Erasmus+ Speaking Out Loud

Speaking out loud - Empowerment through community based media


Examples of best practices from Austria, Cyprus and the United Kingdom

Community-based media is an important way to make voices heard. It is the media produced by the community for the community. Using the medium of radio, everyone can get involved. Our Erasmus+ project aims at building the capacities of people who are involved in community media (volunteers as well as staff members). As the three participating organisations have expertise in gender, migration, and conflict resolution there was an intense exchange on those topics and on how to incorporate them into our work.

What did we do?

One main outcome of the project was the exchange of knowledge and practice between the organizations on the topic of working with volunteers and different training methods. Therefore we met in Vienna (Austria), Nicosia (Cyprus) and London (United Kingdom) and conducted workshops - especially for women and migrants - (Download Handouts: Presenting a Radio programme/PodcastRadio documentaryRadio drama) and organized meetings. We created sustainable partnerships and contacts as we set common ground on how to work jointly on building the capacity and significance and empowering potential of community media.

During our transnational meetings we interviewed each other, as well as other organizations that work in the three fields. We used our media skills and produced short broadcasts to get a broader picture on gender, migration and conflict resolution.

Now we want to share it with you. Listen to the broadcast, begin a conversation about the topics and become a community media activist by yourself!


1. INTRO: The Global Feminist Movement(s)
2. Frauen*solidarität/Women’s* solidarity

CYPRUS: Nicosia

4. INTRO: Cyprus – A Divided Island
5. Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC)
6. Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR)


7. INTRO: Southall and Immigration - a long history
8. The Panjabi Centre
9. Wycombe Sound

Find out more about the broadcasts in our booklet >>> Download (pdf)

Contributors to the CD:

Claudia Dal-Bianco (Frauen*solidarität), Ann Kaye (Desi Radio), Amarjit Khera (Desi Radio), Natalie Konyalian (CCMC), Petra Pint (Frauen*solidarität), Claudia Temper (Frauen*solidarität)




Desi Radio:

+++ Erasmus+ promotes open access. Therefore, there are no restrictions for the use of the media outputs. +++

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Project partners "Speaking out Loud!": Frauen*solidaritätCyprus Community Media Center, Panjabi Centre - Desi Radio

The project is funded by:

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


We are hiring!

The Cyprus Community Media Centre is hiring a part-time Administrative and Finance Officer to be in charge of the financial and administrative operations of the CCMC as well as the administrative and financial management of the EU funded project ‘Unspoken: Creating Dialogue on LGBTI Rights in the Turkish Cypriot Community’ led by CCMC.

The application deadline is Sunday, October 30 2016, 6pm. 

Please click here for the job description and specifications.

Community Media Cyprus Policy Conference Invitation

Esteemed colleagues and friends:
You are cordially invited to the Cyprus Community Media Center (CCMC) for the Community Media Cyprus Policy Conference on Tuesday,13 October, from 9:40 until 14:50.
You may find the Agenda at the end of this article.
CCMC has been working with Civil Society Organizations, Experts and Stakeholders who will be present and participate in the presentation of a feasibility study and a policy paper that aims to promote Community Media in Cyprus. 
You may access both papers via this link , examining the SocialTechnical and Legal dimensions.
The conference aims to discuss the policy with the community and stress the importance of community media and of having a proper policy in place for community media.
The conference will go on from 9:40 to 14:50 on Tuesday the 13th. A light lunch and drinks will be provided.
We look forward to seeing you at the Community Media Policy Conference. 
Directions to reach CCMC: CCMC is situated next to Goethe Institute / Fulbright, right before Ledra Palace hotel, opposite Chateau Status. Contact CCMC / RSVP: +357 22662269 / .
Many thanks and kind regards,
Orestis Tringides
Project Coordinator (CCMC)
The conference is part of the "Your Voice in Europe" project with the support of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and implemented by CCMC. The opinions expressed do not necessary reflect those of the Representation, nor of the EC.
9:40 - 10:00 - Registration and Coffee
10:00 - 10:15 - Welcome / Opening remarks (on behalf of CCMC Board - speaker TBA).
10:15 - 10:30 - The European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the role of Community Media (Short speech by the Representation - speaker TBA).
10:30 - 10:45 - Your Voice in Europe project: Presentation of Aims, Activities and Results (Mr. Orestis Tringides, YVIE Project Coordinator)
10:45 - 11:15 - Presentation of Community Media Feasibility Study for Cyprus (Legal, Social, Technical) (Venetia (Venia) Papa)
11:15 - 11:25 - Break 10’
11:25 - 11:55 - Presentation of Community Media Policy Paper (Legal, Social, Technical) (Dr. Christophoros Christophorou).
11:55 - 12:25 - Discussion
12:55 - 13:25 - Media Literacy and Community Radio (MYCYradio) Activities Presentation (CCMC Team, and/or OT).
13:25 - 13:50 - Presentation of activities and results of “Demystifying Europe” Radio Show (Rosie Charalambous, journalist)
13:50 - 14:20 - “What’s in for me?” Volunteer MYCYradio Broadcasters talking about their Community Radio experiences (Open for all MYCYradio Volunteer Broadcasters)
14:20 - 14:50 - Discussion
14:50 END

You really need Community Media, and this is why


It is universally acknowledged, at least within western liberal democracies, that freedom of expression is an essential component of the society. Every kind of opinion is welcomed as far as it does not violate the rights of third parties. As democracy is all about dialogue and debating and involving the whole of the society in decision-making, what people think is the most important part of all. And whether we like it or not, the media shape the way we think.

We live in a world where people constantly comment on the fact that the media in our days have been more influencing than they have ever been before. It is said that their importance is so great, that it actually breaks the trias politica principle and emerges as the 4th power. We get to know what is going on around the world through the media, whereas this could be a magazine, newspaper, radio, television or the newest version of getting informed; the web. If one considers the fact that a happening can be delivered in so many different ways, through so many different points of view, simply because our world is not just black and white, then the role of the media is crucial. What we are actually reading, watching or listening to is in one way or another news through somebody else's point of view.

So it seems like the media have a lot or even too much power in their hands. Especially when someone considers that the opinion of a whole society is shaped by entities that have never been democratically elected, and there was never a debate on whether they are indeed capable of delivering news, then the whole issue becomes even more complicated. What I am trying to point out here is that more often and most easily than we think, citizens are influenced by media which in their turn might serve interests of third parties even if such interests are conflicting those of the citizens. This doesn't mean that all media are like this of course and most importantly we should not confuse bias with serving someone else's interest. Every opinion is biased simply because it's personal. What my point is that we cannot control the extend to which this occurs. But it's happening, I know it, you know it, but quite frankly there isn't much we can do about it.

Or there might be something. This is listening and generally getting yourselves involved to community media. Community media serve as a platform of exchange of ideas and opinions between the citizens of the community. It should be highlighted that nowadays, thanks to the internet, a community cannot only be defined by geographical means  but by others such as ethnic, political and so on. The nature of community media is clearly one of non-profit, thus eliminating further the danger of having the interests of third parties prioritized over to the interests of the citizens. Community media are operated in the community, for the community about and most importantly by the community. Thus it is a clear reflection of the needs of the community that it operates to.

Now, as far as Cyprus is concerned, Community Media are present in our littler island thanks to MYCY Radio which is managed by the NGO Cyprus Community Media Centre and is the only web multilingual radio in Cyprus. Being an example of community media, it gives the chance to people from all different backgrounds, amateurs and professionals to raise their voice on issues that concern not only themselves but also fellow citizens. MYCY Radio is a place where you know that what you're listening to, represents merely the opinion of the person involved. Transparency is something that the Cypriot society desperately needs as we are now for good into the 21st century and MYCY Radio can offer that. It is a place where everyone can get him/herself involved in a dialogue which will serve as a mean for improvement in our community.

Support your local Community Media!

As MYCYradio does not run ads in order to remain community-focused, a Bingo fundraising event is being organized with our friends at Brickyard. Being there is of crucial importance. It is not about supporting another NGO. It is about securing that a platform that will give you the chance to speak up and demand or question things will be there whenever you need it to. The work that has been done so far is great, and you can actually listen to it by visiting MYCY Radio's website:

You are all welcome to join us, have fun, enjoy the night with DJs, drinks and food, and at the same time help raise funds for the station, in order to help it remain alive and vibrant and to continue meeting its cause! MYCY Radio needs us as much as we do!

Marita is 18 years old and will graduate from high school in June 2016. She is interested in current affairs, debate, journalism as well as dance and music. She is currently an intern at Cyprus Community Media Centre.


CCMC to take part in European Get Online Week 2015


Not every European is digital just yet. But we're getting there. Thousands of community telecentres get people online and on jobs across Europe. We celebrate their work in the last week of March of every year, by organizing Get Online Week - to empower a digital Europe.  

Between 23-29 March 2015, Europe is invited to enter a digital world full of benefits. For the first time CCMC, as a part of the project Generation 0101, will be supporting and arranging activities to promote the campaign and raise awareness of Get Online Week.

The Get Online Week campaign for 2015 addresses two key issues and is built on simple messages: 

1. Digital empowerment - seeking to raise awareness and build people’s set of skills required by the available digital jobs   

2. Digital inclusion - making sure no one is left behind, by raising awareness and initiating offliners and various disadvantaged groups in the online world


With 20% Europeans still offline and with 39% of the EU workforce lacking proper digital skills , the campaign partners have much to do, especially looking at the hundreds of thousands of digital jobs available on the labour market. The equation is simple. Get those 20% online and get those 39% aware and ready to take the available digital jobs.

 Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in partnership with 6 other European NGOs and Non-profit organisations, are collaborating to tackle the issue of youth unemployment with project Generation0101. The project aims to build Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) skills and confidence of young people, and thus increase their chances of finding work. To do this, the organisations will create educational modules and offer free training in several ICT disciplines are currently in demand in the working world: E-journalism, Mobile Application development, Web designing, Community Web Radio, using Online collaboration tools (cloud solution, online document sharing…), Easy Coding (game development), and Video development.

 Each partner will be in charge of developing one of these modules in a field they have experience in, and then sharing it with all Generation0101 partners. CCMC and the others will then offer training to young people, within their communities, in all 7 fields for free with a proficiency test and certification at the end. The trainings will be available from early 2016.


Cyprus Community Media Centre

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