Media Literacy for all. Supporting marginalised groups through community media

The Council of Europe has published the background paper Media Literacy for all. Supporting marginalised groups through community media

The study compares five models of community media from Cyprus, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK and highlights initiatives and projects in the field of media and information literacy. The importance of community media in helping the growth of an ‘informed citizenry’ is well recognised by the Council of Europe. However, it remains that community media in many European countries still lack formal, legal recognition, fair access to distribution platforms and sustainable funding.The report was prepared by Martina Chapman, Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl for the upcoming Council of Europe Ministerial Conference “Artificial intelligence – Intelligent politics: Challenges and opportunities for media and democracy” scheduled for May 28.-29. 2020 in Cyprus.

 

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

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

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

Local broadcasting in Ukraine – Update

Ukraine has a new President, who will be given time to find his feet and ways to turn his popular promised real.

Before the Presidential elections, the media reform which has been prepared for the past three years, had taken an important step forward with civil society’s claim for community media to be clearly highlighted in the reform process. Referring back to the first ever national community radio day held in December 2018, the press release of the ‘Media- and Civil society development NGOs’ suggested the establishment of a joint working group led by the State Committee on TV&Radio Broadcasting, with the representation of all the relevant experts, public servants and NGOs. Together this group should draft the new legislation framework on Audiovisual Media Services and meet the Action Plan of EU-UA Association Agreement. Continue reading