The CCMC Story
The CCMC Story
How community media is raising citizen voices in Cyprus
November 2007 - April 2009
Developing the idea!
At a time when civil society in divided Cyprus did not have a voice in the mainstream media, 20 founding member organizations across the island came together and decided that they needed a community media center to make their own media and to be in control of their messages.
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April - September 2009
From idea to reality!
After a lot of work, the founding members secured funding from UNDP. Staff were recruited, a physical space was created and equipment was purchased to kickstart community-made media.
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September - October 2009
Engaging in Peace
When the two leaders decided to announce a new round of negotiations, civil society was there to support them - and so was CCMC, documenting the event, creating its first short video and setting the path for future intercommunal collaborations.
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November 2009
What would unite a seemingly disparate group of organizations into one entity?
CCMC founding members sat down to develop and agree on a Charter of Values and Principles that established an identity for CCMC. The Charter would also serve as a framework to shape future partnerships and sign up any new member organizations.
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December 2009
CCMC Premises Officially Open
From an empty space in the buffer zone to a buzzing community media center, the oficial opening of the CCMC premises by members of the eminent Elders group was attended by hundreds of people including members of the media. Since then CCMC has brought life to the Dead Zone by hosting hundreds of events and connecting people across the divide.
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June 2010
CCMC kickstarts its efforts to improve media collaboration between the two media systems of Cyprus
Collaborative Media Initiative (CMI) began investigating current levels of cooperation between journalists and media organizations, and ended with a set of recommendations.
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September 2010
CCMC Website Launched
Cyprus’ first intercommunal community media website is launched, showcasing dynamic new content representing civil society organisations from all communities of the island.
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September 2010
Our first media partnership
CCMC partners with Radyo Mayıs to create its first fortnightly show titled "45 Minutes with Community Media."
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September 2010
Media Mix 2010 connects journalists with civil society organisations
"With the support of CCMC, CSOs are able to develop their capacity to make their own media" said Lisa Buttenheim, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus at the event.
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October 2010
"One Day on Earth"
CCMC contributed their voice to the world's first and largest global day of media creation.
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November 2010
CCMC Training goes "On the Road"
In response to our members' needs, CCMC reached out to locations outside of Nicosia to empower them with new media skills.
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December 2010
Understanding through personal stories
Digital storytelling workshops provided an opportunity from people from both communities to create and view each other's personal digital stories.
  • December 2010 Membership increased from 22 to 30 CSOs
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January 2011
Spreading our wings with the DigiMe project!
CCMC begins to diversify its donor base by securing funding from the European Commission.
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February 2011
CCMC brokers new intercommunal media partnership
In an effort to increase media collaboration, CCMC facilitated a partnership between Radio Astra and Radyo Mayıs to create the new ANAHTAR Media entity.
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February 2011
Our next media partnership enters the world of TV
Twelve-part show partnership agreement signed with SIM TV for weekly CSO show entitled ‘Encounters’.
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March 2011
Learning from the experts!
CCMC partners with Thomson Foundation UK to improve CSO media literacy skills and journalists' online and multimedia skills.
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April 2011
Bringing citizen journalists together
CCMC organises a two-day blogger's camp featuring bloggers from across the region, culminating in the creation of the Bufferzone Bloggers Group.
  • Over
    450,000
    hits since
    website launch
    in September 2010
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April 2011
CCMC expands its network in the region
CCMC joins the family of Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).
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May 2011
New ways of working
CCMC agrees on new operational structures and starts business planning.
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May 2011
10 Tactics - How to use new technologies for activism?
CCMC members and guests were exposed to new methodologies for promoting the cause.
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June 2011
Collaborative media conference
Strengthens the dialogue on innovative approaches to media collaboration.
  • June 2011
    CCMC trained more
    than 300 people
    IN MEDIA SKILLS
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July 2011
Giving voice to gender issues
CCMC with US based and local female artists work together to produce artwork on the concept "New News is Old News".
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September 2011
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October 2011
Another media partnership!
Another media partnership! - CCMC partners with CYBC public radio station to produce monthly podcasts on civil society news.
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November 2011
CCMC holds its first General Assembly
A memorandum of understanding and foundation charter are discussed at the GA.
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November 2011
CCMC welcomes European Community Media family to Cyprus
CMFE Endorses Cyprus Community Media Declaration at the first CMFE General Assembly and Annual Conference hosted by CCMC in Nicosia's buffer zone.
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December 2011
DigiMe Photo Competition I
CCMC encourages active participation on environmental issues.
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December - January 2012
CCMC branches out
Community Spaces are established in Limassol, Paphos, Kontea and Lefke to hold CCMC events in partnership with Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK), Paphos, Kontea Heritage Foundation and Lefke Environmental Society.
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January 2012
MARS (Media Against Racism in Sports)
CCMC brings more than 20 journalists together to work on joint media content using non-discriminatory language.
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April 2012
Are you a journalist? Do you want to cooperate with other journalists?
CCMC shows you how!
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May 2012
Media Hackers
Preparing journalists from 5 European countries for the new media age.
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July 2012
Reaching new audiences
CCMC Profile video is shown at the annual Lemesos International Documentary Festival.
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July 2012
Community Media Empowering Program (m-Com)
CCMC partners with 7 EU countries to develop educational approaches in a community-driven context and empower CSO activists.
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August 2012
MakeMedia 2012
CCMC announces a call to support creative media productions from the community.
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September 2012
Incentive Awards for Media Collaboration
CCMC invites media in Cyprus to come forward with new co-production ideas for funding.
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October 2012
Advocating for Community Media in Cyprus
UNESCO Chair on Community Media speaks at an open event on the importance of community media in Cyprus.
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October 2012
Demanding Legal Reform
CCMC asks for new laws to recognize community media as a sector.
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October 2012
The Power of One
CCMC supports communications of the Power of One Conference: Civil Society as an agent of change.
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November 2012
DigiMe Photo Competition II
Recording the Age Gap.
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January 2013
Community Media Giving Voice to the Voiceless
CCMC hosts a prominent community media activist from India.
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February 2013
Bandabulya Memories
CCMC captures the history and characters of the old market place in Nicosia's walled city.
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March 2013
Media Buffer Zone Project
CCMC collaborates with neighboring countries to boost capacity in media skills.
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April 2013
Launch of MYCYradio
First multilingual radio station in Cyprus begins broadcasting from CCMC!
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May 2013
Amplifying the voices!
The only multimedia studio in Cyprus' buffer zone promises opportunities for CSOs to create and broadcast their own messages.
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June 2013
Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness (MEDIANE)
CCMC hosts another conference bringing journalists, editors and journalism educators together in Nicosia to discuss inclusion of diversity and non-discrimination.
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July 2013
What do journalists think?
CCMC organizes a panel discussion on “Community, Social & Mainstream: The changing nature of media in the Turkish Cypriot Community” with the Turkish Cypriot Association of Journalists.
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July 2013
Journalistic Dialogues
CCMC facilitates a roundtable discussion with journalists from across the divide on diversity and the changing nature of journalism.
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July 2013
Community Media Film Festival
CCMC is proud to welcome the public to an open event showcasing community-made films from the MakeMedia initiative.
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