Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy

The Council of Europe has published its study Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy.

This report provides the findings of a study on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) that was conducted in support of the work of the CoE Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ), as well as a series of recommendations from the authors of the study to be considered by member states and other stakeholders.

Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl from CMFE actively contributed to the dissemination of the survey in the community media network and highlighted the unique role of community media in promoting media literacy.

The study notes that: A common feature of the community media initiatives is to provide alternative media for local people and, in particular, for minority communities, and to provide them with the opportunity to actively participate in creating media and by extension learning about the media and developing critical media literacy skills.

CMFE participation in the Council of Europe CDMSI meeting December 3-5, 2019

CMFE continues its valued engagement as observer at the CDMSI Steering Committee on Media and Information Society of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg and its Expert committees.

 

“The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) is vested with the important mission to steer the work of the Council of Europe in the field of freedom of expression, media and internet governance.”

https://www.coe.int/en/web/freedom-expression/cdmsi

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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.

 

CMFE at Council of Europe 70th Anniversary Conference in Belgrade

CMFE delivered a presentation on Community media promoting local engagement across generations on May 24th in Belgrade, at the International Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference focused on the implementation of Council of Europe instruments and standards in the field of media and information and host ed several members of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), where CMFE has an observer status since 2008. Continue reading

Local broadcasting in Ukraine – Update

Ukraine has a new President, who will be given time to find his feet and ways to turn his popular promised real.

Before the Presidential elections, the media reform which has been prepared for the past three years, had taken an important step forward with civil society’s claim for community media to be clearly highlighted in the reform process. Referring back to the first ever national community radio day held in December 2018, the press release of the ‘Media- and Civil society development NGOs’ suggested the establishment of a joint working group led by the State Committee on TV&Radio Broadcasting, with the representation of all the relevant experts, public servants and NGOs. Together this group should draft the new legislation framework on Audiovisual Media Services and meet the Action Plan of EU-UA Association Agreement. 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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