Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,

In a few days we will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020. This year’s World Radio Day topic is “We are DIVERSITY. We are RADIO”.

The UNESCO argues in this year’s topic rational that “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 Duke
Project Co-ordinator AMARC Europe
alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu

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AMARC Special Newsletter


World Radio Day 2020

#weareDIVERSITY
Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,

In a few days we will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020. This year’s World Radio Day topic is “We are DIVERSITY. We are RADIO”.

The UNESCO argues in this year’s topic rational that “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 Duke
Project Co-ordinator AMARC Europe

alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu
More Information on the World Radio Day Website
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World Radio Day 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 ici


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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 Wavelengthsprojet et prévoient actuellement des activités d'apprentissage et de diffusion pour les membres de l'AMARC pour discuter des résultats et des enseignements tirés de la création des radios communautaires en Irlande, la Roumanie et le Portugal au cours du projet. Nous continuons notre travail avec le INTELLIGENT projet Erasmus + sur l'éducation aux médias dans le tiers secteur des médias. En collaboration avec nos partenaires de l'Irlande, la Hongrie, Pays basque, l'Allemagne et l'Autriche, nous organiserons la prochaine formation des pilotes SMART pour les médias communautaires formateurs en Mars à Vienne et un forum d'échange sur l'éducation aux médias pour le secteur des médias communautaires, les partenaires et les personnes intéressées. En tant que partenaires de la Soundroutes projets nous attendons avec impatience en 2020 pour fournir une occasion pour les musiciens internationaux, qui ont émigré en Europe pour effectuer au sein des communautés locales et en collaboration avec des artistes locaux et lier l'expérience acquise dans les secteurs des médias communautaires.

Outre les projets en cours et les nouvelles de notre équipe est engagée dans, un événement important pour l'Europe est en avance AMARC nous: l'Assemblée générale AMARC en Europe 2020. La planification initiale a commencé, et nous sommes heureux d'avoir trouvé avec CRAOL (Irlande) un partenaire pour notre PROCHAINS Assemblée générale qui aura lieu à l'automne 2020 en Irlande. D'autres informations suivront bientôt.

Avant de l'AG 2020, nous continuerons d'accroître les efforts pour mettre en valeur et souligner le travail et l'impact des membres et l'Europe AMARC l'ensemble du secteur des médias communautaires en Europe a. Par conséquent, nous avons lancé notre nouveau site web avec de nombreuses nouvelles fonctionnalités pour les membres, y compris une carte de membre, des forums de discussion internes et de nouvelles fonctionnalités de change. Dans un avenir proche, vous entendrez plus à ce sujet.

Nous attendons avec impatience une année bien remplie avec beaucoup de chances de travailler ensemble, échanger et éventuellement rencontrer lors de l'Assemblée générale à l'automne 2020. L'équipe vous souhaite l'Europe AMARC un bon départ pour 2020.

Alexander Duke
AMARC Europe
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AMARC Europe Projets et activités

AMARC l'Europe lance un nouveau site

Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer le lancement du nouveau site web et de l'Europe AMARC vous présenter quelques-unes des nouvelles fonctionnalités sur le site.



L'idée principale derrière le relancement du site était de simplifier et mettre à jour la structure complète du site et le rendre plus facile pour vous de trouver le contenu pertinent pour vous et accéder aux informations du site.

Aperçu du projet


Par conséquent, nous avons créé une section de projet distinct. Dans cette section, vous trouverez des résumés et des articles pertinents sur les projets en cours et l'Europe AMARC passé. De l'avis de projet détaillé, vous trouverez des informations sur le projet, les objectifs du projet, les partenaires, la durée et les principaux résultats du projet.



Carte membre


La section membre est la cartographie de tous les membres, les organisations, les individus et les partenaires Europe AMARC collabore avec. Dans une prochaine étape, la carte sera l'outil de recherche majeur pour divers domaines d'expertise dans le secteur des médias communautaires européenne en tant que moteur de recherche et élaboré une liste détaillée et un outil d'information sera mis en œuvre dans la carte de membre. Si vous souhaitez figurer sur la carte entrer en contact avec nous via contact@amarceurope.eu ou par l'intermédiaire du registre formulaire d'adhésion.



AMARC Europe, espace membre


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

Thème de la Journée mondiale des radiocommunications 2020 annoncé

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 ici

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Les mises en candidature pour le Prix mondial de l'UNESCO Liberté de la presse 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 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 ici.
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Coordination: Alexander Duke

AMARC Europe is looking forward to your comments, critics, complaints, feedback and suggestions for the AMARC newsletter. Please send your comments toalexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu
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Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer le lancement du nouveau site web et de l'Europe AMARC vous présenter quelques-unes des nouvelles fonctionnalités sur le site.

L'idée principale derrière le relancement du site était de simplifier et mettre à jour la structure complète du site et le rendre plus facile pour vous de trouver le contenu pertinent pour vous et accéder aux informations du site.

Aperçu du projet

Par conséquent, nous avons créé une section de projet distinct. Dans cette section, vous trouverez des résumés et des articles pertinents sur les projets en cours et l'Europe AMARC passé. De l'avis de projet détaillé, vous trouverez des informations sur le projet, les objectifs du projet, les partenaires, la durée et les principaux résultats du projet.

Carte membre

La section membre est la cartographie de tous les membres, les organisations, les individus et les partenaires Europe AMARC collabore avec. Dans une prochaine étape, la carte sera l'outil de recherche majeur pour divers domaines d'expertise dans le secteur des médias communautaires européenne en tant que moteur de recherche et élaboré une liste détaillée et un outil d'information sera mis en œuvre dans la carte de membre. Si vous souhaitez figurer sur la carte entrer en contact avec nous viacontact@amarceurope.euou par l'intermédiaire du registreformulaire d'adhésion.

AMARC Europe, espace membre

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 viacontact@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.