The Media Is Failing Women, Except at Public Broadcasting Service in the USA

The underrepresentation of women is a problem that has long existed in media -- in print, television, radio and online. But PBS has managed to find effective solutions by making gender equality a priority.

"PBS has done a remarkable job of finding great women, promoting great women and making sure that women are not just on the air but also behind the scenes, making decisions," says TV anchorwoman Judy Woodruff.

The full story from the Huffington Post.

Sally Kane Envigorates NFCB

Several years ago, beset with past poor leadership, debts and burned bridges, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) almost closed up shop. Sally Kane changed all that.

Since Sally became NFCB’s CEO in early 2014, NFCB has shown new vitality. It seems be playing a larger role in the public media conversation.  This is a good thing because community-based radio has the potential to become a bigger factor in American society. Now NFCB appears to be back on track as a vital and effective supporter of community broadcasting in the United States. For more info, go here.

Ford Foundation's New Direction

The Ford Foundation announced a major change to it's core philosophy, doubling the amount it gives for operation expenses of community organizations.

Now Ford will place a high priority on alleviating what it sees as the key causes of inequality, including broken political systems, discrimination, dwindling support for schools and other public institutions, and a belief that the free market alone can cure social ills. "We’re going to move away from bending our grantees to fit into our boxes and do a better job of listening and learning," stated Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.

For more information, go here.

Expanding the Radio Dial in Your Car?

Listening in the car is nothing new, but new platforms and technologies are sprouting up every day. A new service of news and information hopes to capture a place in your dashboard.

Czech Republic Community Broadcasting Proposal

A 3rd sector of alternative community broadcasting does not exist on terrestrial airwaves in the Czech Republic. To many observers, advocates, and citizens this is an obvious shortcoming of the development of a pluralistic democratic society. So if indeed community broadcasting were to considered in the Czech Republic, what would it look like, and how could it be implemented?

Here's a turn-key solution provided by RadioExpert, recently revised for more clarity and effectiveness.

Henry Loeser on Community Media Values

Recently a TV crew interviewed Henry Loeser, RadioExpert director, about his thoughts on community media. Henry shares his personal and professional opinions about the role of community media in modern democracies.

https://vimeo.com/89727825

 

Media Law and the Values & Priorities of Community Media Participants - A Good Match?

 

 

RadioExpert has launched a scientific research project to measure the reasons why citizens particpate in community broadcasting in Austria. In cooperation with various stakeholders, the project will survey the thousands of producers creating content for the Austrian community radio and televisions. For more information: http://diss-website.webnode.com/

Die Werte und Prioritäten der Gemeinschaft Rundfunk Teilnehmer als Reflexion von Medienrecht und Medienpolitik

South Africa Community Broadcasting

Executive Summary

With more than 7 million listeners, one in five South African radio listeners tune to community radio. The government not only recognizes the sector, the media regulator/funder allocates valuable frequencies, builds the studios and transmitters, and even subsidizes initial operations for many radios. This has created an enabling media environment, facilitating a tremendous opportunity in South Africa for community radio to be an effective component of a healthy civil society. For a list of these radios, go here. In addition, a new group of community televisions have also launched.

However, with the exception of a handful of highly successful well-managed radios, many of these South African community broadcasters lack the organizational capacity to take advantage of their positive environment. Their sustainability depends on developing a well-managed entrepreneurial organization able to develop diversified sources of revenue utilizing best practices of systems, people and materials.

Enterprise Solution

The South Africa Community Broadcasting "Enterprise Solution" project promotes an enterprise solution that would include tools, training, and ongoing support for enterprise capacity development. Focusing on radio & TV directors and sales managers, we intend to supply the components necessary for entrepreneurship. This program introduces the concepts of successful enterprise, develops the tools, and delivers the know-how in a series of regional management training workshops. It then provides long-term support for continuing enterprise development, and provides reports for measuring performance. In short, we develop "Radio (and TV) Experts".
 

RadioExpert Delivers expert support for Community Media

RadioExpert is an international non-profit organization committed to increasing the effectiveness of community media. We work closely with organizations to provide project development, consulting, training, advocacy, networking, research, and more. 

We deliver expert support for community media.

Shifting Winds Affect Small USA Public Broadcasters

Report on the status of public broadcasting in the United States reveals a decline in sustainability for small public TV and radio.

 

Video Training Workshop for Roma Youth in Czech Republic

RadioExpert & Roma Youth Radio Project recently organized a video skills workshop for Roma youth at the Roma Culture Museum in Brno, Czech Republic.

Community Media Europe Conference '14

Brno ‘13 community media conference is successfully behind us. More than 100 community media activists, academics, practitioners and regulators from all over the Europe met in Brno, Czech Republic to discuss this topic. Two days full of panels and workshops including the speech of UNESCO Chair for Community Media Prof. Vinod Pavarala brought a lot of new remarkable findings. If you are interested in to learn more, check the conference webpage, where we published photos and short takeaways from the panels.
 

 

RadioExpert receives Google Grant

In recognition for its important and successful support of community media worldwide, RadioExpert has received a generous grant from Google Inc. of Mountain View, California, USA. Google Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool. Googlel Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com.
 
 

When "Community" is more valuable than "Commercial" in the UK

Community and commercial radio stations in the United Kingdom have much in common. Amongst these similarities is the need to survive and prosper by selling advertising. Despite this fact UK community media operators should resist being covetous of the commercial advertising paradigm and remember the main difference in their mission - one is here to serve, the other to profit. This difference may in fact be their greatest advantage.

Another year of Roma Youth Radio

The school year is coming and it also means that Roma Youth Radio project continues in Brno. We are ready to make further steps to development of real radio at IQ Roma Servis.