Halle, October 25th. The UMAC toolbox was presented during the AMARC Europe Conference, that took place in Halle, Germany, on 25th October 2016.
Sally Galiana and Chris Wohlwill presented the toolbox as part of a plenary session on the afternoon of the 26th October 2016 (2 pm) which look into resources available to community radios, and which was attended by participants from Germany, Austria, Italy, Basque Country, Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Cameroon, Argentina and the Community Media chair of Unesco, Vinod Pavarala. Toolbox promotional materials were distributed among all participants.
The UMAc project has now been linked to the AMARC Europe website front page.
June 3-5, 2016. Every June, Tubingen hosts the RAct Festival, where music mixes with activism and training. Wueste Welle have been participating in the Festival by broadcasting live from the Festival site for the three days of the festival a mixed of interviews and live music from the three existing stages.
On 28 May, in Dublin, as part of the Craol Feile (Community Radio Forum of Ireland training meeting), Near FM presented the UMAC toolbox and its experience as a participant in an European project to community radio staff and volunteers from other community radios in Ireland, as well as community radio activists from France, Italy, Spain, Austria and Slovenia.
Baiona/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, kazeta.eus, Info7, Herria, Euskal Irratiak, Gara, Berria and Basque Country Public TV EITB.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
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 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.