The UMAC Toolbox is now public!

radiokulturaBaiona/Bayonne, 29 April 2016.

The UMAC toolbox is now available to the public and most importantly to media trainers!  Activities have been uploaded in all the five languages of the partnership and the Basque translation will be up this summer.

During the meeting we discussed future dissemination plans for the Toolbox, as we want this resource to be used. And talking about dissemination, our meeting host, Radio Kultura, organised a press conference that was quite well attended by all media in Basque Country. Reports were published and broadcast by Mediabask,, Info7, Herria, Euskal Irratiak, GaraBerria and Basque Country Public TV EITB.

Later on, Ahmad Ayad Thamir, one of our participants, published an article on the project in Finland’s Swedish Language ÅBO UNERRÄTTELSER

Next dissemination activities will take place during the CRAOL Feile (28th May 016) and the last project meeting,in Tubingen (3-4 June 2016).

The Toolbox comes to life in Budapest


The UMAC Toolbox was officially presented to the partners by Chris (Wueste Welle) during the meeting in Budapest. Although the design of the page have been unveiled during a previous on-line meeting, the gathering in the Hungarian capital allowed us to learn first hand how to upload text and accompanying documents.

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Working Groups in Turku

IMG_3511The Understanding Media project (UMAC) funded by the European union Erasmus+ program  held its third meeting in Turku, Finland 15th and 16th  of October 2015. The mandate of the project is to facilitate community media throughout Europe to promote media literacy. Project partner at the meeting were NearFM (Dublin, Ireland), Freies Radio Wüste Welle (Tübingen, Germany), Radio Robin Hood (Turku, Finland) ,  Radio Kultura (Hasparren, Basque country), Radio Tilos (Budapest, Hungary) and  RadioExpert (Brno, Czech Republic). The objective of the meeting was to build the framework of online training toolbox.

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UMAC travels to Brno… through Vienna


The Understanding Media for Active Citizen Project funded by the European Union Erasmus+ programme held its 2nd meeting in Brno, Czech Republic May 19-22, 2015. The mandate of the project is to facilitate community radios throughout Europe to promote media literacy.

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UMAC take-off!

IMG_20150422_162034The first meeting of the Erasmus + Understanding Media for Active Citizenship project was hosted by the project coordinator organisation, Near FM, in Dublin, Ireland on 21-22 April 2015.

It was attended by representatives of all the partner organisations which include Wüste Welle from Tubingen in Germany, Radio Expert from Brno in Czech Republic, Radio Kultura from Hasparren in Basque Country and Tilos Radio from Budapest in Hungary.

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UMAC: Understanding Media for Active Citizenship

Preparations are on the way these days for the first meeting of the ‘understanding media’ follow-up project: UMAC
This stands for “Understanding Media for Active Citizenship” and will serve as a new project, that is supposed to bundle everything learned through ‘understand media’ and put it in online tool boxes.
The first meeting will take place in Dublin this month and we are very much looking forward to keep working on the topic of critical media literacy, that we think is absolutely essential for the future of media education in Europe.
More info to come soon!

Understanding Media for Active Citizenship: What is All About

Understanding Media for Active Citizenship wants to examine the concept of Media Literacy in Europe, how it has been defined at European institutional level and academia and the experience of community radio, and explore how it has been -or could be- embedded in the content of the training curriculum being delivered by community media as to promote better understanding of how to ‘read’ the media among citizens, but also how to ‘write’ more informative and balance content in the shape of media literacy broadcasting products- as to promote equality, pluralism and diversity, and to increase active citizenship actions through media.

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‘understanding media’ project comes to a close on July 31st 2014: Looking backwards and ahead


At the final meeting of ‘understanding media’, a cross media project looking at adult education, specifically critical media literacy education at alternative educative bodies across Europe, partners talked in Turku, Finland, about the project organisation, efforts, effectiveness and dared looking to the future of common work on the topic.
The project content and organisation was overall well received with some partners who would have wished to get more deeply into some details. All the partners are willing and interested in working together in the future. Below you can read more about the idea of a general media literacy toolkit to use for cross media training in Europe…

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“A successful project”: Final meeting of ‘understanding media’ took place in Finland


The final meeting of ‘understanding media’ saw Turku as a meeting place. From the 17th through the 18th of May 2014 partners met at ‘Radio Robin Hood’ to learn about their “Organic Radio Courses” and to reflect on the work done as well as look to the future and how to continue…

First of all: There have been community media in Finland for a quarter of a decade now and none of them are recognised as media in their own right, not to mention any state funding whatsoever. So community radios in Finland broadcast under private licenses, but don’t broadcast commercials – so there are a number of financial problems there already.

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In Between a national conference: Partner meeting in A Coruña, Spain

In the framework of the radio conference of the Spanish National Federation, partners from understanding media met in A Coruña in the north of Spain to talk about media education and media literacy courses in Spain, particularly Madrid.  The meeting in A Coruña was set for the 11th and 12th of April 2014 to suit the dates of the national conference of community radios in Spain. The partners discussed the meetings and mobilities so far. Attendees were invited to the Craol Media Literacy Conference to be held in Dublin, the next meeting will be in May in Finland. The partners learned about the workshops they do in Madrid. Due to the economic crisis the lack of funding and support they have used in training as an alternative way to make up funding for the stations. Due to the financial situation it is better to do this work as a collective. In the last few years the community in Madrid have tried to find alternative to this lack of funding, they look to local elements in response to the crisis. Read more