Three training workshops are taking place in September and October in the framework of the EU-funded project New Neighbours. The CMFE workshops aim to empower more migrants and refugees, women in particular, to produce their own media contents on community media. Tools and techniques for multilingual broadcasting (using more than one language within the same program) will be a core element of the trainings, referring to materials developed by community radios and training institutions in the past fifteen years.
CMFE is working with three local partners in Italy, Slovenia and Spain who wish to strengthen the role of intercultural broadcasting in their organisations. The workshops will focus on core competencies such as presentation and interviewing but also on workable methodologies for creating intercultural programming teams and motivating volunteers from migrant communities.
The first training will take place at Radio Student in Ljubljana, Slovenia, one of the oldest community radio stations in Europe, with Birgitte Jallov, founder of Empowerhouse and CMFE President. The Catalan radio and TV station RTV Cardedeu near Barcelona, Spain, will host the second training with radio journalist Bianca Miglioretto, whereas the intercultural centre Fondazione Mondinsieme in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will close the circle with Refugee Radio Network founder Larry Macaulay. Due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, CMFE and its partners have devised a training format composed of online and on-site elements. Training participants and local mentors will work together at the chosen locations, while the international trainers will join via online sessions.
We are also inviting the authors of the New Neighbours fact sheets on media and migration to present their research from the three countries and moderate a session on the topic of intercultural integration.
Finally, a special focus on changing the narrative on refugees and women will come via a session with Auriane Itangishaka, anchor of VOA Africa Our Voices, a TV round table discussion program with a pan-African cast of four women.