AMARC Europe as part of the Grassroots Radio Project wants to share the statement of the project for World Radio Day 2020 and wishes all project members and partners a Happy World Radio Day”

For this occasion, the project team has produced several video clips and released a press statement. The clips are made in English, Romanian and Portuguese, in representation of the three countries in which the project is being piloted. These short clips show the diversity that the project entails, including the auxiliary use of Text To Speech technologies.

Press Release: WE ARE DIVERSITY. WE ARE (GRASSROOTS) RADIO!

The Grassroots Radio project joins its voice with community radio stations worldwide to celebrateDía Mundial de Radiocomunicaciones 2020. According to UNESCO:radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.”

The Internet has helped to bring people together from all over the world, but it has not helped neighborhoods or communities nearly as well. The Grassroots Radio project ispiloting 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, increase the permeability and impact of those stations through a combination of existing digital and nondigital technologies

LaGrassroots Radio projectis diversity: diversity in the consortium of partners (academic, commercial and non-profit NGO partners), diversity in the approach to new forms of interaction between mobile telephony and traditional radio, diversity in the engagement process of remote communities inRomania, Ireland and Portugal. As an ICT-based project, Grassroots Radio is proud to be diverse in the gender balance of consortium members as well, operating within a field – that of ICT – which still suffers from strong gender gaps.

The community radio movement is different from the public and commercial broadcasting sectors, but also diverse within the non-profit sector itself: locally rooted antennas, campus radios, city radios or rural radios, religious radios, socially driven experiences, information or simply entertainment experiences, all this represents the diversity of the sector

According to Chris Csikszentmihalyi, the Grassroots radio project coordinator, “the diversity of the project is especially evident with theexperimental side of the use of new technologies, including the auxiliary use ofText To Speechtechnologies, tailored on the needs of local communities and local languages including Romanian, Madeiran Portuguese and Gaelic Irish.”

Nowadays independent, local and community-oriented journalism is more and more exposed to political and economic threats and pressure. In this context, community media remain crucial actors and articulation platforms to ensure the participation of diverse communities in public discussion, provide access to local information and give a voice to underrepresented communities.

The Grassroots Radio project consortium wishes our colleagues and friends around the World a happy World Radio Day 2020!

Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa, colegas y amigos,

Dentro de unos días vamos a celebrar el Día Mundial de 2020. tema de radio de este año, el Día Mundial de la Radio es “Somos la diversidad. Somos RADIO”.

La UNESCO sostiene en el tema de este año racional que “radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.”

Diversity is a claim AMARC Europe as the biggest representative of the European community radio sector is pursuing in its long history. In the AMARC Europe charter, which was adopted in 1994 in Ljubljana, the emphasis was put on the “… diversity of forms of community radio; … provide a right of access to minority and marginalised groups and promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity; … inform their listeners on the basis of information drawn from a diversity of sources …”

Press freedom, access to information, critical reflection of media content and a diversity of media outlets are the key stones for a dynamic democracy, however, nowadays independent, local and community-oriented journalism is more and more exposed to political and economic threats and pressure. In this context, community media remain crucial actors and articulation platforms to ensure the participation of diverse communities in public discussion, provide access to local information and give a voice to underrepresented communities. The World Radio Day is one opportunity to showcase these potentials of community media in the current context.

The importance of the community media sector in the current European political environment to promote diversity has been acknowledged in the findings and the appreciations the community media sector has received as an integral part of vital democracies on European and international level.

The Council of Europe recommendation from 2018 on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership sees that the current content shift to the internet as a possible threat to independence of media houses and diversity and quality of productions. However, the Council of Europe also mentions that “…not-for-profit community media can serve as a counterbalance to increased media concentration. By virtue of their remit and organisation, public service media are particularly suited to address the informational needs and interests of all sections of society, as is true of community media in respect of their constituent users. It is of utmost importance that the mandates of public service media include the responsibility to reflect political pluralism and foster awareness of diverse opinions, notably by providing different groups in society – including cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, sexual or other minorities – with an opportunity to receive and impart information, to express themselves and to exchange ideas.”

The European Parliament states on the role of community media in the European Union in its resolution on media pluralism and freedom (2017/2209(INI)) from 2018 that “… community media and grassroots media, [which] are crucial elements of a favourable environment for guaranteeing the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information”.

AMARC Europe is looking forward to the various events and ways the community media sector in Europe and beyond will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020 and thereby emphasizes the crucial role community radios play in promoting diversity, democratic participation and social cohesion in our societies.

The AMARC Europe team wishes our members in Europe and our colleagues and friends around the World a happy World Radio Day 2020!
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Contact for further inquiries

Alexander duque
Coordinador de Proyectos de AMARC Europa
alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu

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Día Mundial de Radiocomunicaciones 2020

#weareDIVERSITY
Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa, colegas y amigos,

Dentro de unos días vamos a celebrar el Día Mundial de 2020. tema de radio de este año, el Día Mundial de la Radio es “Somos la diversidad. Somos RADIO”.

La UNESCO sostiene en el tema de este año racional que “radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.”



Diversity is a claim AMARC Europe as the biggest representative of the European community radio sector is pursuing in its long history. In the AMARC Europe charter, which was adopted in 1994 in Ljubljana, the emphasis was put on the “… diversity of forms of community radio; … provide a right of access to minority and marginalised groups and promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity; … inform their listeners on the basis of information drawn from a diversity of sources …”

Press freedom, access to information, critical reflection of media content and a diversity of media outlets are the key stones for a dynamic democracy, however, nowadays independent, local and community-oriented journalism is more and more exposed to political and economic threats and pressure. In this context, community media remain crucial actors and articulation platforms to ensure the participation of diverse communities in public discussion, provide access to local information and give a voice to underrepresented communities. The World Radio Day is one opportunity to showcase these potentials of community media in the current context.

The importance of the community media sector in the current European political environment to promote diversity has been acknowledged in the findings and the appreciations the community media sector has received as an integral part of vital democracies on European and international level.

The Council of Europe recommendation from 2018 on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership sees that the current content shift to the internet as a possible threat to independence of media houses and diversity and quality of productions. However, the Council of Europe also mentions that “…not-for-profit community media can serve as a counterbalance to increased media concentration. By virtue of their remit and organisation, public service media are particularly suited to address the informational needs and interests of all sections of society, as is true of community media in respect of their constituent users. It is of utmost importance that the mandates of public service media include the responsibility to reflect political pluralism and foster awareness of diverse opinions, notably by providing different groups in society – including cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, sexual or other minorities – with an opportunity to receive and impart information, to express themselves and to exchange ideas.”



The European Parliament states on the role of community media in the European Union in its resolution on media pluralism and freedom (2017/2209(INI)) from 2018 that “… community media and grassroots media, [which] are crucial elements of a favourable environment for guaranteeing the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information”.

AMARC Europe is looking forward to the various events and ways the community media sector in Europe and beyond will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020 and thereby emphasizes the crucial role community radios play in promoting diversity, democratic participation and social cohesion in our societies.

The AMARC Europe team wishes our members in Europe and our colleagues and friends around the World a happy World Radio Day 2020!
_________________________________________________________
Contact for further inquiries

Alexander duque
Coordinador de Proyectos de AMARC Europa

alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu
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Día Mundial de Radiocomunicaciones 2020

#weareDIVERSITY
Key messages of the World Radio Day 2020
  1. Radio can integrate people from diverse groups in their editorial teams, including women, youth, minority from different origins, LGBTQI, people with disability and others.
  2. Radio can fairly and equally represent all men, women and children by creating and broadcasting targeted programmes by and for specific sectors of society, while also reflecting the diversity of the population in mainstream programmes. Radio stations can also set diversity targets in programmes and regularly seek audience reactions to them.
  3. To manage diversity radio stations can collect data and develop equal opportunity charters to promote diversity and inclusion in their workforce.
  4. Duty-bearers, including media regulators, can promote a favorable environment for radio diversity to flourish by means of different measures: for example increasing the licensing of radio operated by a variety of groups, such as indigenous / native/minority people – and/or measuring progress of broadcasting organizations towards diversity.
  5. News technologies increase diversity in radio. DAB/DAB+, online streaming, satellite radio and the spread of low-costs technologies have broaden the access to cost-effective methods of transmitting and broadcasting programmes. Similarly, podcasts have opened the door to new ways of producing and consuming audio content thus, increasing access to information and the variety of programmes available.
Download UNESCO Resources HERE
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Program Highlight
This Invisible Entity

“What is radio?“ asks Alasdair Pinkerton at the beginning of his newly published book “Radio: Making Waves in Sound”, in which he answers this question a dozen times or more. Depending on time, place and perspective, it can mean the discovery of the natural occurring electromagnetic waves, the technological inventions that make use of these waves or a means of communication that has had tremendous effects on our lives since more than a century. It can also mean a medium of news and entertainment or the little box itself that we turn on to tune in. Alasdair Pinkerton’s “Radio” touches on all these aspects and shows beautifully that they are entangled on various levels. He tells the history of radio as stories of bold inventors, of uncanny coincidences and of political oppression and liberation.

Superscience Me is a monthly broadcast on the Viennese Radio Orange 94.0, created by Julia Grillmayr (julia.grillmayr@o94.at,https://scifi-fafo.com)

The program is licensed under CC-BY-ND (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/) and can be rebroadcasted.
Listen to “This Invisible Entity”
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A new article on the usage of smartphones amongst community radio listeners was published in the Journal of Alternative and Community Media Vol4/4 (2019) by Janey Gordon with the title “The smartphone generation of community radio listeners: Is FM sustainable?”

Abstract of the article

“This article examines the current environment of audio transmission services in the UK with particular regard to the community radio sector. Community radio stations in the UK are having to consider the extent to which their audiences choose to listen on an FM analogue signal and whether this is sustainable for them. The number of new platforms that a listener is using to access audio programming now includes DAB, SSDAB, TV carriers and online services. There are also developments to the actual receivers that may be used, in particular the use of smartphones to listen via online Wi-Fi or 4G. Currently there are no plans for an FM turn off in the UK and a hybrid system of transmission and reception is the most likely outcome for the foreseeable future. The consequences of this environment for the broadcasters, the listeners and the audio content are discussed in turn. A sample group of twelve community radio stations have been studied to assess current practices. This group are the remaining stations from the original Access Pilot community radio stations that went on air in 2002 and so are the oldest and most established of the UK stations. This article provides baseline definitions where relevant and uses recent data from national audience research, regulatory and other bodies to assess what people are listening to and how, along with examples from public service and commercial radio, as well as community radio.”

The full article can be downloaded aquí


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AMARC Europe Newsletter 01/2020

Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa, colegas y amigos,

Please accept the warmest greetings from the AMARC Europe team and we wish you a Happy New Year and hope you had a good start for 2020.

2019 has been a busy year, but also 2020 will have a lot of opportunities for us to continue our work for, with and by community radios in Europe and beyond.

We are entering the final phase of the Grassroots Wavelengthsproject and are currently planning learning and dissemination events for AMARC members to discuss the results and lessons learned from the creation of the community radios in Ireland, Romania and Portugal during the project. We continue our work with the SMART Erasmus+ project on media literacy in the Third Media Sector. Together with our partners from Ireland, Hungary, Basque country, Germany and Austria we will organize the next SMART pilot training for community media trainers in March in Vienna and an exchange forum on media literacy for the community media sector, partners and interested persons. As partners of the Soundroutes projects we are looking forward in 2020 to provide an opportunity for international musicians, who emigrated to Europe to perform within local communities and in collaboration with local artists and link the gained experience to the community media sectors.

Besides the current and new projects our team is engaged in, an important event for AMARC Europe is ahead of us: the AMARC Europe General Assembly 2020. The initial planning has started, and we are happy to have found with CRAOL (Ireland) a great partner for our up-coming General Assembly which will take place in autumn 2020 in Ireland. More info will follow soon.

Ahead of the GA 2020, we will continue to increase the efforts to showcase and highlight the work and impact AMARC Europe members and the whole community media sector in Europe has. Therefore, we have launched our new website with many new features for members including a member map, internal discussion fora and new exchange functionalities. In the near future you will hear more about this.

We are looking forward to a busy year with many chances to work together, exchange and eventually meet during the General Assembly in autumn 2020. The AMARC Europe team wishes you a great start for 2020.

Alexander duque
AMARC Europa
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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

AMARC Europa lanza nuevo sitio web

We are happy to announce the launch of the new AMARC Europe website and to introduce you to some of the new features on the website.



The main idea behind the relaunch of the website was to simplify and update the complete structure of the website and make it easier for you find the relevant content for you and access information from the website.

Project Overview


Therefore, we created a separate project section. In this section you can find summaries and relevant articles on the current and past AMARC Europe projects. In the detailed project view you find information on the project, project goals, partners, duration and the main project outcomes.



Mapa miembro


The member section is mapping all members, organisations, individuals and partners AMARC Europe is collaborating with. In a next step the map will be the major search tool for diverse areas of expertise in the European community media sector as an elaborated search engine and a detailed listing and information tool will be implemented into the member map. If you want to be featured on the map get in touch with us via contact@amarceurope.eu or register via the membership form.



AMARC Europe member area


As registered AMARC Europe members you will be able to enter the member forum to exchange with other members and get access to resources from various areas interesting for our sector. You will also be able to communicate directly with other members and AMARC Europe staff via your and their profile, update your contact information and details and share your experiences from your media house with the AMARC Europe family. We are looking forward to your inputs and will help you to get started in the AMARC Europe member area.



In addition, we are at the moment setting up an individual and common AMARC Europe cloud for resources for, from and by the community media sector and a collaborative online tools e.g. common working spaces for documents and files. If you want to get to know more on the member area, please do not hesitate to get in touch via contact@amarceurope.eu

Featured Content from AMARC Europe members

Last but not least, we are looking forward to your content for the new AMARC Europe website and we hope that we will be able to share your stories and experiences from the European community media sector on the new AMARC Europe platform. So, if you are an AMARC Europe member get in touch if you want your articles, project reports, picture galleries, podcasts or programs to be featured on our website and our other communication channels.
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International Community Mediascape

Tema para el Día Mundial de la Radio 2020 anunciada

La UNESCO ha anunciado el tema de este año para el Día Mundial de la Radio: Diversidad.

“La radio es un medio poderoso para la celebración de la humanidad en toda su diversidad y constituye una plataforma para el discurso democrático. A nivel mundial, la radio sigue siendo el medio más consumido. Esta capacidad única para llegar a la más amplia audiencia de radio medio puede dar forma a la experiencia de una sociedad de la diversidad, de pie como un espacio para todas las voces se manifiesten, ser representados y escuchados. Las estaciones de radio deben servir a diversas comunidades, ofreciendo una amplia variedad de programas, puntos de vista y de contenido, y reflejar la diversidad de los públicos en sus organizaciones y operaciones. “


Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web del Día Mundial de la Radio aquí

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Las nominaciones para el Premio UNESCO de Libertad de Prensa 2020

La UNESCO está aceptando nominaciones para Premio Libertad de Prensa UNESCO / Guillermo Cano 2020.

Este premio fue establecido por el Consejo Ejecutivo de la UNESCO, en 1997, en honor de Guillermo Cano, periodista colombiano que murió en el ejercicio de su profesión. Su objetivo es premiar cada año a una persona, organización o institución que haya hecho una contribución notable a la defensa y / o promoción de la libertad de prensa en cualquier lugar en el mundo, especialmente si los riesgos se han involucrado.

Concedido anualmente, con motivo del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa (3 de mayo), el Premio está marcada por una ceremonia y el ganador se presenta con la suma de US $ 25.000. En 2020, el Premio está programado para ser otorgado el 23 de abril.

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Nico Carpentier: Video of Lecture “The Alternative Economies of Community Media”

Nico Carpentier held a lecture with the title “The Alternative Economies of Community Media” at the E-Com Lab 2019 at the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) in Barcelona. Carpentier focuses his lecture on four key concepts 1) community mediagive a service to the community 2) aspects of civil society come into play 3) community media work differently fromtraditional media and 4) community media are rhizomatically organised and are part of a broader civil society et al complex.

You can watch the complete lecture aquí.
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