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AMARC Europe Newsletter 01/2020

Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,
 
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 Wavelengths project 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 Vojvoda
AMARC Europe
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AMARC Europe launches new website

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.



Member Map


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

Topic for World Radio Day 2020 announced

The UNESCO has announced this year’s topic for the World Radio Day: Diversity.

“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. “


For more information visit the World Radio Day website here 

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Nominations for UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2020

 
UNESCO is seeking nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020.

This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997, in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession. Its purpose is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved. 

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000. In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.

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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 media give a service to the community 2) aspects of civil society come into play 3) community media work differently from traditional media and 4) community media are rhizomatically organised and are part of a broader civil society et al complex.

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AMARC Europe Newsletter 01/2020

Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,
 
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 Wavelengths project 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 Vojvoda
AMARC Europe
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AMARC Europe launches new website

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.



Member Map


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

Topic for World Radio Day 2020 announced

The UNESCO has announced this year’s topic for the World Radio Day: Diversity.

“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. “


For more information visit the World Radio Day website here 

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Nominations for UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2020

 
UNESCO is seeking nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020.

This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997, in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession. Its purpose is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved. 

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000. In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.

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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 media give a service to the community 2) aspects of civil society come into play 3) community media work differently from traditional 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 here
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AMARC Europe Newsletter 10/2019

Today, 21 October, Community Radios celebrate the “International Feminist Radioday 2019”
Today is “International Feminist Radioday”! The “International Feminist Radioday” today will feature over 24 hours of feminist content from over 12 editorial teams in 3 german-speaking countries. The  broadcasts will include content against the patriarchy with feminist music, interviews, stories, features, shows and discussions.

Why do we need a feminist radioday?

According to a study by the ZHAW less than 39% of the people who shape what we listen and see in Switzerland are women. ProQuote claims that only 2 of 12 public radio stations are directed by women. In these statistics people who identify as trans*, inter or non-binary are not even visible. Chief editors are usually male, the images of women and girls in media are full of clichés, many journalists suffer from sexual assaults at their workplace, topics are distributed according to gender roles – the list of reasons to focus on feminist media coverage is long. Community radios are non-commercial, open and self-determined and have therefore functioned as platform for those, who’s voices are often not heard. The working conditions for women, inter, non-binary and trans are therefore less harsh than in mainstream media. Nonetheless patriarchal power-structures are also present in our field of work. It is mostly male voices which we hear, also in community radio.  In 2017 many editorial teams met for the feminist radio event “Claim the Waves” in Zurich. They decided to network and annually claim the airwaves together on the 21st of October. Feminist journalism means to these editorial teams, that they broadcast their own views, music, topics and listen to people and stories which are usually ignored.

The program schedule is available on https://claimthewaves.noblogs.org
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Austrian Community Media reflecting on Future of Community Media
Enough with media crisis!
New impulses on journalistic engagement and public participation
by Martin Wassermair (Head of the Political Desk at Dorf TV in Linz/Austria)

Don’t look back in anger! That could be the slogan of the Upper Austrian non-commercial broadcasting scene after one and a half years of a right-wing populist government and its demolition of the welfare system and of general trust in politics and media. But what does the current crisis of journalism really mean? How can community radios and TV stations fulfill the dissident role of independent critical voices? Which structural preconditions do they need?

In spring 2019, an informal network of Dorf TV, Radio FRO, Freies Radio Salzkammergut, Freies Radio B138 and Freies Radio Freistadt decided to publish the common journal “Land of Free Media”, focusing on important discourses of the current change of media and on ideas and demands to approve the framework requirements. In light of about 20 years of existence in Austria, there is no doubt that the sector of non-commercial broadcasters has to be considered a meaningful contributor to democracy, justice and societal integration. Furthermore, the development of Social Media, fake news and the life in filter bubbles has created new forms of intransparent power and threats. But which conclusions do free media draw from politics of fear and the capitalistic monitoring of social spheres in our digital age?
 
 

Community media, which by definition are close to their audiences, serve many societal needs and perform functions that neither commercial nor public service media can meet or undertake adequately. Though, the Upper Austrian “Land of Free Media” is highlighting the most important questions and tries to find some appropriate answers, hoping that non-commercials radios and TV stations will contest the so-called democracy of outrage by raising awareness for more public participation and ensuring a self-confident and diverse media landscape.
 
Download of “Land of Free Media” (in German only):
https://dorftv.at/sites/default/files/land-der-freien-medien_2019.pdf
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AMARC at the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019

AMARC joined the 6th Conference of the Radio Research Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), which was held in the lovely setting of the University of Siena (Italy), on September 19-21.

Several interesting keynote speeches and pieces of research have been presented, highlighting the variety and vivacity of the radio sector across and beyond Europe. The first keynote speech was held by David Fernandez Quijada, Manager of the Media Intelligence Service, the market research unit of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). He provided some interesting data about the situation of radio in Europe. In the EBU area, there are more than 12 thousand radio stations. Around the 90% of this group is composed by analogue FM stations, and the digital ones are, at the moment, just about 15 hundred (a significant majority of them are DAB+ stations). Most of the European stations are national, with only 120 international cases.
 
Passing to the radio consumption habits, Fernandez Quijada stated that in 2018, European citizens listened to the radio, on average, 2 hours and 22 minutes per day: these are 4 minutes less than the previous year and 14 minutes less than 5 years before (2013). People are still using this media, but the time spent on it has been decreasing. This trend is also more evident among the European youth: in 2018 they listened, on average, 1 hour and 26 minutes per day of radio: 5 minutes less than the previous year and 20 minutes less than 5 years ago. The European citizens reached weekly by radio are still a big group, the 84% (which corresponds to 420 million listeners), but also, in this case, there is a reduction (-1.7%) compared to 2013.

It is interesting to know that radio is considered the most trusted medium in the majority of the European countries, with the difference of Hungary, Serbia and Greece that put the Internet at the first place, while Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey chose the television.

Additionally, AMARC Europe presented a paper together with other partners in the context of the Grassroots Radio project. The paper, titled “Fostering Community Radio: the Grassroots Radio project”, discusses the activities and challenges of co-designing community radios in rural areas.

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AMARC Europe hosts EMAC meeting

AMARC Europe hosted the last meeting of the Ethical Media for Active Citizenship (EMAC) project in its office in Brussels. The project will conclude on 31 October 2019, and currently partners are uploading the activities and the rest of the materials on the online training tool. All documents and resources will be available in German and Spanish, as well as English.

The project aims to develop a training course delivering media literacy tools while providing citizens and media activists with valuable competences to face very topical challenges presented to both, media producers and audiences (fake news/alternative facts, infomercials vs. information, freedom of speech and hate speech, diversity and pluralism in media, production values and content placement) and you can find more about it by visiting the website, and you can view some of the project outputs by visiting the Terminology and GuidelinesActivities and Categories pages.

The project is coordinated by NEAR FM (Ireland) and the partnership includes Radio Corax (Halle, Germany), Radio Wüste Welle (Tübingen, Germany)Commit (Austria)EMARTV (Andalucia, Spain) and AMARC Europe (Brussels, Belgium).

This project was funded by the Erasmus + programme through Léargas, the Irish National Agency.

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“Civil Radio won’t stay silent!”
Community Radio in Budapest 

Last week the Budapest based community radio Civil Radio (Hungary) received the negative decision of the Hungarian Media Council on their re-application of their broadcasting licence.

In a first statement Civil Radio reacts to the decision of the Media Council.

“Our voice is the same, and we do not want to be silenced. We will be expelled to the internet, but we will not give up the possibility to broadcast also in the air. After December 21, 2019, our programmes can be listened to solely online. We do our best to preserve the uniqueness of our sound and develop the media platforms, through which our listeners can surely reach us.

Due to the resolution of the Media Council the last time Civil Radio will be heard on the frequency 98.0 MHz in Budapest is December 21, 2019. Their decision was made on the basis of minor malfunctions of the radio, without taking into consideration the spirit and values represented by our radio. This action in an already shrinking independent media space is particularly painful.”

You can read the full statement here

AMARC ALC demands Implementation of Fund for Community Radios in Honduras

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in Latin America and the Caribbean (AMARC ALC) issues a statement with demand to create the Social Responsibility Fund already established in current legislation, to strengthen and guarantee a diverse and plural media system in Honduras.
 
AMARC ALC points out that the regulation of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) that allows non-profit media to access funds to operate broadcasting frequencies establishes the creation of the Social Responsibility Fund to strengthen this sector. However, it has not yet been implemented.

Read the full statement and an article here

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Calls – Deadlines – Interesting Gatherings

From November 7 to 10, 2019, the Congress of the Bundesverband Freier Radios (Association of Free Radios) the #ZWCM2019 – the Future Workshop Community Media 2019 – will take place at Art & Media Center FRIEDA 23 in Rostock.

In discussion groups, workshops and lectures the #ZWCM2019 will be all about the practice of Free Radios. From soldering to self organisation variants to supraregional editorial cooperation, the view on developments of media policy, an update on digital distribution channels, journalistic work to the view on our societal environment, the congress offers information and participation opportunities for Free Radio activists. This year’s host is Radio LOHRO.


Information, agenda and registration: https://www.community-media.net/
 

 

 

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AMARC Europe Newsletter 09/2019

AMARC Europe as part of the conference “Radio Activists – Open, Independent and Critical?”

From 18 – 21 September Radio CORAX (Halle in Germany) invites to a conference to discuss the practices and experiences of free and community radio initiatives around Europe and beyond. 

The conference organisers state “free radios – also known as community media – are a type of media from below, working independently, non-commercial and self-organised. That it’s necessary to talk about our practices and experiences has maybe to reasons: On the one hand, the media landscape is touched by effects of disintegration, rules of market and solitariness. On the other hand, in many European countries right-wing movements become stronger and predict to reduce the space of critical, left-wing, liberal media. We want to talk about the history and present of the free radio movement, with the aim of exchange and networking.” 

AMARC Europe will be a discussion partner in the panel “Under Pressure – Free Radios in Hungary, Austria and Slovenia” on Friday 20 September 2019 at 19.00. The panel will focus on the impact of right-wing policies on press freedom and the spaces for independent media work. The discussions partners will be 
Martin Wassermair (Head of politics desk at Dorf TV in Linz/Austria)
A representative of Radio Student from Ljubljana/Slovenia
Ákos Cserháti (Executive Director of Civil Radio in Budapest/Hungary)
Michael Nicolai (President AMARC Europe in Brussels/Belgium)

Link to the conference page in German here.

Link to the Facebook Event here.

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Grassroots Radio Third General Assembly: It’s a Wrap!

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of September 2019, the Grassroots Radio consortium celebrated the third general assembly of the project, hosted in the friendly building of 11.11.11. – the coalition of NGOs, unions, movements and various solidarity groups in Flanders (Dutch speaking Northern part of Belgium) – in Brussels. The meeting has seen participation of all the members of the consortium and been arranged by AMARC Europe.
 
The first day updates concerning the activities in the different communities have been shared by local partners. John Walsh from Bere Island Project Club (BIPG) reported about the activities and efforts they put in place in order to foster community engagement with the radio. The community radio has started to broadcast the mass, supported by West Cork FM. The mass has been broadcasted in particular for those who cannot leave the house and for patients hosted in the community hospital. This was a very positive action benefiting Bere Island’s community.
Read more on GrassRootsRadio.eu

AMARC with Deutsche Welle Akademie to support freedom of expression in Senegal

In the framework of the analysis of potential new priority countries of the DWA for the promotion of freedom of expression, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), AMARC was engaged as an external consultant to identify the possible axes of intervention in Senegal.
Indeed, the development of the media scene during the last thirty years has witnessed the development of all kind of media. The audiovisual legislation have been adopted and creates an enabling environment for the public, commercial and community audiovisual sector. On the other hand, the multiplication of media does not represent today a multiplication of points of view and diversity. Many questionings are raised on the ability of citizens to interpret information in a system strongly polarized by political and commercial interests.
The great digital boom of Senegal represents an opportunity and a danger. An opportunity in order to find innovative solutions and promote dialogue between citizens, media and public institutions, but also a danger that opens the door to the dissemination of fake news, in especially among the less educated layers of the society. What skills are lacking to citizens for critical use of media? And what skills do journalists lack in this changing environment?

With the DWA, AMARC is engaged in a process of research and ground mission that should lead to the development of new projects. Stay tuned!
 

AMARC to join the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019

AMARC will take part to the next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA, which will be held at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena (Italy), from 19 to 21 September 2019. The 2019 theme is: Radio as a Social/Convivial Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.

Mariacristina Sciannamblo (former M-ITI, currently AMARC) will attend the conference as one of the authors of the paper titled “Fostering Community Radio: the Grassroots Radio project”, which will discuss the articulation of the Grassroots Radio project with the co-design activities it entails. Here is the abstract of the paper:

Nowadays media management is increasingly a global phenomenon, subject to the dynamics of the platform society, plagued by a drop in independence, inclusiveness and pluralism. An attempt to resist this trend can derive from the inclusion of local communities in the governance of analogous broadcasting, as witnessed by the experience of community radio stations. In addition, the involvement of the communities also in the design of the technologies that allow them to access this media can foster the radio to become more and more a social/convivial tool. In this context, the Grassroots Radio project stands as a participatory design process aimed at the development and testing of an ICT technology for the creation of a network of FM community radio stations with geographical communities in Ireland, Portugal and Romania. A web platform allows the setting-up of FM radio stations, avoiding the costs of a real studio and expensive equipment: just a basic phone and a low-cost antenna are necessary. We will describe how digital technology can be used to support the existence of an inclusive and literacy-independent “old-school” social media. We will show that this can be possible through the co-design of a platform aimed at fostering cooperativism, citizen engagement, community deliberation, media pluralism and the free flow of information in local contexts. We will highlight how the intersection between new digital technologies and old analogue ones creates frictions within the institutional frameworks that regulate these dynamics, which, in turn, influence the definition of the communities and the design of the technologies themselves.

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International Community Mediascape

Mapping Project on Cameroonian Community Media

The Cameroon Community Media Network (CCMN) conducted a mapping project to collect information on the Community Media sector and its members in Cameroon – with a focus on the South-West, North-West, West and Littoral regions. In addition to the mapping and visualisation of the data, International experts and Cameroonian Community Media practitioners from the fields of community-based media production, conflict-sensitive journalism, media in rural context, networking, women and gender  discuss the potentials of community-based production in conflict situations with the aim to find answers to the current violent conflict in Cameroon and the role of media.

Link to the data of the mapping project and the report. 

VCMB founded – Community Media in Bavaria (Germany) are organizing themselves

End of August the bavarian Community Radios formed the Verband Community Media Bayern (VCMB ) to better represent the concept of Community Media in public. For these representatives of Radio Z from Nuremberg, LORA from Munich and Radio Free FM of Ulm and Neu Ulm, all organized in the Bundesverband Freier Radios (BFR), met at LORA in Munich. These radio stations are organized by volunteers who want to add their perception of life to the public discourse as a way to make it more diverse and inclusive.

Link to the Press Release in German on the website of LORA 92,4 MHz in Munich or download it here.

Coalition for a Democratic Radio Broadcast of Argentina proposes 16 points for a public communication policy in Argentina

Coalition for a Democratic Radio Broadcast of Argentina has advanced a proposal titled “For More Information, More Sovereignty, More Work” for the national government to subscribe to 16 principles the Coalition formulated as  a mandate of the federal public consultation forums carried out throughout the country. These principles condemn those policies that have silenced thousands of independent voices and jobs of public companies and the commercial sector  by favoring oligopolistic positions, the discretionary use of public funds for official propaganda and the allocation of radio frequencies for business groups.

The first principle ask the national government to approve a national law that guarantees pluralism of information, federalism and sustainability of all sectors. 

Link to the Press Release in Spanish on the website of Coalition for a Democratic Radio Broadcast of Argentina.

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Calls – Deadlines – Interesting Gatherings

Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es) Conference» 

The Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es) Conference will take place in Edinburgh (UK) on October 25, 2019. The conference  will welcome researchers from many disciplines who are currently conducting ethnographic studies of practices, cultures, socio-technical systems and lived experiences of collaborative economies, producing case studies and data sets documenting these realities and their impacts and implications, as well as developing methodological and epistemological insights and sensibilities about approaching these contexts ethnographically.

The conference is supported by the COST Action “From Sharing to Caring: Examining the Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy” (CA16121, 2017-2021), developing a network of actors focusing on the development of collaborative economy models and platforms and on social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice focused approach.
 

Rethinking media development – New actors, new technologies and new strategies

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) together with n-ost and the lead organisers DW Akademie and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung invite to the 2019 FoME Symposium held November 7-8, 2019 in Bonn at Deutsche Welle’s headquarters. “Rethinking media development – New actors, new technologies and new strategies” is the focus of this year’s symposium and explores the future for media development in the new information ecosystem.

The 2019 FoME Symposium brings together journalists, media managers, media development specialists, activists, academics and representatives from government, civil society and private companies from around the world to exchange their views on how the media development community can discuss, rethink and if necessary redefine its strategy to better serve the ideals of freedom of information and free speech in the digital era.

 

 

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Coordination: Alexander Vojvoda
Editorial team: Francesco Diasio, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Alexander Vojvoda 
Articles: Sally Galiana, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Alexander Vojvoda

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AMARC Europe Newsletter 07/2019

AMARC ARGENTINA: “WITHOUT COMMUNITY MEDIA THERE IS NOT DEMOCRACY”


Article by Sally Galiana

AMARC Argentina members gathered in mid-June to share knowledge, practices and realities, and participate in intense debates around the right to communication in Argentina.

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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

Grassroots Wavelength Project: Grassroots Radio on the right wavelength

Grassroots Radio is growing and advancing in the three locations of Bere Islands (Ireland), Madeira (Portugal), and in Sfantu Gheorghe and Varvoru de jos (Romania).

Bere Island Community Radio held their third broadcast on May 19th, broadcasting on 100.1FM locally and worldwide on the Internet.  The three-hour show was co-presented by two island women, Eileen Murphy and Angela Sullivan.  As Ireland has local and European elections on May 24th the programme featured interviews with local candidates, with particular reference to how their mandates will influence the island, and wider Beara community. Bere Island Projects Group are continuing to work with Grassroots Radio to and RootIO to test the RootIO system, and plan to broadcast using RootIO in the coming weeks.

On May 30th and June 1st we have welcomed two new community radios in Europe, with the Romanian stations of Sfantu Gheorghe and Varvoru de Jos on air on the 89.9 and 106 Mhz FM frequency, respectively. The RootIO technology, still in its experimenting phase, reacted very well to the diversity of inputs although local networking problems have sometimes cut the parallel internet streaming. 

Meanwhile, the Grassroots Radio team in Madeira has been doing many activities in Curral das Freiras, a civil parish of about 2000 inhabitants in the centre of the island and the location of one of the project radio stations. The project team has met several people in the town, including parish, teachers, representatives of local associations and community members while assembling the microstation and antenna on the top of the mountain to stream the transmission.

We are constantly monitoring all the activities and exchanging views on the work done in the different pilot sites. We are willing to keep up the good work along the summer and we are looking forward to the next update! 
Read more on GrassRootsRadio.eu

SMART: Pilot Training in Budapest

From 4 – 7 June 2019 the team around the SMART Erasmus+ project held its first training of trainer pilot workshop in Budapest, Hungary. The training workshop hosted 10 participants from Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and the Bask country to test and assess the developed training and gain important feedback on the next steps of the development of the training modules. AMARC Europe and CMFE  presented a discussion paper on training certification in the context of community media. Here are some impressions from the training course in Budapest .
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International Community Mediascape

Honduras: the Latin American Association of Education and Popular Communication calls for protection of Radio Progreso


ALER (Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación y Comunicación Popular –  Latin American Association of Education and Popular Communication), concerned about the serious situation of social and political violence in Honduras, joins the voices of citizens who are demonstrating in the streets to call on the police and military forces to immediately cease violence and repression that exacerbate the breach of the rule of law in Honduras.
 
The military forces show disrespectful procedures  and violation of human rights in the Latin American country. In this context, on June 24, the Association denounces the incursion of the Military Police into the National Autonomous University of Honduras, where several students were injured, 4 of them seriously by bullet shots. According to Amnesty International, in the last two weeks there have been 2 people killed, and 19 have been wounded by firearms in clashes with the public police. That is why we join the national and international organizations that condemn these events that seek to silence the voice and stop the mobilization of the Honduran people.
Read More (in Spanish) on aler.org

Honduras: Defending Human Rights with Radio 

In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew Honduras’ democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights conditions in that country have deteriorated. Radio has become a vital organizing tool for defending the rights of indigenous people and fighting environmental destruction, while providing needed information and education to people in rural areas.

Listen to this podcast with community radio producers Meredith Beeson and Ellen Knutson to learn about what’s happening in Honduras, and the important role of radio.

New publication: Radio as Art. Concepts, Spaces, Practices

“Radio as Art Concepts, Spaces, Practices”, edited by Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Ursula Frohne, Jee-Hae Kim, Maria Peters, Franziska Rauh, Sarah Rothe, is the title of a new volume published by Transcript that investigates a broad range of aesthetic experiments with the broadcasting technology of radio.
Acoustic signals, voice, sound, articulation, music and spatial networking are dispositifs of radiophonic transmission. They have brought forth a great number of artistic practices. Up to and into the digital present radio has been – and still is – employed and explored as an apparatus-based structure as well as an (alternative) model for performance and perception. The book also sheds light on the use of radio as a means of disseminating artistic concepts, and on questions of conceptual and sociocultural matters of mediation of this art form.

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Calls – Deadlines – Interesting Gatherings

10th sonOhr Radio & Podcast Festival: Open Call «en masse» 

The 10th sonOhr Radio & Podcast Festival from February 21st to 23rd 2020 is looking for audio pieces and program ideas that explore the topic of «en masse» in terms of content, sound, tone, format or imagery.

The Festival will look at the excess of consumption and the overabundance of data, at mass hysteria and collective intelligence, at mass movements and protests. We’re also drawn to the contrary: sufficiency, isolation and silence. sonOhr wants to discuss belonging, community and coexistence. It wants to make the thundering, manifold voices of the masses audible and are looking for material that moves the masses.
 
Are you a producer or author of radio fictions, documentaries, podcasts, audio art; are you a sound researcher, trainer or inventor of new sound-rich formats or audio technologies? Then sonOhr would be happy to hear from you. It is looking for listening sessions, presentations, talks, soundwalks, live-podcasts, panel discussions, workshops, interactive formats, and more.
 
Submission date: August 20th, 2019
 

ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019, Siena (Italy), September 19-21, 2019 

The next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA will be held at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena (Italy), from 19 to 21 September 2019. The 2019 theme is: Radio as a Social/Convivial Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.

In the age of platformization of culture (Nieborg & Poell 2018) every media is being turned into a digital platform and every audience is being datafied and commodified. What is the role of radio within this new media ecosystem? Tim Wu (2011) showed how radio broadcasting too was eventually colonized by the ethos of profit, but along its history the radio medium has been able to partially escape its commodification and it has carved out a social role as a public service media and as a community/civic media, more open to audience interaction and participation than television and print media used to be.

In a media ecosystem increasingly shaped by algorithms, radio is the only medium that still has a relevant analogue component, especially in non-western areas of the world. The relevance of analogue broadcasting is not only a residual practice but could be also framed as a space of freedom, a practice of resistance to the process of platformization.


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