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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!
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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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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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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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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 onhttps://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 Europe Projets et activités

AMARC à la Conférence de recherche Radio ECREA 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 l'Europe accueille une réunion EMAC

AMARC Europe hosted the last meeting of theEthical 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 theTerminology and Guidelines,ActivitiesetCategoriespages.

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

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

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International Community Mediascape

“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 ici

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 articleici

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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 ici.

Link to the Facebook Event ici.

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AMARC Europe Projets et activités

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.

Link to the conference webpage.
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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 ici.

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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Team AMARC Europe Newsletter
Coordination: Alexander Duke
Editorial team: Francesco Diasio, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Alexander Vojvoda
Articles: Sally Galiana, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Alexander Vojvoda

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