Category Archives: Training

‘One Message to Encourage’ workshops with CCMC


CCMC is working with UNDP-ACT Project Partner Future Together to provide a schedule of training in strategic communications and video production over the coming months. Forming part of the ‘One Message to Encourage’ initiative of Future Together, the workshops are designed to build the media capacity of community-driven cultural or natural heritage conservation projects. The first training session with the successful applicants from these projects will take place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) on 8 July, followed by on location video shoots made by the trainees throughout July and August at their selected locations. Participants will also receive training in how to develop and disseminate various media products and to enhance their communications and advocacy capacity. The videos created through these hands-on workshops will be screened to the public in September, so watch this space!

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Sign up for ‘Gorilla Activism’ workshop 20-27 June!

gorillaactivismSign up for ‘Gorilla Activism’ workshop 20-27 June! It is no wonder that the world has been changing fast in the past decade, and the ways in which we conduct journalism, activism and storytelling have also changed. GORILLA ACTIVISM is an 8-day workshop that will take place between June 20-27, 2011, to empower Cypriot youth with innovative and fun tools and skills required to engage with and combine citizen journalism, digital storytelling and guerilla activism. We want to help you discover new ways of expressing yourself and becoming powerful actors of change within your community! Topics to be covered include: Citizen Journalism, Media Literacy, Social Networking, Viral Marketing, Guerilla Activism, Conflict and Media, Digital Storytelling. Continue reading

Free media workshops at University of Nicosia 6 May 2011

The University of Nicosia is offering free (registration required) workshops on a number of interesting media-related subjects on Friday the 6 May 2011.

Workshop 1: 10:00-17:00 ‘Critical Analysis of Still/Moving Images’

Workshop 2: 10:00-16:30 ‘Formation of Self/Local Representation through Multimedia Production.

Workshop 3: 10:00-16:30: ‘Multicultural Environments, Identities and belongings, Citizenship and Territories’

Workshop 4: 10:00-17:00 Digital Tools for Social Inquiry and Urban Mapping’

Read the full schedule here, and download the application form here.   Completed applications to be returned to Holger Briel: holger.briel[@]

Unique training opportunities with the Thomson Foundation

  tflogoThe Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) is proud to announce its partnership with the Thomson Foundation in providing a four-day Media Literacy training course for civil society in March 2011 and a five day multimedia and Online Journalism course for journalists in March 2011.

Media Literacy course FOR CIVIL SOCIETY 13-16 March 2011

CCMC is inviting applications from civil society to attend this four day intensive course, run by a Thomson Foundation trainer and taking place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre in Nicosia. The course is designed to engage civil society organisations with the basic principles of advocacy, through the use of the Internet, face-to-face briefings and campaign planning and to provide civil society organisations with a strong foundation on which to campaign and engage with local media, across the island.

This specialised training is being offered to civil society with support from UNDP-Action for Cooperation and Trust, and is free of charge to successful applicants. Click here for an application form for the Media Literacy for Civil Society course.



Multimedia and Online Journalism course FOR JOURNALISTS 17-21 March 2011

CCMC is inviting applications from journalists to attend this five day intensive course, run by a Thomson Foundation trainer and taking place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre in Nicosia. Want to improve your multimedia skills, deepen your career prospects and learn how to keep pace with the fast changing world of online media? The course will provide journalists with a unique professional development opportunity, covering subjects such as digital photography, audio production and editing, creating audio slideshows, recording video interviews and the possibilities of multimedia online. This specialised training is being led by Dan Mason, former editor of award-winning daily newspapers. We have 15 free spaces so click here for an application form for the Online Journalism course and return to davidq @
No previous online skills are required but proficiency in English is a must.


7th Children & Youth Film Festival 20-26 Feb 2011

CCMC member the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus (ICFFCY) presents the 7th edition of its Children & Youth Film Festival which this year will take place from the 20-26 February. ICFFCY is a non-profit association that has been focusing on cinema and its role in the lives of children and young people. The Festival combines films and education in a program for children, teachers and parents.  It aims to provide the audience with the opportunity to view and discuss a wide variety of films.  The selection of films is made based on their educational merit and each year international recent releases are brought to Cyprus. The Festival is divided into 4 different parts: Morning Screenings, Morning Workshops, Marathon Evening and Bicommunal Day. Visit their website at to find more information about each event, as well as a complete list of films that will be screened and their synopsis. You will also be able to download participation forms for the morning screenings and workshops, as well as teacher packs.

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Video Production training at CCMC 2 and 3 February

On Wednesday and Thursday, 2 and 3 February 2011 from 9:00-16:30, twelve participants from Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot civil society organisations attended a workshop at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) entitled, “Video Production”. This workshop was conducted as part of CCMC’s mission to support civil society on the island.

The training included a thorough overview of the basic technical and creative skills for capturing video footage. Trainees learnt how to set up their equipment, use tripods, focus their cameras, and also tips on how to make interviewees comfortable, to light and frame their subjects correctly and more. The first day of the course emphasised the background to video production and the technical overview, covering recording formats, use of microphones, composing shots, recording sound and shooting style. Participants then spent the second day putting their new skills into practice with a full day of video shoots, taking place off location around Nicosia.

“As civil society we want to convey the stories of real people and their experiences,” said one of the CCMC members attending. “Nothing is as accessible and direct as video and training such as this gives us a great start to be able to make media ourselves.”

This is the second time CCMC has provided Video Production training for civil society. Its first workshop in April 2010 was oversubscribed and proved very popular. The next upcoming workshops at CCMC include “Media Crisis Management” on 5 February 2011, and “Video Editing on 16 and 17 February 2011.

All sessions take place at CCMC’s Community Space. The premises are on the grounds of Ledra Palace, Nicosia, making it accessible to all the communities of the island. Training is conducted in English, with Greek and Turkish speakers providing language support. For more information, please visit


The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) continues its efforts to empower and support local civil society organisations island-wide, through the launch of its new training schedule.

The trainings cover a range of topics aiming to assist Cypriot civil society organisations with their media skills and communications with the public. These workshops are part of CCMC’s mission to support civil society on the island. By attending these trainings our members can empower themselves with the skills and confidence to be even more effective in their work.

All sessions will take place at CCMC’s Community Space. The premises are on the grounds of Ledra Palace, Nicosia, making it accessible to all the communities of the island. Training is conducted in English, with Greek and Turkish speakers providing language support throughout. The full list of workshops is as follows:

  • 3 November 2010: Planning a Successful Event
  • 11 November 2010: Basic Invitation Design
  • 24 November 2010: Strategic Communications
  • 30 November 2010: How to: Podcast
  • 3, 4, 5 December 2010: Digital Storytelling
  • 7 December 2010: Blogging
  • 19 January 2011: Working with the Media
  • 22 January 2011: Media Crisis Management
  • 2 and 3 February 2011: Video Production
  • 16 and 17 February 2011: Video Editing

Registration is necessary and open to civil society organisations, NGOs, and individuals working on multicultural or inter-communal activities, with priority given to CCMC’s members.

All sessions are free of charge.

To read full details about the workshops, please download the brochure here and register online here.

For more information please visit:

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Online Training @ Human Rights Education Associates

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. The services provided by HREA are:

  • assistance in curriculum and materials development;
  • training of professional groups;
  • research and evaluation;
  • clearinghouse of education and training materials;
  • networking human rights defenders and educators.

Visit their E-Learning site for information on current courses;  particularly prevalent for Cyprus is the course on ‘International Refugee Law and Contemporary Challenges’.

Online Journalism Courses

As part of CCMC’s global outlook on media, our radar has just picked up ICFJ Anywhere, a series of online journalism courses run by the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ). Topics include digital journalism, investigative reporting, covering labour issues, international coverage of religion, business and economics.

’10 Tactics’ Screening & Guerilla Mediamaking 101 Workshop

Date: Thursday, May 27 2010
Time: 6:15pm-8pm PM
Place: Cyprus Community Media Centre
Contact: +357 22662269/ +90 392 2280654

Description: “10 Tactics for turning information into action” is a film that includes stories from 25 rights advocates around the world who have successfully used information and digital technologies to create positive change. The film was made by Tactical Technology Collective. This screening is part of a global launch for this event.

Watch the trailer here: Ten Tactics trailer

Please join us for the post-screening discussion preceded by a Guerilla Mediamaking 101 workshop led by filmmaker Vasia Markides at 3pm. RSVP is essential in order to attend since space is limited, please email info[at]

The first 5 people to confirm participation will receive a free 10 Tactics toolkit!

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