You really need Community Media, and this is why

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It is universally acknowledged, at least within western liberal democracies, that freedom of expression is an essential component of the society. Every kind of opinion is welcomed as far as it does not violate the rights of third parties. As democracy is all about dialogue and debating and involving the whole of the society in decision-making, what people think is the most important part of all. And whether we like it or not, the media shape the way we think.

We live in a world where people constantly comment on the fact that the media in our days have been more influencing than they have ever been before. It is said that their importance is so great, that it actually breaks the trias politica principle and emerges as the 4th power. We get to know what is going on around the world through the media, whereas this could be a magazine, newspaper, radio, television or the newest version of getting informed; the web. If one considers the fact that a happening can be delivered in so many different ways, through so many different points of view, simply because our world is not just black and white, then the role of the media is crucial. What we are actually reading, watching or listening to is in one way or another news through somebody else's point of view.

So it seems like the media have a lot or even too much power in their hands. Especially when someone considers that the opinion of a whole society is shaped by entities that have never been democratically elected, and there was never a debate on whether they are indeed capable of delivering news, then the whole issue becomes even more complicated. What I am trying to point out here is that more often and most easily than we think, citizens are influenced by media which in their turn might serve interests of third parties even if such interests are conflicting those of the citizens. This doesn't mean that all media are like this of course and most importantly we should not confuse bias with serving someone else's interest. Every opinion is biased simply because it's personal. What my point is that we cannot control the extend to which this occurs. But it's happening, I know it, you know it, but quite frankly there isn't much we can do about it.

Or there might be something. This is listening and generally getting yourselves involved to community media. Community media serve as a platform of exchange of ideas and opinions between the citizens of the community. It should be highlighted that nowadays, thanks to the internet, a community cannot only be defined by geographical means  but by others such as ethnic, political and so on. The nature of community media is clearly one of non-profit, thus eliminating further the danger of having the interests of third parties prioritized over to the interests of the citizens. Community media are operated in the community, for the community about and most importantly by the community. Thus it is a clear reflection of the needs of the community that it operates to.

Now, as far as Cyprus is concerned, Community Media are present in our littler island thanks to MYCY Radio which is managed by the NGO Cyprus Community Media Centre and is the only web multilingual radio in Cyprus. Being an example of community media, it gives the chance to people from all different backgrounds, amateurs and professionals to raise their voice on issues that concern not only themselves but also fellow citizens. MYCY Radio is a place where you know that what you're listening to, represents merely the opinion of the person involved. Transparency is something that the Cypriot society desperately needs as we are now for good into the 21st century and MYCY Radio can offer that. It is a place where everyone can get him/herself involved in a dialogue which will serve as a mean for improvement in our community.

Support your local Community Media!

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As MYCYradio does not run ads in order to remain community-focused, a Bingo fundraising event is being organized with our friends at Brickyard. Being there is of crucial importance. It is not about supporting another NGO. It is about securing that a platform that will give you the chance to speak up and demand or question things will be there whenever you need it to. The work that has been done so far is great, and you can actually listen to it by visiting MYCY Radio's website: http://mycyradio.eu/

You are all welcome to join us, have fun, enjoy the night with DJs, drinks and food, and at the same time help raise funds for the station, in order to help it remain alive and vibrant and to continue meeting its cause! MYCY Radio needs us as much as we do!

Marita is 18 years old and will graduate from high school in June 2016. She is interested in current affairs, debate, journalism as well as dance and music. She is currently an intern at Cyprus Community Media Centre.

   

CCMC to take part in European Get Online Week 2015

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Not every European is digital just yet. But we're getting there. Thousands of community telecentres get people online and on jobs across Europe. We celebrate their work in the last week of March of every year, by organizing Get Online Week - to empower a digital Europe.  

Between 23-29 March 2015, Europe is invited to enter a digital world full of benefits. For the first time CCMC, as a part of the project Generation 0101, will be supporting and arranging activities to promote the campaign and raise awareness of Get Online Week.

The Get Online Week campaign for 2015 addresses two key issues and is built on simple messages: 

1. Digital empowerment - seeking to raise awareness and build people’s set of skills required by the available digital jobs   

2. Digital inclusion - making sure no one is left behind, by raising awareness and initiating offliners and various disadvantaged groups in the online world

 

With 20% Europeans still offline and with 39% of the EU workforce lacking proper digital skills , the campaign partners have much to do, especially looking at the hundreds of thousands of digital jobs available on the labour market. The equation is simple. Get those 20% online and get those 39% aware and ready to take the available digital jobs.

 Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in partnership with 6 other European NGOs and Non-profit organisations, are collaborating to tackle the issue of youth unemployment with project Generation0101. The project aims to build Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) skills and confidence of young people, and thus increase their chances of finding work. To do this, the organisations will create educational modules and offer free training in several ICT disciplines are currently in demand in the working world: E-journalism, Mobile Application development, Web designing, Community Web Radio, using Online collaboration tools (cloud solution, online document sharing…), Easy Coding (game development), and Video development.

 Each partner will be in charge of developing one of these modules in a field they have experience in, and then sharing it with all Generation0101 partners. CCMC and the others will then offer training to young people, within their communities, in all 7 fields for free with a proficiency test and certification at the end. The trainings will be available from early 2016.

   

Host your own show on MYCYradio!

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Do you live in Cyprus and have a burning issue you want to discuss

 Do you want your community and your language represented through an online radio station?

Do you have a voice that deserves to be amplified?

Do you want to share knowledge, information, events, announcements, recipes, activities and beyond?

Are you a civil society activist or do you represent an NGO and want to reach new audiences?

Do you have fresh, new music you want to get ‘out there’?

Have you always wanted to produce your own radio show?

Then MYCYradio is for you!

In April 2013, the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), with support from the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, launched the island’s first multilingual web radio station – MYCYradio! Streaming live online at www.mycyradio.eu, MYCYradio currently hosts over 40 radio broadcasters representing a number of different communities from across the island. Programmes are also available to download in podcast format immediately after the end of each show.

We are currently open to applications from people living and organisations registered in Cyprus. Just fill a simple Application Form provided that they agree with, and adhere to, the MYCYradio Guiding Principles.

Anyone can apply to produce a show! For more information and to apply, just complete the application form and email it to info@cypruscommunitymedia.org, or feel free to ask questions!

 

Deadline: Wednesday, 28 January 2015  

 

Join us for a special full-day Media Literacy / Community Radio Techniques training workshop on Feb. 7th!

 

   

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