UNESCO organized an international conference in Paris to discuss ongoing concerns about the safety of media members. This follows UNESCO Executive Board 196/Decision 31 which requests "the Director-General to convene a conference with high level representatives of news organizations from all regions, including community media and small media outlets, open to stakeholders, to be fully funded by extra-budgetary contributions, in order for them to share good practices on the safety of journalists and more proactively highlight the issue of journalist safety".
Community broadcasters are generally not-for-profit organizations, but certainly they require financial support to carry out their mission. One method is for volunteer fundraisers to ask for donations, demonstrated by WORT-FM radio in Madison, Wisconsin USA.
For more info on the the people and systems for successful fundraising at WORT radio, visit their website and click the button "How to Help".
KALY is the first Somali radio in the USA, and licensed to broadcast by the FCC for FM transmission in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Somali-American radio station now broadcasting in the Twin Cities hopes to help families navigate issues ranging from where to park during a snow advisory, to how to protect their children from extremist rhetoric and terrorist recruiters. The station went on the air in October out of a small shop in South Minneapolis no bigger than a storage locker.
The humble beginnings could be the start of a vital conversation for a booming community. Nearly 14,000 Somalian refugees have resettled in Minnesota since 2003, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) reports that the Israeli government forces have shut down another radio in Palestine.
"Ramallah-29/11/2015- early Sunday, 29th of November, IOF shut down the third Palestinian radio station (Dream) in Hebron city in West Bank within less than one month, after raiding its headquarter and destructing its equipment and devices. However, this records a new peak of the systematic trends of IOF to suppress Palestinian media freedoms and media outlets, especially since the Israeli threats to close up a number of Palestinian radio stations.
Similarly, in 3rd and 21st of November, IOF shut down the radio stations of “Manbar Al-Houria” and “Sawt El-Khalil" (Hebron voice) after they raided their headquarters and confiscated the broadcasting devises and most of their equipment (both of them issued from Hebron gonvernate), for allegedly involved in “exercising incitement”. Hence, IOF handed both radio stations a decision to shut them down for a period of six months, which is also similar to what happened to Dream radio station today.
Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” condemns the attack against Dream Radio, in addition to the previous attacks against Manbar Al-Houria and Sawt Al-Khalil radio stations. It also urges to force the Israeli occupation force to abide by International Laws that guarantee freedom of expression."
Speaking on the Nieman Reports site of Harvard University, Evan Zuckerman of the MIT Center for Civic Media says his research focuses on the use of new media technology by activists, the distribution of attention in both mainstream and new media, and the utilization of technology for international development. "We’ve got people not just writing stories, but also making videos, making audio. Putting it up directly on the web. In that sense, a lot of what’s come out of the participatory media realm has infected mainstream journalistic culture."
He continues: "There’s an awful lot of good content out there, and if you know where to look, it’s often much, much more diverse than it would have been in earlier days."
But where to look, and how these media sites can be sustainable? You can read his take on these questions and the entire interview here.
The internet streaming service of Hromadske TV delivers a new independent source of news and information to viewers in Ukraine and beyond. In a counrty dealing with a long dysfunctional media sector, and a violent incursion into its territory, the need for reliable information is now greater than ever.
The 2015 Online News Association Conference just wrapped up in Los Angeles. Several examples of successful strategies for sustainable public media are presented - and guess what? There is no new magic formula - just doing it the old fashioned way - and doing it well.
From advertising to major donors to individual memberships and live events, it's clearly still possible to support alternative media by remaining committed to best practices - especially in leadership and management.
Pacifica: are you listening?
The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that its technology division, NAB Labs, has entered into a corporate partnership with 1776, a Washington, D.C.-based startup hub providing resources and networking connections for startups within regulated industries.
"Startups today are keenly sensitive to the evolution of the broadcasting industry, and they are eager to know how they can prepare themselves," said 1776 Managing Director David Zipper.""By partnering with NAB, 1776 will be able to provide our members with a unique lens to recognize broadcasting technology needs and opportunities that would otherwise go unrecognized."
Founded in 2013, 1776 offers startup companies with high growth potential the means to build and expand their operations. Among its services, 1776 provides working space for startup members, full-time entrepreneurial educational programs, and access to an investor network and the 1776 Seed Fund.
The Decade of Roma Inclusion has ended. This unprecedented collaboration was initiated between 12 European countries in 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At that time, the prime ministers of these countries made a promise to “close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society,” and committed their domestic public institutions to fulfill this promise by 2015.
Did governments deliver on the promise? In short, no. According to an article by the Open Society Institute, the daily life of Roma remains a struggle no other ethnic group in Europe faces.
The Roma Youth Radio project from RadioExpert offers the first steps in a professional career for young Roma broadcasters-in-training. We challenge the Open Society Institute and others to support our efforts to improve the opportunities for Roma in Europe.
What's the state of public radio? Are listening patterns continuing to reflect the growth of digital technologies?
Jacobs Media has released their 2015 survey of listeners to public radio in the USA. Not surprisingly, the trend to digital continues - answering the question most everyone expected. So what's new? Podcasting!