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

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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.



September 21 – 22, 2017, Sarajevo
Evens Foundation: Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo
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September 23, 2017, Bristol, UK
The Community Media Conference 2017: Voices in a Changing World
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October 5 – 8, 2017, Kiew
n-ost Medienkonferenz 2017: Inside Our Blind Spots
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October 25 – 29, 2017, Madrid
TRANSEUROPA 2017 – Festival of Arts, Politics, and Culture
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November 8 – 10, 2017, Strasbourg
World Forum for Democracy 2017
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November 9 – 12, 2017, Gold Coast, Australia
CBAA Conference Media Lab
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April 18 – 20, 2018, London
MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES: Current Debates and Future Directions
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June 6 – 9, 2018, Kosice, Slovakia
24th International Festival of Local Televisions
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September 5 – 9, 2018, Marseille
NECE conference: Erosion of Democracy?
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September 2017


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DW Akademie – Europe and Central Asia

The society is worried now about consumerism, but what about media consume? Can we control the amount of information we perceive and its impact on us? Our partner Centru de educație nonformală „Diversitate“ filmed a story about media content and Moldavian society. Follow the link and check it out!

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August 2017

6 tips to prepare your newsroom for live video on social media

Think beyond the live broadcast, invest in quality equipment and more advice for livestreaming on social media.

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Ukraine: ‚It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle!‘

In 2014, two citizen journalists created a YouTube channel to report on protests in the east of Ukraine. The channel was so successful that they are now running a media company with a difference.

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European Commission

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Have you heard it already? 2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage!
Stay tuned for a year full of cultural events and celebrations!
2018 will see activities and initiatives all around Europe to get people interested and involved in cultural heritage.
From December 2017, a newsletter will be sent out every two months.

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Arts channel dedicated to capturing the weird, radical and wonderful

/ˈsʌmə/hɔːl/tiːˈviː/ noun: 1. an arts channel dedicated to capturing the visually weird, the socially radical, and the artistically wonderful including Summerhall’s theatre and gallery spaces, libraries, micro-museums and archives 2. a place of fine development, perfection, and beauty in representing local arts.

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Message from the AMARC Asia-Pacific Board:

Dear members,

Since AMARC AP’s inception, it was the first time the board members met in Kathmandu, a truly historic occasion for us.

It has been a challenging tenure. In 2015, a massive earthquake struck Nepal with extensive damage to life and property recorded in at least 14 districts. Most of 2016 was spent in coordinating with various agencies to rebuild affected community radio stations and help with disaster related programming and training.





10 young women and 3 men are actively studying “How to make a radio program by China-made smart phone”:

“Now I have been attending two days and I really like the training provided by IMS-Fojo. I am now editing my interview file that I did yesterday” said Ei Ei Naing, from Shwe Taung Gone village, who is one of the participants of Basic Radio Skills Training held by IMS-Fojo and Myanmar Journalism Institute.

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Counter-Narrative Toolkit

The “Counter-Narrative Toolkit” website was created in response to the growing need to push back against violent extremist content online.
Start here and use our step-by-step tool to plan your counter-narrative campaign or review your strategy.

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OSCE media freedom representative calls for immediate release of detained journalists in Turkey

VIENNA, 10 August 2017 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today expressed deep concern regarding the issuance of arrest warrants for 35 journalists and the resulting detention of nine journalists today in Istanbul, Turkey.
“The 35 arrest warrants and the detention of journalists seem to be yet another baseless attack against journalists in Turkey and exemplify the alarming media freedom situation in the country,” Désir said.

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Reporters in the Field
The grant for your cross-border research

Are you a reporter who wants to dig deeper? Who teams up to explore a story from various perspectives? Who feels that complex research doesn’t stop at borders?
The program “Reporters in the Field” promotes research projects by journalists from all over Europe. It offers grants of up to 5,000 € to international teams, for cross-border research of a relevant story of their choice. Currently, we support seven new projects with 21 team members from 18 different countries.

Are you interested? Our second round for application is open!

Please apply here by August 27, 2017. 
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Medienkonferenz 2017: Inside Our Blind Spots
What we report and what we don’t see. Medienkonferenz in Kiew. 05.10 – 08.10 2017

A report starts with a realisation that we do not know something, but want to find out. It is not always easy to realise what is missing ‒ sometimes one needs a change of optics to see the new stories.
The focus of this year’s conference is the blind spots we all have. Blind spots in all senses ‒ the topics and angles that have been left uncovered, and the audiences that were ignored. We invite you to spend these three days reflecting on what is left outside our view, and what are the consequences of this exclusion.

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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

Bundesverband Offene Kanäle (Federation of Open Channels in Germany): Board Member
Open Channels for Europe!: Chairman



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July 2017

4 tips for journalists applying for foundation grants

Think about who your audience is and how your project will reach them before you start filling out grant applications.

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Community Radio Fund: Award of grants 2017-18 Round 1

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Tuesday 20 June 2017 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2017-18.
The Panel also considered the new Welsh language standards when reviewing the funding requests from those applicants based in Wales.

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CCMN – Cameroon Community Media Network

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosting in co-operation with CCMN – Cameroon Community Media Network the first workshop with Steven Youngblood on peace and electoral journalism ahead of the 2018 election year in #Cameroon.

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Exchange of good practices – Study visit nr.04.

Youth4Media hosted the last Polish study visit group of the project „European Quality of Public Policies” between 10-14th July 2017. The aim of the cooperation was to offer an insight of good practices and sectorial collaboration taking place in Münster, Germany.

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Fundraising Training: Migration, Refugees & Asylum Seekers Projects

This training is organised by GEF and the Greens-EFA as part of their ongoing efforts to reinforce the fundraising capacities of Green foundations, grassroots movements and NGOs.
The training will last 3 full days, starting on Thursday, 28 September 2017, in the afternoon and ending on Sunday, 1 October 2017, in the afternoon. The training will be organised in Athens, Greece.
To apply, future participants should fill in and submit the application form until Sunday, 20 August, midnight CET.

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Are you wondering how to spot and stop the spread of fake news? Look no further and watch the trailer below! DW Akademie have teamed up with Africa Check for a Facebook live event on Wednesday 12 July at 6pm Kenyan time to discuss the role of fact checking in Kenya’s August 2017 polls and share with you useful and practical tips. Whether a journalist or an ordinary citizen – be part of the conversation by joining our Facebook group!

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MILID Yearbook 2016

A collaboration between UNESCO, UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue, UNAOC and GAPMIL Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism

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Radio in the digital age

The radio industry is a very small part of the broadcasting universe. At 2300 odd crores of rupees, we comprise of about 5% of the broadcasting sector in India.Although the reach and impact of radio in India includes the public service broadcaster and community radio when I say ‚radio‘; it is considerably greater than its rupee value. Its modest market share is probably the reason why the path to digitization of radio is so poorly defined. Radio should be as much a part of our master plan for the ‚Digital India Vision 2020‘.
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European Activists Tackle Hate Speech at MDI Workshop

Fifteen participants gathered at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop “Media Tools against Hate Speech” in London to develop their skills and knowledge on digital tools tackling hate speech.
The civil society activists from European NGOs, gathered by MDI within the #MediaAgainstHate project, enjoyed several sessions by experts including Matt Cooke from Google News Lab presenting the newest Google tools.

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Radio life without FM: Exiled Burundian radio journalists broadcast on WhatsApp

Some 25 journalists are crowded around a dining room table in an ordinary suburban house in Kigali, Rwanda. It’s a news meeting like many others, and the items are pretty standard: peace talks in Arusha, a petrol shortage in Bujumbura, an arrested journalist. But this is an unusual news team. This is Radio Inzamba, a project of radio journalists exiled from their country, neighbouring Burundi.

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June 2017


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23rd International Festival of Local Televisions Golden Beggar

On Saturday, June 10th, 2017, the Award Ceremony in Košice’s Dom umenia venue concluded the 23rd International Festival of Local Televisions Golden Beggar. This year, authors from 53 countries sent more than 300 films to compete at the Festival.

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Media against hate: Successful Workshop in Olsztyn

More than 30 people traveling from all over Europe (Germany, UK, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Finland, Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Hungary, Denmark, Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Norway) – their nationalities also including Afghanistan, Algeria, Netherlands, Lithuania, Pakistan – joined the second Media against Hate media literacy workshop organised by CMFE, at the University of Warmia and Mazury, in Olsztyn, Poland, from June 7th to 9th.

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Should cable companies be required to offer high-definition channels for local access programming?

Ruth B. Balser
State representative, Newton Democrat

Along with more than 80 legislative co-sponsors, I filed a bill this session that would help to ensure that our local public, education, and government (PEG) channels survive and thrive. An Act Supporting Community Access Television requires cable operators to carry local access channels in the same manner as all other primary broadcast channels by making them available in the high-definition tier, and by giving the local stations the ability to display the electronic program guide.

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CCMN – Cameroon Community Media Network

CCMN Board visits the Communication Delegate of the SW Region

The President of the CCMN, Rev Geraldine Fobang, emphasized the importance of community media in the Cameroonian media landscape as mediators, dialogue and exchange platform for local communities and vulnerable groups.

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Reporting on Migration & Refugees Workshop for EU Journalists
Date:4 – 8 September 2017   Country: UK, London

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for journalists from EU countries who are keen to improve their skills related to reporting on migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

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What are the top five reasons Australians say they listen to community radio?

The Community Broadcasting Station Census is a comprehensive report into the activities of stations in the Australian community radio sector. The latest census covers the 2015/2016 financial year and is the eighth data collection.



ITU supports activating FM chips in smartphones. Norway draws a blank.

The North American Broadcasters Association opinion on activating radio receivers in smartphones has been adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (a United Nations organization). Enabling the FM chip present present in most smartphones would allow users convenient access to FM radio in times of emergency and natural disasters.

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European Youth4Media network e.V.

European Youth4Media Network e.V. is giving young people a voice through digital media. It is a European association of 52 organisations from 32 countries working in the field of community media and civil society.

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10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

We’ve just started a new series highlighting some of the best, in-depth investigative journalism that is uncovering real news, revealing wrongdoing and fomenting change. As a compendium, here are 10 investigative reporting outlets that are worth following if they’re not already on your radar.

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Media Freedom in Volatile Environments

Major threats to media freedom and freedom of expression, particularly in those regions affected by conflict and crisis, were the focus of the conference, Media Freedom in Volatile Environments.
The conference brought together more than 250 journalists, representatives from governments, civil society organizations and academia along with international experts from across the OSCE region, in Vienna, 19-20 June 2017

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The keynote address was delivered by Kate Adie who is an author and former war correspondent, particularly known for her role as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent.

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NPR’s Facebook Live guide

Since we jumped into Facebook Live, NPR has created more than 1,375 videos. We’ve broadcast from 23 states and 19 countries. And we’ve learned a few things along the way that we think you might find helpful.

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The Discursive-Material Knot – Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation

Blending theory and collaborative research, this book presents discursive-material analyses of participation, community media organizations and conflict transformation with a case study so close to home. Nico Carpentier has been tirelessly exploring the Cypriot conflict through the lens of community media for years; this brilliant and comprehensive work comes as no surprise!
– Orestis Tringides and Hazal Yolga, Cyprus Community Media Centre and Cyprus Community Media Research Program researchers

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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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