Welcome to Issue #20
In this edition, we bring you details of the Community Media Association's AGM on Saturday 8th December, share the CMA's response to the Radiocentre's report: on small-scale radio, ask for your views to progress the development of small-scale DAB Licensing.

We have news of this year's Charles Parker Prize, we reflect on the recent Mapping Community Media workshop, celebrate awards for community radio stations Asian Star 101.6FM and Angel 101.4FM, share information on the NCTJ Level 3 Journalism Diploma and details of  the BBC's Introduction to Radio Operations course, free podcasting training from Future Learn and the BBC Academy; the latest Decentrered Media podcast - a conversation on communities and bringing people together, some practical advice on ensuring fairness in competitions, and details of a job opportunity - Community Arts Worker (broadcast) position at Chapel FM in Leeds.

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CMA AGM, Saturday 8th December, BBC Broadcasting House

The Community Media Association Annual General Meeting and Networking event will be held on Saturday 8th December in the 7th-Floor Learning Zone at the BBC, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Attendance is limited to two members per organisation due to space and security constraints.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

  •      1:00pm – 1:45pm – Welcome, lunch, and networking
  •      1:45pm – 3:30pm – AGM
  •      3:30pm – 3:45pm – Break
  •      3:45pm – 5:00pm – Supporting Social Gain & Networking

Booking for CMA members here.

Strategy & Policy Updates
The story of community radio in the United Kingdom is one of success. From the humble origins of fifteen Access radio stations in the early 2000s, there are now over 270 licensed community radio stations across the whole of the UK. These stations serve many diverse communities: rural and urban, faith-based and language-based, old and young, creative and project-led.

Community radio has one consistent theme – empowerment. Community radio is one of the few opportunities for volunteers from ordinary backgrounds, without professional experience, to take part in and access their local media service.

Community radio’s first priority is to promote social gain, which all community radio stations are required to deliver as a condition of their licence. Community radio gives volunteers the opportunity to take part in radio programme making, discuss topics of local civic concern, tell their stories and report on issues that matter to them and the people in their neighbourhoods.

Download the Community Media Association's response to Radiocentre's report: Small-Scale Radio in the UK here

Image: © Community Media Association 2018
In order to progress the development of small-scale DAB licensing, DCMS will need to develop the detail of the new arrangements with a view to seeking legislation when parliamentary time allows. DCMS has asked the Community Media Association (CMA) to consult with the sector to obtain views on the best way forward concerning issues such as fourth term licence renewals and the commercial restrictions on those community radio stations which might overlap with a small commercial service with a potential audience of fewer than 150,000 adults. The CMA will gather responses to this short survey and forward them to DCMS for their consideration and potential inclusion in a new Community Radio (Amendment) Order which is expected next year in 2019.

Please detail the specific concerns that you would like a new Community Radio (Amendment) Order to address by completing the survey hereThis mini-consultation will close on Friday 14th December.
Digital Radio Multiplex Services Digital, Culture, Media & Sport – House of Commons, 12:00 am 1st November 2018
Kevin Foster MP: "What progress has DCMS made on supporting the development of small-scale digital radio multiplex services?"

Margot James MP: "Having completed the consultation on the new licensing system, we are now working closely with Ofcom on the detailed arrangements, including spectrum planning, on which Ofcom has the lead. Our aim is to bring forward the secondary legislation required for the first stages next year."

Events & Campaigns
Calling all UK radio students and tutors! Important announcement about the Charles Parker Prize 2019. Open to any student studying radio production at Further or Higher Education establishments throughout the UK, the Charles Parker Prize is awarded each year for the Best Student Radio Feature

2019 is Charles Parker’s centenary and to mark the milestone, BBC Radio 4 is joining with the Charles Parker Awards to offer a broadcast slot on the network to each of the five entrants judged to have most successfully used the radio feature medium. Each winning student producer will be invited to collaborate with a coach drawn from some of the very best feature-makers working in radio in order to adapt their features, as necessary, for network transmission.

These special prize commissions will be selected by a panel led by Radio 4’s Factual Commissioning Editor, Mohit Bakaya and the programme judged to be the overall winner will receive the Charles Parker Gold Award (and a prize consisting of a BBC-standard SADiE6 editing system worth over £2,000). The competition is now open and the final deadline is at 23:59 on Monday 25th February 2019. To find out more about the Special Centenary Charles Parker Prize click here
Community Media Updates

Dr Rob Watson shares his reflections on the Mapping Community Media workshop that took place at the University of Leicester on the 24th November. Co-hosted by Dr Katie Moylan, the workshop was an opportunity for community media practitioners and academics to get together and informally map-out ideas about how community media might be better supported as a recognised and valued social-engagement practice. 

The underlying proposition for the workshop was that the community media movement needs to widen its research remit so that it can better support community media practitioners with evidence that can be used to assess the social impact of community media practices. About forty people attended from as far afield as Bristol, Portsmouth, North Wales, Sheffield, Sunderland and London for what was a stimulating and productive day.

To read the blog post on the Decentered Media website click here.

Congratulations to community radio station Asian Star 101.6FM on winning Regional Radio Station of the Year 2018/19 at The Asian Media Awards. The Slough-based station picked up the prize (for the 3rd time!) at a prestigious awards gala evening in Manchester hosted by ITV News presenter Nina Hossain. The radio station now has numerous awards under its belt and proud owners Ray (Ray C) and Sbba Siddique were delighted and overwhelmed to have won again this year.  Managing Director Ray said “this is a real achievement for the station and another feather in our cap.  It just confirms what thousands of our listeners are already telling us that the stations output is exemplary and being judged by media executives from the UK media including ITV, Sky and the BBC that Asian Star Radio is really flying the flag high for Slough on the airwaves with an exemplary sound that just validates it”.
Congratulations to community radio station Angel 101.1FM & Digital, the nostalgia station for the older community in the south of England on receiving an award for 'Greatest Contribution to the Community' at the Havant Small Business Awards 2018. Angel Radio, one of the original 'Access' stations, went on air in 2002. The station's staff are mostly aged over 60 and recently they were the subject of a 10-page colour feature in Germany's GEO Magazine. The photographs used in the article were taken by New York Times photographer Lauren Joy Fleishman, who took this stunning picture of the station's oldest presenter, Audrey Anderson, on her last visit to the Angel Radio studios before sadly passing away a few weeks later. 

Angel Radio has seen a flurry of media activity over the past few months with a news feature on national German TV, a documentary feature aired across the USA in the Focus on Europe series and a 30-minute documentary to be aired on the pan-European TV station ARTE in early December. Station Manager Tony Smith told the CMA "It's super to have all this attention and to receive the 'Greatest Contribution to the Community' award but it's still our older listeners who are as important as the radio station. As with any community station, your audience is your whole reason for your being on air, everything else is a bonus".

Image: © Lauren Joy Fleishman for GEO Magazine  
East Leeds community radio station and arts centre Chapel FM is looking to appoint a Community Arts Worker to join the team with the specific role of developing the broadcasting offer. The job is on a full-time basis working 5 days per week (35 hours).

The successful candidate will have specific responsibility for training and assisting people in all aspects of radio broadcasting. As part of an established community arts company, you must have a passion for working with people and helping them to create radio broadcasts in formal and informal learning situations.

The worker will assist the co-directors and other key staff to develop and implement new radio programmes, support ongoing programs, and manage the potential transition to on-air FM frequency broadcasting. An understanding of the technical equipment connected with broadcasting and recording, and a willingness to share that understanding with others is essential. Salary: £19,000 – £25,300 per annum. For more information on the post and how to apply click here.

Image: © Martine Hamilton Knight

Funding & Training

The Learning and Development Bureau is offering access to a fully-funded National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Level 3 Diploma Course 1. The NCTJ Level 3 Diploma is designed by journalists, to train people in the field of journalism and provide a qualification that employers recognise when recruiting journalists.

The Learning & Development Bureau is a provider of top quality training and development programmes across the UK.

The Learning & Development Bureau provides trainers for fortnightly training sessions either in person, online or via telephone and to provide assignments that will then be carried out with, giving candidates both theoretical and practical experience.

The length of the course is flexible and will be determined by the progress of the candidates, but is estimated at one year. Estimated hours over that year are 560 hours of guided learning, including the fortnightly training sessions and an additional 260 hours preparation and study. However, the allocation of those hours is very flexible and could be done around a part-time job.

Course Outline
Learners must gain 82 credits overall to obtain the full qualification. Credit is awarded for the achievement of grades A-E in each of the units and/or 60-120 words per minute shorthand.

Who Can Apply?

  • The course is open to anyone over the age of 16
  • UK residency
  • At least 5 GCSEs at or above level 4 or grade C

More details of the qualification specification here: NCTJ spec.pdf 1 (100.4 KB)

Do you have a passion for the technical side of broadcasting? Would you like some radio-specific training at the BBC? BBC Production Operations (Audio) are running a one-week‘ Introduction to Radio Operations’ course offering a fantastic opportunity to train with the BBC. The aim of this free course is to encourage entry-level operational skills and build and develop a talent pool of potential sound operators, engaging people from a diverse range of backgrounds to reflect our audiences.

You’ll learn about the role of a Studio Manager and Studio Director (the sound operators for network radio) and have the chance to operate mixing desks and other broadcast equipment. BBC trainers will help you develop your technical knowledge. The week will culminate in candidates keeping a mock radio station on the air. The BBC is looking for applicants with a technical curiosity, passion for radio, and a desire to work in the technical operating side of broadcasting. You’ll be committed and eager to learn and have demonstrated proactivity in furthering your operating skills and technical experience - for example through involvement with a community radio/TV station, theatre sound, mixing bands, or doing some DJing.

The course will be run by the team working on BBC Radio 5 live and applicants will need to be available from 21-25 Jan and 25 Feb-1 March 2019. The course is residential (at the training facility at Wood Norton, Worcs) and full attendance is essential - accommodation costs will be covered by the BBC. Places are limited. For more information and how to apply click here.

Want to explore exactly what a podcast is and why it’s so powerful for storytelling? Develop your own plan for a podcast, produce a script, and investigate different platforms for publishing your brand new podcast? Then sign up for the free online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) developed by the University of Wollongong, Australia for Future Learn on The Power of Podcasting for Storytellers. For more information about this free course and how to sign up click here.
Podcastology is a new five-part series from the BBC Academy dedicated to the art of making great podcasts that audiences will love. Watch the short introduction to 'What is Podcastology' here and check out all the episodes here
Podcasts & Other Media
In episode 8 of the Decentered Podcast, Dr. Rob Watson talks to Dean Kavanagh, station manager at Switch Radio  about the importance of community radio as a way of bringing communities together, and how the challenge of producing audio helps us to learn something about ourselves and reflect on the role that we play in our communities. Rob and Dean also talk about the need for partnerships and collaboration between community radio stations if they want to take advantage of the new small-scale DAB platforms that will launch in the next couple of years. To listen click here.
A recent Ofcom investigation offers good advice for stations who wish to run a simple text-and-win competition.

A little background from the Ofcom Code:

The regulator requires that competitions should be conducted fairly and the competition rules are clear and shared with the audience.

Click here for an update from Earshot Creative about ensuring fairness in competitions.

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