What I Know Now

What I Know Now

13315567_1702005293382339_7191580202801323276_nA unique and personal radio series that has been designed to educate the community and raise awareness about the challenges faced by women when they are first released from prison was launched this Friday on Semaphore Community Radio WOWFM.

“What I Know Now” is a series of short programs that has been produced by Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women, an Adelaide-based support group for women of lived prison experience, with support from the University of South Australia journalism lecturer, Dr Heather Anderson, and Dr Charlotte Bedford, visiting scholar at the University of Adelaide.

You can listen to the whole series via the following links

Episode One, produced by Julia, is an introduction to Seeds of Affinity

What I know Now – Who are Seeds of Affinity?

Episode Two, produced by Linda, explains the importance of understanding your rights on the inside

What I Know Now – Know your Rights

Episode Three, produced by Donna, provides some top tips for when you first get released from prison

What I Know Now – When you first get out

Episode Four, produced by Fiona, tells the stories of three women who have successfully moved on with their lives

What I Know Now – How I survived

You can listen to the full one-hour broadcast here

http://radioactiveinternational.org/former-women-prisoners-tell-the-world-what-i-know-now/

Each of the four programs have a different theme, and have been created  as part of a research project supported by Development of Industry Partnerships funding from the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of South Australia.

“The radio series targets women who have just been released from prison, or who are about to make this transition, and shares with them the information the Seeds of Affinity participants wished they had known when they were released,” Dr Anderson says.

“We hope to also highlight to the broader community that women getting out of prison have served their time and that with help and support they can successfully re-enter the work force and be valued members of society.

“Hearing the participants’ personal stories powerfully spoken on radio gives us an intimate insight into how these women have fought against the odds to start a new life for themselves and their families.”

The radio series was developed through a set of workshops led by Dr Anderson, who’s PhD had previously examined how community radio works with prisoners around the world, and supported by Dr Charlotte Bedford, Visiting Researcher at the Department of Media, University of Adelaide.

With Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing that the number of women in Australian prisons increased by 11 per cent in the 12 months to June 2015 and that at least 40 per cent of women jailed had recorded a prior adult imprisonment under sentence, a key driver of this project was researching how radio can help prisoners avoid recidivism, both during incarceration and post-release.

“Radio is a powerful medium for story-telling,” Dr Anderson says.

“It overcomes problems with literacy but also humanises the issues being discussed – which is important for women who have been stigmatised by a past prison sentence.

Seeds of Affinity participants developed skills in preparing and conducting interviews, recording voice-overs, scripting radio packages and explored a variety of story-telling techniques over an eight week period to produce the radio series.

Having personally experienced people’s prejudices, Seeds of Affinity founding member and “What I Know Now” participant, Linda Fisk, jumped at the opportunity to learn new skills and share her knowledge.

“I know from a personal stand-point that when you’re released from prison, to actually believe that you’re worth anything, to believe that you can contribute anything to mainstream society, is very, very difficult,” Linda says.

“We hope these radio programs will inform the general public about the main issues faced by women when they first re-enter the community after a prison sentence while also raising awareness about the services Seeds of Affinity offers so that fewer women have to experience the trauma and stress of returning to prison.

The series will be showcased nationally on community radio and by podcast on the Seeds of Affinity website.

Interested broadcasters are also welcome to download the audio from the Soundcloud site.

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Former women prisoners tell the world “what I know now”.

A radio series raising awareness about the issues faced by women when they are first released from prison will launch on Friday 27th May.

“What I Know Now” is a series of short radio programs produced by Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women, an Adelaide-based support group for women of lived prison experience, as part of a research project supported by the University of South Australia.

The radio series targe13254400_10153812688217961_5150567248245633886_nts women who have just been released from prison, or who are about to make this transition, and provides information the participants wished they had been told upon release.

“I know from a personal stand-point that when you’re released from prison, to actually believe that you’re worth anything, to believe that you can contribute anything to mainstream society, it’s very very difficult,” said participant Linda Fisk, who was a founding member of Seeds of Affinity in 2006.

The radio programs will also inform the general public about the main issues faced by women when they first re-enter the community after a prison sentence, as well as promote the services offered by Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women.

The series was developed through a set of workshops led by Dr Heather Anderson, Journalism Lecturer from the School for Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia and Dr Charlotte Bedford, Visiting Researcher at the Department of Media, University of Adelaide.

“Radio is a powerful medium for story-telling,” said Dr Heathe13230168_10153821003887961_3780306946357150598_nr Anderson.

“It overcomes problems with literacy but also humanises the issues being discussed – which is important for women who have been stigmatised by a past prison sentence”.

Dr Anderson and Dr Bedford have both previously worked in prisoner radio, in Australian and the UK, and are currently researching the benefits of radio in assisting prisoners to avoid recidivism, both during incarceration and post-release.

They approached Seeds of Affinity with a basic concept to use radio to produce messages, and the series developed from there.

“There was a strong commitment from the start of the project that the Seeds’ women wanted to help others who were going through what they had already survived,” Dr Anderson said.

The theme of ‘What I know now’ has driven the project from the very start”.

13240078_10153812688117961_1634460758108989069_nSeeds of Affinity participants developed skills in preparing and conducting interviews, recording voice-overs, scripting radio packages and explored a variety of story-telling techniques over an eight week period to produce the radio series.

The programs will showcase on WOW FM 100.5MHz (Semaphore community radio) at 3pm on Friday May 27th, and will be rebroadcast on University of South Australia’s internet radio station unicast.com.au at 5pm on the same day.

The series will also be showcased nationally on community radio through the radio show Jailbreak and podcast on the Seeds of Affinity website (seedsofaffinity.org.au). Three D Radio’s Prison Show will also broadcast the pieces over the next month.

Interested broadcasters are welcome to contact Dr Heather Anderson for a copy of the audio.

 Or you can check out the Teaser below

Media Contact

Dr Heather Anderson, University of South Australia

08 83024677

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