Training in community media addresses communities and individuals who often are not represented by the mainstream media. In many countries persons who are active in community media belong to ethnic, cultural or social minorities, e.g. immigrants, people with specific needs, specific age groups. These groups require specific trainings to acquire the skills needed to make radio. Furthermore the skills people learned out of their community radio work often are not recognized as skills related to lifelong learning or vocational education and training.

The partners in this project from Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Basque Country and Germany previously took part in certain projects facing different aspects of community media training. As part of this project the partners reviewed and piloted some of the activities included in the Inter.Media training manual. However, during the project we realised that awareness, the trainer’s skills, methodologies and delivery of materials and resources available for trainers when working with specific groups were not enough. Also, during the review of the materials, the trainers of the project partners agreed on the need to adapt their skills and methodologies not only to specific target groups, but also for materials and resources to be adapted and presented so to facilitate the trainer when it comes to course design. All those different approaches, knowledge and experiences of the project flow into the SMART online-tool on this website.

Partners:

COMMIT was founded in 2010 as the common training organisation of the community radios in Austria. COMMIT organizes seminars and workshops for employees and volunteers active or interested in community media. We offer trainings in journalistic, technical and organisational skills and we develop curricula for the use in local community media training.  COMMIT aims at strengthening the cooperation between community media and the larger field of adult education in Austria.

Radio School klipp+klang is the training organization of all the non-commercial community radios and some of the commercial private radio stations in Switzerland. With financial support of the Swiss government (Federal Office of Communications), the school develops and conducts trainings in radio journalism for volunteers and professionals. Furthermore, klipp+klang does research and projects, focusing on various aspects of integration and empowerment of marginalized groups and mentally and physically challenged adults. The Radio School klipp+klang holds an EDUQUA-certification (Swiss quality certificate for further Education institutions) and maintains working alliances with the Swiss Federation of Adult Learning (SVEB), some of the “Bildungsklubs” (education club) that are working with cognitive challenged persons, the national professional associations of radio journalism (SSM, syndicom), the Business Associations (UNIKOM, VSP) and the Federal Office of Communication.

Civil Radio was established in Budapest in 1993 to support and popularize the cause of non-governmental radio broadcasting. In addition, it was established to operate a radio station in Budapest for the same purpose. Currently, Civil Radio broadcasts everyday with the help of more than a 150 volunteers. Cultural, social, environmental protection events, communities, conflicts and the life of the capital city and its districts are the central topics of our programming. Civil Radio popularizes new communicational and media techniques, new possibilities, web 2.0 applications for many years by holding training courses or producing e-learning materials. These trainings and curriculums want to achieve that the participants/users could use the acquired skills – spanning from community journalism to basic radio knowledge, from editing a community website to public community events – so that they could better represent the social and civil interest of their community.

Antxeta Irratia has a long experience in gender projects both in its territory as a cross-border (Spain and France) and in cooperation projects. Currently, it is partner in a Grundtvig Partnership on adult education and radio and Coordinating partner in a Learning Partnership on Minority Languages. Since 2007, Antxeta Irratia’s developed numerous projects on intercultural issues and development education, both in collaboration with women’s associations and immigrants from the region or th e center adult education. In 2011 Antxeta Irratia participated in two gender-related development cooperation projects of the NGO PausuMedia with La Morada Corporation (Santiago de Chile).

Near Media Co-op is a democratic not-for-profit media co-operative which uses media as a tool for community development.  The Co-op was founded in 1982 and has over 600 shareholders and more than 120 regular volunteers.  Nearfm helds a community radio license since 1995 and have been involved as partners in numerous European Projects dealing with cultural identity and environmental issues, intercultural training and human rights programming and our track record is excellent. Nearfm took part in the Socrates project Inter.media in 2006, a media training manual from an intercultural perspective. We deliver FETAC Level 4, media literacy and intercultural training.

Radio CORAX is a non commercial Local Radio in Halle. The association CORAX e.V. had been working since 1993 on the development of such kind of medium structure in Halle. With about 300 volunteers and 100 regular transmissions Radio CORAX is the biggest non-profit radio in East Germany. Radio Corax has been allway focussed on working with migrants, minoritary languages, learners with literacy problems and with mental impairments. To train the volunteers to empower their abilities for radio broadcasting was a priority from the beginning of Radio Corax and so it was involved in national and international training projects even with intercultural focus.