AMARC Europe Newsletter 05/2019

Dear AMARC Europe members,
Dear colleagues and friends,
The team of AMARC Europe takes the opportunity of the World Press Freedom Day to bring you some updates from our office and current activities.
Firstly, AMARC Europe welcomes Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Alexander Vojvoda to the team of AMARC Europe. Within the framework of the Grassroots project Mariacristina will be responsible for communication and research and collaborate closely with Francesco Diasio (AMARC Europe Grassroots project manager). Alexander as AMARC Europe project coordinator will be in charge of AMARC Europe projects and will also be the main contact point for members, internal/external communication, current and future activities. 

Welcome to the team of AMARC Europe!

Secondly, we want to thank Damian Loreti for his reflections on this year’s topic of the World Press Freedom Day. Loreti emphasizes in his text the important role of community media as tangible and locally embedded source of information. Especially, in the current context of disinformation, construction of misleading and growing technical possibilities of manipulation of information that “being close to our audiences puts us [community media] in a privileged place to be those who – as always – have to contribute to the right to communication and, above all, to have accurate information.

Best wishes and enjoy the read of the new AMARC Europe newsletter

Michael Nicolai
AMARC Europe President

World Press Freedom Day 2019

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2019

“Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation”

The Role of Community Media in Times of Post-Truth


by Damian Loreti (Board AMARC International)

AMARC Europe invited Damian Loreti (Board AMARC International) to reflect on this year’s UNESCO Press Freedom Day topic “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” and the role of Community Media in this context.
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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

Grassroots Project: New Community Radios on Air

The Grassroot Radio project is piloting solutions for community information platforms and media pluralism, working to lower the barriers to start and sustain a community radio station, create regional and European-wide networks of stations that can pool community-level resources, co-innovate collaborative media services and increase the impact of those stations through a combination of existing digital and nondigital technologies. With partners in Ireland, Romania and Portugal (Madeira), AMARC Europe is experimenting with new technologies based on a strong interaction between mobile telephony, traditional radio and Text to Speech (TTS) technologies, through the RootIo platform.
Read more on AMARCEurope.eu

AMARC Europe partner in ethical and responsible journalism project 

The proliferation of mass media and new technologies has brought about decisive changes in and challenges to human communication processes and behaviour. The change in the media landscape has also impacted the role and social, professional and ethical responsibilities of journalists. These changes in the role that media plays in the life of citizens has highlighted the importance of responsible media reporting. During the 2-year Erasmus+ project The ethical media for active citizenship (EMAC) project AMARC Europe explores the role of community media in the sphere of ethical and responsible journalism.
Read more on AMARCEurope.eu

AMARC Europe partner in Training of Trainer project

The SMART online tool developed 2015 addresses community radio trainers and offers selected and validated training exercises and methods even to specific target groups to create radio trainings. 
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Jordan: AMARC supports civil society

In the frame of the EU project “Empowering civil society through media” AMARC participated in the conference “Empowering civil society in Jordan through community media”, held in Amman the 18th and 19th of February, under the patronage of the Minister of State or Media Affairs.

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International Community Mediascape

Radio Študent celebrates 50 Years!

On 9 May 2019 the oldest community radio in Europe Radio Študent in Ljubljana/Slovenia celebrates its 50th anniversary with concerts, workshops, movie screenings and discussions.
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Radio Revolten: Publication “30 Days of Radio Art”

In Oktober 2016 over 70 radio artists from 17 countries gathered in Halle/Germany for the Radio Revolten festival to present and explore contemporary radio art through performances, exhibitions, workshops, conferences and 24/7 radio productions. The Radio Revolten festival now published the documentation of the festival with the name “30 Days of Radio Art”. The publication “covers the presented artworks and daily events of Radio Revolten alongside contemporary thinking by radio activists and artists on the current and future use of their material and medium of choice.”

Read more on RadioRevolten.net

Bangladesh: NGOs Network for Radio and Communication received two UN WSIS Champion Prizes 2019.

Two Initiatives of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) were recognized as Champions at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Prizes 2019. Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and the Executive Director of COAST Trust & AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of BNNRC, have received the two UN WSIS champion certificate from Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at a ceremony at Geneva International Conference Centre, Switzerland as part of the annual UN WSIS Forum 2019.

Read More on BNNRC.net

Ecuador: Community Media demand access to frequencies

Representatives of Ecuadorian community media sector denounced the concentration of commercial media and demanded access to frequencies in order to exercise their right to communicate within the framework of the 5th National Community Communication Conference, which took place in Quito, Ecuador from 4 to 6 of April 2019.

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Calls – Deadlines – Interesting Gatherings

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

On 13 May 2019 AMARC will attend a high level event on the question “How can world broadcasters and media contribute to reducing disaster risk, saving lives and fulfilling their mandate to further the public good?” The discussion forum will be hosted by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 which will take place from 13-17 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

International Seminar on Community Media

On 3 May 2019 from 12.30 – 18.00 the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Charles University in Prague is organising an “International Seminar on Community Media” with contributions on 

  • Community Media Organisations as Protectors of Democracy (Nico Carpentier)
  • Community Media as Spaces for Lifelong Learning (Helmut Peissl)
  • Community Media and Conflict Transformation: Reflections from Cyprus (Vaia Doudaki)
  • Failure Teaches Success (Jan Křeček)
  • The Future of Community Media in Slovak Republic (Lucia Škripcová)
  • Community Media in the Digital Age – Uniquely Positioned for Success or Failure (Henry Loeser)
The Festival der Region 2019: Open Call Journalist Residency
The “Festival der Regionen” invites international cultural and social journalists, art writers and critics from all types of media to apply for a journalist in residency positions at this year’s festival. Deadline 5 May 2019. You find the complete call on the “Festival der Regionen” website
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Team AMARC Europe Newsletter
Coordination: Alexander Vojvoda
Editorial team: Francesco Diasio, Michael Nicolai, Alexander Vojvoda 
Articles: Francesco Diasio, Sally Galiana, Damian Loreti, Michael Nicolai, Alexander Vojvoda

AMARC Europe is looking forward to your comments, critics, complaints, feedback and suggestions for the AMARC newsletter. Please send your comments to members@amarceurope.eu
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