Congratulations to all winners: Community Radio Awards UK

Following an inspiring Community Media Conference in Sheffield, the evening was the time for the annual Community Radio Awards celebration: Before the festive evening, where the decoration, the festive atmosphere and quite a few dresses and suits left nothing to be desired, more than 360 entries from over 75 stations had been whittled down to five in each category. Continue reading

Council of Europe MSI-JOQ experts discussed quality journalism and media literacy in the digital age

CMFE is taking part in the Council of Europe’s committee on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ)  which met for the second time in Strasbourg on Sept. 24-25. The committee is tasked to prepare a standard-setting proposal on criteria and measures for promoting an enabling environment for quality journalism, taking account of the current challenges and the role that journalism should continue to play in safeguarding democracies. MSI-JOQ is also preparing a draft study on media and information literacy in the digital environment. Among the experts involved are Nadia Bellardi, independent expert on the committee, and Helmut Peissl, observer on behalf of CMFE. Read more here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/freedom-expression/-/msi-joq-experts-discussed-quality-journalism-and-media-literacy-in-the-digital-age

CMFE General Assembly 2018

This year’s CMFE GA is taking place in Sheffield/UK on the 15th of September from 10am to 12/noon. This is in conjunction with the CMA conference (https://www.commedia.org.uk/events-training/community-media-conference-2018/) at The Workstation (https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/workstation/) – Thanks to the organizers for hosting us in Sheffield!!

As a member of CMFE you have received detailed information about the GA and ways to contribute – if you have not received such a mail, please do get in contact with us as soon as possible: president@cmfe.eu

Media Democracy under pressure – Community Media in Europe (Conference, Vienna)

Community media are situated between public service and private-commercial media organizations. They symbolize diversity, pluralism, participative media production and content of civil society. Community media operate as a space for public, democratized, multivocal debates. Despite their long-standing existence – Austria looks back at 20 years of community radio – they are often left aside of the media policy debate. Continue reading

Final conference: Media against Hate

The European Federation of Journalists is organizing the final conference of the Media Against Hate project in Brussels, on 5 and 6 March 2018. The final conference will bring together around 70 participants including the OSCE media freedom representative Harlem Désir, journalists, media policy makers, civil society representatives, media regulators and other relevant stakeholders. Continue reading

World Radio Day 2018: 13th of February!

February 13 is World Radio Day, a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radios alike to promote access to informationfreeindependent and pluralistic media. CMFE and its members are celebrating Continue reading

Brush up Community Media: Migration

Gabriella Velics – the leaving vice-president of CMFE – spoke on the occasion of “Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017” in Hamburg. The opening panel’s topic was: „Migration: Community Media – an effective tool to foster inclusion and combat racial intolerance.” Find below her edited speech Continue reading

NO to NoBillag – Open Studio Day in Switzerland

On Saturday, February 3rd Swiss radio and TV studios across the country will open their doors to the public to explain how they work and why it’s important to reject the upcoming NoBillag initiative. On March 4th Swiss citizens will decide through a national vote whether to abolish the media reception fee, previously collected through the company Billag (hence the initiative’s name “NoBillag”). Continue reading