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Media Buffer Zone Project – Raising Capacities of Civil Society for the Production of Multimedia in Cyprus, the Middle East and South East Europe

photo (3)As a follow up to winning the audience award for best project idea at the Power of One Conference held in Nicosia, Cyprus in October 2012, the Media Buffer Zone Project team was invited to present and workshop their innovative project at the “POINT2013 – Political Accountability and New Technologies Conference” held in Sarajevo 23-26 May 2013.

Now you may be asking yourself what does this prestigious “unconference” featuring many fascinating speakers such as UZROK from Serbia, Milica Begović of UNDP-Montenegro, “The Facebook Girl of Egypt”, Esraa Abdel Fattah and the famed Amira Yahyaoui of Al Bawsala from Tunisia have to do with a group of committed activists from the MENA region, Cyprus and Central Europe who want to provide media skills trainings to NGOs and develop an Internet platform linking media talent to civil society have to do with this group of incredible entrepreneurs? Well, more than you’d think!

It seems our unique idea formulated during long days and coffee-fueled brainstorming sessions, but whose birth was really a product of the group’s years of passion and experience working for their respective communities, is something that many innovative people relate to and are inspired by. So, it was a natural fit in this turbo-charged and “change the world for the better” atmosphere.

The crowd response to our informative workshop session included people from Egypt, Libya and across Europe and was overwhelming positive. We all wish we could have started the trainings on the spot! However, we agreed to settle for stimulating idea creation, exchanging the needs of various communities in a more in-depth fashion and creating a space for a better understanding amongst the regions.

In-between the conference sessions members of the Media Buffer Zone Project team gathered in hotel lobbies, coffee shops and Labor Union halls (yes really, we met at the headquarters of the “Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, thanks labour leaders!) to discuss how best to implement the project to satisfy the needs of all.

The first order of business we thought of was to gauge the pulse of the people by conducting an in-depth needs analysis of what NGOs from our regions really need. So naturally we turned to our trusted partners from Palestine, Near East Consulting, who have years of experience in just this type of data mining. Next we thought to design the trainings from the actual research and turn that info into training materials civil society can use in their efforts to build their capacity in media skills.

Then we planned to use these tools to train “trainers” in media skills to multiply across the regions with media skills trainings in both Cyprus and Egypt to better equip our target audiences from the vast experience of both media partners CCMC and Qabila. From there we decided to develop a web-based platform which will link interested media professionals to active NGOS in the region to better serve the needs of the people these organizations serve. Whew! From an idea to being productive is an exciting and challenging proposition.

In order to make this all work we realized we need the vast networks of our partners Universal Patient’s Rights Organisation (Cyprus) and Zašto ne? (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to activate their networks to communicate, inform, and motivate the participants. Only in times of true inspiration due the stars align and such partnerships are formed!

So, here we go on our journey from a loose confederation of NGOS scattered throughout the Middle-East, Mediterranean and Central Europe to a tight-knit group of dedicated civil society leaders working for an innovative inter-regional knowledge exchange to strengthen the role of citizens and civil society in stimulating positive social change. Follow our adventures on twitter at @MediaBufferZone.

CCMC running training in Limassol Community Space

CCMC likes to get out and about, connecting with all parts of the island. Today we are in Limassol, providing WordPress for Websites training for our member organisations Terra Cypria and the Environmental Studies Centre of Kritou Terra. The functions we are helping with are installing WordPress, choosing themes, creating menus, adding plugins, working with a multilingual website, and much more! Stay connected to CCMC and find out about upcoming training by subscribing to our newsletter here. 

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DOCYouth Camp 2-7 July – Apply by 25 June!

The U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) in association with the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus (ICFFCY), the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), Sugarfoot Films, Nicosia 2017 and the U.S. Embassy of Nicosia are pleased to offer young and emerging filmmakers based in Cyprus the opportunity to participate in DOCYouth Camp from July 2 – 7, 2012 in Nicosia.

In this week-long youth-oriented film program participants will have the opportunity to work with the renowned film theorist, Michael Renov and the award-winning director Alex Rotaru along with Cypriot filmmakers to develop documentary techniques and create their own short films. During the camp, participants will view, discuss and analyse youth-oriented documentary films from the prestigious American Film Showcase including Spellbound, Undefeated, Mad Hot Ballroom, To Be Heard, Elevate and Wo Ai Ni Mommy. The program will culminate on Saturday, July 7th with an evening screening of the work produced along with the Cyprus premiere of the award-winning Shakespeare High. The screening will be open to the public and will take place in the Buffer Zone.

Who: Cyprus-based filmmakers/cineastes (16-30 years old)
Where: Cyprus Community Media Centre

Dates: July 2 – July 7, 2012*

Application Deadline: June 25, 2012

*Each participant should submit an idea for a film, which they will present and pitch on the first day of the seminar. Four (4) films in total will be selected, developed and produced in small groups over the course of the week. The DOCYouth Camp program is intended to fully immerse participants into the world of film and build a strong network, thus we highly encourage attendees to clear their schedules and make themselves available and open to collaboration.

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION FORM HERE.

Talking media ethics in Birmingham

The Forum in full swing

The Journalism & Media Ethics European Media Forum got underway in Birmingham, UK yesterday, with the participation of CCMC’s very own Larry Fergeson, called up as a member of the Board of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).

The Forum is part of the Council of Europe’s MARS – Media Against Racism in Sport programme, which aims at including non discrimination and the expression of diversity as an ongoing angle of media coverage, and encourage innovative production across different media.

Back in January CCMC hosted the Cyprus National Media Encounter as part of the MARS programme, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the active participation from local and international media professionals and civil society activists.

Check out the Forum on Facebook, find out what’s on here, and follow proceedings online!

CCMC will be in AKOVA Village providing training on 8 December 2011

CCMC will be in AKOVA Village tomorrow running a workshop in ‘Effective Internet Usage’ in partnership with our member Akova Woman’s Association. It’s part of our ‘On the Road’ training series at different locations around the island.

CCMC’s ‘On the Road’ training in Limassol on 16 September 2011

CCMC is in Limassol providing social media and blogging workshops to its members there. The event is part of its ‘On the Road’ training series taking place in different locations across Cyprus.

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CCMC’s ‘On the Road’ training in Limassol!

The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) is continuing its ‘On the Road’ training series by offering Social Networking and Blogging workshops for its members in Limassol on 16 September 2011. As part of its ongoing mission to build the communications and media skills of civil society, CCMC has been delivering dedicated training to its members in various towns and villages around Cyprus. The ‘On The Road’ series, which started in 2010, complements CCMC’s Nicosia-based training by offering media education in other locales. Continue reading

CCMC’s ‘On the Road’ training programme builds the skills of civil society .

The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) is continuing its ‘On the Road’ training series by offering Social Networking and Blogging workshops for its members in Limassol on 16 September 2011. As part of its ongoing mission to build the communications and media skills of civil society, CCMC has been delivering dedicated training to its members in various towns and villages around Cyprus. Continue reading

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Structured Dialogic Design training with FWC 25-27 July

Cypriot NGO and CCMC member Future Worlds Center and the US-based Institute for 21st Century Agoras of California, USA, are organising the third International School for Structured Dialogue in Cyprus next week. If you are interested in becoming an active Structured Dialogic Design Facilitator or Mediator, you are invited to attend the training due to take place in Nicosia from 25-27 July 2011. More information is available here: http://www.sddp-international.org. Structured Dialogic Design (SDD) is a democratic approach to facilitation and mediation where all participants have an equal opportunity to voice their ideas and opinions. The training will include theoretical foundations exploration, practical applications, rediscovering the science of structured dialogue, role-playing, lectures, and virtual lectures (webinars). 

 

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CCMC training goes ‘On the Road’

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CCMC is taking its training ‘On the Road’ this summer with a series of workshops around the island. After its successful video training in Lefke in 2010, CCMC member the Environmental Society of Lefke were able to shoot their own videos and disseminate them through the social networking sites that CCMC helped to create. As a follow-up to the first workshop, CCMC has already provided stills photography training in Lefke on Thursday 30 June 2011. The training focused on basic photography and editing as well as using photos as a tool for online activism. Coming next will be social media workshops for our members in Limassol. Stay tuned for more announcements about CCMC training ‘On the Road’.

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