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SIGNIS Media 2/2016.pdf: Communicating on the Periphery

This issue of SIGNIS Media invites us to think about the place from which we communicate and about the space we give to the other in the process of mutual listening. When we communicate we personalise the other and ourselves. But the true challenge seems to be –as the cover story says– that of recognition, even more if the person is “on the peripheries” of our societies. They frequently do not matter in decision making, and are positioned as “invisible”.

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SIGNIS Media 1/2016.pdf: The art of storytelling

With this issue of SIGNIS Media we are starting a reflection that will take us to our next World Congress, to be held in Québec City in June 2017. Its focus will be “Media for a Culture of Peace: Promoting Stories of Hope”. A theme in which, as in a mirror, we are able to see ourselves as communicators and storytellers of hope in today’s world.

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SIGNIS Media 4/2015.pdf: The Soul of the Earth

The term “noosphere” (from the Greek word for mind) is his description of a resulting global consciousness that takes us to a new level of evolution – evolution that is not yet finished and that we humans now participate in through our choices, for good or for ill. Future evolution of the planet and of our human species is largely in our own hands.

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SIGNIS Media 3/2015.pdf: Reporting on the Environment

Caring for our planet, the place we inhabit, is the great challenge for the generations of our time. In the second half of the last century, in the Western hemisphere, concerns for the renewal of natural resources, the protection of wildlife and the pollution reduction emerged. Today, as Pope Francis invites us in his encyclical letter, we are in need of a decisive cultural change that will take us to a new way of living in “our common home”.

SIGNIS Media 2/2015.pdf: Catholic Communication in Brazil

It is the first time that an issue of this magazine is about the work that the Church does in Communication in one particular country, Brazil. With a surface twice the size of the European Union it is inhabited by the highest number of Catholics in the world, 134 million. These are just two indicators that, in some way or another, define the identity and influence the work of the communicators of the South American giant.

SIGNIS Media 1/2015.pdf: Peace in the Media

The contributors to this issue clearly agree on two points. First, that freedom of expression is a fundamental right that must be universally applied. Secondly, nothing can ever justify the persecution or murder of a human person for exercising this basic right. Yet in exercising our freedom to voice our opinion we reveal a fundamental choice that we make as professionals and as individuals.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2014.pdf

Each year, SIGNIS publishes a supplement to our magazine, SIGNIS Media, containing the list of films that have received a prize or a commendation during the previous year given by international juries with SIGNIS members. These juries are Catholic, ecumenical, interreligious, and interfaith.

SIGNIS Media 4/2014.pdf: Family & Media

In today’s media saturated world the transformative impact of media is both widespread and virtually instantaneous, making changes in our way of life inevitable. Yet this alteration is neither generic nor predictable. Our cultural diversity and especially our family values still determine the nature of the influence of our mediatized environment on our lives. Ultimately it is still the values we cultivate as individuals and as families that will determine our ability to meet not only the challenges but perhaps more importantly the opportunities that our inescapably mediatized world offers.

SIGNIS Media 3/2014.pdf: New Media, New Cultures?

This issue’s title highlights cultures (in the plural) and ends in a question mark (?). With a lot of focus on technologies we often forget that all communication is human and human communication is social. Cultures have always changed because there is always encounter with difference through communication. In today’s digital world these encounters may be more intensive and widespread than ever before, but there are still human encounters that require human adjustments to lifestyle, values, judgments and perceptions.

SIGNIS Media 2/2014.pdf: Building a ’Culture of Encounter’ through the Media

"Nowadays it is more important to recognize that it is not the answers but the questions which are important." The experience of the SIGNIS World Congress 2014 was an attempt in different ways to find out what the right questions were. In the plenaries and the workshops participants worked together to try and understand how best to respond to the challenge posed by the Congress theme: ‘Creating Images with the New Generation’.

SIGNIS Media 1/2014.pdf: Palmares 2013

Each year, SIGNIS publishes a supplement to our magazine, SIGNIS Media, containing the list of films that have received a prize or a commendation during the previous year given by international juries with SIGNIS members.

SIGNIS Media 4/2013.pdf: Emerging Cultures, a Challenge for the New Generation

The images we create of our society reflect the society we are. A culture of peace is built on the images that express our hopes and aspirations of a society at peace with itself. In our ever changing multimedia culture the speed of technological development, the emphasis on commercial growth and the democratization of the media environment poses immense challenges to society’s images of itself.

SIGNIS Media 3/2013.pdf: The Future of Journalism

Are we heading to a world of superficial journalism and subjective, un-researched news? In a global village that is ever more intertwined and complex, are news sources increasingly fickle? Where can we find trustworthy and reliable news? Social networking and citizen reporting has produced a virtual cacophony of quick and inexpensive news sources while in-depth investigative journalism seems to be squeezed out of the market. Yet the emerging culture of amplified and continuous communication also brings opportunities.

SIGNIS Media 2/2013.pdf: Media in the Middle East

The deafening blasts of violent conflict along with the smoke and blood images that fill our screens imprint upon us images of the Middle East and its peoples. Yet the region is much more than these stereotypical images portray. The rich culture, resilience, and traditional hospitality of this region, and especially the numerous voices of peace and tolerance often go unheard.

SIGNIS Media 1/2013.pdf: Media, Vulnerability and Poverty

Embroiled in the media attention to a “Global Economic Crisis”, we watch as banks are bailed out and entire national economies titter on the edge of collapse. Yet
millions on our planet are already over the “edge” living beyond the horizons of the threats of collapse, where crisis is the daily reality. Media at the service of a
Culture of Peace has no option but to give voice to the vulnerable.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2012.pdf

Each year, SIGNIS publishes a supplement to our magazine, SIGNIS Media, containing the list of films that have received a prize or a commendation during the previous year given by international juries with SIGNIS members.

SIGNIS Media 4/2012.pdf: 50 Years Vatican II - From Social Communication to Social Media

Half a century ago the Church turned a new page, a daring, ambitious and deeply hopeful page. The Second Vatican Council’s documents are legendary and prophetic. The Council opened great doors in communications and coined the phrase “social communications”. 50 years later as we face a World increasingly defined by media, “social communicators” need to revisit the legends of the past and seek their source of strength.

SIGNIS Media 3/2012.pdf: The Future of Religious Broadcasting in Europe

Is religion disappearing from media and daily life? The question is debatable but how religion and values are viewed in the media is definitely undergoing dramatic transformation. Europe has enjoyed a unique and rich history of religious and public broadcasting yet even here challenges are mounting in a global media landscape that is diverse and shifting.

SIGNIS Media 2/2012.pdf: Freedom of Speech and the Sacred

The Sacred is an area of deep human feelings, identity and belonging. With the Sacred the delicate balance between respect for others, freedom of expression and the right to challenge is never simple and nor should it be!

SIGNIS Media 1/2012.pdf: Media Shaping a Global and Sustainable World

Technology and creative social media have exploded the boundaries of our media experiences. The sheer quantity of information flow and discussions is often overwhelming. It is easy to be totally lost in the flow of information and new communications “toys”.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2011.pdf

Each year, SIGNIS publishes a supplement to our magazine, SIGNIS Media, containing the list of films that have received a prize or a commendation during the previous year given by international juries with SIGNIS members.

SIGNIS Media 4/2011.pdf: Human Rights and the Media

Human Rights, Freedom of the Press and the role of media in promoting Human Rights; navigating this central concern of human existence is difficult yet essential, especially for journalists, film and documentary producers, media executives and citizen producers of media.

SIGNIS Media 3/2011.pdf: Church Media in the Pacific

In this issue we look at the vast expanse of our planet that is Oceania (the Pacific) where traditional and digital mingle in cultures where physical contact is still as important if not more important than the virtual.

SIGNIS Media 2/2011.pdf: Cinema and Spirituality

SIGNIS has a very renowned tradition of appreciating the moving image dating back to 1928, valuing art in the image and highlighting how this art can transcend the superficial and reach deep into the human spirit. The beauty of cinema and image production can raise the human condition, affirming integral human dignity, celebrating our human diversity, nurture human solidarity and powerfully express the profound meaning in human life.

SIGNIS Media 1/2011.pdf: Community Media for Social Transformation

Out of the limelight of mainstream media, community media practitioners around the world still use very basic methods to empower marginalized communities through the sharing and communication of their local realities. New technology is making this easier and more democratic, but the task remains community communication that empowers.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2010.pdf

In 2010, international Catholic (SIGNIS), ecumenical and interreligious juries participated in over 41 international film and audiovisual festivals - 38 ‘real’ festivals, and 3 ‘virtual’.

SIGNIS Media 4/2010.pdf: Creating Images with the New Generation

The rich and powerful demand the right to control their media images. Now the new world of digital media offers unparalleled opportunities for children and young people to create their own stories and to assert themselves in demanding their image rights too.

SIGNIS Media 3/2010.pdf: Business, News Media and Democracy

The news media has been referred to as the “fourth estate”, it is clearly recognized as a driving force for democracy today. Yet most consumers of this important information are not aware of the background, the ingredients and the influences on the information they consume. In today’s mass market of digital information the need for media awareness and for informed and responsible information consumption is vital. Our struggle for a truly democratic and peaceful tomorrow depends on it.

SIGNIS Media 2/2010.pdf: Reinventing Television

We are living in an epoch of hyper flux and change, a moment in history that is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. Formally distinct and relatively autonomous media like television, radio and cinema are now constantly re-inventing themselves to reach out to an ever more demanding audience. Like the media they work with, communicators find themselves swimming in a flux of innovation.

SIGNIS Media 1/2010.pdf: Digital Generation

In 2001 a management consultant, Marc Prensky, coined the phrase ‘digital natives’ to characterize those who were born after 1980 and had grown up with the Internet. The Pope in 2009 even addressed his Communications Day message to the ‘digital generation’. The popularity of these terms illustrate how much the Internet has permeated every day life and how bewildering the pace of technological change can seem.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2009.pdf

In browsing this review of the work of SIGNIS members on Catholic ecumenical and inter faith juries in international film festivals in 2009, one finds that of the prize-winners and commendations Europe accounts for more than half, Asia for one quarter, Latin America about a tenth and North America another tenth, mostly independent
productions from the United States. It is notable that a great number of awarded films deal with the rights of children or the world of children.

SIGNIS Media 4/2009.pdf: Connecting People

“Connecting people” is a slogan used by the mobile phone company, Nokia. But it is also one of the primary tasks of SIGNIS as a global network of Catholic media professionals. The SIGNIS World Congress 2009 highlighted some of the challenges media professionals face as they try to turn that slogan into a reality.

SIGNIS Media 3/2009.pdf: Children’s Rights and the Media

We live in a global culture that celebrates ‘youth’, yet at the same time each day millions of children go hungry or are victims of violence and exploitation. Twenty years after the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the media still bring us stories and images that show how far these rights are from being universally realised. Yet, the same media also offer us, perhaps less often, stories of triumph over oppression and hope for the future.

SIGNIS Media 2/2009.pdf: Radio, TV, New Realities on the Net

The dramatic electoral victory of Barack Obama and the pioneering use of web 2.0 in his electoral campaign have sparked a flood of excitement about web 2.0 and media 2.0 (or new media) as tools for social transformation. Yet beyond the thrill of new technologies, software and gadgets the basis of good media for social transformation remains the same... CONTENT... CONTENT... CONTENT!!! Even in, and perhaps more than ever in, our era of web 2.0 and media 2.0 the need for good storytelling, value-oriented and trustworthy content is crucial.

SIGNIS Media 1/2009.pdf: Intercultural Dialogue in Europe

The tragic events of 9/11 sparked of a flurry of initiatives at all levels aimed at enhancing interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The invigorated global interest in this important dialogue is truly welcomed - BUT - will this interest be sustained over the long term needed for fruitful dialogue? Or will the energy and resources just fizzle out when political interest shifts? Authentic dialogue or rather today’s multilogue requires commitment to a perpetual ongoing process and not a one-time fix.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2008.pdf

Looking back to the work of SIGNIS members in Catholic (SIGNIS), Ecumenical or Interfaith juries at international film festivals in 2008, one notices that more than half of the awarded and commended films come from Europe, Latin America and Asia.

SIGNIS Media 4/2008.pdf: Media in Asia

The lack of information on children and media in Asia is indicative of the lack of the interest among the research community and the ruling classes about this issue. It is also indicative of the absence of an accepted policy regarding the use of mass media for children. There are signs that the matter is taken more and more seriously.

SIGNIS Media 3/2008.pdf: The Changing Media Landscape

As the media landscape is reshaped by the emergence of Internet, mobile phones and ‘new’ media, the multimedia companies face a new challenge. It is a challenge that SIGNIS and its members must also take up, in dialogue with all those who want a value-orientated media world.

SIGNIS Media 2/2008.pdf: Media, Conflict and Reconciliation

This issue highlights the growing recognition of the role of the media in conflict and reconciliation. We look at reconciliation in Australia, the efforts of a TV station in Lebanon, and the first Deutsche Welle Forum on “Media in Peace building and Conflict Prevention” and other stories.

SIGNIS Media 1/2008.pdf: Children’s Rights and the Media

In October 2009 SIGNIS will hold its World Congress in Chiangmai Thailand, on the theme “Media for a Culture of Peace: Children’s Rights, Tomorrow’s Promise”. Children are the promise of tomorrow; their rights and their perspective of the world they will inherit are the focus of this issue. Films for young Burundians in a country traumatized by years of conflict, Arabic Christian TV for Children in the Middle East, the rights of the Child and media in India, stories from across our globe where the next generation is being prepared for the day to day struggle of building and sustaining a Culture of Peace.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2007.pdf

In our complex and mixed society, cultural diversity has become a major issue. It teaches us to look at and understand others, and allows us to discover other perspectives of the world, everyday realities and spirituality. These different visions are expressed in films. Looking at the list of films that were awarded in 2007 a SIGNIS prize by Catholic, ecumenical or interreligious juries, one grasps the richness in the film world composed of works from so many cultures and horizons.

SIGNIS Media 4/2007.pdf: Media and Interfaith Dialogue

As media professionals working in radio, film and TV, SIGNIS is concerned with the audience and audience appeal. We often hear questions like: What is a religious programme or what is a Catholic programme and what kind of programmes should we promote? How do we express our faith in this complex multi-cultural and multi-faith world? How do we witness and build community with other faiths. The articles in this issue take a look at some concrete experiences in building community in our diversity.

SIGNIS Media 3/2007.pdf: Voice of the Voiceless, Face of the Faceless

Even when freedom of expression is not obviously under threat - some voices and some faces are often missing from or underrepresented in the media. These are the faces and voices of the less powerful, children, women, the poor, immigrants, refugees, religious, racial and social minorities, indigenous peoples, the peoples of the global South, and all who are deemed ‘outsiders’.

SIGNIS Media 2/2007.pdf: Children and Media: A Media Education Challenge

Our organization has always had the theme of the relationship between children and the media as one of its priorities. This is partly explained by the fact that in the 1950s OCIC was one of the founding members of CIFEJ. Today, many years later, the traditions of OCIC and Unda have come together in the work of SIGNIS which is, at present, experiencing an extraordinary flowering. This issue’s main story is the proof.

SIGNIS Media 1/2007.pdf: Spirituality and Popular Culture

As this issue of SIGNIS Media shows, popular media culture actually contains its own spiritual elements, however divorced these may be from conventional religion. Today, the biggest rock group in the world, U2, promotes an overtly spiritual message. And Hollywood continues to be fascinated with spiritual and otherworldly themes.

SIGNIS Media Palmares 2006.pdf

All the SIGNIS, Ecumenical and Interfaith Awards of the year in Film and Television Festivals around the world.

SIGNIS Media 4/2006.pdf: The iPod Era: Radio and TV on the Internet

The audiovisual world has changed radically over the past five years. From a culture of distinct "media", we have plunged into an era of "products", which are integrating the various media: it’s impossible today to think of a TV broadcast without its corresponding web audio and video feeds, and perhaps even downloads to a mobile phone or an iPod. This is a challenge for Catholic producers.

SIGNIS Media 3/2006.pdf: Understanding the TV Audience

The biggest challenge facing Catholic and other religious TV stations and producers is this: religious programmes appeal primarily to the already religiously committed but most promoters and supporters of religious TV programmes want them to reach the uncommitted and non-religious!

SIGNIS Media 2/2006.pdf: Controversy and Religion

The fact that press, television and cinema tycoons make money out of religious subjects, is not new (see our cover story)... The point is not to become caught up in the workings of these moneymaking machines. So it was surprising to see Churches sometimes reacting stridently to the film The Da Vinci Code .

SIGNIS Media 1/2006.pdf: A Look at the Future of SIGNIS

At the end of 2005 SIGNIS organized its first World Congress. The participants, representatives of the six regions and the International group, came with their experiences of four years reflection around the theme of Media for a Culture of Peace. Members active in cinema, internet, radio, TV production and media education not only
presented and evaluated the results of their work in these fields but also used them as a basis to plan future priorities. This first World Congress of SIGNIS gave a good insight into the way the organization is developing.

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