On Thursday 5ºand Friday 6ºof 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 byAMARC Europa.

11.11.11 headquarters

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 benefitingBere Island’s community.

As for the setup of the radio stations in Romania, local partners ActiveWatch and MedAlert have informed about the two radio stations broadcasting 24/7 in the two communities of –San Jorgeand Vârvoru de Jos – with a commercial schedule and 25 volunteers involved. 3600 songs have been inputted to be broadcasted. The shows are different and are aimed at specific populations in the community. For example, in the community of Sfantu Gheorghe, there is a show in Ukrainian-Romanian language, with different languages spoken.

The radio community engagement in the Portuguese island of Madeira is alsorather lively and in progress, with two communities involved: Curral das Freiras and Estreito. Radio shows have been started in the former, with live interviews from the community and first experimentations with the text-to-speech (TTS) technology set up.

After the updates from the local pilots in Romania, Ireland and Portugal, the meeting went on with some exercises for the consortium members to get familiar with the evaluation framework arranged by the Irish partner University College Cork. Then, updates from the technical partnerRootIOhave been shared in order to collectively check up and discuss the improvements achieved with the work performed by the RootIO team. After one year from the beginning of the project, Jude and Andreea (the RootIO guys) have constantly gone back and forth andbring the technology to a stable levelthat the consortium can build from. Some technical issues – e.g. weakness of connectivity in some areas – have been discussed in order to reduce as much as possible the gap between communities’ expectations from the project and the results that a research action such as Grassroots Radio can concretely achieve. Positive news has been shared byCEREPROCabout the development of the speech synthesis voices in English, Romanian, and Portuguese. Scenarios about the implementation of TTS technologies have also been discussed in terms of accessibility, in case of audiences lacking connections or literacy.

The second day of the general assembly has been dedicated to discussions aroundgovernance, sustainability, and management of community radio. The group has also been involved in evaluation sessions with exercises providing a reflective guide to see whether we are meeting our goals, and also how we might capture our goals.

The last session has been focused on the preparation for the mid-term review the consortium is going to face the next week in Brussels. Given the updates and results shared during the assembly in Brussels, we are quite confident Grassroots Radio will give a positive impression to out evaluators. We will keep you posted! Bye for now, and fingers crossed!

From 4 – 7 June 2019 the team around the SMART Erasmus+ project held its first training of trainer pilot training 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. All pictures by Walther Moser (walt@mur.at)

La proliferación de medios de comunicación y las nuevas tecnologías ha dado lugar a cambios decisivos y desafíos para los procesos de comunicación y el comportamiento humano. El cambio en el panorama de los medios también ha impactado en el papel y las responsabilidades sociales, profesionales y éticos de los periodistas. Estos cambios en el papel que juegan los medios en la vida de los ciudadanos han puesto de relieve la importancia de la información de los medios responsables.

comunicadores de medios de comunicación y el público se enfrentan ahora la tarea de separar los hechos de la ficción en los textos de los medios de comunicación. Sin embargo, es la responsabilidad de los periodistas y locutores en los medios tradicionales y en línea tener en cuenta los elementos que se introducen en el contenido que están produciendo, el lenguaje que utilizan y el mensaje que están tratando de convocar. Ahí Ha habido iniciativas encabezadas por los periodistas y medios de comunicación (BBC, El Guardián ...) para volver a la esencia del periodismo retomando la tarea de de hecho la comprobación, y la aplicación de lo que es tener en cuenta los cinco principios fundamentales de periodismo ético: la verdad y la exactitud; independencia; la equidad y la imparcialidad; humanidad; y rendición de cuentas. (ver Red ética periodista)

Los medios de comunicación Ético para una ciudadanía activa (EMAC) proyecto tiene como objetivo desarrollar una alfabetización mediática curso de formación de la entrega mientras que proporciona herramientas ciudadanos y los medios activistas con competencias valiosas para frente a desafíos muy tópicos presentados tanto, los productores de medios y audiencias (Falsa noticias / hechos alternativos, infomerciales frente a la información, la libertad de expresión y la incitación al odio, la diversidad y el pluralismo en los medios de comunicación, los valores de producción y colocación de contenido). El proyecto está coordinado por CERCA FM (Irlanda) y la asociación incluye Radio Corax (Halle, Germany), desierto de radio Eje (Tübingen, Alemania), Commit (Austria), EMARTV (Andalucía, España) y AMARC Europa (Bruselas, Bélgica).

Hasta el momento, los socios han elaborado una Directrices y documentos seleccionados, Terminología actividades relevantes que se centran en el refuerzo de un enfoque de diversidad de la producción periodística y habilidades. Algunas de las actividades que ya se han puesto a prueba en la formación de pilotos talleres en Alemania, Austria, Irlanda y España. Ahora nos enfrentamos a la final etapa del proyecto, donde estarán todas las actividades de información y traducido a las lenguas de la asociación (alemán, español e Inglés y luego se suben a una en línea plataforma de formación que será accesible para el público en general y que podría ser utilizado como una herramienta de aprendizaje o como una herramienta de entrenamiento.

Como parte del proyecto, los socios también producir ocho programas de radio que abordan la cuestión de hecho, la precisión, la falsificación noticias y ética y el periodismo responsable que será cargado en el página web y que podrían ser utilizados como recursos de formación en cada país.

La 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), we are experimenting new technologies based on a strong interaction between mobile telephony, traditional radio and Text to Speech (TTS) technologies, a través de la RootIo platform.

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After the first year of the project, we are currently broadcasting in Bere Islands (Ireland). In Madeira, the Grassroots Radio team has been doing a lot of activities in Curral das Freiras, a civil parish of about 2000 inhabitants in the centre of Madeira and location of one of our grassroots radio stations. The most important outcome so far, is the licensing process in Romania, that through our partners (Activewatch and Medialert), reached to obtain a community radio licence for the first time in the country. Two radio stations will be launched soon in the Danube delta, Radio Civic Vârvoru de Jos (Dolj) and Radio Civic Sfântu Gheorghe (Tulcea).

In this framework, we recently attended the high-level policy workshop The road ahead for digital social innovation: How can the EU support tech as a force for empowerment and social impact?, which took place in Brussels on April 26, 2019. The workshop was organized by the global innovation foundation Nesta, as part of the digital social innovation (DSI4EU) project. The workshop explored how the European institutions can support Digital Social Innovation (DSI) and create a future where technology empowers citizens to tackle our biggest social and environmental challenges.

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SMART (Specific Methodologies And Resources for Radio Trainers) is addressed to radio trainers in community media and offers selected and valid training exercises and methods even to specific target groups to create radio trainings. It was about producing a training tool that would prevail over time, and no disappear at the end of the project. SMART on-line tool brings together the training experience of community radios but also adapted activities to be used with people with learning difficulties, vision impaired, and migrant women.

SMART Trainers will focus on dissemination and also improvement of existing resources, and more importantly, to make it a reference for trainers in community radio in Europe.

SMART Trainers aims to create a syllabus for train the trainers course about using the online ressource of SMART and get to know the ideas behind; to create assessment methodologies for the learning outcome of the train the trainer course. Furthermore, the European organizations AMARC Europe and CMFE will discuss and weight the implementation of a certified or recommended SMART Train the Trainer.

Partners in the project are: Radio Corax (Ger), Near media coop (Irl), Civil Radio (Hu), COMETER (AUT), Antxeta Irratia (F/Basque), AMARC Europa (EU), CMFE (EU) and Radioschool klipp+klang (CH).

The project started in October 2018 and will end in September 2020. It is funded by the ERASMUS+ – Strategic Partnerships for adult education of the European Commission.