Who We Are

The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) opened its doors in late 2009, aiming to establish community media in Cyprus and support local organisations and community groups in communicating their message to a wider audience. It does this in many different ways, whether it’s training, dedicated support, equipment loan, creating videos, taking photographs, holding public events, setting up online forums or even just being on the end of the phone, offering advice to its members.

Through its work, CCMC strives to be diverse, inclusive, collaborative, transparent, equitable and nonpartisan, promoting the benefits of community-based media to as wide an audience as possible and giving people the skills to be in control of their own messages. It also wants to help bridge gaps and enhance relationships between the mass media and civil society through the creation and broadcasting of productions that contribute to multiculturalism and diversity.

CCMC is made up of a core team of five staff members who work at the centre in Nicosia, Cyprus. With a background in media, communications, journalism, community based approaches, the team is also fully equipped with the equipment it needs to produce multimedia content. A management committee comprised of elected representatives from CCMC's members, provides the team with strategic direction, advice and support in achieving its aims. 

The centre also works with a group of talented creatives called ‘mediamakers’. These mediamakers, who are filmmakers, photographers, sound engineers, graphic designers, viral marketers, and writers, assist CCMC in its productions and training workshops.

The centre

CCMC aims to bring people together and strives to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. That’s why the centre is located in the heart of Nicosia’s buffer zone, within the grounds of Ledra Palace. It means all communities of the island can easily access the centre. CCMC's facility is also fully accessible for wheelchair users.

The centre has a meeting space available for booking by civil society organisations that can accommodate up to 80 people, and a fully equipped workshop with video and audio edit suites, video and still cameras, workstations and recording facilities.

 

WHO WE ARE

 

Established in 2009, the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) works to empower civil society organisations and community groups with the tools to communicate their message to a wider audience. Through training and dedicated production support, equipment loan and access to a state-of-the-art production studio, CCMC promotes the benefits of community-based media by giving people the skills to be in control of their own messages. We believe that through our work we can be an example of best practice, aiding the establishment of a vibrant community media sector in Cyprus.

 

Based in the heart of Nicosia’s Buffer Zone, CCMC is accessible to all communities across the whole of Cyprus. We aim to act as a bridge between the mainstream media and civil society, and to facilitate the development of sustainable relationships between the media across the Cyprus divide.

 

Through our work we strive to be inclusive, collaborative, transparent, equitable and nonpartisan, promoting the creation and broadcasting of productions that contribute to community reconciliation, diversity and multiculturalism.

 

CCMC is a member of the Board of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), the European-wide umbrella organisation for community media organisations, practitioners and academics. We are also active participants in the Council of Europe’s campaigns (MARS and MEDIANE) against racism and discrimination in the media.

To read the full CCMC Foundation Charter, outlining our principles and philosophy, click here.

 

Strategic Areas of Action

1) Promoting Community Media in Cyprus

Across Europe, Community Media has been establishing itself as ‘the third sector’ in the medialandscape alongside public and commercial media. Particularly since the creation of the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) in 1983, Community Media has begun to receive legal recognition in many European Union member states. There have also been significant developments at the European level about community media, such as the European Parliament Resolution on Community Media (2008) and the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (2009).

A report commissioned in 2007 by the Education Committee of the European Parliament pointed out that there was no information available about the existence of Community Media in Cyprus. There isgreat potential for the community media sector to contribute to media pluralism, as well as freedom of expression and information. Certain sectors of the population, in particular marginalised groups such as women, youth, and new migrant communities are underrepresented in the mainstream media, and Community Media can offer the support and access for a diversification of voices in the Cyprus media landscape.

 

What we do:

- Strengthen the participation and access to media for civil society and community groups whose voice is underrepresented in the media landscape

- Raise awareness about the role and importance of Community Media for community reconciliation, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue

- Working with the relevant authorities, advocating the establishment of Community Media as ‘the third sector’ in the Cyprus media landscape

 

 
2) Empowering Civil Society with communications tools

In 2007, research conducted by communications for development expert Seán Ó Siochrú identifieda need for strengthening civil society’s access to media production and dissemination channels. Despite the growth of the civil society sector since the late 1990s in Cyprus, he identified important gaps in the capacity of CSOs in getting their messages across to the wider public, mainly due a chasm between the sector and the mainstream media.

 

What we do:

- Champion social media as an alternative means of communicating with a wider audience

- Implement a comprehensive media skills training programme open to Cypriot civil society organisations

- Build links with local and international media organisations to promote creative and innovative media approaches in Cyprus

 

 
3) Facilitating Media Collaboration Across the Divide

 

The polarisation of the media landscape in Cyprus is one of the many facets of the division of the island. Historically the Cyprus media landscape has exemplified a high degree of exclusivity to its respective language community, particularly since the introduction of the printing press on the island. Academic studies of the Cyprus media have emphasised the divisive role it has played, emphasising differences instead of the commonalities between the island’s two main communities.

The importance of bringing together media professionals in conflict and post-conflict areas has been recognised as a necessary step to promote a culture of trust and understanding between communities. Broadening people’s perspectives and opening them up to information and ideas is an important prerequisite to a fully functioning democratic media, as well as fair and accurate information dissemination within and between communities.

 

What we do:

- Establish a platform for media collaboration, supporting sustainable partnerships between media through financial incentives, facilitation and mediation

- Strengthen professional collaboration between journalists by providing a forum for information exchange and skills development

- Promote the work of civil society as a resource for the media, and an example of best practice of intercommunal collaboration.

 

 

Cyprus Community Media Centre

'Empowering a media literate and active society.'

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