Workshop: Inclusion and audience interaction are essential to prevent hate in the media

Civil society representatives and journalists from professional, community and refugee media organizations across Europe gathered in Concordia Press Club in Vienna, Austria, for the first media literacy workshop part of the Media against Hate campaign. The focus of the 2-day workshop was on connection – through storytelling and audience interaction – as the first step in hate prevention.
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Media against Hate – Media literacy workshop in Poland – Applications closed

The workshop in Olsztyn, Poland, will be taking place on June 8.-9.!

The workshop will address the following topics:

  • Freedom of expression and respect of human rights – where are the boundaries and what is hate speech?
  • Muslims in the Media

The workshop will take place at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Warmia and Mazury, on a wonderful academic campus. Olsztyn is the biggest city and the capital of the Warmia and Mazury province, located in the southern part of Warmia. Olsztyn is a popular tourist destination due to its spectacular nature (13 lakes within city limits) and splendid history (Copernicus used to live here).
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Media against Hate : Developing counter-narratives (Vienna)

First workshop on Contents, formats and strategies to engage audiences and counter discrimination

Journalists, community media producers and NGO representatives will meet at the Presseclub Concordia in Vienna on April 3rd and 4th to exchange good practices on prevention of hate speech and discrimination, in particular against women journalists, refugees and migrants. The workshop is part of the international Media Literacy workshop series co-organised by COMMIT Community Medien Institut and CMFE Community Media Forum Europe within the Media Against Hate Campaign. Continue reading

Seminar “Migration processes and minorities: New challenges for journalism”

The objective of the seminar Procesos migratorios y minorías: El periodismo ante los nuevos retos, according to the organisers, is “to reflect upon and debate the role of the media in covering migrant movements that, due to wars and impoverishment caused by a political-economic model unable to universalise the rights it advocates, have grown since the end of the 20th century”. The event aims to generate keys to transforming, rethinking and recovering the role that the media can play in society. While geared toward professional journalists, the event is also open to the public.

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Call for Papers: The Radio Journal

We invite contribution to a Special issue of The Radio Journal. International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media on Community radio – Current roles and contemporary challenges (15:2 October 2017). CMFE board members Judith Purkarthofer, University of Oslo, Norway, and Urszula Doliwa, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland, are the guest editors of this special issue.
Submission deadline 1 April 2017
Please see pdf for details: CFP Radio Journal 15-2 Community radio issue 2017

Media against Hate

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Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) is partnering with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), ARTICLE 19, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE) and Community Media Institute (COMMIT) in the Europe-wide campaign Media Against Hate, to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media, while maintaining respect for freedom of expression.
The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees.

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CMFE and COMMIT organize thematic meeting in Vienna with Media & Internet Division of the Council of Europe

On Monday, 12th of december 2016, a thematic meeting took place with members of Community Media organizations, of journalist educators and Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion (Administrator/Secretary of the MSI-NET, Media & Internet Division, Council of Europe). At the RTR (Austrian Regulartory Authority) head of the media division Alfred Grinschgl welcomed all participants. Researchers at the London School of Economics had prepared the draft of a report on “Media coverage of the “refugee crisis”: A cross-European perspective”. Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion stated the interest of the Council of Europe to learn about the practices of Community Media oganizations in dealing with contents linked to refugees and migration. Participatory media practice and ensuring access to finding one’s own voice as well as the possibility to connect to others can be seen as inspiration for both public service and private commercial media.

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Ofcom Community Radio Consultation: until 22nd of December

Ofcom, the UK radio regulator, is currently consulting on the future licensing and technical policy for the Community Radio sector.  The consultation, which closes on the 22nd of December, will look at how future rounds of licensing will be conducted and will examine how best to use additional frequency resources as they become available as some larger services have migrated to digital only delivery.  Next year, the regulator also plans to examine options for the further roll-out of additional small-scale DAB multiplexes providing suitable coverage for community radio services.  Details of the current consultation can be found at:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/cr-future-licensing