IAMCR 2017 Conference in Cartagena, Colombia

Community Communication and Alternative Media Section Report

The 2017 IAMCR conference in Cartagena was particularly successful for the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section (COC). Researchers enjoyed a large, diverse and very lively program: Highlights included a panel on Indigenous media in Colombia and reaching out in Cartagena with the out of venue session at the Teatro de Bellas Artes with the panel ‘Knowledge and dialogue on streets and for resilient neighborhoods: Young communicators and the right to a healthy life’. Salvatore Scifo, member of the CMFE expert group, has written a report about the section. Continue reading

Radio Journal: Special Section on Community Radio

Judith Purkarthofer, President of the CMFE, and Urszula Doliwa, Secretary of the CMFE, edited a special issue of The Radio Journal on community radio. Find the table of contents here: Radiojournal_Sept17
We would like to thank all authors, the reviewers and journal editors for their great work and we hope that you will enjoy reading about Community Radio in different countries!

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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

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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European Media Pluralism Monitor rates the Czech Republic

MPM-homeSlideThe European Media Pluralism Monitor, a consortium of media scholars and experts, held its final conference in 2016 at Florence, Italy, and issued its annual report of media pluralism factors in each European country. The 2016 report offered some red flag warnings for the Czech Republic, especially regarding the absence of community broadcasting:
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Near FM launch new Digital Audio Archive

image001The Near FM Archive was officially launched by Prof Dr Pauric Travers, chairperson of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Also speaking at the event were Dublin City Archivist, Dr Mary Clark and Chairperson of Near Media Co-op, Vincent Teeling. This was followed by a short demonstration of the Near Archive.
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European media against hate speech – Project launch

CMFE will partner with leading European media organisations in a new project focusing on hate speech and on ways to tackle it through ethical journalism practices and accountable media reporting. Together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Article19, COMMIT, COSPE, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), CMFE will organise training workshops for individual journalists, journalists’ organisations, media organisations, CSOs, community media and media regulators to counter discrimination and hate speech.
We look forward to presenting the project at the CMFE General Assembly on Oct. 24 in Halle!