12 Dec Grassroots Radio featured on the European Journalism Observatory
We are thrilled to see the Grassroots Radio project featured on the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), a network of 15 independent non-profit media research institutes which aims to bridge journalism research and practice in Europe, and to foster professionalism and press freedom.
The article describes the work underway in Romania to build up the two community radio stations of Radio Civic Vârvoru de Jos and Radio Civic Sfântu Gheorghe, which are the first community radio in Romania to serve rural communities. This work has started with obtaining licenses to broadcast from the national broadcasting regulator, which – as explained by Liana Ganea, programme coordinator of the project partners ActiveWatch – was initially reluctant to give the green light to a project for which no clear entity was defined as being responsible.
The news item continues with explaining the main challenges of long-term sustainability and community engagement that the project is thoroughly addressing, and describes the effort undertaken by RootIO, the open-source civic media system ideal for use by low-budget FM community radios, as it requires little physical infrastructure and is thus very low-maintenance.
The feature ends with a very promising claim:
The Radio Civic project could show the way forward for community radio in Romania. At the very least, it demonstrates that the distance between media production and media consumption does not have to be so very large, and could help to redefine the relationship between the media and its audience