On Thursday, September 17, the last of three Europe-focused ‘Global Dialogues’ takes place in one of the world’s new online meeting rooms – via zoom and live on facebook. You will here meet representatives from 6 community radio stations (see below under ‘Classifieds’ where you also find recordings) just like we on September 2nd hosted representatives from 6 European national community media associations. Much earlier, on July 3rd, UK and Ireland shared their experiences during Corona – and beyond.
Through the work with, listening to and taking part in these global gatherings, the power of community media – once again – stands out as the platforms for the anchoring of democracy at the grassroots level. The testimonies were clear, community media is where you can take part, have a voice, be an active citizen – no matter who you are. It is where fundamental (human) rights are talked about and defended, and it is where you, we, learn to operate and influence policy and thereby conditions of life.
This is possible through the authenticity and credibiilty of the community media, our colleagues shared, as an empowered and focused civil society, based upon values. There is no ‘neutral, objective’, there is right and wrong – and a source of information the listeners trust in our challenged world of ‘fake news’ and aggressive agendas.
So: listen in, take part, share your observations, opinions, experiences on September 17, 2pm CET!
After 2 years of struggle, Radio ARA, Luxembourg’s only nationwide operating community media, presented their case last Tuesday in front of the chamber of deputies. A reform not only of the state’s press funding but also of the funding of “Public Service”-assignments of Radio and TV is being discussed and should be voted in autumn. Luxembourg does not yet recognize the third pillar of the media sector and is under scrutiny because of its lack of media pluralism, its concentration of media ownership and its incapability to represent large parts of the population.
Zlatan Music is the Press Officer at the OSCE Mission to BIH where he heads the Media Freedom portfolio within the Human Rights Sections. In a conversation with CMFE board member Dragana Jovanovic about the effects of COVID-19, he among others stressed the urgent and much needed support to community media in BiH: Continue reading
In Ireland, one of the statutory requirements to be met by community radio, is to deliver a social benefit to the community it serves. To clarify what ‘social benefit’ is and how it could and should be assessed, a toolkit has been developed for use by the community radio stations. The toolkit and “The Community Radio – Delivering Social Benefit” report are the products of more than two years of research, looking in-depth at the community radio sector and how it delivers social benefit to communities. Continue reading
(c) FRO Petra Moser
New study by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and COMMIT on behalf of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations (RTR) and the forum journalismus und medien wien (fjum) documents mature and unique 3rd sector providing voice and building community – Summary by Helmut Peissl Continue reading
The DESPAZ-Social Development and Peace research group has launched a new research project on Communication for Social Change and Media Education to stand up to hate speech on gender and immigration, through the analysis of public discourses in Spain between 2016-2019. Continue reading
If you’re broadcasting to multilingual audiences you may be interested in sharing the Coronavirus Public Service Announcements (PSAs) developed by VOA. The PSAs cover a number of topics related to COVID-19 awareness and prevention and are currently available in English, Dari, Pashto and Urdu. Continue reading
Are you a teenager involved in a local community media? Are you interested in making your voice heard in the current COVID-19crisis? Newsrooms doing broadcast, print and online with teenage reporters in 14 countries are already participating in the World Teenage Reporting Project around COVID-19, but there is room for you, too!
The project is a collaboration organized by Global Youth & News Media to produce stories by teenage reporters from newsrooms around the world about what their counterparts — other teenagers — are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
Discover a selection of online resources and tools for learners, teachers and educators during the outbreak of COVID-19.