Prague University: Intl Seminar on CM

On 3rd of May, Nico Carpentier, Vaia Doudaki, Jan Křeček, Henry Loeser, Helmut Peissl and Lucia Škripcová will speak at an international seminar on Community Media at the Univerzita Karlova in Prague, Czech Republic. Find more info here: 3MayPoster

Nico Carpentier will also, along with Caroline Mitchell, deliver the CMFE keynote at the Radio Research Section conference in Siena in September 2019. Look out for more news coming soon!

Lack of funding in Croatia – Call for action

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!

Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the financial sustainability of quality journalism in the digital age

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.

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Council of Europe endorses Community Media

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

New book: Undocumented Storytellers

For those of you who are interested in or work with life stories and mediated stories in community media: Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement offers a critical exploration of the ways undocumented immigrants in the United States harness the power of storytelling to mitigate the fear and uncertainty of life without legal status and to advocate for immigration reform. Continue reading

Reminder: Call for papers: ECREA Radio Research Section

The next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA will be held at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, chaired by Tiziano Bonini, from 19 to 21 September 2019. The 2019 theme is: Radio as a Social/Convivial Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society Continue reading

Gearing up for Community Media in Ukraine

The first national Community Media Forum of Ukraine will take place on Friday December 15 in the capital city, Kyiv. The forum is a culmination of several years’ preparatory activities, working to learn from other European country experiences and to identify the best ways to introduce media channels into the hands of civil society in Ukraine. Continue reading