Media Buffer Zone Project
Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) along with organisations based in Palestine (Near East Consulting), Bosnia Herzegovina (UG Zašto ne) and Egypt (Qabila Media Productions) were recently awarded an “Innovation Grant” for their novel idea entitled “Media Buffer Zone Project”. The opportunity came about from the group’s participation in "The Power of One" conference, hosted by the Cyprus-based “Peace It Together” network and supported by the United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust and the Office of Middle East Programmes of USAID in October 2012.
The conference was an inter-regional learning exchange on the role of citizens and civil society in stimulating social change during periods of transition, and gathered over 200 people from 28 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. By convening in Nicosia, the conference reflected the position of Cyprus as a historical, cultural and geographical crossroads, as well as its potential to act as a facilitator of positive change. During the conference, participants voted “Media Buffer Zone Project” as the audience favourite.
The objective of the six-month project is to enable regional CSOs to produce and disseminate professional and innovative cost effective media messages either directly through media skills training and capacity building and/or indirectly through a network for media professionals and artists, to transfer knowledge to get CSOs to address the key issue of media across the Euro-Mediterranean region and to establish sustainable partnerships inter-regionally.
To achieve this objective the “Media Buffer Zone Project” will do the following:
1. Discern what media skills CSOs in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe need through research and a needs awareness analysis.
2. Design a CSO specific media skills training programme based on the needs assessment
3. Conduct media skills trainings for national and regional CSO networks in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe.
4. Connect CSOs in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe through a virtual platform network with media professionals and artists who want to contribute to the advancement and productivity of regional CSOs by helping to produce and disseminate professional, innovative cost effective media messages.