Welcome to Issue #18
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who joined us in Sheffield earlier this month for the 2018 Community Media Conference. More on this and the Community Radio Awards below.

In this edition, we have updates from Unity 101, Radio Ninesprings, Cambridge 105, Radio Reverb and Community Media Forum Europe who held their General Assembly in Sheffield recently. We also have an update from the BBC, and training and funding news from the Community Media Association, the European Journalism Centre and Small Business UK.

Participants are sought for an initiative to support Refugee Journalism and the BBC Academy is holding a free media coaching event for women with political and media expertise. We also have podcasts from Fantastic Noise, Decentered Media on the Social Impact of Community Media, and Radio Today at Next Radio. Finally, we share a call for podcast commissions from the BBC and some techie updates.

And don't forget to keep up with the conversations on strategy, policy, and funding on our discussion forum over here.

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Zine Workshop
The dust is finally starting to settle after the 2018 Community Media Conference which was a tremendous success and well done to all who attended and participated.

Approximately 160 people attended the event and the feedback received has been very good. If you attended this year's Conference and have not given us your views, there's an online survey here and a chance to register to receive a free 3-month trial of Hindbeburg software at the end. Also, all survey responses will be added to a draw and two winners will be drawn to attend Radio TechCon in November in London.

The weekend started on Friday 14th September with a social event at community arts venue Access Space where we welcomed Conference attendees and an International delegation from the Community Media Forum Europe. Beer and pizza fuelled the networking and we were treated to a presentation on community media activity in Europe and Africa from our international guests.

The 2018 Community Media Conference, on Saturday 15th September, this year was organised by a group of 'Young Curators' who had editorial responsibility for the content of the Conference and also took turns to host. Our Conference was joined, very much at the last minute, by Sheffield's youngest-ever Lord Mayor Magid Magid who contributed to a discussion on young people, the media, and democracy. See the photos here and there is a video report from SheffieldLive here.
Lucinda Guy, Chair of the CMA, said - "In the build-up to the 2018 Community Media Conference we asked under 25-year-olds what social issues matter, what media inspires them and how we could shape an engaging day that was relevant to all generations. Those who came forward to help curate and present the event showed us that community media has a secure future for a long time to come. Our theme of 'We Are the Future' addressed ways in which grassroots organisations are shaping the future of media, as well as how young people are stepping up to take a lead in sharing information and stories in a changing world.

"John Jenkins, Sylvie Carlos, Melanie Xulu, Ryan Baulk and Charlotte Powers had never met before the Conference weekend but immediately worked as a team and took to the stage with confidence, professionalism and flair. They were joined by speakers and workshop leaders throughout the conference who brought expertise and experience from all corners of the community media movement."

Bill Best of the Community Media Association said - "It was great to have the Conference back in Sheffield after a break of more than 10 years and it was fantastic to host the Community Radio Awards in the city for the first time. The young people involved this year brought a renewed sense of energy and optimism to the Conference and, rest assured, the sector will be in very good hands for at least another generation. A big thank you from all at the CMA to all who attended, participated, volunteered, spoke, sponsored, and otherwise engaged with this year's Community Media Conference. We are all now looking forward to 2019".

We had a brief pause before the Community Radio Awards started and the celebration of community radio continued until late into Saturday night. Congratulations to Mark Jarvis of Erewash Sound for Male Presenter of the Year, Julie Donaldson of Zetland FM for Female Presenter of the Year, and to Raidió Fáilte for Station of the Year. A full list of Award recipients may be found here.

However, some of us had to pace ourselves as the weekend was not yet over as participants in the Transmit, Transform pilot scheme attended a community journalism workshop on the Sunday with our partners Internews, the international media development charity. Carolyn Powers of The Listening Post Collective and BBC investigative journalist Simon Cox led a workshop of about a dozen community radio practitioners drawn from Scotland, Yorkshire, and the South-West. The Listening Post Collective provides journalists, newsroom leaders, and not-for-profit organisations the tools and advice to create meaningful conversations with their communities.

So, a huge thank you to all of our event partners and sponsors - Broadcast Radio, Hindenburg News, Internews, PPL, PRSfM, The Radio Hub, Radioplayer and RCS Europe - for providing the sponsorship which helped to subsidise our event and made it more accessible to our delegates from the community media sector. The CMA provided at least 35 young people with the opportunity to attend the event at no charge to help nurture the next generation of community radio and community media practitioners.
Community Media Updates
 Unity 101 Celebrate 'Hands of Love Event' and Appoints Two New Deputy Station Managers
In September over 450 people attended the 2nd Hands of Love event organised by Southampton community radio station Unity 101 to celebrate 70 Years of the NHS and the contribution made by Black, Asian, ethnic and minority people from around the world to this vital part of the UK's welfare state.

Unity 101 set up ‘Hands of Love’ to recognise the often-overlooked contributions that the city's BAME communities have made to both the development of the city and the UK as a whole. The first ‘Hands of Love’ event in 2017 acknowledged BAME merchant navy sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars. Hundreds of Southampton residents attended to celebrate those brave lives.

In addition to the 'Hands of Love' celebration, Unity 101 aired twenty radio interviews with a diverse range of people who work in the NHS and social care - from nurses, doctors, GPs, dentists to social workers and care home workers. The event was hosted by Sangeeta Bhabra, a newsreader at ITV’s Meridian News. Ram “Kelly” Kalyan, Project and Station Manager said of 'Hands of Love' “Wherever you come from, whoever you are, young or not so young, we all are human beings. Smile and the world will smile with you and share a hand of love”
Unity 101 has also appointed two new, part-time Deputy Station Managers to the thriving community radio station. Veronica Gordon is a television news producer, journalist, radio presenter and producer, and a freelance media and marketing trainer. Dr Gloria Khamkar is a media academic and researcher, freelance radio producer and community radio presenter and producer.

The award-winning community radio station broadcasts the music and culture of the Asian and ethnic communities in Southampton and both Veronica and Gloria have been part of Unity 101 team for many years, previously working in a voluntary capacity both on and off the air.

Image: Unity 101 Community Radio Station Manager Ram Kalyan “Kelly” congratulates Veronica Gordon and Dr Gloria Khamkar on their new positions.
Pigeons get Radio Ninesprings in Yeovil off to a flying start!

Radio Ninesprings - a new radio station for Yeovil and South Somerset - marked its launch by flying ten pigeons to the main towns of South Somerset with the message that the radio station could now be heard live on 104.5FM.

The message which read - "Breaking News: Radio Ninesprings 104.5fm new local radio station for Yeovil and South Somerset now on air" - was placed in a tiny capsule attached to the legs of each pigeon and flown to Chard, Crewkerne, Somerton, Langport and Wincanton where it was proclaimed by town criers and displayed outside council offices.

Station Manager of Radio Ninesprings, Steve Haigh said: “Sometimes the old ways of telling people the news are the best ways and by flying pigeons to the main towns in our broadcast area we now know the local people know we have started broadcasting. We’re grateful to the local members of the Royal Racing Pigeon Association for allowing their birds to spread the news that Radio Ninesprings can be heard on 104.5FM”.

Listen to the special launch programme at 10 am, Sunday 30th September. Listen to the Steve Carpenter Breakfast Show every weekday 7 am.

Photo: Yeovil MP, Marcus Fysh, liberates the pigeons at the launch event for Radio Ninesprings at the Manor Hotel, Hendford, Yeovil.

Women Making Waves is a new twice-monthly programme on Cambridge 105 Radio. Produced and presented by Suzie Thorpe and Linda Ness, Women Making Waves features women who play a positive part in shaping society and are at the forefront of empowering change. Linda Ness said: “When I was researching for the award-winning 21st Century Women programme, I found there were so many women doing inspiring things we never hear about. I want to give them a voice and encourage other women to get out there and feel they can make positive changes too. Listen to Women Making waves on Mixcloud here.
Radio Reverb Crowdfund for New Transmitter

RadioReverb, broadcasting on 97.2FM, on DAB+ and online is Brighton & Hove’s not-for-profit community radio station producing a vibrant mix of popular, accessible, locally-relevant speech and music programmes for the city and surrounding areas. RadioReverb has been broadcasting for over 10 years and now needs help to buy a new transmitter that will enable the station to improve and expand. Transmitters are expensive, so RadioReverb is asking you - its loyal listeners and supporters - to get involved in its project to fund a new one. All the money donated to RadioReverb via its Crowdfunder page will be used to update its transmission infrastructure and purchase essential broadcasting equipment. This will improve the quality of its broadcasts and boost the power of its transmissions to reach further out into the community. 

Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) General Assembly held in Sheffield
The Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) held a very successful General Assembly in Sheffield after the Community Media Conference on the 15th of September. Read the update on the CMA Chat Forum here.
Strategy & Policy Updates

BBC Appoints New Head of Local Radio 

Congratulations to Chris Burns, current Chief Operating Officer within the Deputy Director General’s Group, who has been appointed as Head of Local Radio at the BBC. Helen Thomas, Director of BBC England said: “We are focused on investing in serving local communities, at a time when many competitors are moving away from local services.  It’s something I’m hugely passionate about.  I’m looking forward to working with Chris to help develop an exciting vision for the future of Local Radio, helping to realise the potential of what it can be – and can do – for the next generation.” To read the full article on Radio Today, click here.

FM Switch-off Would Be A Risk Says BBC

The BBC's Chief Technology Officer Matthew Postgate has appealed against switching off FM because of the risk of users migrating to switching to Internet music services such as Amazon Music and Spotify. "Many younger audiences rely on FM services, so removing them would risk losing more young audiences to non-UK streaming services." Read the full post on the BBC blog here.
Training and Funding News

Community Media Connects Launches Across England

Community Media Connects is a new initiative from the Community Media Association (CMA) to develop the sustainability of community media organisations in England. The project will encourage community media leaders to form valuable professional connections and offer each other ongoing mutual advice and support. Launching this Autumn, Community Media Connects is generously supported through funding from The Big Lottery and will run for twelve months. Read more about the scheme on the CMA website here.

Three New Courses Announced by the EJC
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has announced three new data journalism courses on LEARNO.NET delivered by Winny de Jong. There are two courses to improve technical skills in Python and R for Journalists, and a course on when to hire a Data Journalist to explain the common processes and workflow of data-driven storytelling, and when to hire data expertise to deepen your stories for the better. For more information click here.
Engaged Journalism in Europe Database Launched
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has recently published the Engaged Journalism In Europe Database, a list of 70+ news organisations from 26 countries that put community engagement at the heart of their reporting. To find out more and to get involved, visit the EJC website here.
Win Up To £5000 Small Business Grant

Delivered by this free-to-enter competition offers a monthly £5,000 grant, which does not have to be paid back, to UK small businesses that have been set up and are actively trading. Click here to apply this month and good luck!
Podcasts and Other News
The Refugee Journalism Project Seeks Participants
The London College of Communication seeks new participants for an initiative that supports journalists who are looking to rebuild their professional careers in the UK. Benefits from taking part in the initiative include access to bespoke workshops delivered either by universities or by media organisations, internships or work experience at media organisations. mentoring, the opportunity to publish your work, career’s guidance and workshops and you will become part of an established network of journalists. To read more and check the eligibility criteria click here.

Fantastic Noise is a podcast about making radio. Recorded in the Radio LaB 97.1FM studios at the University of Bedfordshire and produced by Terry Lee.

Episode 011 UK Community Radio is a bit different, recorded on location in Sheffield at the 2018 Community Media Conference and the Community Radio Awards on Saturday 15th September and focusses on the UK community radio scene.

Terry speaks to a number of key UK community radio figures, including;

We'll also hear from Dr Lawrie Hallett, Senior Lecturer in Radio and Journalism, in his 'radio surgery'. And there is some jargon busting with the 'Radio Word of the Week'.

You can follow Fantastic Noise on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email to let them know what you think about the episodes so far.

Radio and new media consultant Matt Deegan shares his thoughts about the new BBC local radio evening schedule which aims to reach a broader and more diverse audience than Dave and Sue in his latest blog post here.
Decentered Media Podcast – The Social Impact of Community Media
The latest Decentered Media podcast features a conversation with Lucinda Guy, chair of the Community Media Association and Artistic Director of Soundart Radio. When we think about the social impact of community media and community radio, we are often encouraged to explain the benefit of what we do in terms of statistics and things that we can measure. But understanding the role of community media and community radio in our communities means that we often have to think in very different ways. This means being open to ideas about creativity, collaboration and a diversity of voices and a range of capabilities. Dr Rob Watson discussed with Lucinda her ethos of creative approaches to sound, radio and working collaboratively with people in different communities. If you want to discuss or share your views about any of these issues, not sign-up to the CMA Chat Forum.

Image: Dr Caroline Mitchell of the University of Sunderland (left) talks to Lucinda Guy at the 2018 Community Media Conference. Image credit: Rob Watson is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International
Radio Today Podcast - Next Radio and Community Radio Awards
In this edition of the Radio Today podcast, Trevor Dann reports from the Next Radio event in London and we hear from the organiser of the Community Radio Awards, Martin Steers - as well as Daniel Bruce from Internews who presented an award in Sheffield, and winners Fergus Ó hÍr (Raidió Fáilte), Julie Donaldson (Zetland FM) and Jane Steele (Drystone Radio).

Innovation Throughout Community Radio

Dom Chambers of Somer Valley FM and the CMA Council presented at the 2018 Next Radio Conference on why community radio is such a hotbed of innovation and new ideas.
The community radio sector is a hotbed of innovation and new ideas, says Dom Chambers of the Community Media Association.

Radio Reaches the World’s Most Remote Places

Whether in the lonely oceans or the Australian desert, local radio stations bring people together. Read this great article from Radio World on local radio in some of the remotest parts of the world here.
BBC Makes Open Call for Podcast Commissions on Its Audio App

The BBC has been revitalizing its approach to podcasts in the modern listening landscape, and a focal point of its strategy is the new BBC Sounds app introduced earlier this Summer. The BBC has now begun an open commissioning process seeking out new podcasts for the app. Four potential briefs for podcast proposals are outlined:
  • Funny, Quirky Odd
  • Dramatic Storytelling
  • Discover, Explain
  • Pop Cultures, Sub Cultures
Podcast Commissioning Editor Jason Phipps and his team have also listed details of the commissioning timetable from idea generation to evaluation to clarification and then final evaluation. The BBC also presented a list of eleven “commandments for podcasting" to guide the submission process. The top takeaway is the most pointed for any and all aspiring podcasters: “A podcast is not a radio programme even if radio programmes are consumed as podcasts.”

Norway’s Switchover Proves Challenging but Necessary

A frank look at the switchover from analogue to digital from Jon Branaes, acting Head of Radio for Norwegian public broadcaster, NRK. "But the switchover is demanding, and far from over. Radio in Norway still has fewer listeners. A political debate about radio in Norway sprung to life last summer. The decline in daily reach after the switchover has energised lobbyists who are fighting digital broadcasting. Opponents of DAB+ in other countries are also cherry picking Norwegian listening figures to tell their own versions of our story." Check out the article on Radio World here.

Making audiograms with SpareMin Headliner

This piece from Earshot will show you an easy, free and quick way to turn your audio clips into highly engaging shareable social assets using SpareMin’s Headliner service.

And start your next radio project on the right foot with two free creative brief templates also from Earshot.

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