New Neighbours in Community Media meet in Siena

New Neighbours” is about people who had to leave their home and try to integrate into a new neighbourhood, new village, new city, new society. Community Media empower the „New Neighbours“ and provide them a place to develop their independent voices and make them heard in public debate.

A small group of community media producers and coordinators from all over Europe met in Siena (Italy) to share what has worked well in their intercultural work/programs so far, what is needed to make the programs more sustainable / visible, and to jointly develop some creative ideas for new outreach initiatives on a gr grass-roots level .This seminar was organized by Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).

Here you can find a video report produced by Senad Hergic of OKTO TV.

OKTO is a community television in Vienna, established in the fall of 2005, providing training, infrastructure and support to around 500 volunteer producers.

24 September: New Neighbours at Prix Italia

Founded in Capri il 1948, Prix Italia is an international media competion. Organised by RAI, it aims to promote top quality Radio, Tv and Internet programmes.  The 2019 edition will take place from 23 to 28 September in Rome.

The new productions of the New Neighbours project will be presented on the second day . Daniela Drastata, chairwoman of the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group and producer of the series  will participate at 2 p.m’s panel titled “The art of cross-cultural storytelling: how to conceive and produce stories capable of crossing national and cultural boundaries and involve different audiences “.

The round table will focus on the rule of “make one, take all“, a method to design documentaries that are multi-national from the beginning.

Here the full program.

New Neighbours Workshop at ECREA Radio Research Conference

The Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, Italy will host the New Neighbours Community Outreach Workshop from September 18 to 20, in conjunction with the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019 – Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.

Hosted and produced by CMFE – Community Media Forum Europe, the New Neighbours workshop will bring together fifteen editors and journalists from intercultural radio/TV programmes in community media to brainstorm and develop local, creative ideas to acquire new collaborators and extend audience engagement.

The workshop will be led by experienced communication consultant and film-maker Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua, who co-foundend Balobeshayi, a social cooperative facilitating the integration of migrants in urban spaces.

Refugees in the Media: Best Practices of Rights Based Approach to Journalism .

The panel, organised by the Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul, will be held today , July 1st at 18.30.

Journalists and media experts from Turkey and Europe will convey the dimensions of discrimination and hate speech towards refugees in the media and their experiences of struggle.

The panel will begin with an opening presentation of the Hrant Dink Foundation‘s works on media monitoring of hate speech and discriminatory discourse on Syrian refugees. Mike Jempson, founder and director of The MediaWise Trust, who works in the field of journalistic ethics will address the work of promoting fair and accurate representation of refugees in the media as well as encouraging the interaction of refugee communities with the media. Nadia Bellardi, project manager of Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), will speak about promotion of refugees participation and combatting discrimination through media. Ekin Karaca, co-editor of bianet, will address the importance of a rights-based approach to journalism in order to combat discrimination against refugees. The panel will be moderated by Metin Çorabatır, president of the Research Center on Asylum and Migration (IGAM).

Here more information. The event will be broadcasted live on Facebook

New Neighbours around Europe

In the coming weeks New Neighbours project will be presented in important international conferences.

The first occasion will be the DW Global Media Forum 2019 on May 27 in Bonn, Germany.

Some days later Daniela Draštata, Editor and Producer in HRT Croatia and Chairwoman of the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group, will present the New Neighbours project at the Annual Conference of CIRCOM, the European Association of Regional Television, on May 30 in Novi Sad.

The last occasion will be the meeting of the network “Colourful Voices” on June 1, at the yearly Radiocamp organised by German community radios at the Bodensee.  

First workshop for CSOs in Croatia

The New Neighbours project completed its first Media Skills Training for CSOs in Zagreb, Croatia, April 16-18, 2019. One of our project partners, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), organised the three day workshop, which trained Croatian civil society activists in how to more effectively create campaigns, and communicate with journalists to spread constructive stories about migrants and refugees. “There is a large disconnect between people working on sensitive issues, and journalists,” said MDI Social Media Campaigner Nika Jelendorf, who led the training.   Many of the participants expressed frustration at how journalists they had interacted with were no longer interested in covering stories about refugees, or needed a particularly shocking or sensational story in order to see it as newsworthy—even with ongoing human rights abuses.   “The point of this workshop is to help people understand how and why this happens,” Jelendorf continued. “We want the participants to be able to get their message out, while giving to the journalists what they need.”   Croatia is a particularly interesting place for this workshop, given its history during the Balkan wars, and strategic place along the refugee trail. While at the beginning of the current refugee crisis, Croatia was known for being very welcoming towards refugees, the past four years have seen a marked shift in attitudes. Local media is filled with disinformation about migration policies and fear-mongering towards refugees leading to a marked rise in hate crimes. Most recently, refugees trying to cross the border are being pushed back, into Bosnia.   During the workshop, participants were able to brainstorm creative campaigns and initiatives to  keep the conversation about migrants and refugees in the media, and combat the rise in negative media stereotypes by showcasing how refugees and migrants, or “new neighbours,” can be a positive addition to Croatian society.   “A few of the ideas have to do with building campaigns that make parallels between now and thirty years ago, when there were a lot of Croatian migrants and refugees,” Jelendorf shared.   “Some ideas combined media advocacy with activities, helping the CSOs involve in their work both refugees as well as locals.”   Over the next few months, a few of the participants will have a chance to develop these ideas into campaigns. New Neighbours will run similar workshops in Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Germany over the course of the project.

First documentary proposals shared in Lisbon

During the first consortium meeting held on April 2 at RTP in Lisbon, the New Neighbours project partners CMFE, MDI, COSPE and COMMIT had the chance to meet the production teams of all 9 EBU members involved in the project. Initial ideas and proposals for the new episodes of the New Neighbours films were presented – we look forward to the next updates!

New Neighbours national meetings bring together European Public Service Media, community media and CSOs

In February and March more than 100 representatives from community media, CSOs and migrant groups were invited by Public Service Media across Europe to discuss ideas for the forthcoming New Neighbours documentary series. The nine EBU members producing the third series of the New Neighbours films discussed themes and possible stories for the new episodes and collected feedback from migration activists in each country. Whilst some PSM already have a good network of contacts with local NGOs and associations, for others the meeting was a first step in cooperating with organisations and research centres working on migration issues. The meetings took place at HRT (Zagreb), DW (Berlin), Czech TV (Prague), NTR (Hilversum), RAI (Rome), RTVSLO (Ljubljana), RTBF (Brussels), RTVE (Barcelona) and RTP (Lisbon).

In all meetings the challenge of achieving human rights in the migration field was a central theme. Through rich and intense discussions various proposals and ideas were brainstormed, with the aim of finding real stories that can represent the complexity and richness of migration in each country.