Across Generations – Meet the speakers for the Sunday Special Focus Workshop at Radiodays Europe 2019

According to a recent study by the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), European journalism is largely a male affair, despite the fact that in many of the 11 countries surveyed women make up around half the number of journalists and more women than men are choosing journalism as a career.

Community radios show us a different picture. Young women (and men), often with a diverse background, are at the forefront in producing news, live reports, in-depth features, music shows and podcasts. Women are also leading some of Europe’s most progressive community radios as managers. We have invited some of them to Lausanne to talk about their work, share ideas and inspiration, within the framework of the Across Generations workshop. Continue reading

CMFE Member: Radio Rozana (France)

Rozana is an independent, politically and religiously non-affiliated media. Its programs discuss Syrian issues and strive to give voice to all different viewpoints. Rozana aims to be a voice supporting democratic values, and encourage the adoption of the concepts of citizenship and justice in Syria. Rozana stresses the fact that Syria comprises a wide spectrum of Syrians of all colours. Rozana also seeks to create a professional journalistic culture by highlighting the humanitarian, social, and political issues in Syria. Continue reading

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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CMFE-Member: CMA Community Media Association (UK)

The CMA is a non-profit making organisation founded in 1983 to support community radio – and their remit has expanded to include community television and community-based Internet projects. The CMA represents the community media sector to Government, industry and regulatory bodies.

CMA membership brings together established organisations, aspirant groups and individuals within the sector. The CMA provides a range of advice, information and consultancy, offering support to anyone with an interest in the sector. CMFE held its 2018 General Assembly alongside the CMA conference in Sheffield and was able to witness the highly involved and diverse CMA members presenting, discussing and partying!

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CMFE Member: Red de Medios Comunitarios (ReMC, Spain)

Young people at Almenara Community Radio, Madrid

The ReMC was born with the mission “to promote and defend Human Rights and the democratic principles contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with special reference to freedom of expression and the Right to Communication as fundamental rights for the exercise and development of other rights “, as it appears in its statutes (ReMC, 2009).

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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