New Neighbours in Community Media meet in Siena

“New Neighbours” is about people who had to leave their home and try to integrate into a new neighbourhood, new village, new city, new society. Community Media empower the „New Neighbours“ and provide them a place to develop their independent voices and make them heard in public debate. A small group of community media producers and coordinators from all over Europe met in Siena (Italy) to share what has worked well in their intercultural work/programs so far, what is needed to make the programs more sustainable / visible, and to jointly develop some creative ideas for new outreach initiatives on a grass-roots level. This seminar was organized by Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).
This video report was produced by Senad Hergic of OKTO TV. OKTO is a community television in Vienna, established in the fall of 2005, providing training, infrastructure and support to around 500 volunteer producers.

 

Policy briefs on civil society and spectrum policy

In 2015 Pieter de Wit (Community Media Expert and former chair/board member of CMFE, as well as former member of Pascal Lamy’s European Commission advisory group on future use of UHF spectrum for wireless broadband and TV) was asked to  to sit on the external steering committee for the project “A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance: Does civil society participation in self-regulatory fora promote public interest goals in internet governance at the international level ” Continue reading

Successful CMFE General Assembly in Siena

Thank you for a wonderful CMFE General Assembly – you were numerous, outspoken, entertaining and patient with the business parts of the agenda! The cooperation with the Radio Research Section of ECREA was a great example of practitioner-researcher collaboration and we are looking forward to the next encounters. Continue reading

Keynote on CM: Respectfully researching CM – Participation, Action and Research

Nico Carpentier (Charles Univ. Prague, CZ) and Caroline Mitchell (Univ. Sunderland, UK) were the speakers of the CMFE keynote at the ECREA Radio Research Section conference. A diverse public of researchers and practitioners enjoyed the start into a new conference day, when the speakers advocated for slow (and persisting) participatory research!

Caroline Mitchell at the CMFE / ECREA keynote

Nico Carpentier and the audience at the CMFE / ECREA keynote

Thank you for the slow food for thought!

New Neighbours Workshop at ECREA Radio Research Conference

Logo ECREA 2019 Radio Research Section

The Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, Italy will host the New Neighbours Community Outreach Workshop from September 18 to 20, in conjunction with the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019 – Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.  

Hosted and produced by CMFE – Community Media Forum Europe, the New Neighbours workshop will bring together fifteen editors and journalists from intercultural radio/TV programmes in community media to brainstorm and develop local, creative ideas to acquire new collaborators and extend audience engagement. The workshop will be led by experienced communication consultant and film-maker Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua, who co-foundend Balobeshayi, a social cooperative facilitating the integration of migrants in urban spaces.

The CMFE General Assembly is held on 20th of September, 4 to 6 pm – join us there!

CMFE GA: September 20th in Siena, IT

CMFE will hold its next General Assembly in Siena, 4 to 6 pm, on the 20th of September 2019. We hope to see many of our members there and you find more info in your mail. The GA is held in conjunction with the next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA (at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, chaired by Tiziano Bonini, from 19 to 21 September 2019).

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CMFE at Council of Europe 70th Anniversary Conference in Belgrade

CMFE delivered a presentation on Community media promoting local engagement across generations on May 24th in Belgrade, at the International Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference focused on the implementation of Council of Europe instruments and standards in the field of media and information and host ed several members of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), where CMFE has an observer status since 2008. Continue reading

NEW NEIGHBOURS – a new project promoting intercultural media spaces

www.newneighbours.eu will provide factual information and real stories on migration – press release, May 20th, 2019

Migration policy is one of the hottest topics on the political agenda of the upcoming EU elections on May 23-26, when up to 400 million EU citizens will select their representatives in the EU Parliament for the next 5 years. In a climate of increasing populism and disinformation, the New Neighbours website, launched today, aims to provide factual information and real stories on daily life in an intercultural European Union. Continue reading

EU Elections coming up! Go vote!

On 23-26 May 2019, millions of citizens across the European Union will be electing a new European Parliament. And what a time for Europe it is! The entire European project and the values the Union is based upon are being challenged from all possible directions, both outside and inside. Its a fragile time for Europe and the outcome of the election is hard to predict. One thing is clear: advancing social justice, human rights, equality and inclusion will not get any easier.

If you are entitled to vote – go vote! Also for the many that do not have a say because they are children, refugees, foreigners, … Continue reading