VoxPop Studio Case Study
CAMA Community Access Radio
In late March 2020 New Zealand shut down everything except essential services to fight the Covid 19 virus, and everyone confined themselves to their home “bubble.” New Zealand’s public media funder, NZ On Air, was suddenly and unexpectedly faced with studio closures at the 15 community and Pacific stations it supports nationwide.
With each of them home to a wide range of people from local communities, studio access restrictions meant a sudden drop-off in content. Community station manager Phil Grey said much of this was for audiences who most needed timely information in their own languages.
NZ On Air funding adviser Nicole Rex was aware of the VoxPop platform and asked if it could also be made into a remote studio for broadcasters. “During Covid-19 it has been important to have them continue their broadcasts in a safe way, especially as they could broadcast important health information in many different languages and keep communities connected during lockdown”, she said.