New Neighbours trainings on multilingual broadcasting

Three training workshops are taking place in September and October in the framework of the EU-funded project New Neighbours. The CMFE workshops aim to empower more migrants and refugees, women in particular, to produce their own media contents on community media. Tools and techniques for multilingual broadcasting (using more than one language within the same program) will be a core element of the trainings, referring to materials developed by community radios and training institutions in the past fifteen years.

CMFE is working with three local partners in Italy, Slovenia and Spain who wish to strengthen the role of intercultural broadcasting in their organisations. The workshops will focus on core competencies such as presentation and interviewing but also on workable methodologies for creating intercultural programming teams and motivating volunteers from migrant communities. Continue reading

Radio ARA hosts CMFE GA and Media Pluralism Conference

The challenges Luxembourg’s media landscape is facing give an outlook on general challenges for the European general public and its media actors. Almost 50% of Luxembourgs population do not possess its nationality, there are three official languages (Luxembourgish, French and German) and 3 additional languages considered the main language for bigger parts of the population (Portuguese, English, Italian).

Almost a third of Luxembourg’s work force are people crossing the border every day. What does this diversity mean for media institutions in search of their public? How to secure representation and participation? And how is media pluralism guaranteed? These questions hit Luxembourg’s media landscape during a time of preoccupation with other, global crises: the decline of revenue, audience and credibility. Continue reading

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!

Finally recognizing Community Media in Luxembourg?

After 2 years of struggle, Radio ARA, Luxembourg’s only nationwide operating community media, presented their case last Tuesday in front of the chamber of deputies. A reform not only of the state’s press funding but also of the funding of “Public Service”-assignments of Radio and TV is being discussed and should be voted in autumn. Luxembourg does not yet recognize the third pillar of the media sector and is under scrutiny because of its lack of media pluralism, its concentration of media ownership and its incapability to represent large parts of the population.
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What is the social benefit of Community Media in Ireland?

In Ireland, one of the statutory requirements to be met by community radio, is to deliver a social benefit to the community it serves. To clarify what ‘social benefit’ is and how it could and should be assessed, a toolkit has been developed for use by the community radio stations. The toolkit and “The Community Radio – Delivering Social Benefit” report are the products of more than two years of research, looking in-depth at the community radio sector and how it delivers social benefit to communities. Continue reading