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Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.


„If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.“ – Noam Chomsky


Democracy requires independent, critical and genuinely representative media. Without them, citizens lose the means to participate in the debate that sets the political agenda. Yet there’s little public discussion of media policy. After all, where would it occur? The mass media would be a perfect venue-but don’t hold your breath.


April 18 – 20, 2018, London
MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES: Current Debates and Future Directions
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May 2 – 4, 2018, Berlin
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June 2, 2018, Sheffield, UK
The Radio Hub
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June 6 – 9, 2018, Kosice, Slovakia
24th International Festival of Local Televisions
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June 11 – 13, 2018, Bonn, Germany
DW Global Media Forum
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June 11 – 15, 2018, Florence, Italy
CMFP Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners
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June 14 – 15, 2018, Leuven, Belgium
Media & Learning 2018: Video in Higher Education
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July 11, 2018, London
newsrewired digital journalism conference
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July 11 – 13, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland
ACM Annual Conference
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Aug. 31 – Sept. 5, 2018, Berlin
IFA – Consumer Electronics Unlimited
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September 5 – 9, 2018, Marseille
NECE conference: Erosion of Democracy?
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September 15, 2018, Sheffield, UK
Community Media Conference
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October 31 – November 31, 2018, Lugano, Switzerland
7th European Communication Conference
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April 2018


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Global Media Forum – Who we are

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (GMF) is the Place Made for Minds, where decision makers and influencers from all over the world come together. It’s the global platform put on by Deutsche Welle and its partners and the place where you can connect and strengthen relations with over 2,000 inspiring representatives from the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society.
June 11 – 13, 2018, Bonn, Germany

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Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

Ofcom has announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The new stations will serve communities in Bristol, Maldon, and Newcastle and Gateshead, in England; Belfast in Northern Ireland; as well as Cumbernauld, and Musselburgh, Tranent and Wallyford in Scotland.

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How to write stories on development that people actually want to read

Seven European media outlets share their experiences, tricks and insights

One of the greatest challenges in development reporting is creating connections. How can journalists build strong links between people from both sides of the world and make them relate to topics that seem so far away from their immediate reality?

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CMPF’s 2018 Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners

Taking place 11-15 June 2018 in Florence, ITALY

The business and practice of journalism are changing profoundly. Algorithms, artificial intelligence and automation are already applied in many aspects of news production, distribution, and consumption. Leading media companies have started to automate news content with little to no human intervention – so called robot journalism.

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Social Media, Political Polarization, and Political Disinformation:
A Review of the Scientific Literature

The following report is intended to provide an overview of the current state of the
literature on the relationship between social media; political polarization; and political
The report concludes by identifying key gaps in our understanding of these phenomena and the data that are needed to address them.



Launch of WFFM publication : Free media : issues, challenges and proposals

Coordinated by people from three countries (Brazil, Canada, France), this issue addresses the challenges common to free media around the world. The contributions are gathered in two parts: the first analyzes the issues of media and free technologies, the second presents alternatives and proposals to face these challenges.

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World Charter of Free Media

We, communicators and activists committed to multiple emancipatory communication practices across different regions of the world, freely assembled in March 2015 in Tunis, on the occasion of the 4th World Forum on Free Media, organized as part of the World Social Forum 2015, Adopt this World Charter of Free Media.

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Two Former Federations of Community Media have become one

The former Federation of Community and Training Media and the Federation of Open Channels have now become the new Federation of Community Media. This new federation will further contribute to the strengthening of community media in Germany.

At their first general meeting following the successful merger, the members elected Armin Ruda from Kassel and Dr. Ing. Wolfgang Ressmann from Ludwigshafen as co-chairmen.

„More than 30 years after the first open channel in Ludwigshafen started broadcasting in 1984, community media is gaining in importance as a democratic platform for sharing diverse local opinions. In addition, community media is a place to further media expertise and civic education,“ said Ressmann and Ruda.

According to Ressmann and Ruda, the most important goal of the new federation is the commitment to guarantee the existence and development of community media as the third pillar of the broadcasting system. In addition,  appropriate financing for community media will also be a priority for the new federation.

The new federation is a member of Open Channels for Europe.
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Final report of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation

In January 2018, the European Commission set up a high-level group of experts („the HLEG“) to advise on policy initiatives to counter fake news and disinformation spread online. The main deliverable of the HLEG was a report designed to review best practices in the light of fundamental principles, and suitable responses stemming from such principles.

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Low-powered community radio is proving to be a powerful voice. People are using it to inform, educate and spark change near home.

In the 1990 movie „Pump Up the Volume,“ Christian Slater plays a high-school student who uses pirated airwaves to create change in his community.
Fast-forward to 2018, where people are once again turning to community radio to inform, educate and — like Slater’s character — spark change in their communities.

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Master’s Program “International Media Studies“ – Apply now!

Applications for the 10th intake of the IMS Master’s program are now being accepted. The program gets underway in September 2018 in Bonn.
The IMS is conducted in English and German and combines the disciplines media and development, journalism, communication science and media management. The full-time, four-semester program offers an unparalleled mix of research, lectures and practical experience and prepares students for careers in the communications and media industries.

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BBC to shelve plans to force listeners to replace their analogue radios with DAB sets

For years fans of wireless radios have campaigned to stop the apparently inevitable march of progress as Britain prepares to switch off its crackling analogue signal and become totally digital.

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Jürgen Linke


1980 – 1987 Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs (governmental department): Head of Media (media projects, media law)
1987 – 2007 (retirement) Director Open Channel Berlin – Public Access Radio and TV Station

Numerous project presentation in German, European, American, African and Asian Universities and media institutions

Open Channels for Europe!: Chairman
Bundesverband Bürgermedien (Federation of Community Media in Germany): Member



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March 2018



Civil society strategy consultation: have your say

Have your say on how Government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.
This consultation closes at 9am on 22 May 2018.
The Government wants to have an open conversation about civil society, what is working well, and what Government can do to strengthen it further.

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Women in Media: An IMS reading list for March 8 – the International Women’s Day

Recent IMS publications highlights challenges facing female media workers in Somalia, Pakistan, Myanmar and Afghanistan. The daunting lists of obstacles underscores the importance of IMS’s  continued focus on ensuring equal rights for men and women working in media.

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A new report on the role of community media for refugees and migrants has been published

The Council of Europe publication entitled “Spaces of Inclusion – An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media” has been prepared by experts of the COMMIT Community Media Institute in Austria. It will be presented by COMMIT at the final “Media against Hate” workshop in Brussels on 5 and 6 March.

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World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Across the world, journalism is under fire. While more individuals have access to content than ever before, the combination of political polarization and technological change have facilitated the rapid spread of hate speech, misogyny and unverified ‚fake news‘, often leading to disproportionate restrictions on freedom of expression.

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Airwaves of change

Pooja Murada, a Delhi-based communication specialist, who had been working on social projects in Mewat since 1999, launched Alfaz-e-Mewat in 2012. Today, her radio station reaches 2.5 lakh homes in 225 villages.

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Attack on public broadcasting licence fee clearly fails

Voters have rejected a proposal to do away with the mandatory licence fee for Switzerland’s public broadcasters.
Final results show 71.6% of voters throwing out the initiative, which was launched by the youth chapters of two major political parties on the right.

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Apply now for a Global Health reporting grant!

The Global Health Journalism Grant Programme aims to advance innovative reporting on global health topics in developing countries in French media.
The grants are worth between €5,000 and €20,000 each – including potential travel and technical expenses according to the scope of project.
Please note: This programme is open to freelancers, staff journalists and newsrooms!
The deadline to apply is 30 April 2018 (22:00 CET)

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Community Radio for CHANGE

A new booklet on the best practices/success stories including the learning and experiences of the Community Radio stations in India has been published.

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Documentary „Community Media are 99% Community and 1% Media“

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This year, we are celebrating 40 years of cooperation between Germany and Guatemala. Radio Sayaxché is a pilot project supported by DW Akademie, strengthening access to information in the local Maya language Kek’chí.

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February 2018


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We’re Not A Radio Station (And Other Facts You Might Not Know About Youth Radio)




Is the Norway Switchover Really Successful?
Concerned voices question the country’s transition

In 2017 Norway switched-off its national FM network and replaced it with DAB+.
DAB promoters depict the transition as ”successful.” However, many listeners do not agree.

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Involving people with a disability in your station
The Ability Radio Project is a co-production with people with an intellectual disability (ID) and support workers running 14 week courses in radio production skills.

Now, the ARP has created a guide to help community radio producers who want to run radio groups for people with cognitive differences. The booklet is intended as a practical guide to running inexpensive, collaborative projects with disability organisations to make a meaningful contribution to improving people’s lives.

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Is the Norway Switchover Really Successful?

In 2017 Norway switched-off its national FM network and replaced it with DAB+.
DAB promoters depict the transition as ”successful.” However, many listeners do not agree. According to a survey carried about by market research firm Kantar TNS, 50 to 70 percent of the Norwegians are against the switch off.

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NPR Chief Digital Officer Emphasizes Content and Connection

Hjelm says digital teams should be at the frontline “to meet the changing needs of audiences”

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European Journalism Centre launches grants worth €200,000 for freelancers and newsrooms reporting on opportunities for women today

The European Journalism Centre today opens a new call for applications for its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) on the topic of opportunities for women today in developing countries.
Amount awarded: The grant given is up to €20,000 per project.
Deadline to apply:  21 February 2018 (22:00 CET)

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Small scale DAB licensing consultation

The emergence of the software-enabled approach to broadcasting on DAB radio and its developing maturity as a workable and practical technology has the potential to provide smaller commercial and community radio stations with a practical and cost-effective way of broadcasting on a terrestrial digital platform; and ensure these stations will not be left behind by a future shift of radio from FM and AM to digital.
This consultation closes at 5pm on 28 February 2018.

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Hometown Media Awards

The Hometown Media Awards is the Foundation of the ACM’s yearly awards program. It is established to honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels. Proceeds go to ACM Foundation which is exclusively used for facilitating, preserving and promoting education in community media.
Online submissions close 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 15, 2018.

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Italian free radio: giving a voice to the people

“We have about 15,000 supporters who give a fixed share each year. And that is something special. We are not just a radio, we are a community.”

In Italy, every day a small group of radio stations give voice to the voiceless: from social and environmental movements to immigrants and ethnic Roma who suffer discrimination. These are the “free radio”, a group of progressive and non-commercial broadcasters around Italy – from Turin, in the North, to Cosenza, in the deep South – who try to cover the kind of news that the mainstream media does not.

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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Five digital security tools to protect your work and sources

Reporters are navigating a more treacherous environment than any time in recent memory, and despite a plethora of digital tools to keep them safe – many are failing to adopt new strategies.
It’s a bleak reality: Last year alone, a record number of journalists were killed in Mexico, reporters were imprisoned in Myanmar and journalists in Turkey faced criminal charges en masse.

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Interview Prof Vinod Pavarala (UNESCO Chair on Community Media)

An interview with Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, by.Alexander Vojvoda in Douala, Cameroon, in which he is speaking about what he experienced of community media in the region, but also about issues and challenges facing community media elsewhere.

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Eine Antwort

  1. Great to have news on community media. I am a practitioner and ex-treasurer for Amarc and very interested in what my coleagues are doing in this space. In South Africa the National Community radio Forum just elected a new Board of directors..

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