New Neighbours at Council of Europe Ministerial Conference

New Neighbours is included as a best practice in media literacy (in community media) at the upcoming Council of Europe Ministerial Conference on Media! 

You can find out more about the Conference here:

We chose to put a special focus on the work done in Reggio Emilia by CMFE with Fondazione Mondinsieme.

Here is the exhibition space with a section about New Neighbours and ChiaccheRE:


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Online Seminar: We tell a different story – the role of documentary film, alternative and community media in reporting migration

Online Seminar: We tell a different story – the role of documentary film, alternative and community media in reporting migration 

New Neighbours and CMFE are taking part in the MIGRATIONS/MEDIATIONS project – ARTS AND COMMUNICATION AS RESOURCES FOR INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE by Università Cattolica in Milan, Italy. A series of online seminars on the topic of Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through Media, Visual and Performing Arts is being held in April-May 2021. 

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New Neighbours on Mondinsieme (Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Fondazione Mondinsieme is an intercultural center in the town of Reggio Emilia,  an area with the highest % of migrants on the Italian territory (18% vs. a national average of 9%, with over 100 different nationalities). Mondinsieme has been promoting active participation through a variety of activities, including journalism, communication and social media projects. 

As a result of New Neighbours, a multilingual storytelling podcast has been produced (ChiacchieRE) and a test phase for a local community station has started.

With ChiacchieRE, the Mondinsieme Foundation proposes an imaginary journey, guided by the voices of parents of different origins, who have told us lullabies and songs with which they make their children fall asleep, have fun or reflect. They are intercultural natives, since they were born in Reggio Emilia to international parents.

The podcast explores what it means to “tell life stories” in different languages and sounds, from the point of view of parents, for parents, for children, nursery and kindergarten teachers and for all those who want to listen.

ChiacchieRE consists of 10 episodes, hosted by Diana Bota, who took part in the course organised by New Neighbours on community radio and the creation of multilingual content. Hosting ChiacchieRE has allowed her to get to know people and families of different origins, but also to reflect on her childhood as a girl with a migrant background.


In each episode, released on Friday every week, Diana chats with a mum or dad, weaving together life stories, evocations of childhoods elsewhere, which meet new shapes and sounds in an attempt to reinvent ancient narratives. In the daily reinvention of parenthood, there is room for the desire to compare knowledge and nuances, in order to expand the range of tools to offer to their children.

Save the Date – Conference on Migration and Media Awareness

The CMMA2021 is a two and half day conference which convenes approximately 350 participants from 4 continents, 30 countries and over 100 institutions to engage in discussions with key stakeholders (policymakers, educators, social workers, activists, bloggers, journalist, representatives of communities) through numerous workshops and podiums as well as exhibition, music and performance formats.
Methods are exchanged and strategies are developed to find a way to deal with media reporting on issues of migration, xenophobia, fake news, hate-speech and also de-colonizing cultural journalism with positive counter-narratives, social commitment, and exile-born creativity.

This year, CMMA2021 Conference theme is “Looking Back, Thinking Ahead” and will focus on the importance of inclusion, diversity, and participation within the Media and Art sector (community & mainstream). The New Neighbours documentaries will also be screened.
More information here

Nyimas Bantaba – a safe place for migrants and refugees

In her programme at ALEX Berlin, Nyima Jadama wants to give migrants and refugees a safe place where they can voice their problems and get involved in society. But who is Nyima, and how was her show created?

“Nyimas Bantaba” is a place for migration and women’s power: Nyima Jadama comes from the Gambia. She had only been in Germany for two and a half years when she applied for an integration traineeship at ALEX Berlin. At first, Niyma did not dare to take this step: “There were so many requirements,” she says. These included a residence permit, which she did not have at that time. That’s why Nyima was initially very worried about whether she would have a chance at all to get the training place. But she had one decisive advantage: Niyma had already worked in journalism before her traineeship, as she worked as a media educator and presenter in Freiburg at Radio Dreyeckland.

It all started with the traineeship

In the end, Nyima was able to prevail over the other applicants and complete her 18-month integration traineeship at ALEX Berlin. During this time, she learned a lot about the media sector, she says: “The traineeship helped me a lot.” Nyima went through many different departments in the TV and radio sector and was even able to complete several internships in external media houses. During her traineeship, she also attended the Berlin School of Journalism, where she took German courses, among other things. Overall, Nyima was able to learn a lot about working in the media as well as develop her competencies and skills in these areas.

What does “Bantaba” mean?

After her traineeship, Nyima got hold of a journalism scholarship in Leipzig. It was in this context that her first own programme, “Nyimas Bantaba”, was created. The talk show is produced once a month by ALEX Berlin. But what does “Bantaba” actually mean? Nyima reveals: The word comes from her home language Mandinka, which is spoken in West Africa. The journalist explains that Bantaba is a big tree under which the community in The Gambia gathers to talk about the concerns of society. Based on this, she wants to create a space in her programme to talk about culture, migration and women’s empowerment. Accordingly, people who are active in these areas will be guests.

Talking about migration with migrants – not without them

Nyima has a clear goal with her programme: to talk about migration with migrants – and not without them, as is often the case in the media. She also wants to create a stage for refugees and migrants where they can be heard. It should be a safe place where people can express their problems without fear. Nyima tries to give migrants a voice and a place in society. “I believe that this place is still missing,” she says. So far, there are not many migrants working in the media. According to Nyima, this is because these people often do not have enough education or bureaucratic hurdles block their way.

“Media is close to my heart,” Nyima explains. In addition, the topics covered in the programme are vital to her. It is essential for her to get the voice of migrants and diversity into the media. That still happens far too little, she thinks. For this reason, she works on her programme with a lot of passion.

Exciting guests and essential topics

Nyima has already produced four episodes of her Bantaba. The first episode introduced the Kiron Open Higher University: This is an online platform that aims to break down existing barriers to higher education for refugees through digital learning and support services. Nyima spoke with founder Markus Kressler and Ehab Badwi, a former Kiron University student. Episode 2 featured Muhammed Jadama and Raf Olayinka Awolola from Terre des Femmes, who spoke about their fight against gender-based violence. Two other contributors to Terre des Femmes were present in the third episode to discuss their activism against female genital mutilation.

With its concept, “Nyimas Bantaba” creates a place for migration and women’s power, where all problems and concerns of those affected can be openly discussed. Women’s power was the keyword of the fourth program: On Friday, 19 February, Nyima broadcasted live from the ALEX Hall for the first time. In view of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the journalist spoke with guests in the studio and via Zoom on the topic “Women in leadership positions: How we achieve an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

How many lives does Nyima have?

When Nyima is not producing her show, she works as a social facility manager at Gangway e.V. – an association that runs street social work for young people and adults in Berlin. Nyima not only manages the office there but is also out and about with the social workers two or three times a week, bringing tea and coffee to homeless people and migrants in Berlin parks. Her team asks if there are any problems or if they can help. Nyima can also support her colleagues with translation work.

But that’s not all Nyima is involved in: In addition to her job at Gangway and the production of her show, she is active in “African Women in Trade”, a subsidiary of “American Women in Europe”. Through this platform, African women network and exchange ideas with each other, for example, to learn how to start a business or obtain financing. Nyima often moderates webinars there and imparts tips and tricks to the participants.

How does she fit all these tasks into her everyday life? Nyima herself doesn’t know exactly. “Just the other day, a friend asked me how many lives I have,” she says with a laugh.

Article translated and adapted from the article „Nyimas Bantaba“: Ein Ort für Migration und Frauenpower by Annika Seidel, published on Feb 17, 2021 on ALEX Berlin (

La Retirada – memories of migrations

Half a million people fled Spain after the fall of Barcelona to the Franco dictatorship in 1939. Known as the Retirada, whose 80th anniversary was commemorated in 2019, this exodus marked the history and culture of the Pyrénées-Orientales region in France.

Populations fleeing conflicts, persecution or misery, with their great diversity of causes, remain a sad constant in history. A network of community radios in the Occitane region – Radio FM+, Tadio Lenga d’oc, Jazzin and l’Eko des garrigues – have given the floor to descendants of refugees, writers, intellectuals, artists, association leaders and also to people who have risked their lives to reach France, sometimes on makeshift boats. By crossing these voices and expertise, they have tried to understand the exoduses of today that echo the 1939 Retirada. You can listen to the radio documentary (in French) here.