Cyprus Community Media Centre awarded European Union’s Leonardo Da Vinci Programme support for a new project entitled “Community Media Empowering Program”

(Nicosia, 06/09/12) The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) was selected as the implementing partner by the Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes (LLP), within the framework of a programme supported by the European Union’s Leonardo Da Vinci Programme for the project entitled “Community Media Empowering Program”.

The project will work with partners from Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland, and France to establish an e-learning platform on community media, supplemented by a comprehensive training curriculum, and will offer training courses on various elements of community production. All partners have experience in volunteer and vocational training and specialise in core fields such as Community Media, Community video production, Technology/ICT training and training curriculum creating. The partners Community Media Centres, vocational institutes/vocational training centres, adult education providers, counselling information service providers or educational NGOs.

CCMC welcomes the various Community Media practitioners from across Europe to Nicosia for a three-day partner’s meeting starting today. The meetings are hosted and coordinated by CCMC and will serve to kick-off the two-year “Community Media Empowering Programme” project.

“Community Media is an essential element of the media landscape of 21st century Europe”, said Michalis Simopoulos, Community Media Coordinator at CCMC. “This programme is an opportunity to strengthen ties with partners in Europe, Greece in particular, that will ultimately improve awareness of, and access to, alternative forms of media”, added Petrou.

The main aims of the project are to design and develop training programmes and methodologies for civil society organisations in areas such as Media Literacy, Social Media, Technical skills of media equipment, Communications and ICT and Online tools.


Ground breaking Incentive Awards for Media launched by the Cyprus Community Media Centre

(Nicosia, 04/09/12) The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), the first intercommunal media organisation in Cyprus, is launching its first Incentive Awards for Media Collaboration. The Incentive Awards aims to promote professional collaboration between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot media and encourage the emergence of a public media space for common use for all Cypriots:

“The Awards aim to bring together media from across the island in a professional working environment” says Michalis Simopoulos, who coordinated the Collaborative Media Initiative project at CCMC. “Our work has highlighted that there is little interaction at the institutional level between media outlets across the divide, and lack of structures for media professionals to exchange information and produce joint content. We aim to overcome these challenges by providing support and incentives to encourage media professionals to work together and produce independent journalistic research and reporting.”

CCMC is inviting proposals to be submitted for Incentive Awards in the following categories:

  • Institutional Collaboration: which establish partnerships between media outlets across the divide.
  • Television Production: for the coproduction of public service announcements and other short-length co-productions on issues of relevance to all Cypriots.
  • Radio Production: for radio stations and radio journalists to produce audio programmes on five assigned thematic areas.
  • Print Journalism: print article proposals that will facilitate investigative reporting and research.
  • Online Media: for the creation of web-based forums for information exchange and the sharing of opinions across the divide.

Interested applicants are encouraged to read the Terms and Conditions here and submit an Expression of Interest form available here. The total budget earmarked for the Incentive Awards amounts to €15,000. Applications may be submitted in English, Greek or Turkish and the deadline for submission of the EOI forms is 30 September 2012, at 11:59pm. All media products should subsequently be completed by 1 March 2013.

The Incentive Awards for Media is part of the MultiCommMedia project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Action for Cooperation and Trust (ACT) in Cyprus and implemented by the Cyprus Community Media Centre.


Exciting news from CCMC as all our productions due to air on Channel SIM!

The Cyprus Community Media Centre video productions - the fruit of three years of output - are due to air up to 5 times a day on weekdays on Channel SIM in the Turkish Cypriot community. This is a great achievement for CCMC and marks a new stage in its efforts to expand its visibility and demonstrate the benefits of community media at the local and regional level. CCMC productions of which there are over 150, are broadcast-quality and always available in three languages. Through this cooperation with Channel SIM, CCMC hopes to demonstrate the important work of civil society in Cyprus to new audiences. Look out for the CCMC videos on SIM between Mondays and Fridays on SIM TV!


CCMC Podcast on CyBC Radio 2

TONIGHT - the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) monthly podcast will be on CyBC Radio 2's Round and About show between 18:00-20:00 on Thursday 30 August 2012. Listen online here or at the following frequencies:

91.1 FM islandwide
97.9 FM Paphos, Larnaca, Nicosia
94.2 FM Paralimni, Protaras, Ayia Napa

Features news about CCMC's upcoming broadcasts on Channel SIM and the latest from civil society including details about CCMC's new production call Make Media 2012.


Apply now for 'Make Media 2012' - CCMC's open production call

English: CCMC Make Media 2012 – Open Call for Productions

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Greek: CCMC Make Media 2012 – Ανοικτή Πρόσκληση για Υλοποίηση Παραγωγών

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Turkish: CCMC Make Media 2012 – Prodüksiyonlar için Açık Çağrı


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