New Neighbours National Meeting in Hamburg

New Neighbours National Meeting in Hamburg

On November the 14th of November 3pm CET, we’ll present New Neighbours and its documentaries during one of the national meetings in Hamburg, Germany. 

National meetings are a structural part of the project of New Neighbours and they are an opportunity for people interested in challenging the narrative around migration, to meet, discuss and learn from each other. 

This national meeting in particular will be moderated by Larry Macaulay, founder of CMMA2020 and Refugee Radio Network

The Schedule of the National Meeting in Hamburg

The national meeting in Hamburg will actually take place online: it will be livestreamed on Youtube via the platform Kampnagel Digital Platform and will be accessible freely. 

Starting at 3pm CET, the even will go on until 5pm CET and will see the participation of several experts. Guest speakers will be: 

    • Nadia Bellardi – Project Manager / Partner NN – Community Media Forum Europe – CMFE
    • Bettina Kolb, producer of the documentary Deutsche Welle – DW 
    • Dasa Raimanova, Director of the documentary Deutsche Welle – DW 

While additional panel speakers are: 

    • Nyima Jadama, Journalist from The Gambia – ALEX Offener Kanal Berlin
    • Dasa Raimanova, Director of the documentary – Deutsche Welle
    • Judith Rau / Nadine Jessen Jesseline, founders – New Media Socialism Hamburg
    • Anas Aboura, Activist from Syria, working as a Curator at Kampnagel Hamburg
    • Muller Gracio Manalu,  Artist/Musician from Indonesia Member –  Mirage Band & Projekt Toffi-Hamburg

Screening of New Neighbours Documentary During the National Meeting 

Halfway through the national meeting, it will be screened one of our documentaries, Across the Road – Worlds Apart which tells the story of Syrian refugees finding a new home in Germany. 

For more information on the national meeting and to access to it, visit the Facebook page

This is What an Inclusive TV Show Looks Like

this is what an inclusive tv show looks like

Our Voices” is an example of what it means to produce an inclusive tv show and share it with a wider audience. Produced by our partner Voice of America, it brings the voices of African women on an international channel to “ask questions, share ideas, discuss solutions”.

Why Our Voices is an example of media inclusivity

Within the media industry, there is often a  divide between “us” and “them”. Where “them” are all the others who do not look like the producers in the newsrooms. This is true especially for Western media, as it was discussed during this year’s Terra di Tutti Film Festival. When it comes to subjects like migration and diversity, the real subjects of the conversation (e.g. migrants) are talked about but are not included in the conversation.

This is not the case for Our Voices. The program is led by African women, it presents issues related to them and the continent and it does that without relying on experts who are not linked to the issue: it goes directly to the source.

A good example is their episode on the Problematic Portrayals of Africa. Where it is discussed how media representation of Africa (from Newsrooms to Beyonce’s latest film) has an impact on the idea of the continent itself.

Including Multiple Voices

Our Voices does a great job including the voices of women from Africa but even more, it looks at adding more voices to the conversation.

When the Black Lives Matter protests started, Our Voices produced a segment on the protest itself but also interviewed policemen, activists, and leaders of Black Lives Matter. The result is the following episode.


We Need To Learn From Each Other

Here at New Neighbours, we love sharing good practices, examples, and what other media producers are doing around the world because if we really want to change the current situation, we need to be humble enough to learn from each other. And this is why, our website is rich in projects, resources, and research: to improve, to educate, to change.



New Neighbours at the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Communicators’ Workshop EUROMED

New Neighbours at the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Communicators’ Workshop EUROMED

A representative of New Neighbours will share views on a new narrative on migration at the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Communicators’ Workshop EUROMED. 

3rd Euro-Mediterranean Communicators’ Workshop EUROMED

The 3 rd Euro-Mediterranean Communicators’ Workshop organized by the EUROMED Migration IV project in collaboration with the Club of Venice will focus on the most current challenges to the implementation of balanced migration narratives, the elements that determine effective communication on migration and the future consequences related to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of this workshop is to provide practical recommendations from prominent experts in the field that will help practitioners be better aware and prepared for such upcoming strenuous tests.

The context

When asking citizens what migration in the Mediterranean looks like to them today, there is a strong likelihood that the images coming to mind are of refugee camps, border fences, boatloads of asylum seekers or episodes of unsuccessful integration initiatives. Most of the migration-related coverage in the region depicts a situation often described as “out of control1 ” and the prospect for serious, balanced and factual debate among governments, policy makers and citizens on this matter has never been harder. The reality is that the governmental authorities of the countries concerned and directly involved in this complex Mediterranean scenario are doing their utmost to ensure that all migration flows in the Euro-Mediterranean region be regular, legal, safe and documented. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this visual narrative with further sanitary, health and security concerns that significantly affect public perceptions and opinions to migration in the region.

If public perceptions and consequently citizens’ behaviours are the result of “narratives” rather than “reality”, why should governments, public officials and migration policy makers beware of this? Can such a distorted narrative impair actual policy-making? The answer is clearly “yes” and thisis why over the past few years ICMPD and the Club of Venice have tackled the issue of polarized migration narratives by proposing recommendations, organizing high-level events and ultimately running workshops for communicators in the field.

New Neighbours’ Contribution

Nicola Frank, Head of Institutional Relations at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will participate in a roundtable on November the 10th at 2:30pm. 

For more information on the conference and to participate please click here

Diversity at the center of a new media narrative – New Neighbours at Terra di Tutti Film Festival

terra tutti film festival New Neiighbours

Diversity needs to be at the center of a new media narrative, that’s the outcome of New Neighbours participation at Terra di Tutti Film Festival.

On October 8th, New Neighbours has participated to the Terra di Tutti Film Festival in Bologna, Italy. Since 2007 the Terra di Terra di Tutti Film Festival is a platform for documentary and social film productions shining a light on voices from the Southern hemisphere. This year the Festival took place from October 6th to 11th with a combination of live events and online sessions. 

New Neighbours participated in the debate on how to diversify the media narrative through: a seminar, a masterclass, the screening of Across the Road – Worlds Apart and In the Ghost Town

An outdated debate on inclusion of cultural diversity

Although migration has been at the heart of public debate and media attention for years, the information that is given to the related issues remains characterised by partial narratives which is oftentimes negative and misleading. This stands to prove how the debate on the inclusion of cultural diversity in the word of journalism is now outdated in Europe.

In fact, the world of journalism has struggled to include the voices of the direct protagonists, both behind and in front of the microphones. In Italy in particular, the difficulties of access to the journalistic profession have increased –
underpaid assignments, precariousness and generational change – and contributed to a narrative of the present often anchored to the logic of the past and impervious to the processes of innovation and creativity.

Good practices for diversity in the media narrative

Throughout the three sessions we participated to at Terra di Tutti Film Festival,  good practices were shared with the thousands of people connected online and offline in Bologna, Italy.

Larry Moore Macalauy explained how Refugee Radio Network was born for giving voice to migrants and refugees and raising public awareness to demystify the mainstream narrative.

Franz Jennekens shared a video from RTR (Dutch Public Broadcasting Service) to demonstrate how the diversity is a richness. 

Francesca Vecchioni (DiversityLab) highlighted the tool of Media Diversity Award for grabbing the media attention and giving visibility to several types of diversity,
and intersectionalities.

Giovanni Parapini (Director for Third Sector at RAI) talked about the birth of a new
department in RAI (Italian Public Broadcasting Service) for raising awareness on diversity and the need to spread more inclusive narrative.

The Masterclass

The masterclass was organised in collaboration with the University of Bologna. It proposed an in-depth review of cultural diversity in the media, starting from relevant European experiences promoted by Dutch Public Service Media and refugee journalists in Germany.

    • How do national and European media portray newcomers and refugees in our societies?
    • Can transcultural and intercultural skills represent an opportunity for European journalism and beyond?

Media stakeholders from the academic field, public broadcasting, and alternative media have discussed these issues.

The Masterclass was chaired by Nadia Bellardi (CMFE) who has introduced at the beginning keys concepts, regarding diversity inclusion and transculturalism. After her incipit, Franz Jennekens (RTR), Larry Moore Macalauy (Refugee Radio Network) and Roza Tsagarousianou (Reader in Media and Communication at the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design of the University of Westminster) have illustrated some of the best practices implemented in Europe, such as: 

    1. RTR Diversity campaign in Netherlands for promoting minorities rights,
    2. Academic research enquiring the link between diaspora and media,
    3. Migrantpolitan initiative in Hamburg for increasing integration and cultural understanding.

The need for a renewal in the narrative of the present is becoming increasingly urgent today, and the importance of newsroom openness to experiences of diversity is more relevant than ever before.

Documentary Screening of migrants stories 

To conclude New Neighbours participation to the Terra di Tutti Film Festival, a film screening was organised. 

More than twenty thousands people had the opportunity to watch In The Ghost Town and Across the Road – Worlds Apart. Both films tell the stories of the everyday life of people who, coming from different cultures, share workplaces, schools, sports but also dreams and hopes. The first is set in Italy while the second is set in Germany. 

The documentary series “New Neighbours” (nominated forthe Prix Europa) tells stories of migrants who have had to leave their homes and try to integrate into a new reality, confronting the population who hosts them. 

To watch the films online click here

Migrants’ Stories Documentary Screening in Czech Republic

As part of the international project New Neighbors – Promoting Intercultural Media Spaces which is taking place in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech Television, the anthropological studio Anthropictures organised an online documentary screening.

The event took place on the 13th of October, partly online and in person in Czech Republic. The two documentary screened were Czech Lessons and Across the Road – Worlds Apart which narrate the stories of migrants settling in Czech Republic and Germany.

The screening was an opportunity to bring the stories of migrants to the wider world, which is what New Neighbours stands for. In fact, as well as the producer from Česká televize, there were students and general public attending the online event. 

If you’d like to organise an event to create a conversation around migration by screening New Neighbour’s documentaries, please contact us

Women Migrants Share Their Stories on Italian Podcast

Lunatica Podcast Migrants Women Italy

Women of migrants origins have been sharing their stories of living in Italy in a new podcast called Lunatica

How is Lunatica creating space for women migrants 

Lunatica is a podcast that amplifies the voices of migrants women. They are the protagonist of the project and this is an opportunity for them to share: their point of views on the world; their everyday stories.  

Migrants women are often absent from the mainstream narrative which focuses more on migrants men. Nonetheless, women of migrant origins have a lot to say and share about themselves and the societies they live in. 

“People listening to the podcast have been surprised to learn new stories they didn’t know existed,” says one of the spokesperson for the project.

She added: “They have also realised to have many stereotypes themselves on migrant women.”

Who created Lunatica 

Lunatica was created by the project Lunenomadi which is one of the outputs of the Emilia Romagna’s based association Nondasola (trad. not alone). 

Lunenomadi is active since 2006 to welcome migrant women and facilitate their relationships with local women. In this light, Lunatica is an attempt to fight prejudices against migrant women in Italy. 

The 2020 pandemic has given the opportunity to create a dialogue between migrant women and local women by allowing migrant women to record their stories via Whatsapp. This is how the first eight episodes of the series were created. 

Where to listen to migrant women stories 

Lunatica is a podcast that can be listened to here

To get in touch with the project organisers, you can email them at:




New Neighbours at the International Conference of Journalism on Migration and Development of Mérida


New Neighbours is taking part to the The III International Conference of Journalism on migration and development.

The conference is taking place from the 18th to the 22nd of October via Zoom.  With over 80 speakers in its pool, it is a space  to debate the complexity and future of migration coverage from different perspectives.

In the words of the organisers: 

“The debate will address varied topics and current challenges and will be a meeting point for those who publish and those who produce the information.”

New Neighbours participation to the International Conference of Journalism on Migration

A contribution from New Neighbours will happen on the 21st of October at 6pm. 

Daniela Drastata, journalist and producer of the Croatian public broadcaster HRT, chairwoman of the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group, and executive producer of the documentary series “New Neighbours” will be speaking. 

She will be joined by Frans Jenneckens, journalist and producer of the Dutch public broadcaster NTR, and executive producer of “New Neighbours”. Jenneckens is also Head of Diversity at the Dutch public broadcaster NTR.

During the conference, Drastata and Jenneckens will focus on the challenges faced when trying to position migration and diversity as a prime-time topic away from stereotypes.

The goal is to discuss the inside hurdles of broadcasters (lack of diversity in newsrooms, the pressure of shares, stereotypes…) and the need for journalists to educate themselves on biases as well as on the complexity of migration.

More information and how to signup 

The conference is mainly in Spanish, but there are many debates and sessions that count with an English interpretation. The program is not available in English yet, but some debates will be moderated in English.

To attend the conference, please click this link and register your interest. 

Community radio training resources on multilingual broadcasting

Programs in the native languages of minorities and migrants started appearing in European community radios in the 1980s. Underrepresented and marginalised by private and public service media, migrant groups identified alternative media projects as a natural channel to reach out to their communities. Producers were either individuals or associations,

aiming to share relevant information and news in their mother tongue and clearly addressing the diaspora community as target audience. 

Community radios thus evolved naturally into multicultural projects, where one would often hear statements like: ‘‘We broadcast in 12 different languages!”, ‘‘We have six Turkish programmes”, ‘‘We have 15 non-German speaking programmes.” Community radios were reflecting the diversity of the multicultural cities in which they were based, with several cultures and languages coexisting next to one another, but not necessarily communicating with one another.

In the late 1990s a group of radio activists from Austria, Germany and Switzerland started promoting closer cooperation between radio producers of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds through multilingual programming. The working group babelingo focused on how to conduct programs using two or more languages within the same program (multilingual programming) versus plurilingual programming (different programs in various native languages). Some of the methods implemented by the activists participating in the workshops were language hopping, the use of a bridge language or summarizing. The listeners could enjoy multilingual productions by broadcasters with different backgrounds, some of whom had never before used a language different than their own on air. This led to several joint projects to develop and implement intercultural radio training schemes and toolkits, which are still used today. 

It became evident that intercultural programming could bring a number of benefits to volunteer-based organisations like community radios: a stronger cooperation between different sub-groups, a shared sense of responsibility for the organisation as a common project and the facilitation of participatory processes. Whilst multilingual methods are now included in most basic radio trainings offered to volunteers, specific funding from governmental authorities and private foundations is needed for more articulated intercultural projects. (from Spaces of Inclusion – An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media)

The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of resources on multilingual broadcasting:

    • SMART Specific Methodologies and Resources For Radio Trainers 
    • RAWIK Radio Aus- und Weiterbildung im Interkulturellen Kontext, Union nicht-kommerzorientierter Lokalradios UNIKOM with Radioschule klipp+klang, Zurich (2012)
    • Interaudio Materialien für die interkulturelle Radioausbildung. Antje Schwarzmeier und Ulrike Werner. Hessische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk, LPR Hessen (2007) 
    • Inter.Media Intercultural Media Training in Europe. Handbuch für TrainerInnen, MitarbeiterInnen und RedakteurInnen. kopaed, München (2006)

“We Live Here” Campaign Invites Refugees to Talk About Their Lives in Croatia

Refugees stories Croatia

The Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) has launched a campaign called #ovdježivimo (#welivehere) within Refugee Week in Croatia. This was organised to share the stories of refugees who have found their new home in Croatia. And the focus has been how the integration in the new environment went.

Using short videos and radio jingle, five refugees from Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Congo have spoken about their lives in Croatia: what they do and what they consider important.

The objective of the campaign

This way, Croatian citizens can get to know their new neighbours who: have been granted international protection, live and work here, make friends and try to make their wishes and dreams come true.

Refugees seeking protection in Croatia are theoretically guaranteed a host of rights under the Croatian and international law. However, they encounter many institutional barriers as well as discrimination when they try to exercise these rights.

“This campaign shows that we have so much in common and stresses out the importance of connecting the local community and the newcomers”, says Lovorka Šošić, the campaign manager.

Stories of refugees in Croatia shared on video 

The videos  produced within the campaign were announced at a press conference earlier this year. While, for the jingles Croatian actor Dado Ćosić gave his voice in a call to action to invite people to participate in the Refugee Weeks.

The campaign has been approved by the Commission for Public Actions of the Croatian National Television (HRT), and the videos were broadcasted on all their channels, in the period leading up to the International Day of Peace.

    • To watch the stories from our five refugees, click here
    • You can find more about the CMS campaign on Facebook

Funders of the campaign

The video are co-financed from #NewNeighbours and the BRIDGES project.

This action is funded by the European Union’s A sylum, Migration and Integration Fund.The content of this campaign represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

#BeTheKey against Islamophobia, the message of Blanquerna students in Barcelona

#BeTheKey against Islamophobia, the message of Blanquerna students in Barcelona

Journalism, International Relations or Education are the key against Islamophobia. This is the idea that drove a group of students of these fields in Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University (Barcelona) creating an online campaign to counter an extremist discourse they detected in the district of Raval, where they study. 

Two years after the launching, #BeTheKey is a campaign that aims to eliminate islamophobic discourse from the Barcelona’s district of Raval. It is focused on fighting against the islamophobic hate speech that exists online and offline. This initiative grew under the framework of the Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture.

Concerned about intolerant attitudes in the community and a not always positive narrative towards Islam, this students have set out to act to solve the problem.

“We see the situation with great concern and that’s why we think it’s time to change and make our voices heard,” affirms Lydia Dionís, team leader of the initiative.

This campaign has been created to raise awareness among the population of the social injustice that islamophobia represents, as well as to empower citizens to fight against it. #BeTheKey highlights that everyone, especially youth, could be the key for a change, from preventing prejudices to improving understanding and knowledge about several cultures. Main tools to achieve these goals are social networks, media and local entities and institutions. 

The project has carried out different activities that helped develop and grow its impact. #BeTheKey held several workshops aligned with its main goal. For instance: a Gender Islamophobia in Media training for students of Journalism, a Wikipedia Marathon to make more accurate Islam concepts in this knowledge source, a Ted-Talk in the University TV set presenting several initiatives that “are the key” against Islamophobia in the city and in Spain or an Instagram pictures exhibition, in order to share through a photo or a video the story of different people on how they are being the key. The campaign has also celebrated several webinars about islamophobia, migration, communication and changing narratives among others. #BeTheKey has been presented in different conferences in countries such as the United States, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Finland, Serbia, Egypt, Belgium, The Netherlands among many other countries. 

With a presence on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram, a call is made for users to raise their voices against hatred by sending their most creative photographs with a key as protagonist. 

More information of the campaign: /