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

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!

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

Rural women becoming visible through Media Pilot

The Kenya Rural Women and Media Project 2018 is now rolling out, IAWRT Kenya, has begun inducting a women’s group in Western Kenya.

Headed by the CMFE board member Birgitte Jallov, IAWRT’s new priority committee and work area ‘Rural Women and Media’ started out July 2018. During the IAWRT regional conference, the pilot project between IAWRT and the Blue Light Star Women’s Group based in Ndivisi village, in Bungoma County, Kenya.

Blue Light Star Women’s group is a highly respected grassroots organisation because of its success with savings and credit cooperatives, dairy and poultry projects and more recently, branching into establishing a common market for their products to increase income for the participating women by cutting out the middle men.

The Blue Light Star Women’s Group were found to be yearning for a platform to share their success stories, which could inspire others in Kenya to engage in similar activities to better the quality of their lives. Continue reading

Philippine Community broadcasting: successes despite overwhelming odds

 Amplifying the People’s Voices

Amplifying the People’s Voices: The Philippine Community Radio Experience and Challenges is the latest IAWRT book to be launched and is now available for download.

It narrates the nearly three-decade long history of community radio broadcasting in the Philippines, laying down the challenges it faces in one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world.

The 72-page book was launched by the IAWRT President, Violet Gonda, and the editor and head of the Philippines Chapter Jola Diones-Mamangun, in Kampala Uganda. see link below to download.  Continue reading