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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.


August 18 – September 9, 2017, Juba, South Sudan
2nd Juba Film Festival
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September 7 – 8, 2017, Dublin
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September 11 – 13, 2017, Thessaloniki
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September 21 – 22, 2017, Sarajevo
Evens Foundation: Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo
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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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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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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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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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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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May 2017

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start your volunteering journey here!

Volunteering in another country is a great way to experience different cultures and make new friends, whilst also helping others and learning new skills that could be helpful in later life.
Here you can find more information about the different types of volunteering, read inspiring stories from previous volunteers, and find out about the European Voluntary Service and EU Aid Volunteers.

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YouTube video: Storytelling of EVS experience. Sweden.

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SASME plays a game

Involving seniors through videos and game – under this motto the second  meeting of the project ‚Social activation of seniors through media education‘ took place in Kaunas, Lithuania (19-22.04.2017).
A Polish association MANKO is running the project, which has officilly started with the kick off meeting in Crakow.

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SASME – The role of citizen media – on  YouTube

International Citizen Media Award

Film makers and active participants in the field of non-commercial media have been awarded for their work during the International Citizen Media Award ceremony on Saturday 6th of May. The prize was presented by the Bennohaus and the ”European Youth4Media Network e.V.“ in cooperation with „Open Channels for Europe“. The categories were video and audio.

The winning video
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WACC calls for media accountability and transparency

World Press Freedom Day celebrates fundamental principles of communication ethics. Its theme for 2017 is “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just, and inclusive societies”.
In response, WACC is currently developing a series of projects called “Voices for Peace” aimed at bringing greater understanding to situations of conflict.
The aim is to work with young people in different communities around the world to develop digital platforms and to use techniques of peace journalism.

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… Lizette Feris, project manager at DW Akademie’s Windhoek office in Namibia.
Why is Media and Information Literacy important in Namibia?
Media and Information Literacy is important as it provides Namibians with the knowledge, skills and attitude to demand quality information which is key to democracy. It increases participation in public dialogue and enhances citizens‘ contributions to political and socioeconomic development of the country.

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Media Freedom Navigator …

… provides an overview of different media freedom indices. Navigate the map in order to access media freedom data for each country and background information on each index. For reading material, examine the resources section.

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Valentina Galich headed the Association of Community Media of Kyrgyzstan.

This decision was taken by the members of the organization’s Management Board at a meeting that was held in Bishkek on April 26, 2017.
Valentina Galich works for the last two years in Internews Kyrgyzstan. She worked as an expert at the Almaty Office for the Development of Community Media in Kyrgyzstan. Has made a great contribution to the development of the media, pluralism, freedom of speech and access to information in Kyrgyzstan.

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The Social Media Reporter
A guide to using social media for newsgathering

Organise – Locate – Verify – Search – Trending – More …

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16 Community Radio Stations awarded Sound & Vision Funding

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has announced details of the latest funding awards under The Sound & Vision 3 Broadcasting Funding Scheme.
Following a detailed assessment process, funding amounting to €5.5m has been allocated to 119 projects. Of this, just over €5m has been allocated to 31 TV projects, while 88 radio projects will benefit to the value of €480k. Some 220 applications for funding were received in this Round of the scheme, seeking funding of €20.3m.

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2017 Submission Entries are open

Submissions are open from the 19th May and close 5pm 30th June 2017.  You can head to the submission site and follow the instructions to submit your entries either as a station or as an individual from a station.

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Radio apps released

You can now listen to the following IndigiTUBE radio stations on your Android or Apple device: Black Star Radio, CAAMA Alice Springs, PAKAM – Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media, 8PAW Radio Network, Radio ‚4 Meriba Wakai‘ (4MW), NG Media, PY Media – Radio 5NPY, Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA).

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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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