Global Dialogues, 17.9.2020: 2pm (CET)

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!

Generation Equality Forum

What a powerful women’s month this March has been with documentation of the situation of women in the media, on how women are portrayed by the media and as users of the media.

On the global stage the ‘Beijing+25 review’ of the ‘Plan of Action’ was foreseen with excitement, summing up the analysis by all the UN member countries. Continue reading

Radio Kobani, joyfulness and information – the potential of community media.

Under siege by the Corona virus – what we can learn from being under siege by war
Radio Kobani – Trailer from Square Eyes on Vimeo

“War has no winners,” says Dilovan Kîko, the main character in the documentary “Radio Kobanî”. But with her enormous effort to create a local radio in the war-torn city of Kobanî, she somehow contradicts herself. There is one winner: the human resilience personified in Dilovan finds the surplus power and joy to continue life. Continue reading

CMFE participates in EC Media Literacy Expert Group Meeting

The European Commission brings together media literacy stakeholders in an Expert Group on Media Literacy which meets annually to:
– identify, document and extend good practices in the field of media literacy;
– facilitate networking between different stakeholders, with the aim of cross-
fertilisation;
– explore synergies between different EU policies and support programmes and media
literacy initiatives;
– monitor the implementation of Art. 59 of the revised Audiovisual Media Services
Directive (AVMSD).

Nadia Bellardi represented CMFE at the December 11 th 2019 meeting, highlighting the role of
community media in enabling citizens to share their viewpoints and make informed decisions.
She presented the Council of Europe background paper Media Literacy for all.

Supporting marginalised groups through community media.
The Expert Group also discussed the upcoming European Media Literacy Week, an initiative
by the European Commission to promote media literacy skills and projects across the EU,
which in 2020 will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from March 30 th to April 5 th .

New Neighbours meet in Freiburg and Vienna

The refugee editorial group Our Voice at Radio Dreyeckland in Freiburg and the intercultural teams of Radio Orange and Okto TV in Vienna hosted media partners from Spain, Slovenia and Italy in October and November 2019, to share effective approaches for intercultural and multilingual productions. The resolution taken at the New Neighbours Format Development Workshops was to strengthen working relations and outreach programmes amongst
community media across Europe. Producers from Radio Student in Ljubljana (Slovenia),
Radio Televisio Cardedeu in Catalonia (Spain), Mondinsieme Intercultural Centre, Reggio
Emilia (Italy) and RadioFabrik in Salzburg (Austria) worked together with the teams of Our Voice, Orange and Okto to produce joint radio and TV shows with different viewpoints and multicultural voices. Continue reading

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.