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.
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.
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 email@example.com register via themembership 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
AMARC Europa invitó Damian Loreti (Consejo Internacional de AMARC) para reflexionar sobre este año de Prensa UNESCO Libertad Día tema: “Medios para la Democracia: Periodismo y Elecciones en tiempos de desinformación”
En 2016 el Diccionario Oxford eligió el término “post-verdad” como la palabra del año, en un contexto en el que la circulación incesante de información mediada por las redes sociales en la actualidad nos ha puesto frente a la necesidad de discernir entre información exacta, inexacta , (noticia falsa) verdadera o falsa.
In many cases we talk about specially developed information (or content) aimed at carefully developed user profiles, based on the non-consensual use of personal data (interests, friends, schedules, cultural consumption, etc.). These are forms of communication assisted by filters based on algorithms or artificial intelligence that process huge volumes of data and can self-perfect their performances (machine learning), initially to publicize products. Digital platforms, initially unaware of the information/opinion/entertainment relationship, have begun to worry and put in place measures to mitigate what they will consider as manipulation. For this they decided to appeal in some cases to third instances of verification. Although it is not the central motive of this collaboration, it would also be necessary to meditate on who verifies the verifiers because the complaints of those contracted by these companies are already public due to pressures of a different nature.
Damian Loreti recibió un doctorado en Ciencias de la Información de la Universidad. Complutense de Madrid y es abogado y profesor con el foco en la libertad de información en el Departamento de la Universidad de Buenos Aires Comunicación.
La incidencia de noticias falsas o no del todo cierto, se supone, había afectado el resultado de procesos políticos cardinales de la realidad del mundo como la elección de Donald Trump a la presidencia de los EE.UU., el referéndum para la salida de Gran Bretaña de la europea Unión (Brexit) o el plebiscito para el acuerdo de paz entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC y las elecciones presidenciales en Brasil. Sin embargo, no todo es lo mismo.
When we speak of post-truth, according to Oxford, we refer to “circumstances in which objective facts have less influence on the formation of public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. That is, the reinforcement of a certain ideological perspective through emotional elements or rather a kind of “to each one what each one wants to hear”. In some cases, with inaccuracies, credibility, exaggerations or, in other cases, with smooth and plain fallacies. It would be, in some way, the non-relation between a proposition that is presented as legitimate and the facts to which it refers.
On the other hand, the fake news appear as news, stories, images or any type of falsified contents with a certain intentionality. That means putting into circulation with a deliberate objective of advocacy in the public sphere. This is not entirely new. In 1898, American press tycoon William Randolph Hearst sent the cartoonist Frederic Remington, who telegraphed his boss from Havana saying: “Nothing special. All is calm. There will be no war. I would like to go back”. Hearst’s strict response was: “Provide drawings, I will provide the war”. The subsequent putting into circulation of images and information that sought to act on feelings pushed the war. Thirty years later, in a similar way, but with innocent entertainment objectives, Orson Welles staged another war. Through the antennas of the Columbia Broadcasting System, a fictional extraterrestrial invasion was broadcast in “The War of the Worlds” but narrated with the construction tools of informative verisimilitude of the moment, which motivated enormous signs of panic in the streets of New York.
La discusión en torno a la veracidad de la información, la manipulación de datos e información y la proliferación de rumores con el propósito de influir en la formación de la opinión pública, volcando los resultados electorales o generando alteraciones en los mercados se remonta, como hemos dicho, mucho más allá la aparición de las redes sociales.
Más bien, se presenta como un desafío inherente a la conformación de la esfera pública y al papel de los medios de comunicación en la construcción de estereotipos, ideas consensuadas y la estigmatización de todo disenso en las democracias contemporáneas.
This context poses new challenges for community media. Especially in countries that have become refractory to participation as the soul of democracy, to “memory, truth and justice” policies related to human rights violations or even to the events of the wars that have taken place. But the challenges to be faced are no more serious than fighting for the consolidation of the sector in times (past and present) of persecution and dictatorships and autocracies.
The closeness with our audiences puts us in a place. Being close to our audiences puts us 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. This concept, which has generated great debates about its implications and consequences, is not a purely legal concept that has been debated.
Las radios comunitarias no necesitan leyes o reglamentos, y menos que no necesitan Ministerios Verdad para verificar como verdadera y exacta que somos. Cuando nos persiguen la razón no se basa en decir mentiras. La razón es nuestra búsqueda constante y obstinada de la verdad. La verdad comprometida con los valores de los pueblos, los derechos humanos, la democracia y la justicia social.
El nuevo contexto nos obliga a ser más imaginativos en términos de alianzas y la incorporación de tecnologías. No cambiar principios. La creación de redes comunitarias que se enfrentan los monopolios de infraestructura son un ejemplo entre muchos.
Nuestra razón de ser - dijimos en los “14 Principios” - es promover el desarrollo social, los derechos humanos, la diversidad cultural y lingüística y la pluralidad de informaciones y opiniones, los valores democráticos y la satisfacción de la comunicación social y la convivencia pacífica. cómo garantizar el acceso y la participación de todas las razas, etnias, géneros, orientaciones sexuales y religiosos.
Las experiencias enseñan que los propietarios de las plataformas no suelen creen en esto y que también censor. Pero las censuras caen sobre los más vulnerables. Por eso es el momento de ratificar nuestras creencias y principios. Por cualquier medio.
In the frame of the EU project ““Empowering civil society through media”, in which AMARC Europe is partner together with Red de Medios Comunitarios (Jordan), Soluciones de medios comunitarios (UK) and Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), the Secretary General of AMARC, Francesco Diasio, participated to the conference “Empowering civil society in Jordan through community media”, held in Amman the 18º and 19º of February, under the patronage of the Minister of State or Media Affairs.
Over 150 participants from all Jordanian governorates, Palestine, Yemen, United Kingdom and Belgium attended this event. The conference, aimed at studying the relationship between civil society and community media, listened to government officials, civil society activists, practitioners in community media and international experts’ familiar with media laws and best practices regarding the relations between civil society and community media.
Conference participants praised the role of the Jordanian Minister of Media Affairs and the Director General of the Media Commission and called on them to work closely with civil society and community media activists in formulating a new Jordanian media strategy that takes into consideration what is needed so that they can better serve their communities. Several priorities have been highlighted in the final press release, and among others the “ need to bridge the gap between civil society and community media by means of appropriate media legislation that recognizes the importance of community media and creates an enabling environment that can develop and sustain a professional media that serves the public while at the same time dealing with the challenges of the knowledge revolution in concert with international standards".
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.
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.