Welcome to Issue #27 - Spring 2019
There's so much community media news that we've had to publish an extra Spring edition of Community Media News Issue #27 to cram it all in.

In this issue, we have a reminder about the 2019 Community Radio Awards which are open until Sunday 16th June. And of course, we're looking forward to the 2019 Community Media Conference to be held at BBC MediaCity UK in Salford in September.

Local Radio Day is on Friday 24th May and deserves your support. Radio Ninesprings is giving a local lad his debut radio appearance on Local Radio Day. Seahaven FM has open days on 24th and 25th May. And on Bank Holiday Monday, Cambridge 105 will be broadcasting the Oxjam Cambridge Fundraising Marathon.

Gloucester FM has an ongoing crowdfunding appeal and asks for your support. We have news of a new research report from Social Enterprise UK on how public bodies can embed social value more strategically into their core operations.

On Saturday 29th June, the CMA is hosting an event on Broadcast Radio Compliance with Paul Chantler in Nottingham which is bound to be popular. There's a community reporter training session in Leeds and an Essential Radio Skills Workshop in Bristol. We highlight a tool for journalists called Thread Reader which turns Twitter threads into articles.

Lastly, we finish with the latest Decentered Media Podcast from Dr Rob Watson.

As always, there's more life on the Chat Forum, Twitter feed, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

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Entries are open for the fourth UK Community Radio Awards.

Volunteers and stations from up and down the country are being urged to enter the best of their output from the past year, and consider those team members deserving of special recognition.

Martin Steers, Awards Chair, said: “I am ecstatic to be launching the fourth year of the Community Radio Awards. Over the last three, we’ve seen some amazing impact and content from the UK’s community radio stations.

“What has been most important for me is seeing how the awards have become a part of the Community Radio calendar, and how stations have been using their Award wins to improve their standing in their own communities - a just reward for all the work they have put in serving them.”

As an incentive to enter, the Station of the Year category is now free to enter, along with a reworked entry criteria for the Digital/RSL Station of the Year category.

For more information and to enter head to

How does it work?
Submissions are open until 16th June 2019. You can head to the submission site and follow the instructions to submit your entries either as a station or as an individual from a station.

The submissions are £5 per entry, and we aim for that to be accessible for Community Radio, for those stations that want to fund the awards for their volunteers or for those volunteers who are happy and able to pay themselves.

Who should enter?
The awards have been designed so that stations and individuals from stations can submit as many entries into any of the categories as they like.

We do not want to limit stations as to how many submissions they can make, and we are happy for stations to administer it how they wish. Some stations may send out the information to their presenters and volunteers or some may decide to centrally organise and submit entries in one go. We want everyone who is involved in community radio to feel in a position to enter, and we hope that there is a category for everyone within our awards.

Entries will be checked and sorted in July when the judging process starts. A shortlist of 5 for each category will be produced and published prior to the ceremony.

We look forward to your entries

Martin Steers
BBC Quay House
Plans are coming together for this year's Community Media Conference to be held at Quay House, BBC MediaCityUK in Salford on Saturday 28th September 2019. Confirmed for the agenda so far are two masterclasses which will be run in the morning and repeated in the afternoon so that you'll be able to attend both:
And we are reaching out to a wide range of strategic bodies and representatives to give us the latest updates on the big issues for the sector: funding, sustainability, and of course small-scale DAB. Dr Rob Watson will be recording a series of podcasts throughout the day in his Decentered Media series exploring the use of media for community and social development.

Conference tickets will be on sale shortly but start looking into hotel accommodation now whilst things are still fairly cheap. The Conference facilities are fantastic and it will be a great chance to visit this iconic venue. Save the date and further news on the Conference Programme will be released shortly.
Join In Local Radio Day - Friday 24th May
Local Radio Day highlights the value of local radio and celebrates the relationship between radio stations and their listeners. This year's Local Radio Day is on Friday 24th May and all stations are encouraged to participate.

If you want supporting audio, jingles, promos and voiceovers just drop a DM or email to #lovelocalradio #localradioday

Assistant Editor of BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, Mark Carter is one of the champions of this year’s Local Radio Day. Mark said: “I really like the idea of all sectors of radio coming together and Local Radio Day is a brilliant opportunity to do that.”

Dom Chambers, of Somer Valley FM and the Local Radio Alliance, added: “To many listeners, radio is more than the music choices you like. It is local voices talking about the things you care about and finding out what is going on in your area.”

Last year over a hundred radio stations celebrated local radio by doing something extra special in their transmission areas. Check out this year's initiatives via #LocalRadioDay and here.

Yeovil schoolboy takes to the airwaves to mark Local Radio Day
It’s Local Radio Day on Friday 24th May and to mark the event, Yeovil’s new local community radio station Radio Ninesprings104.5 FM will be handing over the airwaves to 16-year-old Yeovil school lad, Jake Hunter, making his debut solo radio presenting appearance.

Jake, a Year 11 pupil at Preston School will be presenting the Drive Show on Radio Ninesprings, Friday, 24 May, 4pm to 6pm, introducing all the songs and entertaining listeners with lots of local chat.

Jake said: “My ambition is to become a full-time Radio and TV Presenter when I leave school and it’s great that Radio Ninesprings is giving me my first big break on Local Radio Day. I’m really excited about presenting my first live radio show”.

Radio Ninesprings Station Manager, Steve Haigh said: “Lots of young people contact us wanting to be DJ’s but Jake has stood out as someone who might just make it to the top. We’re glad to be giving him this opportunity, as we want to give young people the chance to broadcast and develop media skills. We feel sure Jake will prove a big hit with our listeners”.

Local Radio Day (Friday, 24th May) highlights the value of local radio and celebrates the relationship between radio stations and their listeners. Last year, over 100 radio stations - BBC, commercial, community - celebrated local radio by doing something extra special in their areas.
Seahaven FM Open Days - 24th-25th May
Ever wanted to see behind the scenes at a radio station?

Come and try your hand at radio presenting! Find out how the buttons, radio software and screens work!

Meet the presenters and watch a live show in action! Dedications will go out live on air!

Pick up your free windscreen sticker! All welcome - free tea, coffee and biscuits
Bank Holiday Radio Marathon for Oxjam Cambridge Music Festival
Cambridge 105 Radio is teaming up with Oxfam to kick off the Oxjam Cambridge Festival 2019.

On Bank Holiday Monday (27th May), New Music Generator host and Oxjam Cambridge festival manager, Tim Willett will be hosting a 12-hour radio marathon that’s completely dedicated to local bands and artists.

Oxjam is an annual charity music festival held in locations across the country that raises money for Oxfam whose mission is to fight poverty worldwide.The Cambridge festival main event will take place in October with fringe events happening throughout the summer.

Monday’s radio marathon will kick off at 10am and will see Tim and a selection of Cambridge 105 Radio presenters joined in the studio by bands andartists for live sessions and interviews.

The afternoon will see a takeover of the Garden Room at The Alexandra Arms on Gwydir Street for live sets in front of an audience. Music will come from artists including Mark Shepherd, Datum Plane, Elizabeth & Jameson and Ffion Rebecca.

Since its inception in 2006, more than 50,000 musicians have played to an audience of more than 1.2million people at over 4,000 Oxjam events.

The last Oxjam Cambridge Festival, in 2017 raised £2,500.

Cambridge 105 Radio is the ‘Home of Cambridge Music' with its weekly flagship programme dedicated to local music The New Music Generator; and will once again broadcast from Strawberry Fair on Saturday 1st June with a live music stage.

The Oxjam Cambridge Fundraising Marathon will be broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio from 10am to 10pm on Monday 27th May.
Gloucester FM Crowdfunding Appeal

Gloucester FM 96.6 is Gloucestershire's longest running community radio station, broadcasting to the citizens of Gloucester and beyond for 18 years. The vision of GFM is to empower, educate and entertain, through music, news, information and advice. It provides radio services to individuals who are otherwise under-served by such services and facilitates discussion and the expression of opinions that might not be aired on mainstream radio. It also provides training and facilitates a better understanding of the community and the strengthening of links within it. GFM is currently crowdfunding to raise just over £2,000 to cover some core costs. For more information and to support the work GFM does check out the crowdfunding page here.

Front and Centre - Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive Growth

The latest research report from Social Enterprise UK calls for a rethink on how public bodies use social value, urging it to be placed front and centre of how local and central government works.

Based on in-depth research across local government, the report paints a mixed picture - one in which real progress is being made by forward-thinking local authorities but where the transformative potential of social value is not being fully realised.

Almost two-thirds of local councils (63%) are shown to have a good understanding of social value with 82% believing that social value drives higher levels of growth. However, only 42% believe that using social value has reduced inequalities. The report makes the case for bridging this gap and the use of social value to drive inclusive growth.

The report calls on public bodies to use social value more strategically, taking it out of the procurement silo where it is too often found and embedded across councils’ operations.

Front_and_Centre_Report_May_2019.pdf (2.4 MB)

Community Media Connects, Nottingham, Saturday 29th June, Jurys Inn

The Community Media Association is delighted to partner with broadcast media consultant, Paul Chantler, to programme this event for the community radio sector which is free to attend with refreshments and lunch provided.

Paul is a respected international radio programming consultant providing strategic, operational and training support. He has an excellent track record of success with 30 years' experience working in the UK, Ireland, Europe and India.

Presented by Radio Consultant Paul Chantler
Saturday 29th June - Jury’s Inn Hotel, Nottingham
10:00 Arrival, registration, tea and coffee
10:30 Morning Session - Media Law
13:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00 Afternoon Session - Compliance
15:30 Tea and coffee break
16:00 General discussion
17:00 Finish

Booking here.
Location map: Jurys Inn Hotel, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ
This project is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Become a community reporter with West Leeds Dispatch

Ever fancied being able to tell the story of your community or local group – or write about what’s really going on where you live?

The second West Leeds Dispatch community reporters’ training course is a chance to do just that.

If you’d like to get more involved in what’s going on locally this friendly and informal course could be right up your street.

It runs over six sessions and offers a fun introduction to writing articles, taking photos, making videos and basic podcasting - as well as offering wider help and guidance on everything you need to know to be a community reporter. There's help with spelling and grammar - no pressure and you'll get all the support you need.

The second of the free community reporters’ training courses starts from Thursday, June 6 (6.30pm-8.30pm) for six weeks at Beech Hall Care Home, Far Fold Lane, off Theaker Lane in Armley.

Essential Radio Skills Workshop, 23 June, Bristol

Get hands on experience learning to produce, present and engineer a radio show on the latest Essential Radio Skills workshop at Bristol community station Ujima Radio 98FM. This workshop takes place in a real radio studio where you will learn how to use a mixing desk and produce and research a show, plus basic interviewing techniques and engineer/technician skills.

The workshop is on Sunday 23 June, 2.00 - 4.30pm. Tickets cost £60. All are welcome, young, old, male, female everyone can come! For more information and to book contact

Tool for journalists: Thread Reader archives Twitter threads

Thread Reader is an free online platform which converts Twitter threads into coherent articles and PDFs.

Twitter threads are a useful tool for journalists to report from conferences, social gatherings or court rooms.

Using Twitter posts has proved to be a great way to engage social media audiences with content suited for sharing. The BBC, for example, has used Twitter threads as an open-source tool to tell deep investigative stories.

The downside of threads is that they can be clunky to read and get lost in the noise of the Twittersphere. To help you out, the Thread Reader Chrome extension can both present Twitter feeds in a neat format and store them for later.

Decentered Media Podcast 028 –
Community Media Resilience

The way that we support our communities and ensure that they are facilitated by a responsible and accountable media is one of the major challenges of our times. With ongoing consolidation of ownership of newspapers and radio stations, in addition to the expanding reach of the tech companies, and against a backdrop of widening social inequality, we need to carefully think how community media can be put on a sustainable and resilient path.

Meeting up with Clare Cook and Dr Jennifer Jones was a great opportunity to discuss and think about the complex array of issues and challenges that are related to community media, and how the needs of civil society might be supported by community media practices.

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