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Near Media Co-op

Being part of the intercultural radio programme gave me the opportunity to not only gain a useful skill, but it connected me with communities: the community within Near FM, the other participants on the programme and the communities that they are connected to, and to community based organisations and NGOs ... Having this specific opportunity makes me feel that I too am part of the fabric of Irish society.

Shannette Budhai, participant


Near Media Co-op

Being a member of the Irish Traveller community, access to any media equipment or training has been restricted. I am delighted to have met such a wonderful and supportive group of people and I hope to do great things to highlight different aspects of my community through radio in the future.

Martin Warde, participant


Near Media Co-op

This course has taught me a lot. I have a bit of more confidence now. I have gained some skills and knowledge that I would not have been able to get ... Finally, as a migrant woman, a domestic worker and an African ... I had the opportunity to be on radio - something that a lot of people dream about.

Mariaam Bhatti, participant


Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media seeks to increase integration and intercultural understanding at a local level and throughout society.  The project is a training and production initiative involving both Irish and Third Country Nationals.  The project is based in Near Media Co-op’s offices and recording studios in Coolock.

Twice a year, over a two year period, the project will deliver four training courses.  The training modules include:

• Community media (FETAC Level 4)
• Intercultural media literacy
• Advanced editing and podcasting
Each training course involves the participation of four Irish and four Third Country National participants. 

When participants complete the training course, they form a production team to make a series of radio programmes on the theme of intercultural dialogue.  The series, Culture Shots, is broadcast on Near FM.  The series can also be livestreamed over the web or downloaded via Near FM’s podcast site.
Alongside these activities, Near Media Co-op aims to encourage intercultural dialogue throughout the organisation.  Near promotes the participation of Third Country people in all its procedural, social and broadcasting activities of the co-op.

What is Interculturalism from Near TV on Vimeo.


Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media ended in April 2013.


Case Study
Putting together our weekly Culture Shots programme is a collaborative effort. Our eight person production team gathers together every Saturday morning at 10am sharp. We start each meeting by brainstorming about hot topics in interculturalism, migration, integration, and other related themes. We use press releases, other media sources or our own experiences over the past week as inspiration.
We focus on a topic for our next programme. We approach the theme from a variety of perspectives to ensure balance. We use a production plan and a “running order” to plot out how we’ll explore the chosen theme through our interviews. We also take the time to think of songs that complement the programme.
Finally, we analyse the programme using our intercultural production skills and community media training. For example, we ask ourselves some crucial questions:
  • Have we included minority perspectives, accents and languages?
  • Are we providing a space for people directly affected by an issue to speak about their firsthand experiences?
  • Are we challenging stereotypes?
  • Are we promoting communication between people from different cultural backgrounds?
Once we have the blueprint for our programme, we delegate the different roles for production. With eight people on our team, it’s usually easy to ‘divvy up’ responsibilities.  Everyone gets a chance to secure and conduct interviews, source music on mp3 files, write the script, present the show, do sound engineering and edit the programme.