature of their roles.

We must ensure that parents/caregivers are, at all times, made aware beforehand of any changes, intentions, and programmes and that they express their agreement or disagreement through providing or not providing their signature.

 

Interacting with audiences

Introduction

Interactivity provides opportunities to be heard, to participate, and to create content. RX Radio aims to offer this to everyone by using our different platforms in diverse ways.

 

How to interact

Interactivity allows our audiences to engage with us in many different ways:

In the hospital – Patients/staff of Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital can interact with our reporters and contribute to our programming by participating in vox pops, voting for a contestant who could win a competition, taking part in competitions (e.g. quizzes) and contributing to radio phone-ins (competitions/dedications), to name a few.

Via social media – RX Radio uses four social media platforms to engage with our listeners - namely Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp. This is to enable our listeners to enquire about general programming or details about specific programmes via comments, to partake in competitions, and to contribute to shows via comments, likes, shares and retweets.

Listener groups for audience research – The listener groups allow various individuals (health workers/RXH staff, patients of RXH, RX Radio Reporters, other child listeners, and parents) to give feedback on RX Radio programming. Listening sessions will be held with listeners where they will be able to give their opinions/interpretations of a show or specific content, or rate specific programming.

When interacting - When the public engages with us through interactivity, they will be treated with respect, honesty and fairness. We will maintain an honest and open relationship with our audiences (both in the hospital and online) and we will not intentionally mislead them. This all is in parallel with RX Radio’s values, which include: full participation, enjoyment/fun, equality, collaboration (teamwork), respect, and transparency - to name a few.

 

Conflicts of Interest

Principles

External activities of individuals working for RX Radio must not undermine the public's perception of the impartiality, integrity, independence, and objectivity of the station. Nor should they bring RX Radio into disrepute.
There must never be any suggestion that commercial, financial or other interests have influenced RX Radio editorial judgements. Those involved in the production of RX Radio content must have no significant connection with products, businesses or other organisations featured in that content.
RX Radio must be satisfied that individuals involved in the production of its content are free from inappropriate outside commitments and connections.
RX Radio entering into partnerships with other stakeholders where there is joint responsibility in making of content must not cast doubt over the integrity, editorial judgements, or impartiality of any RX Radio output. Appropriate measures must be put in place so that RX Radio maintains overall editorial control of all aspects of the programme or content.

 

7.  External Relationships and Funding

Principles
  • RX Radio's editorial impartiality and integrity must not be compromised by any external relationships or external funding and RX Radio must retain editorial control of their own output.
  • The choice of external partners must be appropriate and editorially justified and must not bring RX Radio into disrepute.
  • We must not accept money or other services in exchange for broadcast, online coverage, publicity, or online links or credits and we must not promote or appear to endorse other organisations, products, services, views or opinions. We may credit others fairly where editorially appropriate.
  • To ensure transparency, we must operate rigorous financial systems when accepting any funding from an outside organisation. Bottom of Form

 

8. Religion

Introduction

RX Radio respects the fundamental right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion. RX Radio doesn’t promote the casual or derogative use of holy names or religious words - especially in combination with other offensive language.

RX Radio’s stance toward religion is in parallel with what The South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms says about what freedom of religion means to religious believers and religious organizations within a South African context, as well as the specific rights, responsibilities, and freedoms that are associated with freedom of religion. Which include:

  • Freedom of expression regarding religion (article 6)
  • The right of citizens to make choices according to their convictions (article 2)
  • The right of citizens to change their faith (article 2)
  • The right of persons to be educated in their faith (article 7)
  • The right to refuse to perform certain duties or assist in activities that violate their religious belief (article 2(3)) and
  • The rights of religions to institutional freedom (article 9).

 

RX Radio acknowledges all religions due to the diversity of our Young/Child Reporters. RX Radio is a children’s hospital (Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital) radio station, by and for children. It strives to empower all children attending Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, to tell and listen to their stories about issues that are important to them. Children from all over South Africa, Africa and the world are admitted at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and due to the broad intake of patients at the hospital, a broad variety of religious beliefs is expected.

RX Radio acknowledges that religion is an important part of existence to some members of our audiences. We recognize that as much as religion unites people, it can also be a source of division among people. Therefore, we must ensure that our handling of religion in our programming is a unifying, rather than a dividing, factor.

 

Broadcasting
  • RX Radio will not broadcast material which, judged within context, promotes violence or unlawful conduct based on religion.
  • RX Radio will not broadcast material, which promotes hatred that is based on religion.
  • RX Radio will give their Child/Young Reporters the freedom to broadcast/share their religious beliefs, within a personal capacity, while upholding the guidelines mentioned above.
  • RX Radio will be accurate and impartial in our depiction with regards to religion. As such, we should avoid falsehoods or discrimination.
  • RX Radio will show respect to any aspect of religion, including reference to scriptures, images, names, holidays, deities or language. Failure to do so may result in misunderstandings or perpetuating religious intolerance.
  • RX Radio will explain the purpose of any programme with a religious theme. For example, during the month of Ramadan, one of the RX Radio Reporters, who is of Islamic faith, may broadcast a show aimed at shedding light on how children in the hospital with specific dietary needs fast.
  • RX Radio will encourage their Child/Young Reporters and any contributors to respect other faiths that they do not belong to.

 

Religion, children and contributors:

RX Radio acknowledges that religious beliefs are central to many people's lives and arouse strong views and emotions. Therefore, we give our Child/Young Reporters and any other partners and contributors the freedom to express their religious beliefs within a personal capacity but that doesn’t promote discrimination, violence or unlawful conduct based on religion.

However, RX Radio is secular organization and, as a result, we will not be able to endorse any community of interest with regards to religion. This is because misunderstandings may arise from this endorsement as it might be thought that RX Radio is giving preferential treatment to one religion over another.

 

9. Conclusion

The above Editorial Guidelines will act as a tool and terms of reference for RX Radio team members and contributors. These guidelines should be reviewed and referred to whenever there is a need to negotiate difficult editorial issues and decisions. RX Radio will also use these guidelines to maintain a high level of ethical and editorial standards that are designed to treat all our contributors with respect, fairness, and dignity.

 

COPYRIGHT
  • RX Radio holds copyright on all radio programming, photographs and videos – please do not use without permission
  • If you would like to use any RX Radio material contact enquiries@rxradio.co.za
  • Credit - Photographs: RX Radio SA or Karin Schermbrucker (Slingshot Media), Wouter Van Warmelo
  • Credit - Website: Natalie, Lindia, Erna, Martin
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