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News #34 December 2019
For this last edition of Community Media News of 2019, we have a bumper edition to keep you informed and entertained over the festive season.

In Sector News, there's a Christmas message from Danny Lawrence of Gateway 97.8 and Chairman of the Community Media Association. It's been a very busy year and we have news of our citizen journalism training event at Sky News last month.

Before the election, the CMA ran a campaign calling on election candidates for more support for community radio. And we currently have an ongoing survey to gauge the need for further licensing on FM for community radio.

In Community Updates, there's a new initiative for income generation - check it out! And we have news of a festive fundraising tune from NLive in Northampton and we congratulate the rising stars from community radio stations who have been selected to guest present on BBC Radio 1 this Christmas. 

In Strategy, Policy and Licensing, we share the announcement that Ofcom has awarded 4 new community radio licences. There is also an open consultation for The Charity Governance Code.

In Events & Training, you can learn how to counter fake news with free media verification training from First Draft News and catch up with a couple of reports from this year's Radio TechCon Conference.

In Funding & Awards, the Lloyds Bank Foundation reopens for applications for grants up to £100,000 for charities in England and Wales to tackle complex social issues.

In Podcast, Audio & Digital, there's a new podcast from Decentered Media. And we share six tips for Improving radio and podcast interview techniques, an article on building engagement and inclusivity and two opinion pieces on podcasting falling prey to corporate interests and copyright issues. 

In Tech Corner there are more reasons why 5G may not be ideal for radio broadcasting.

Have a great festive season and, as always, do check the CMA Chat Forum for more news and information.

Have a story about your community radio station or community media project to share? Email your news, press releases, event details and stories to
Sector News

We start with a festive message from Danny Lawrence of Gateway 97.8 and Chairman of the Community Media Association. Use the QR code scanner on your smartphone to access the link (or just click here to save time). Merry Christmas everybody!

Citizen Journalism Training With Sky News

On 27-28 November, more than 40 community radio volunteers attended one of two citizen journalism workshops given at Sky News headquarters in Isleworth in London.

The remit of the day was to give the course delegates an insight into what underpins Sky’s own journalism and to encourage, inspire and empower our volunteers to produce high-quality news with confidence for their own audiences.

The two lead presenters from Sky News were Matt Rhodes, Senior Foreign News Editor, and Sophia McBride, the Foreign News Editor. We were welcomed at the start of the day by Caro Kriel, Head of International News. And later in the day, there was a session on legal issues with Matt McKenzie, Head of Counsel.

More on the Chat Forum.

Calling on Government for more support for community radio

Ahead of the General Election, the Community Media Association (CMA) called on its members, their friends and family, and the wider public to ask for more support and recognition for community radio from prospective MPs. More details here. The CMA will follow up this campaign in the New Year.

The CMA highlighted three possible initiatives that will benefit current and aspiring community radio stations:

1. To call for a substantial increase in the Community Radio Fund to better meet the needs of current community radio stations and to support the new digital community radio stations to be licensed from next year.

2. To support a commitment from central and local Government to recognise that community radio is a low-cost and effective medium for reaching underserved communities and to direct a proportion of government advertising to community radio stations.

3. To commit to supporting a call to DCMS and Ofcom that community radio continues to be licensed on FM spectrum in parallel with the future rollout of licences on the new SSDAB platform.

The Community Media Association is conducting a survey to gauge the potential interest of community media projects that aspire to obtain a full-time 5-year community radio licence on FM. This survey will close in early January 2020.
Community Updates

New Opportunity Rising

An exciting new opportunity to participate in and profit from the ‘Rising’ syndicated new music show brought to you by the Rising team (Roy Stannard, Matt Staples and Howard Popeck (Burgess Hill Radio and Seahaven FM).

A new revenue stream and channel for new artists has been created by Roy Stannard (Founder MD of Splash FM, Seahaven FM and Burgess Hill Radio), Mark Adams (Marketing and A&R Director, Music Gateway) and the Rising production team with assistance from Deuce Music’s Rob Saunders. More details here.

NLive Plays Host to Record Festive Charity Song

Members of Northamptonshire’s business community have been channelling their inner Bono this Christmas with a charity single recorded at the University of Northampton’s NLive Radio studios.

The cast of singers, which included colleagues from the University, sang Band Aid’s 1984 smash hit, Do They Know It’s Christmas? to raise much-needed funds for KidsAid. The Northampton-based charity provides therapeutic support for children and young people affected by traumatic events such as family breakdown, bereavement, domestic violence, abuse and neglect.

The song was recorded at community radio station NLive, which is run in association with the University of Northampton, and organised by the team from All Things Business.

Amongst the singers were University Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford, Lecturer and NLive presenter, Adrian Pryce, and Charlotte Patrick, Key Sector and Knowledge Transfer Manager.

NLive Station Manager, Martin Steers, said: “It’s a great pleasure for NLive to be involved and play host to the singers and project, it’s fantastic to help raise money for such a great cause.” You can donate to the cause via the Just Giving page here

Community Radio Represented in Radio 1's Christmas Schedule
BBC Radio 1 has revealed the all-new schedule of guest presenters set to take over the airwaves across the festive period. A number of the new presenters had their first start in radio with community radio stations. Amongst them is: Priya Mathews from Switch Radio in Birmingham, Connor Coates and Kathryn Wilson were mentees of Shane Pearce at Juice 103.8 Belfast, Joel Mitchell used to present for Penistone FM, Fat Brestovca used to present on Pulse 98.4 in East Renfrewshire and Kaylee Golding from The Beat London 103.6FM. Congratulations to them all!

Ofcom has announced the award of four new community radio licences in England, Scotland and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Shaftesbury, Dorset; Shotts in Lanarkshire; Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales and Towyn, Conwy, in North Wales.

Alfred (Alfred Radio Ltd) is aimed at older listeners and will provide a service for the community of Shaftesbury and the surrounding rural area.

Listen Lanarkshire (Getting Better Together Ltd) will work with local partners including schools, youth groups and sports clubs. It will serve the ex-mining communities of Shotts and surrounding villages.

Merthyr Radio (The 3Gs Development Trust) will focus on life in the Merthyr area and will work with local businesses. It will provide an inclusive local radio service for people in the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough area.

Sound Radio will run a locally-focussed service which will include some Welsh language programmes for the communities of Kinmel Bay & Towyn, Abergele, Rhyl and surrounding towns and villages in the Vale of Clwyd.

Charity Governance Code Consultation
The Charity Governance Code is inviting comments and feedback. The Code is a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance. Read more about this Code and using this Code here:

The consultation on the code runs until 28 February 2020. You can download the consultation document here (PDF, 90KB). You can submit responses through the online survey available here.
Events & Training
Training and Resources for Journalists in an Age of Disinformation
First Draft News is a global non-profit that supports journalists, academics and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and trust in the digital age. It offers online courses in verifying online media on its website here.

The first course, a Quick Start to Verifying Online Media, teaches the first steps in basic provenance and checking source, time and location. This one hour course is designed as an introduction that anyone can use to quickly improve their digital literacy skills. 
On the second advanced course, Verification Training for Journalists, you will learn the steps involved in verifying the eyewitness media, fabricated websites, visual memes and manipulated videos that emerge on social media.

Newsroom staff and those involved in verifying media can take the course online, or you can take individual videos and tutorials.
Radio TechCon Reports
Radio TechCon is the UK radio industry’s annual technical conference and last month it was held at the IET (the Institution of Engineering and Technology) in Central London. 

Supported by the IET and by various specialist broadcasting companies more than 100 people from the UK broadcast radio industry attended the event that covered a diverse range of topics from the strategic to the practical.
Lawrie Hallett, Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Bedfordshire and Director of Future Digital Norfolk, gave a presentation on SSDAB and reviewed the conference in a Radio World post called Radio TechCon Talks Tech.
"All You Need to Know on The Latest Tech" is another great write-up from David Lloyd (@DavidLloydRADIO) on Radio Tech Con (@RadTechCon).
Funding & Awards
Lloyds Bank Foundation Reopens for Applications
The Lloyds Bank Foundation is an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group. It partners with small and local charities in England and Wales helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. Registered charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million can apply. Charities must be tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse and have a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change. Grants are not available for significant capital projects. Their new approach involves:
  • A continuously open application process, rather than in rounds, so that charities can apply for support whenever they are ready.
  • Clearer turnaround times for when a decision on funding will be made from the initial application.
  • Grants worth up to £45,000 and £100,000 available over three years that can be used entirely for core costs, with charities able to flex how much they spend each year.
  • An eligibility checker which takes less than five minutes to complete, which will tell you whether your charity is currently able to apply for support and, if so, for how much.
  • Support from the Foundation’s regional managers and access to the Foundation’s ‘Enhance’ organisational development programme, helping charities to become more resilient and sustainable.
For full details click here.

BJTC’s Placement Assistance Scheme

The BJTC’s Placement Assistance Scheme (PAS) is available to students from BJTC-accredited courses who would most benefit from a one-off bursary to help them take up industry placements.

Students meeting the social diversity criteria can apply for a £200 bursary which, if approved, will be paid out once the placement has been confirmed.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Scheme will be open for applications in January 2020. The deadline for applications will be 28 February 2020 and will apply to placements from 16 December 2019 until the end of the student’s course. Details here.

Podcast, Audio & Digital

Decentered Media Podcast 046 – Impact of the Election on Community & Civic Media

In this edition of the Decentered Media podcast, Rob Watson talked to John Coster of the Documentary Media Centre and friends about the recent election result. They considered how the majority that was won by Boris Johnson might change or re-shape the dynamic for the community and civic media movement.
Six Tips for Improving Radio & Podcast Interview Techniques
"How do you create the most enjoyable listening experience for your audience? The answer lies in picking the right guests and not over-editing the conversation." Check out the six tips for improving interview techniques for radio and podcast in here

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
Community Radio Seeks More Engagement
"Community radio stations face many challenges when it comes to growing their volunteer base, as well as audiences across generations and socio-economic groups." In this post in Radio World, Jennifer Waits discusses the disconnect between the way community radio stations want to be welcoming to all and the reality of current audiences not reflecting the diversity of their communities. The article also looks at inclusivity and how stations can engage with their content creators, younger audiences and other community organisations. Read the full post here.
Podcasting refreshes the parts that radio cannot reach – but for how much longer?

John Naughton, Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University asks if podcasting, the medium with ‘higher cognitive bandwidth’ is falling prey to corporate interests. Read the Guardian online article here.

Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash
Are Podcasts Headed for Disaster?

Freelance journalist Jack Seale asks if podcasts are "a disaster waiting to happen? Bedroom broadcasters are pumping out pods unchecked – and now, some are being accused of plagiarism, voyeurism, even scuppering lawsuits. Is this booming industry doomed?"
Read "Are podcasts a disaster waiting to happen?" in The Guardian here.
Tech Corner

Digital Radio vs. 5G

More discussion on the physical limitations of 5G as it could be applied to radio broadcasting. why 5G may not be ideal for radio broadcasting - you cannot get around the Shannon Law, basically. Alan Hughes, a broadcast engineer from Australia add some additional facts to the article Does 5G Make Sense for Radio?written by Chris Weck, Read the letter "Digital Radio vs. 5G" in Radio World here.

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