AMARC Europe as part of the Grassroots Radio Project wants to share the statement of the project for World Radio Day 2020 and wishes all project members and partners a Happy World Radio Day”

For this occasion, the project team has produced several video clips and released a press statement. The clips are made in English, Romanian and Portuguese, in representation of the three countries in which the project is being piloted. These short clips show the diversity that the project entails, including the auxiliary use of Text To Speech technologies.

Press Release: WE ARE DIVERSITY. WE ARE (GRASSROOTS) RADIO!

The Grassroots Radio project joins its voice with community radio stations worldwide to celebrateDía Mundial de Radiocomunicaciones 2020. According to UNESCO: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.”

The Internet has helped to bring people together from all over the world, but it has not helped neighborhoods or communities nearly as well. The Grassroots Radio project ispiloting 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, increase the permeability and impact of those stations through a combination of existing digital and nondigital technologies

LaGrassroots Radio projectis diversity: diversity in the consortium of partners (academic, commercial and non-profit NGO partners), diversity in the approach to new forms of interaction between mobile telephony and traditional radio, diversity in the engagement process of remote communities inRomania, Ireland and Portugal. As an ICT-based project, Grassroots Radio is proud to be diverse in the gender balance of consortium members as well, operating within a field – that of ICT – which still suffers from strong gender gaps.

The community radio movement is different from the public and commercial broadcasting sectors, but also diverse within the non-profit sector itself: locally rooted antennas, campus radios, city radios or rural radios, religious radios, socially driven experiences, information or simply entertainment experiences, all this represents the diversity of the sector

According to Chris Csikszentmihalyi, the Grassroots radio project coordinator, “the diversity of the project is especially evident with theexperimental side of the use of new technologies, including the auxiliary use ofText To Speechtechnologies, tailored on the needs of local communities and local languages including Romanian, Madeiran Portuguese and Gaelic Irish.”

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 Grassroots Radio project consortium wishes our colleagues and friends around the World a happy World Radio Day 2020!

Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa, colegas y amigos,

Dentro de unos días vamos a celebrar el Día Mundial de 2020. tema de radio de este año, el Día Mundial de la Radio es “Somos la diversidad. Somos RADIO”.

La UNESCO sostiene en el tema de este año racional que “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 duque
Coordinador de Proyectos de AMARC Europa
alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu

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Día Mundial de Radiocomunicaciones 2020

#weareDIVERSITY
Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa, colegas y amigos,

Dentro de unos días vamos a celebrar el Día Mundial de 2020. tema de radio de este año, el Día Mundial de la Radio es “Somos la diversidad. Somos RADIO”.

La UNESCO sostiene en el tema de este año racional que “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 duque
Coordinador de Proyectos de AMARC Europa

alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu
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Día Mundial de Radiocomunicaciones 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.
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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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La UNESCO ha anunciado el tema de este año para el Día Mundial de la Radio: Diversidad.

“La radio es un medio poderoso para la celebración de la humanidad en toda su diversidad y constituye una plataforma para el discurso democrático. A nivel mundial, la radio sigue siendo el medio más consumido. Esta capacidad única para llegar a la más amplia audiencia de radio medio puede dar forma a la experiencia de una sociedad de la diversidad, de pie como un espacio para todas las voces se manifiesten, ser representados y escuchados. Las estaciones de radio deben servir a diversas comunidades, ofreciendo una amplia variedad de programas, puntos de vista y de contenido, y reflejar la diversidad de los públicos en sus organizaciones y operaciones. “

Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web del Día Mundial de la Radioaquí

En la ocasión, elDía Mundial de la Radio (WRD), laAsociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias(AMARC) se une a todos sus colegas y socios en el mundo de la radio, reafirmando el papel crucial del sector de la radiodifusión comunitaria.

La libertad de comunicación y expresión son siempre crítico en muchas regiones del mundo. Mientras que la participación para el diálogo, la tolerancia y la paz, las radios comunitarias son todavía demasiado a menudo y en peligro por la falta de marcos legislativos claros, y la igualdad de oportunidades en el acceso al espectro de frecuencias, potencia la difusión y el acceso a la información.

Las radios comunitarias son agentes de cambio. La extrema diversidad de este movimiento y su enfoque hiperlocal, no menoscaben los valores universales de la cohesión social que persigue. El diálogo, la tolerancia y la paz son el espíritu del sector de la radio comunitaria.

El entorno tecnológico cambiante y de la transversalidad de los medios de comunicación, entre la radio tradicional, las aplicaciones en línea y telefonía móvil, pueden ofrecer oportunidades sin precedentes para el desarrollo del sector de la radio comunitaria, siempre que la capacidad de llenar la brecha entre los que tienen y los que tienen no el acceso a los recursos.

En este mundo de dualidades, a través de diversas asociaciones y proyectos, AMARC trabaja para mejorar las condiciones de las radios comunitarias como paradigma de un ambiente lleno medios plurales. Tutoría y formación se llevan a cabo en varias regiones para mejorar las capacidades de los periodistas, nuevas soluciones tecnológicas se acercaron y experimentaron, el diálogo y el debate democrático sobre cuestiones tales como la migración, el cambio climático o la violencia contra las mujeres, son promovidos con el fin de sensibilizar a los oyentes e inspirar a la comprensión de nuevas perspectivas. defensores de AMARC y actos, en la escena internacional, para la mejora de la seguridad de los periodistas locales y de la comunidad, y para los derechos de la comunicación de las radios comunitarias.

Let Celebremos la radio comunitaria juntos! Únete a nosotros y la campaña de la Unesco! ¡Gracias por su participación!

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