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IAMCR 2013:
(26 June 2013.  4-5:30, Room Q219. Code: CoCW4b)

Higgins: Cyprus-Oral History_IAMCR 2013  (pdf 206KB)
"Re-framing the World: Cypriot University Students, Oral Histories, and Self-Reflection"  Paper presented at IAMCR 2013 describing oral history projects in Cyprus, 1996 and 2010.
(Draws from chapter in Oral History in Cyprus, Ed. Holger Briel.  Nicosia: U. of Nicosia.  2013.)

Presentation PowerPoint (pdf 3.2MB)


OURmedia pre-conference 2013:

Higgins: Cyprus-Peacebuilding-Community Media-Digital Storytelling GMJ-ME_Spring_2011  (pdf 274KB)
"Peace-building Through Listening, Digital Storytelling, and Community Media in Cyprus."  Article describing Fall 2010 Fulbright project using community media and digital storytelling for peace-building in Cyprus. Global Media Journal, Mediterranean Edition 6.1: Spring 2011


Community Media for Peace and Development in Cyprus

Panel: OURmedia preconference of the IAMCR annual conference, Dublin, Ireland
24 June 2013
3:00-4:30pm, Room 3, City Wall Space


Description:

Imagine a small island, divided into two parts with each respective community having close to no contact with each other for more than three decades following an extended conflict. Picture this small place with not only a dividing line running through its entirety but two different sets of everything – religion, language, institutions, and even media. Consider that each side refuses to recognize the other and that the media here is polarized and politicised, representing the views and interests of the two different communities, and essentially amplifying the dominant narrative about the “other” bar a few marginalized alternative media outlets. In addition to this imagine that civil society and citizens in general do not really have a “voice” through mainstream media – that almost all forms of activism work around social change and peacebuilding are left in the margins of the media sphere.

This is the context from which the civil-society-led Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) emerged in Cyprus and between 2007 and 2012, not only established itself as an institution but carved its own niche as the only real bicommunal, bilingual media institution on the island representing all the communities.

This panel explores the emergence of the Cyprus Community Media Centre in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia, supported by the UN Development Programme Action for Cooperation and Trust in Cyprus (UNDP-ACT). The panel will include discussion of the CCMC’s organizational structure and origins in Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot civil society organizations, as initially developed through the UNDP-ACT involving participatory communication and development processes.  Digital storytelling projects involving participants from Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities in 2010 and 2011 are explored as a method of building bridges between the divided communities in keeping with the CCMC mission.


Participants:

John W. Higgins, Ph.D., University of San Francisco Department of Media Studies;  US Fulbright Scholar, Cyprus, 2010. 
Email: Jhiggins [at] mediaprof.org
www.mediaprof.org
www.youtube.com/CyprusStories

Larry Fergeson, General Manager, Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), Nicosia (via Skype).
Email: Larry [at] cypruscommunitymedia.org
http://cypruscommunitymedia.org/

Pembe Mentesh, Program Analyst, United Nations Development Programme, Action for Cooperation and Trust in Cyprus (UNDP-ACT), Nicosia (via Skype). 
Email: pembe.mentesh [at] undp.org
www.undp-act.org/

Seán Ó Siochrú, NEXUS Research Cooperative, Dublin.
Email: Sean [at] nexus.ie
www.nexus.ie/


Resources:

Panel:

Resources-Cyprus_OURmedia2013 (pdf 147KB)
Primary workshop resource list -- with active links

UNDP-CCMC-Cyprus_OURmedia2013 (pdf 118KB)
Fact sheet from the United Nations Development Programme-Action for Cooperation and Trust in Cyprus -- and the Cyprus Community Media Centre

Higgins: Cyprus-Peacebuilding-Community Media-Digital Storytelling GMJ-ME_Spring_2011  (pdf 274KB)
"Peace-building Through Listening, Digital Storytelling, and Community Media in Cyprus."  Article describing Fall 2010 Fulbright project using community media and digital storytelling for peace-building in Cyprus. Global Media Journal, Mediterranean Edition 6.1: Spring 2011

Higgins: Cyprus-Oral History_IAMCR 2013  (pdf 206KB)
"Re-framing the World: Cypriot University Students, Oral Histories, and Self-Reflection"  Paper presented at IAMCR 2013 describing oral history projects in Cyprus, 1996 and 2010.
(Draws from chapter in Oral History in Cyprus, Ed. Holger Briel.  Nicosia: U. of Nicosia.  2013.)


Additional:

Archived: OurMedia papers, 2001-2004 (archived website: papers from OM1-OM4)

Archived: ACM White Papers: 2001-2003 (from Alliance for Community Media, USA)

Includes Rethinking Access Philosophy issue  (pdf 35.9 MB)
"Re-Thinking Access Philosophy" issue of Community Media Review (2002, Alliance for Community Media, USA) dealing with philosophy of community media.


Participant Bios

John W. Higgins is a communication consultant in San Francisco and associate professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco.  He has been involved in community-based radio and video since 1974, including service with San Francisco public access cable TV’s board of directors.  John was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus fall 2010, using community media, self-reflexivity, and digital storytelling for peace-building between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. He returned in 2011 and 2013 to work on projects with the CCMC and Cypriot groups across the island. 

Larry Fergeson started working at community based and commercial radio stations in Texas in 1989. He has worked in various media (radio, TV and periodicals) as a journalist, news producer, programme director, production director and promotions assistant.  A graduate of the Conflict Resolution graduate programme at Portland State University, in 2005 he began working for various NGOs in both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities as a media advisor on European Union and United Nations projects.  Now, as General Manager of CCMC, Larry contributes to empowering civil society in gaining media skills.

Pembe Mentesh is a UNDP Project Officer with over 15 years of experience in media, public affairs, campaigning, and project management.  Since 2006 she has worked on a variety of peacebuilding initiatives with a focus on media, gender, youth and communications through her position with UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust, Cyprus.  Her previous work in Australia involved work with local and state government institutions for education and indigenous communities.  Pembe is also an active contributor to gender and peacebuilding initiatives in Cyprus through her involvement with local NGOs. She holds a BA in Communications and is currently working on a documentary project called ‘Forgotten Brides’.

Seán Ó Siochrú is a founder of DCTV and was Chair for its first five years. He has worked in many countries for international organisations in evaluation, programme design, and other capacities, and was active in the World Summit on the Information Society as a civil society representative. He has written a lot on communication rights, media and ICTs in books, chapters, articles etc.  He also designed the Cyprus Community Media Centre for UNDP there. He is a Research Director at Nexus Research Cooperative in Dublin. 



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