"Communicating from the margins" means to support existing Catholic media (playing a marginal role in Lithuanian media market) to reach out to wider parts of society and to become an integral part in the public discourse of our society.

Diana Adomaitiené is project manager of the Lithuanian Catholic Media Expansion Programme, currently implemented by the Lithuanian Church Chronicle Foundation, with the support of Renovabis and CAMECO. Her substantial professional experience in media began at the local station Kaunas+ TV, where she hosted the show “Prestižas” (Prestige). After six months, Diana was recruited by the national station LNK, to present the daily morning show “Ryto ratas” (Morning circle), and later the prime time “Dar ne varkaras” (It’s not evening yet).

Diana’s radio experience includes hosting the daily live show “Kaunas šiandien” (Kaunas today) at KF, and the Radio Maria talk show “Pašauke mane ” (I was called), for which she received an award from the Lithuanian Church Chronicle Foundation, recognising her professional contribution to the work of Radio Maria. She publishes articles on the main Lithuanian internet portals, and was part of the communication team during the papal visit to the country, in 2018.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means to me that without utopia there is no hope, so let us insist on using "The Word" to awaken solidarity, and promote justice and equity.

Lourdes Barrezueta is a social communicator, and a specialist in communication management and design and execution of communication strategies. She works with marginal urban, rural and indigenous populations, and has been a trainer for the Latin American Association of Radio Education (ALER), and the Deutsche Welle Akademie.

She has extensive experience in issues related to human rights, child labour, violence against women, and environment protection. As a social researcher, she has focused on systematizing project experinces & methodologies and audience studies.

Lourdes is currently the director of the project Strengthening the Economic Sustainability of Local Media in Peru, a joint initiative of TV Cultura, the Coordinadora National de Communicación (CNC, formerly Coordinadora Nacional de Radio) and CAMECO.

I believe marginalized people need to feel the presence of people who look at them as friends and brothers. They are eager to share their lives, stories and values with someone who is ready to listen to them and create with them a positive process of communication.

Noemi Bergamin is a Daughter of St. Paul. She was a missionary in Tanzania, where she experienced the kindness and wisdom of local people and their values.

In 1976, she was sent to Latin America, where she spent 32 years in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. She had the opportunity to collaborate with UNDA (now Signis) in mass media training sessions, and collaborated with local Church radios. From 1995 onward, she has been part of a team of Pauline sisters who coordinated, promoted and planned continental pastoral activities.

Since 2008, she lives in Rome and offers her expertise at the service of missionary sisters dealing with new demanding projects in need of donor agency support.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means to me: Give a voice to the voiceless.

Michel Beuret has been the Editorial Manager of Fondation Hirondelle since June 2018. After studying history and political science, the journalist began his career in print media in 1994 at the Nouveau Quotidien, which became Le Temps, and five years later as reporter and head of the international department for the magazine L'Hebdo. In 2010, Michel Beuret joined Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) as an international reporter and became their permanent correspondent in Paris.

Michel has covered some fifteen conflicts in Europe (former Yugoslavia), the Middle East (Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria), Africa (Sudan, Sierra Leone, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Libya, Mali), Afghanistan and Colombia. The status of displaced civilians, migrants or refugees is at the heart of his work. Michel’s travels in the Arab-Muslim but also Persian, Jewish and Christian areas testify to the importance of religion in the societies concerned and the significance of dialogue.

“Communicating from and with the margins” means finding communication that empowers those at the “margins” to communicate while developing structures for the “centres” to change.

Stephen Brown has been a member of the global board of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) since 2011 and has been treasurer of WACC since 2015; he has been president of WACC Europe since 2016.

He is currently editor of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches, and was managing editor of the global ecumenical news agency, Ecumenical News International.

"Communicating from the margins" is a challenge to top down communication and allows a context to express itself facing any power communication game.

Fabrizio Colombo is an Italian Comboni Missionary. From 1999 to 2005, he was director of Audiovisual Service for Education (Save), a multimedia production center in Sarh (Chad). He created the country’s first digital recording studio, producing various recordings of African artists, including Chad’s first hip-hop artists. From 2000 to 2005, he was director of Radio Lotiko, a diocesan community radio for development in Sarh (Chad). Back in Italy, he took over responsibility for Nigrizia Multimedia (NIMEDIA), a multimedia production center in Verona for radio, video and music on African issues, and the African Film Festival of Verona, as artistic director.

From 2014 to 2018, he directed SIGNIS Services Rome, accompanying community media projects, especially in Africa. For more than ten years, he collaborated with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), as member of the jury, as assistant director, and as director. Since 2008, he works at the Center for Research and Education in Communication (CREC) based in Lyon (France), training communicators in many countries in the world.

Mons. Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré is the bishop of Dori in the northeast of Burkina Faso and the current president of the Bishops’ Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger. Very active in the peace-building process in Burkina Faso, he is the legal representative of the interfaith dialogue association Union Fraternelle des croyants (UFC) of Dori.

Jeremy Druker is the executive director of Transitions (TOL), one of Central and Eastern Europe's leading media development organizations, and editor in chief of TOL's flagship publication, Transitions Online. He is also founder/CEO of Press Start, the first global crowdfunding platform designed to support journalists in countries where the press cannot report freely. Jeremy is a former chairman of the board of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic, and a member of the supervisory board of the Czech Journalism Prizes, the "Czech Pulitzers." Jeremy has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in Prague, which he has called home for almost 25 years.

“Communicating from and with the margins” means to me to finally practice the step to grant access to education and the right to communication to everybody; from the people for the people through reaching local as well as global audiences and decision makers.

Christian Görtz is an international media consultant and filmmaker with fourteen years of experience in social political projects in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. A trainer and educator specialising in participatory video projects, he employs extensive communication skills and experienced intercultural competence as a passionate team-leader and motivator.

Christian founded Minibus Media in 2004, and has since produced a wealth of documentary films and video-clips, and coordinated and realised various participatory video projects in Berlin and Africa. Amongst other productions, the documentary, “The Making of a President” was filmed in Malawi, in 2004. In Angola, in 2009, he coordinated and documented a photo-journalist team of the partner organisation Omunga, covering the parliamentary elections. Also in Angola, from 2009 to date, Christian has annually facilitated various participatory video projects on topics such as forced evictions, housing demolition, millennium development goals, participatory monitoring and evaluations, institutional video production, community journalism, capacity building through training of trainers, etc.

Julia Krojer graduated from the Graphic School of Vienna, in photography and audiovisual media. A photograph she took for the series "School - A Way Out of Child Labor in Nigeria" was nominated for the Hörbiger Culture Award. Julia travelled to various countries in Africa and worked in the field of public relations for several international NGOs, during and following her studies of International Development, at the University of Vienna, Austria and Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

She was seconded from Bread for the World as a peace worker to Sierra Leone, from 2011 until 2017. With the Civil Peace Service Network of the Mano River Region, Julia carried out numerous media projects, such as radio programs and films, and published articles in the field of peace journalism. Since 2015, Julia has been active for, working on various short film projects in West Africa.

Solana Larsen is the Editor of Mozilla’s Internet Health Report.

Formerly, she was managing editor of Global Voices, a community of writers and translators reporting on citizen media and digital activism worldwide. She is Danish-Puerto Rican and based in Germany.

We cannot keep quiet when the poor and marginalized people are suffering.

Mary John Mananzan is a Missionary Benedictine Sister, born in 1937 in the Philippines. At the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, she gained a summa cum laude doctorate degree in philosophy, and at the Wilhelms University in Münster, a degree in missiology. A noted theologian and author, Sister Mary John served as president of St Scholastica’s College, as prioress of the Manila priory of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters, and as national chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines. She founded and is director of Institute of Women's Studies in Manila. Sister Mary John’s talk show on Filipino TV “NunSense makes sense”, hosts guests who address human rights violations.  In her autobiography, NunSense – The spiritual journey of a feminist activist nun she reflects on her life and spiritual journey, her political awakening and decision to support labour protests, standing up for justice, truth and social transformation.

Jörg Nowak studied journalism at the Wilhelmsuniversität in Münster. He publishes articles and reports in media like Kontinente, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung etc. For the press department of missio he in charge of media work, TV and campaigns.

Donatas Ramonas has a background of over 15 years of experience in international business consultancy and training. He participated in training measures and seminars in Princeton, Chicago, London, Vienna, Stockholm and Oslo, at universities and consultancy companies.

In 2011, Donatas founded CRC Consulting, a management consultancy firm based in Vilnius, with clients from various sectors, providing professional guidance in fields such as Strategy Development, Post-merger Integration, Strategic Project and Program Management, and Development of Sales Competencies. Furthermore, Donatas also serves as a board member for several Lithuanian organisations.

“Communicating from and with the margins” means to me finding new, creative ways and technologies that let the power of stories speak for themselves, building connections and enabling participation.

Pia Schröder is a communications officer at Misereor, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation, and is responsible for online and social media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German Studies, Communication and Media Studies from Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf.

She completed her Master’s degree in Digital Media Communication at the RWTH Aachen University. In her final thesis, she examined the form and function of memes – focusing in particular on their use in the digital age. Before joining the communications team at Misereor, she worked in an agency for digital analytics and web intelligence on the marketing and optimisation of online products.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means to me giving a voice to the voiceless and opening windows to the world.

Juliana Sfeir is the Brand Manager of SAT-7 Academy, and an executive producer of all the programmes tailored for the Sat 7 social media platforms, as well as those produced for the channel SAT-7 ARABIC and for the educational block on SAT-7 KIDS.

Together with her team, she won the prize for human rights in journalism granted by the Centre Libanais des droits de l’Homme (CLDH) in 2013, for submitting the public service announcements related to the social impact campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), “Inclusion of persons with disability” and “Female Head of Households”.

Her film on the right of Lebanese mothers to pass on their nationality to their children, “Rough Ragged Road”, was nominated at the Baghdad International Film Festival and was shown in private screenings during the Dubai International Film Festival in in 2011- 2012.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means to me that positive impact in doing social activism is possible if one deeply understands the circumstances and feelings of the marginalised and by involving them as actice participants not only as beneficiaries.

Joseph Sekiku holds a diploma in philosophy and ecclesiastical studies, and a BA from the Pontifical Urbanian University Rome. Christian formation sensitised him to inequalities within communities. Joseph established a demonstration farm in Karagwe, a small town with a population of 40,000 in Tanzania, promoting effective farming methods to generate higher income, and developing entrepreneurial methods to manage harvests and access markets.

Pioneering a number of transformations, Joseph created the first email account in Karagwe, ultimately connecting hundreds of farmers and the entire town with the outside world. Joseph was instrumental in establishing FADECO (Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation). FADECO’s mission is “working for sustainable development of the grassroots communities to alleviate poverty and improve standards of living”. Operational since 2007, FADECO Community Radio combines radio productions with social activism: such as sensitisation for marginalised groups, including people with albinism or disabilities.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means to me being convinced that everybody's voice matters for holistic development, we need to be intentional and deliberate despite the challenges.

Margaret Bukirwa Sentamu holds an MA in Women and Gender Studies and has lectured at the University of Nairobi, and Uganda’s Management Institute (Kampala). She also worked with the Nation Media Group (Nairobi), Uganda’s Broadcasting Services, and the Inter Press Africa. Margaret is Executive Director of Uganda Media Women’s Association, UMWA, parent organization to Africa’s first women-focused radio station, 101.7 Mama FM, established 18 years ago, and The Other Voice publication, founded in 1997.

Enhancing communication rights of women, persons with disabilities and other minority groups in Uganda, she leads community-based initiatives and communication strategies to raise awareness on issues such as HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, the disability rights movement, civil and political rights, and sexual and reproductive health issues. Active in the Gender Media Movement, she published several studies, produced training material and Uganda’s first Training Guide on Gender and Media. In 2017, Margaret founded the Annual Gender Media Awards in Africa.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means being able – in all aspects – to receive and share information and opinions with equality, respect and dignity.

Sara Speicher is Deputy General Secretary of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) with over 20 years experience in religious and non-profit communication and management, with an emphasis on strategic organisational and advocacy communication.

Over the last 15 years as an independent consultant, she has worked for leading international organisations such as the World Council of Churches, International Catholic Migration Commission, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, The Lutheran World Federation, Caritas Internationalis and World AIDS Campaign.

"Communicating from and with the margins" means to me offering relevant, diverse, checked and comprehensive information to all people, thus giving them the opportunity to build their own viewpoints and preparing to make decisions at local, regional, national and global levels.

Christoph Spurk is a lecturer and media researcher at the Institute of Applied Media Studies at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. He mainly conducts research on quality of journalism and communication in Africa, and on the influence of mass media on the democratisation process.

He works in advancing the methods of evaluation in media support, measuring results in communication efforts and mass media programmes, and supporting media development organisations in monitoring and evaluation. He has carried out research for and worked with Deutsche Welle Academy, Swiss Development Cooperation, Fondation Hirondelle, UNESCO, and many African universities. Recently, he started to apply multi-method research approaches in efforts to measure media’s impact in fragile contexts.