PRESENTING THE TEAM
With backgrounds in a wide variety of radio careers in journalism, production, directing, technical, and multimedia, the team of rfi talent+ identifies the needs and the funding, puts together projects and their follow-up, and organises the required trainer for the particular course if the need cannot be fulfilled from within the team. So as to respond to the wide variety of requests, rfi’s International Training selects its own professionals within all areas of the industry who have the required professional and teaching skills, as well as knowledge of the area of work of the course members.
A journalist, John has been head of the International Training department since 2004, and was previously head of the English department at rfi for 6 years. He is an African specialist, professor in several French schools of journalism, former correspondent for Irish Radio-Television (RTE) and The Irish Times in Paris.
Bernard is a project manager within the International Training department for French-speaking Africa and South-East Asia. Trained as a geographer, he is an African specialist, and was a reporter and producer for rfi and France Culture between 1986 and 1993> He coaches the trainers and runs sessions on reporting, production, presenting and voice. He is also the training manager of rfi planète radio.
Manager of rfi planète radio, expert in radio development since 1998, consultant for a number of international organisations such as The United Nations, Fondation Hirondelle, Internews, he worked on the setting up of Radio Bluesky in Kosovo, Radio Ndeke Luka in Central African Republic, the radio station for the International Tribunal of Arousha and Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fady is project manager for the International Training department for Arabic-speaking countries. With a doctorate in theatre and cinema studies he has been an assistant film director, artistic consultant for tv production companies, radio producer and trainer at rfi and elsewhere, and programming manager at Radio MonteCarlo. Fady Matar also sits on juries, and takes part in conferences on Arabic music. He has also been contacted by numerous International Training organisations such as Hirondelle and Inter-News.
Departmental assistant, she joined the team in 2004, with a particular responsibility for international course participants. She speaks fluent Spanish.
Jean Karim Fall
A journalist, long-time head of rfi’s African service Jean regularly takes part in training sessions in editorial management, particularly those focusing on the journalistic covering of elections, and balanced reporting in sensitive areas.
A journalist at rfi since 1985, Christophe has made numerous reports in Africa.
For six years he has presented the programme ’The African Guest’ where every morning he interviews a well-known African. He has run several training programmes for African radio journalists, where he has focused specifically on writing, reporting and interviewing.
Laurent is currently rfi’s correspondent in Dakar. The former presenter of programmes and reporter in the African service, he trains on the basics of radio journalism in Afghanistan, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Guinea. He has also run in-house training sessions on digital supports.
Claire is the presenter of the weekly show Priorité Santé (Health First) where she interviews specialists about current events in world medicine. She specially enjoys reporting from abroad, and seeing how patients are treated.
Deputy Chief Editor of the African Service, Bernard was a correspondent in Libreville in Gabon for 4 years. He has been able to travel throughout central Africa, and get to know his listeners. Currently he is presenting his ’African Journals’ from Paris most evenings.
David Page is an American journalist who has worked largely within rfi’s English-speaking service since 1991. David participates regularly in French-speaking programmes at rfi and other public service stations. Before coming to France David Page was News Director and talk-show host for 3 well-known US radio stations in Washington, Memphis and New Orleans.
Manager of the design unit at rfi, and a specialist in programming and station style, he has set up the “Radio Design” module, working on ways to create a station image.
After presenting international news then covering for 4 years legal affairs in France, Raphael is the top reporter for the African service in French for rfi. He covers African events from Paris and on the ground, from the Zoë’s Arc trial in Chad in December 2007 to the post-electoral problems in Kenya (January-February 2008), also the DRC and the Ghanaian elections in December 2008.