Welcome to Issue #29 July 2019
Welcome to the July edition of Community Media News.

Bookings are now open for the UK's largest Community Media Conference at MediaCityUK, Salford on Saturday 28th September. Read on for information on the programme, schedule and how to book for the 2019 Community Media Conference.

A few tickets are still available for the Community Radio networking event at Future Radio in Norwich on Saturday 13th July. We have news of a pilot placement scheme to help BAME Journalists break into radio and podcasts and there is the upcoming Radio Technology masterclass from Radio TechCon. 

DCMS has at last published the draft Statutory Instrument and Explanatory Memorandum for the Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 paving the way for a new affordable digital radio broadcasting platform for smaller broadcasters. We have an article from RadioWorld that speculates on whether the Government's upcoming digital radio review could spell the end of commercial FM.  And Karl Wilding takes over from Stuart Etherington as the Chief Executive of the NCVO.

This month's community updates come from Susy Radio 103.4fm and Pulse 98.4fm - and find out how to get a free stall at Unity 101's Cricket Festival in Southampton. NLive 106.9fm is advertising for a new Station Manager and live performance duo, Hunt & Darton, continue their tour of the UK with an art show called 'Radio Local'.  

Applications are now open for the Reach Fund, a £4m grant programme that helps charities and social enterprises raise social investment. 

We also share a view on how 'bad' podcasting can help to make good radio and there's an open call from the sonOhr Radio & Podcast Festival. There are two Decentered podcasts on the social purpose of community media and how Carillon Wellbeing Radio is developing and supporting programmes that focus on health and wellbeing. 

Finally, in Tech Corner we say happy birthday to Canstream, our flagship streaming media solutions provider. Check out six must-have apps to support social media for journalists on the go. And we finish with an opinion piece on what voice technology, smart speakers, 5G and the connected car could mean for audio and radio.

As always, check the Chat Forum for more news and information that we couldn't squeeze in here such as the release of "Pushing Boundaries" on EAVA FM's YouTube channel.

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

This year's Community Media Conference is at Quay House, BBC MediaCityUK in Salford on Saturday 28th September.

Tickets are £25 per person and include lunch and refreshments. To book click here.

The theme of this year's Conference is "We Need To Talk" to recognise that the community media sector needs to talk to Government, to funders, and to the wider media industry to ensure that our voice is heard.

We also need to talk to each other about the upcoming changes around small-scale digital audio broadcasting, citizen journalism, and essential skills to develop talent and keep the sector sustainable.

As a society, we need to talk more - and community media is the ideal platform for facilitating those conversations and advancing social change.

Click here for an overview of the five strands of the Conference addressing a number of key themes, the outline agenda, and to book your place on what will be an inspiring and informative day.

Community Media Connects, Saturday 13th July, Open Youth Trust, Norwich

The Community Media Association is delighted to partner with Future Projects to programme this event for the community radio sector which is free to attend with refreshments and lunch provided. Booking here.

11:00: Arrival, registration, tea and coffee, networking

11:30: Welcome to Future Radio + Overview of Future Projects – Laura Bloomfield

11:45: Introduction to the Headliner app – Terry Lee, Radio LaB 97.1FM

12:30: Lunch, networking, studio tour

13:30: Funding Community Radio - Paul Cheeseman

14:30: Audio Content Fund – TBC

15:00: Tea break

15:15: Small-scale DAB – Lawrie Hallett, Future Digital Norfolk

16:00: Finish

More info and booking here.

Pilot Placement Scheme to Help BAME Journalists Break Into Radio and Podcast

A new placement scheme has been launched to tackle dwindling diversity figures in the UK audio journalism. In its pilot year, the Multitrack Audio Fellowship provides paid placement opportunities for aspiring journalists from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, and from economically disadvantaged groups. Disabled journalists are welcome to apply too.

There are six radio and podcast companies involved, offering three successful applicants a month-long placement at two of the companies. The deadline for applications is 8 July 2019. Not only will successful applicants gain experience and industry contacts, but they will also be paid a London Living Wage. The scheme is only available in London this year, though there are plans to branch out of the capital. Read more on our Chat Forum here

Are you interested in a career in Broadcast Engineering? Fascinated by technology, always helping out your colleagues when they get stuck, but not sure if you can turn your passion into paid work? Then the Radio TechCon Radio Technology Masterclass 2019 is for you!

The Radio Technology Masterclass is a day of practical training for newcomers to broadcast engineering. The event happens on Friday 12th July 2019 at IET London, Savoy Place. The event has been heavily subsidised by the industry and event sponsors are Broadcast Bionics and the IET Multicommunications Network.

Tickets for individuals paying for themselves are just £20 + VAT. Tickets for people who are being paid for by a company or organisation with more than 5 paid employees are £180 + VAT. Places are strictly limited so if you want to attend click here to buy a ticket.

Strategy & Policy Updates
The draft Statutory Instrument and Explanatory Memorandum for the Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 have now been published online.

The DCMS Parliamentary team has fast-tracked proceedings and the Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 was laid in Parliament on 20th June 2019.

Picture credit: Ian Hickling
A 'digital radio review' announced by DCMS minister Margot James at the Radio Festival in May will "look at the ways people listen to the radio in the digital age,” said broadcast consultant, Paul Chantler. “In reality, the government are responding to pressure from the big radio groups to turn off FM to allow them to focus on digital broadcasting platforms,” Chantler said.

Minister James made no statements about shutting down FM nor any other forms of UK analogue radio broadcasting. However, she did tell Festival delegates that “Digital radio now accounts for more than 52% of all UK radio listening and we need a legislative structure that reflects this change and gives us the flexibility to deal with the change that lies ahead". More here.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has announced that its public policy and volunteering director Karl Wilding will be its next chief executive. Karl will succeed Sir Stuart Etherington, who is retiring after 25 years at NCVO.

NCVO chair Peter Kellner described Karl’s strategy for change at NCVO as ‘compelling’, while Karl said he wanted ‘NCVO and its members to lead the changes we need to remain relevant, important and influential even as society changes’. Read more here 

Community Updates
Congratulations to Susy Radio 103.4 FM who have successfully applied to Ofcom for an increase in transmission power. After a year of discussion and applications completed, Ofcom engineers visited Susy Radio's Reigate Hill-based transmission site, completed various tests for compliance, and authorised the increase in transmitted power. Susy Radio 103.4 now broadcasts at 100 Watts. This increase represents a doubling of transmitted power, or in technical terms a “three decibel lift”, which should result in a clearer signal for Susy Radio listeners as well as more reliable reception on smaller radios and when driving in the area. 
Southampton's Unity 101 Community Radio is one of the UK's leading Asian and ethnic radio station reaching an estimated 50,000 listeners across the South of England. On Sunday 28th July Unity is holding it's family friendly, free-to-attend Cricket Festival and going by other Unity 101 Community Events, it will be a fun-filled and popular day. 

Unity is currently offering free stall opportunities at the event, which they expect to attract around 1000 people. Every stall must be self-contained and you must supply everything you need to promote, create awareness or make sales. Unity 101 will not be providing electricity, tables, chairs or gazebos.

If you are interested in having a stall get in touch with Station Manager Ram Kelly on or call on 07773 713 736.

Pulse 98.4 community radio station in Barrhead, Scotland is walking on air after being granted a five year extension to its licence to keep broadcasting until 2024.

Pulse provides an outlet for local news, as well as up-and-coming talent. The station, which has been on air for 10 years, also supports volunteers of all ages who are keen to develop their skills and gain new experiences.

Gus Maclean, station chairman, told the Barrhead News: “We very much want to continue to be part of the local community. We have been engaging with a lot of the primary schools and high schools in the area, which is good for the pupils as it gets them involved with broadcasting.

“We want to emphasise that we are a local radio station. People come to us and we have an open door policy here, where we encourage anyone to pop in if they want a wee mention or if they have an event going on.”

Immersive Installation 'Radio Local' Tours the Country

Live performance duo Hunt & Darton are setting up shop – or recording studio – on streets across the country, seeking out local people’s stories, observations and opinions, from the charmingly mundane to the quite extraordinary to the borderline ridiculous, in a celebration of local radio and community.

The duo are travelling the UK with aerials strapped to their heads, inviting members of the public and guest presenters to highlight local activity and what their community means to them as part of a performance called 'Radio Local'. 

Upcoming dates for Radio Local are: 21 July at Fleetwood (Leftcoast), 28 Sep Manchester (SICK! Festival) and 16 Nov Peterborough (Vivacity). Read the interview with Hunt & Darton in Theatre Weekly here. Here is the Tour Pack if you want them to be local to you.
(Click on the image for Vimeo: Hunt & Darton in Stoke)

Funding, Campaigns & Awards
The Reach Fund is a £4m grant programme that helps charities and social enterprises raise social investment. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and is open to organisations in England.

Any organisation can register and complete the diagnostic tool, but in order to apply for a grant you must have been in contact with a designated Access Point who will approve your registration. These are the approved social investors who will be able to refer organisations to the fund. You can apply for grants of £5,000 - £15,000. Find out more about how to apply to the Reach Fund here.

Podcast & Audio
Traditional radio and the podcast industry should complement and support, rather than 'cannibalise' each other, a panel of radio talent has argued. But the sometimes-rambling, unprofessional nature of podcasting can teach people how to make good radio, says Amanda Keller of WS FM in Sydney on the panel at Mumbrella 360. Read the article here.
Dive into the fascinating world of thrilling radio dramas, intriguing documentaries, experimental sound art or interactive audiowalks at the 10th sonOhr Radio & Podcast Festival in Bern, Germany from 21-23 February 2020. The Festival curates and celebrates sound-rich audio stories. The Festival is looking for audio pieces and program ideas that explore the topic of «en masse»: overabundance of data, human crowds, mass hysteria, community, and diversity. More information on the Open Call can be found at Submission date: August 20th, 2019.
What is the social purpose of community media? This is the question Rosie Parkyn, Director of Programmes, Internews Europe and Rob Watson discuss in episode 033 of the Decentered podcast. They chat about the potential strategic role of community media as a way to facilitate stronger and better informed civic discussions that support people living in local communities. Rosie shares her thoughts about the role of community media and the benefits it brings to people who volunteer, and the need for greater support for people who want to lead and bring about social change using community media as a vital community resource. Listen here.
In the latest Decentered podcast, Rob Watson chats with Dr Terri Enyon about Carillon Wellbeing Radio (CWR), which is part of the Hermitage FM family of community radio stations based in Coalville. CWR is a new station broadcasting to Leicestershire on 1476 AM. The station provides a wide collection of music across five decades, but most importantly, the station aims to develop and support programmes that focus on information about health and wellbeing. Listen to the Decentered Podcast 034 here
Jobs & Vacancies
The University of Northampton Enterprise Limited is seeking a Station Manager to run the community radio station, NLive 106.9fm. As Station Manager, you will have a proven track record of attracting and retaining volunteers, establishing a station’s culture, and managing internal and external communications and training. For more information on this exciting role visit the CMA Chat Forum here.
Tech Corner
Happy Birthday Canstream!
Happy birthday to Canstream! 12 years ago the Community Media Association launched Canstream and 12 years later we're still providing high quality streaming media solutions to community radio and commercial broadcasters. A big thank you to all our clients and supporters these last 12 years and here's to the year ahead!

Six Must-Have Apps for Journalists on the Go

With younger generations increasingly moving towards social media to find out about latest happenings and current affairs, it has never been more important for journalists to be clued-up on the latest smartphone tools at their disposal.

Mobile journalist has a wealth of editing apps to put into their arsenal, to turn around creative video, audio and images in a matter of moments.

“The micro-storytelling format is grasped and digested in a very short time, so you don’t want to have a production time of several hours when it’s viewed in a few seconds,” he said.

Making the top of his list of recommendations is the app Canva, a ‘freemium’ graphic design app available on both Apple and Android platforms. Canva is perfect for creating collages, combining videos with still images for Instagram Stories and infographics. Check out the six must-have apps for journalists on the go in here.

(Health Infographic created with Canva)

Smart speaker owners use voice to check the news, stock prices or the weather; start their car, connect to a Fitbit, order a pizza, play music, and connect to countless other information hubs. It is also a device to connect to your favourite radio stations.

Yet despite the technological changes making audio available any time and any place, live radio remains, according to Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio in the UK, the dominant format accounting for around three-quarters of all time spent with audio (75.2%). More here.

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