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Making Their Voices Heard. Presentation to “Leaders for Tomorrow: Rural Women Creating Change” Workshop in Davidson, Saskatchewan February 7 - 8, 2008. Joanne Havelock, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, Regina, and Sylvia MacBean, Journalist, Carnduff. Purposes of This Session.

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Making Their Voices Heard

Presentation to “Leaders for Tomorrow: Rural Women Creating Change” Workshop in Davidson, SaskatchewanFebruary 7 - 8, 2008

Joanne Havelock,

Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, Regina, and

Sylvia MacBean, Journalist, Carnduff

purposes of this session
Purposes of This Session
  • Communication methods for getting the accomplishments and views of rural women more widely recognized.
  • How women outside the rural area can communicate with rural women on common interests.
what is communication
Know who you represent

Have a message

A way to send message

What is Communication?
  • Audience
  • A way to receive message
  • A way to respond to message
  • A way to receive response
  • A plan for answering responses -
    • anticipated
    • unanticipated
who are rural women
Who Are Rural Women?
  • Many definitions used in research - what makes sense in Saskatchewan?
  • Not in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw
  • Are smaller cities greater than 10,000 rural?
  • Large towns, small towns,
  • hamlets, acreages, farms,
  • ranches.
  • Is the North rural?
  • Are First Nations reserves in
  • rural areas considered part of rural?

Rural ?

Town?

Farm?

Northern?

diversity among rural women
Diversity Among Rural Women
  • Ways of making a living: farm, ranch, education, health, small business
  • Paid and unpaid work: on and off farm, family, community
  • Cultures: First Nations, Metis, European, Asian, more recently African, South American
  • Differing abilities / disabilities
  • Age groups
  • Family types

Consider this diversity

if your audience is rural women.

who is talking
Who is Talking?
  • Rural women communicating to rural audiences
  • Outside-rural communicating to rural women
audiences for rural women s messages
Audiences for Rural Women’s Messages

Outside-rural

  • Women and girls
  • Men and boys
  • Organizations: city, provincial, national, international
  • Decision-makers: city, provincial, national, international, Aboriginal

Rural

  • Women and girls
  • Men and boys
  • Organizations
  • Decision-makers
person to person
Person to Person
  • Very common means of communicating a message!
  • Coffee row - more often it’s the men
  • At the curling rink, church or other community events
  • Friends and family
  • Display booths at Agribition - Regina, Crop Production Show - Saskatoon
telephone
Telephone
  • Telephone key communication method
  • No more party lines on the phone …
  • Formerly used CB radio, now use VHF on farms
  • Cell phones everywhere, but coverage not good in some areas
  • Satellite telephone in Northern areas
  • SaskTel TalkMail allows you to send messages to a group
more telephone
More Telephone
  • Text messages: Sending short 10 to 15 word) messages through a cell phone
  • SKYPE: over the Internet - talking and seeing each other with a camera on your computer
rural organizations political and business
Town Council, council website, council meetings, (councilors usually male)

Rural Municipality Office

Members of the Provincial Assembly and Members of Parliament constituency offices

Farm organizations, NFU

Credit Unions and Banks

Co-op stores (bulletin boards)

Post office (bulletin boards)

Rural Organizations - Political and Business
rural organizations education health
Rural Organizations: Education & Health
  • Playschools and child care centres
  • Elementary and high schools, 4-H
  • Public libraries
  • Regional colleges, online university
  • Health Centre & Hospitals: administration, staff, unions
  • Regional Health Authorities (newsletters)
rural organizations social
Rural Organizations - Social
  • Churches - many denominations
  • Church women’s groups
  • Saskatchewan Women’s Institutes, NFU Women’s Committee, Kinettes, Lioness
  • Seniors Centres, Legions
  • Hockey and curling rinks, baseball
  • Exercise groups, art groups, theatre
  • Coffee groups, shopping parties
the media
The Media
  • Rural Remote and Northern Women’s Health Community Kit has suggestions re communicating your message to the media
communicating with the media
Communicating with the Media
  • Keep messages clear and simple, if you have several messages, communicate several times
  • Media are trying to do a good job in a short time
  • Develop relationship with reporters interested in your topic, provide them with information
  • Have a list of people who can be interviewed, hopefully someone who can speak French too!
  • Call newsroom a day or two ahead to see if they got your information and are sending someone
notifying the media
Notifying the Media

Fax announcements and check by phone

  • Public service announcements: time, date, place, cost and contact for an event that is occurring to be put on event notices
  • Media advisory: tell media they can attend event.
  • Media release: announces an event, release of a report, etc. and talks about content and issues
  • Include phone/cell where you can be reached and be ready to be interviewed or connect to others

Can also phone newsroom or directly e-mail reporter

events visuals
Events & Visuals
  • When planning events, try to include something that is visually interesting so that it will be interesting for media photos and more memorable to those attending and those viewing media reports
  • Include music, theatre, improv, dance or other elements to make the event more memorable
  • Try to use different locations for media interviews to make back-drop more interesting
rural newspapers
Rural Newspapers
  • Weekly or monthly - 86 in Sask
  • Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association:
    • has Market Analyzer for each paper
    • will distribute articles, press releases or ads across province
  • Classified ads not useful for events
  • Use Coming Events columns
  • Display ads not as high cost as in City
  • Write articles and send them to weeklies
tips on writing articles ads
Tips on Writing Articles & Ads
  • 300 to 1200 words for a weekly newspaper article
  • In column format each paragraph is a thought
  • Don’t say anything that would embarrass anyone
  • Compose in Word. Include text in e-mail message with Word document attached. Papers use Macintosh systems, some can’t read Word
  • Put photo cutlines in email where you want photo (photo description and photographer)
  • Email photo or graphics separately in JPG format
  • It’s easier for them to layout ads themselves in their system and then send to you to look over
other news outlets
Other News Outlets
  • Western Producer: Western Canada (coming events list, articles)
  • AgriView
  • Wheat Board (monthly newsletter)
  • Manitoba Cooperator
  • Lifestyles: free insert in Estevan and Weyburn papers -also other areas?
  • Free monthly newspapers: Prairie Dog (Regina), Planet S (Saskatoon)
  • Aboriginal media
radio
Radio
  • AM has wider range, FM more local
  • Golden West in Kindersley and Rosetown, Estevan and Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Swift Current
  • CBC Radio One - across the province: news, phone-in show at 1:00 PM, Down on the Corner lists events
  • Radio Canada: French
  • CBC North in LaRonge
  • John Gormley show: opinions
  • PSA’s in Regina & Saskatoon rock radio stations, news reports
  • Community radio: news, interviews - CJTR Regina
television access
Television Access

Rural areas get TV

  • Free through the air: CBC English & French, STV - Global, CTV
  • Cable: Yorkton etc, available to larger and medium towns
  • Satellite: many providers
  • Internet: can watch television through the Internet
television stations
Television Stations
  • CBC, STV, CTV, APTN: news, portion of special programs - farm, health, investigative
  • Saskatchewan Communications Network: dramas, documentaries - suggest programs to show, partner with a film-maker to make a film or video
  • SCN Special Events Network: one-way video and audio from one to many sites with interaction available through telephone, fax and Internet
  • Cable stations: local productions, local talk shows
internet access
Internet Access
  • Much use in rural Sask but still not everyone has a computer at home or can use it
  • Public computers at locations such as libraries
  • CommunityNet: high speed networking to Sask government, health and educational organizations
  • Mix of Internet access in rural: dial-up SaskTel phone lines, Cable TV, wireless in some areas (SaskTel, YourLink), SCN Digital Satellite Network to organizations
  • Dial-up - send text in e-mail, photos and documents take a long time to download
internet person to person
Internet Person-to-Person
  • E-mail: send notes, send letters, documents, photos
  • List-serves: people sign up to receive messages on a topic, you send in a message, then:
    • Moderated lists: messages reviewed by someone before sending out
    • Unmoderated: messages are not reviewed
more internet
More Internet
  • MSN: you sign up and then can have a back and forth written conversation with others on MSN
  • Facebook and MySpace: Users join networks to connect and interact with other people. Users can update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.
  • Meetings over the Internet using a camera on your computer
internet websites
Internet Websites
  • Set up like a newsletter page
  • Can be set up by individuals or organizations
  • Can have text, photos, audio, video and spaces for writing comments, or signing up for events
  • Takes planning and a good volunteer with technical knowledge or some funding to hire someone to set up a website
  • Must maintain website regularly
  • Can be seen all over the world
connecting rural women
Connecting Rural Women
  • E-mail, high-speed Internet & teleconferencing are useful.
  • Face to face meetings are important, but difficult with a widely-spread population.
  • Women willing to gather within one hour of home.
  • Women like activities with some relaxation and fun.
  • Lack of rural women’s groups makes connecting more difficult.
messages from rural women
Messages from Rural Women
  • What is the image of rural women?
  • What conditions would they like addressed?
  • What events or people would you like to publicize?
discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • What are some key messages that rural women want to send out?
  • What are some messages you’d like to send to rural women?
  • Who needs to hear these messages?
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