Tuesday, 17 February 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2571

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Central Java, Indonesia: Frying the wires, freeing the waves
From: George Lessard

2. World Community Arts Day (Feb 17th): Join Radio Homely Planet Live
From: Janet Feldman

3. Call for Submissions - Gender, Diversity, Elections and the Media
From: Deborah Walter

4. Concepción, eastern Paraguay: Community radio directorMartín O
From: George Lessard

5. Manchester , UK: Ofcom spreads the wealth - £215894 to 15 communi
From: George Lessard

6. Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: CRS mull forming consortium to approach
From: George Lessard


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1. Central Java, Indonesia: Frying the wires, freeing the waves
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:55 am ((PST))

Frying the wires, freeing the waves

Grassroots organisations in Indonesia are building communication media
from the most basic of utensils

Edwin Jurriëns

http://insideindonesia.org/content/view/1177/47/

[excerpt]

While Indonesia's big cities are saturated with many types of media, media
fare at the village level is often quite limited. In response, several
grassroots organisations have begun building a more participatory
communications infrastructure, relying on advances in technology to
provide community television facilities and cheap wireless Internet. Like
existing community radio, theatre and print media already scattered across
the archipelago, these new media have emerged as an alternative to
government and business-controlled Internet and television programming.
Out of the frying pan

In 2000, residents of Timbulharjo village in Bantul, Central Java formed
the organisation Angkringan, named after the Javanese term for 'food
vendor', to build a media infrastructure that would meet the information
and communication needs of their community. Starting with an eight-page
print bulletin of local news and entertainment, within half a year,
Angkringan expanded into community radio broadcasts. During the
parliamentary elections of 2004, the organisation used mobile screening
facilities to air information about the elections. And in 2007, Angkringan
began work on establishing a local Internet network, called AngkringanNet,
for Timbulharjo.

AngkringanNet relies on the convergence of community radio broadcasting
with wireless Internet technology. Using a community radio antenna,
AngkringanNet transmits an Internet signal over the 2.4 MHz frequency,
free of charge. The signal can then be accessed by anyone in Timbulharjo
with a computer and a 'wajanbolic' antenna.

[...]

Community TV should broadcast content 'from, by and for the people'

Currently, Grabag TV has two-hour broadcasts every Monday, Wednesday and
Friday afternoon. Any villager with an idea for a program or a general
interest in broadcasting is welcome to make a contribution. Farmers and
traders go on air to talk about their professional problems, plans and
strategies. Programs have featured students from primary and secondary
schools discussing the positive and negative effects of television on
education, part of Grabag TV's efforts to raise the media literacy of
Grabag's citizens. The art and culture programs often contain popular
Javanese dance and music performances. Grabag TV also organised live
coverage of elections for the village head, thus providing a new mechanism
for monitoring local political processes.
Costs and controversies

Grabag TV has been able to restrict its average operational costs to only
Rp. 800,000 ($A109) per month. It covers these costs with voluntary
donations from the viewers. In general, money is an important issue, but
not a major obstacle to community initiatives like Grabag TV and
AngkringanNet. Often such initiatives find more difficulties in generating
innovative and educational media content, and ensuring community
participation once the initial enthusiasm has worn off.

Community media also face regulatory and legal hurdles. In the 2003
negotiations over the allocation of broadcast frequencies by the
government, community television was passed over while public, commercial
and pay television channels were given official broadcast rights, possibly
under pressure from the broadcasting industry. The process of receiving a
community broadcasting license is also time-consuming and expensive. AKTVI
continues to fight for official broadcast frequencies and the streamlining
of broadcast licenses.

The work done by organisations like Angkringan and AKTVI illustrates the
awareness of Indonesian media activists that the struggle for free and
independent information and communication can start, but certainly will
not stop, with a WiFi USB stick and a frying pan. ii

Edwin Jurriëns (e.jurriens@adfa.edu.au) is a lecturer in Indonesian
Language and Culture at The University of New South Wales, Canberra.

Inside Indonesia 95: Jan-Mar 2009

Copyright 1996-2009 © Inside Indonesia


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2. World Community Arts Day (Feb 17th): Join Radio Homely Planet Live
Posted by: "Janet Feldman" kaippg@earthlink.net frida02806
Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:10 pm ((PST))

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is World Community Arts Day, and Northern Ireland based Homely Planet is broadcasting a mix of stories, music, and arts-related activities from around the world. At 7pm (UK time), there will be a break (see below) for a live broadcast of a Beatles Tribute--called "All You Need Is Love"--by Peopleprint Media, a UK-based organization that specializes in training and promotion of creative expression by individuals, artists, and communities.

Please follow the links below and join in the fun!

http://www.homelyplanet.co.uk/wcad09.php

* 00:00 - 15:00
World Community Arts Day
Music, Poems, Stories from community groups, charities, artists,
bands and individuals specially chosen for the day.
details www.homelyplanet.co.uk/wcad09.php
* 15:00 - 18:00
Belfast Waterfront Concert
Highlights from the WCAD event at the Waterfront Hall Belfast
* 18:00 - 19:00
World Community Arts Day Playlist
Music, Poems, Stories from community groups, charities, artists,
bands and individuals specially chosen for the day.
* 19:00
PeoplePrint link up
Homely Planet stop transmisson for a global broadcast by
PeoplePrint UK of 'all you need is love' for a worldwide jam. Go to
http://www.peopleprint.org.uk and join in!
* 19:30 - midnight
World Community Arts Day Playlist
Music, Poems, Stories from community groups, charities, artists,
bands and individuals specially chosen for the day.


submitted by Janet Feldman, kaippg@earthlink.net

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3. Call for Submissions - Gender, Diversity, Elections and the Media
Posted by: "Deborah Walter" deb@cmfd.org
Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:10 pm ((PST))


Warm greetings,

We are still looking for submissions for the following journal based in
Southern Africa. I am interesting in commissioning submissions on -

* What's New - briefs on new research, initiatives in training and
education, policy initiatives, and IT developments relevant to gender, media
and diversity, and activism. (500 words each)
* Media watch - review of media programmes from a gender and diversity
perspective, reports on recent monitoring projects by gender and media
networks (750 words each or in-depth articles 3000 words each)
* Talk back - opinion (750 words) and letters (250 words)

In focus topic: Gender, Diversity, Elections and the Media
(Articles 3000 - 3500 words each)

For more information and full guidelines, please visit:
http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page.php?p_id=394

Please contact
Deborah Walter
editor@genderlinks.org.za

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Gender and Media Diversity Journal No. 6

Gender, Diversity, Elections and the Media

The Gender and Media Diversity Journal is the biennial journal of the Gender
and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC). The GMDC is a physical and virtual
resource centre based in Southern Africa, managed by Gender Links and the
Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) Network, with linkages in Africa
and across the globe. The journal is an intellectual but not academic
journal. It provides up-to-date and cutting edge information on media
diversity in Southern Africa and the space for the dissemination of research
findings and projects; case studies; campaigns; policy developments; and
opinion and debate on media practice in the region. Each journal covers
latest developments in media and diversity, as well a focuses on a different
thematic area identified in consultation with the GMDC advisory group.

Contributions are sought in the following broad categories:

* What's New - briefs on new research, initiatives in training and
education, policy initiatives, and IT developments relevant to gender, media
and diversity, and activism. (500 words each)
* Media watch - review of media programmes from a gender and diversity
perspective, reports on recent monitoring projects by gender and media
networks (750 words each or in-depth articles 3000 words each)
* Talk back - opinion (750 words) and letters (250 words)

In focus topic: Gender, Diversity, Elections and the Media
(Articles 3000 - 3500 words each)
The sixth edition of the Gender and Media Diversity Journal will focus on
the topic of "Gender, Diversity, Elections and the Media." This topic is
particularly relevant given the large number of elections happening in the
SADC region in the next few years, the August 2008 signing of the SADC
Gender Protocol (which includes commitments from leaders to 50% women in
decision-making), and Gender Links' ongoing work with media and politicians
around gender and elections. The recent past and next couple of years will
see elections all around Southern Africa. The complex post-Zimbabwean
election aftermath, last years first Angolan Parliamentary elections since
1992, and Ghana's recent successful handover of power through the polls, all
offer cases for analysing intersections between Gender, Diversity, Elections
and the Media. Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Mozambique will
all go to the polls in 2009. In 2010, it is Mauritius' turn. The media's
coverage of elections is central to ensuring free and fair elections,
including the representation of diverse voices. Media access is also
essential for women politicians, to work towards successfully achieving the
50% goal.

For more information and full guidelines, please visit:
<http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page.php?p_id=394>
http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page.php?p_id=394

To submit an idea for contribution, please:

- Specify the key area you would like to write on.
- Provide a 200-300 word overview/abstract.
- Provide full contact details: your name, institution/organisation,
telephone, email and the country in which you reside/country of origin.

* The editor will contact writers to discuss length and honorarium details.

Send to Deborah Walter editor@genderlinks.org.za (Tel: +27 011 615 6278 or
073 132 7032)

Deadlines:
Deadline for submission of commissioned articles: 2 March
Deadline for revisions: 20 March

We look forward to receiving a diverse range of topics for consideration.

Deborah

Deborah Walter
Editor
Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service
9 Derrick Avenue
Cyrildene 2198
Johannesburg, South Africa
editor@genderlinks.org.za
http://www.genderlinks.org.za/


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4. Concepción, eastern Paraguay: Community radio directorMartín O
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:19 pm ((PST))

Community radio director Martín Ocampos Páez killed
IFEX - Toronto,Ontario,Canada

Español: Director de radio comunitaria Martín Ocampos Páez asesinado
http://www.ifex.org/es/content/view/full/100859
Country/Topic: Paraguay
Date: 16 February 2009
Source: International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
Person(s): Martín Ocampos Páez
Target(s): media worker(s)
Type(s) of violation(s): killed
Urgency: Flash

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a translation of a 13 February 2009 IFJ
media release:

The IFJ condemns the 12 January 2009 assassination of Martín Ocampos Páez,
director of the Hugua Ñandu FM community radio station. At the time of his
assassination, Ocampos Páez was in his home in the Concepción area of
eastern Paraguay.

"We support the family and our colleagues at the Sindicato de Periodistas
de Paraguay (SPP) in calling on the authorities to investigate this crime,
which may be linked to comments Martín Ocampos made about suspected
relationships between illegal trafficking activities and politicians in
the region," IFJ Assistant Secretary General Paco Audije said.

Ocampos Páez's family and others in the area have suggested the complicity
of the police and some local officials with drug traffickers in the area.

IFJ and its regional affiliate, the Latin American and Caribbean
Journalists' Federation (Federación de Periodistas de América Latina y el
Caribe, FEPALC), support their colleagues at the SPP, who have also spoken
out recently against the death threats reported by journalist Aldo
Lezcano, a correspondent for the daily ABC Color, as well the actions
against reporter Richard Villasboa and camera operator Blas Salcedo, of
Canal 13 television station.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide.

For further information on the Lezcano, Villasboa and Salcedo cases, see:
http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/100757

<http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/100858/>


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5. Manchester , UK: Ofcom spreads the wealth - £215894 to 15 communi
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:23 pm ((PST))

Ofcom spreads the wealth
Radio Today - Manchester,UK
Feb 17, 2009 - Ofcom has awarded a total of £215894 to 15 community radio
stations in the latest round of grants.

Whilst 15 were lucky, 41 stations which appied were turned down for
funding at this stage. The average grant in this round was £14,392, with
Ofcom giving priority to those stations which had not previously received
an award.

The largest of the awards was to Preston FM for a Business Development
Manager (joint bid), for a total of £29,000. The smallest grant (£9,024)
was given to Phoenix FM in Brentwood for a Fundraising Manager.

Other stations which were awarded funds includes Afan FM, Boundary Sound,
Halton Community Radio, Tameside Radio and Vixen 101.

Click here for a full list and further reading about why Ofcom awards
grants to particular applicants.
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radio/ifi/rbl/commun_radio/Communityfund/grants0809_2/

<http://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.4411.4>


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6. Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: CRS mull forming consortium to approach
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:25 pm ((PST))

CRS mull forming consortium to approach ad agencies
RadioandMusic.com - Mumbai,Maharashtra,India

MUMBAI: The Community Radio Forum is thinking of forming a consortium to
approach ad agencies to collectively negotiate for ad rates for CRS
operational in the country.

The third annual meet of the Community Radio Forum, a representative body
for community radio broadcasters, was held at the offices of Radio
Bundelkhand, an intiative of Development Alternatives at Orchha, Jhansi on
14 February.

At the meet, it was resolved to change the modus operandi of the working
of the CRF, and it was decided that CRF be instituionalised rather being a
loose network. From now, the CRF will be a pan India organisation, and the
core team will include representaitves from as mnay states as possible, it
was resolved.

The earlier meetings have been held in Delhi in 2007 and in Bangalore in
2008. The Orccha meet was attended by representatives of existing
community radio initiatives in the country including the Kutch based KMVS,
Radio Dhadkan, TRF and the radio initiative by the IGNOU.

The day long session was divided into open house discussions about
financing procedures for CR and technology required to run it.

Currently, there are three operational NGO-led CR stations - the MVSS led
station at Satara, Bundelkhand Radio and the DDF community radio station
at Pastapur, and about 36 campus-stations in the country.

The meet also marked the successful completion of three and half months of
being on air for Radio Bundelkhand.

<http://www.radioandmusic.com/content/editorial/news/crs-mull-forming-consortium-approach-ad-agencies>

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