According to a recent study by the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), European journalism is largely a male affair, despite the fact that in many of the 11 countries surveyed women make up around half the number of journalists and more women than men are choosing journalism as a career.
Community radios show us a different picture. Young women (and men), often with a diverse background, are at the forefront in producing news, live reports, in-depth features, music shows and podcasts. Women are also leading some of Europe’s most progressive community radios as managers. We have invited some of them to Lausanne to talk about their work, share ideas and inspiration, within the framework of the Across Generations workshop. Continue reading
Rozana is an independent, politically and religiously non-affiliated media. Its programs discuss Syrian issues and strive to give voice to all different viewpoints. Rozana aims to be a voice supporting democratic values, and encourage the adoption of the concepts of citizenship and justice in Syria. Rozana stresses the fact that Syria comprises a wide spectrum of Syrians of all colours. Rozana also seeks to create a professional journalistic culture by highlighting the humanitarian, social, and political issues in Syria. Continue reading
The Austrian Association of Community Radio unites private non-commercial broadcasters and fosters their development following the Charta der Freien Radios Österreichs [in German], summarizing the core goals and values of the Austrian non-commercial broadcasters.
On the opening day of Radiodays Europe 2019, CMFE invites all radio people to join a Special Focus Session/Workshop:
Topic: Across Generations – Social engagement through local community radios,
Sunday 31st March 2019, 10.45 – 12.45 Continue reading
On the occasion of the European Week of Media Literacy, the Council of Europe and Reporters Without Borders invite to a conference on the 20th of March in Strasbourg, France. This might be of interest to experts on Media Literacy from Community Media across Europe!
CMFE is happy to support not-for-profit media and cultural initiatives in Croatia, struggling with what seems to be a systematic lack of funding for the third or not-for-profit sector. Despite very positive developments in Croatia, there is a severe lack of funding specially in connection with European funding schemes, i.e. the European Social Fund, where postponements have taken place and kept media initiatives without access to tenders.
We wrote a letter to the ministry of Culture and we are hoping for a swift response to work together towards a sustainable, independent media scene!
In a Declaration adopted today, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers encourages states to put in place a regulatory and policy framework that facilitates the operation of quality journalism, while not constraining media outlets’ editorial and operational independence. Recommended measures include a beneficial tax regime, financial support schemes and the possibility of media outlets to operate as not-for-profit organisations and receive donations from philanthropic programmes.
The Council of Europe recognises the value of community media as a source of local content, cultural and linguistic diversity, media pluralism, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.
It endorses the commitment of community media to media and information literacy, through the development of critical and creative thinking and active participation in media content production. Continue reading