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This page will be used by learners on TECH3501 to identify and share information about International Community Media Projects.


This section is edited by Benjamin Cree.

Ben's blog post can be found here.


Internews' logo

Internews is an international organisation that was set up in 1982. Internews trains local citizens in the media and the skills associated to help them report, produce and manage media content such as journalism, film and radio. They have helped over 100 countries over 35 years and has established sustainable organisations who provide information, livelihood and social change to the masses. Internews is a founding member of the Internews International, an umbrella orgainsation. Internews Europe, the European branch of Internews was founded in 1995.

How Internews keeps afloat financially is primarily through donations by the public and grants by the government. Internews Europe however, are financed by grants and contracts through European donor governments, the European Commission, Agencies in the UN, and private charitable foundations within Europe aswell as individuals.


Internews tackles with a variety of issues all over the world. Therefore, their goals are to do with tackling these issues and they are:

  • Environment - Internews established the Earth Journalism Network to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage.
  • Governance & Transparency - To support watchdog investigations and independent media, Internews trains journalists in investigative reporting to help them report a different perspective that the mainstream media neglects and the government fails to address.
  • Health - Internews uses their information and resources to reach global health services.
  • Humanitarian - During a humanitarian crisis, information is crucial. Internews has estabilished their own Humanitarian Information Services to establish two-way communication channels between local media, aid providers and local people to provide information and updates.
  • Technology & Data - To keep up to date with today's growing digital technologies, Internews publishes a weekly publication called Global Digital Download. Global Digital Download highlights internet trends in social and digital media, internet freedom and more.
  • Underrepresented Groups - Internews works to prioritize the needs of the most information vulnerable (LGBT, disabled, religious minorities) to reduce the digital divide and support the inclusion of moderate voices in the countries where they work.
  • Women & Youth - Internews has worked with local partners to develop programs that cover under-reported topics and bring women and girls into conversations about the environment, politics, and the economy.


All of Internews outcomes can be found in their stories section on their website. A few of their outcomes include:

Storytelling resilence in Haiti

After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in October 2016, Internews collaborated with Ayibopost (a popular Haiti blogging platform) to collect information and report the damage. Antonio Saintyl, a baker who lives in Haiti was affected by the hurricane. Antonio received help from an audience who read his story on Ayibopost to rebuild his livelihood. Jetry Dumont, co-founder of Ayibopost comments on Antonio's story and the response by the general public “When you allow the person to talk, to make his voice count, it’s very powerful. Especially in troubled times like these it’s very powerful.” This is a positive example of how the local media can provide humanitarian relief and rebuilding.

Online Communities as Local Media

The residents and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Ukraine use a Russia-based network similar to Facebook to share their concerns and issues. Aswell as communicating with the "opposite side" in the Ukrainian conflict to discuss options for peace. Internews has been monitoring this situation and launched a poll in two IDP groups on Vkontakte, asking which source of information they use to get news about their homeland. 60% of them get information from their relatives and friends and 34% rely on city groups on social media. This shows that the civilians will trust social media more than their own local media outlet.


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BBC Media Action

This section is edited by Sam Jones.


BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We use the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights. Their aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world.

They work in partnership with broadcasters, governments, non-governmental organisations and donors to share reliable, timely and useful information. They reach over 200 million people in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe through their debate shows, dramas, radio and TV programmes, public service announcements, mobile phone services and face-to-face communication.

They also provide mentoring and training for journalists and development professionals. An extensive research and evaluation process underpins all that we do; it strengthens their work, helps them to evaluate impact and reach and increasingly contributes to the exchange of ideas in the policy sphere. Their overarching goal is to help people make sense of events, engage in dialogue and take action to improve their lives.


The three key areas they look at are: -

  • Governance and Rights – Enabling people to hold their leaders to account
  • Health – Providing lifesaving information and shifting social norms
  • Resilience and Humanitarian – Responding to emergencies and building resilience


Nepal Earthquake 2015

In emergencies - information is just as important as food, water and shelter. Our teams in Sierra Leone, Nepal and Bangladesh are currently working with humanitarian and media agencies to deliver vital information to people affected by a series of deadly floods, helping them survive, cope and recover. In April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal. Within hours, we were working with the BBC Nepali Service to get life-saving information to people in need. Within a week, we launched Milijuli Nepali (Together Nepal) a weekly radio show giving people affected by the earthquake practical information about where to find help and how to stay safe and healthy.

Using radio to support child health in Afghanistan

“In rural areas, access to health professionals is limited and for cultural reasons some women in Afghanistan can’t leave their house” says Ghamai's presenter, Shabana Mohammadzai. “Radio helps bring doctors into people’s homes.”

Ghamai (meaning ‘jewel’ in Pashto) is a weekly radio show featuring drama, special reports and interviews with health experts to help give families in Afghanistan information to keep their families happy and healthy. The programme, broadcast on the BBC World Service and local radio stations, covers a range of topics each week including vaccinations, nutrition and breastfeeding.’


Home Website

Contact page





BBC Media Action

This section is edited by Lau Wai Kei Rosamond.

Internews' logo


‘Our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world.’

BBC Media Action uses all kinds of media and communication from mass media to face-to-face outreach as well as training and capacity building to tackle poverty and support long-term change in some of the poorest places in the world. The aim is to empower vulnerable and marginalised people to make informed choices and take action to make a lasting positive difference to their own lives. They have special expertise in working in fragile and conflict-affected societies where political, security or other factors mean that media is one of the few options available to reach and engage marginalised groups.

They believe in the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights. Their aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. They help people make sense of events, engage in dialogue and take action to improve their lives.



Trust is a founding principle of BBC Media Action. They are open and transparent. Integrity is core to theirr ways of working.


Their audiences are at the heart of all we do. They include the journalists and others we train, as well as listeners and viewers. Their work is built on insights from our research and engagement with communities. They enable people to share their views and ideas, providing access to those whose voices are often unheard.


They find appropriate, creative and cost-effective solutions that achieve lasting impact, by bringing together people, ideas, professionalism and expertise from development and media.


Creativity flows through their organisation. Whether using drama or debate, training journalists, or providing information to people affected by disasters, their responses are pragmatic but also innovative and imaginative. They work in some of the world's most challenging places with tenacity, creativity and skill to deliver long-term positive change.


They respect each other, their partners and their audiences. They encourage diversity. Wherever they work they look at the cultural context to see what the solution might be. They aim to be open, honest and fair.

Working together

Long-term change comes through working in partnership. They know that media is only part of the solution. They listen, learn and share, aiming to build capacity both among their colleagues and beyond. Their work enables dialogue and creates space for people to think, speak and participate.

What do they do


  • understand audiences’ needs, attitude and media and communication habits

Capacity strengthening

  • to produce high-quality, editorially robust and engaging content that related to the needs of the audience of local and national media organisations
  • seek to enhance capacity among partner organisations to work with media and communications to improve development outcomes
  • aim to support long-term, lasting change for audiences

Production and dissemination of media content

  • to produce a wide range of media content;
  • allow the audience to understand that different formats serve different purposes and can influence audiences in many ways

(including TV shows, mobile phones, radio call-in, public service advertisement etc.)


Governance and Rights

A free and diverse media rooted in a strong culture of independent journalism is a cornerstone of effective governance. In many of the countries where we work, media is often a positive force for democratic change and governance. However, it is also sometimes polarised and partisan, reinforcing prejudice and fuelling division, failing to empower people or improve accountability because it is operating under strong state or other factional influence or exercising self-censorship. Strengthened accountability, a reduction in violent conflict and improved political and social inclusion can contribute to poverty reduction and help create more equal societies where everyone has a voice in decisions about their future.


BBC Media Action uses media and communication to help people to improve their health. We work with our partners to provide health information and encourage discussion to build people’s knowledge and skills and to shift unsupportive attitudes and norms. We also use media to provide a space to hold to account those providing health services and developing health policies.

Resilience and Humanitarian

BBC Media Action uses media and communication to help people respond positively to severe challenges. In particular, we aim to increase people’s ability to secure food and water, improve their economic opportunities, and reduce the risk of disaster. We also help people to survive and cope with humanitarian crises. We do this by providing information, supporting dialogue, exploring attitudes and social norms, and motivating people to take action.



A free and diverse media rooted in a strong culture of independent journalism is a cornerstone of effective governance. Media can provide one of the most effective guarantors of a government’s accountability to its people and can act as a key check on corruption. Media and communication shape how societies inform themselves and how people exercise their vote and voice. However, in many of the fragile societies where BBC Media Action works, media can become co-opted, polarised and partisan, sometimes reinforcing prejudice or fuelling division. Through its policy and evidence work in the governance sphere, BBC Media Action enables development actors, and especially governance actors, to have a better understanding of the role and impact of media and communication on strengthening (or sometimes undermining) government accountability, reducing (and sometimes fuelling) tension and conflict and improving (and sometimes diminishing) political and social inclusion.


They are using TV, radio, mobile phones and community engagement (outreach) in our work in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and South Sudan to encourage pregnant women to go for antenatal care visits from a skilled health worker; prepare for birth and deliver with a skilled birth attendant. Their work also informs audiences about how to look after a just-born baby, how to feed infants and young children appropriately and how to prevent life-threatening diseases through immunisation. In Cambodia, Zambia and Bangladesh, they are helping young people look after their sexual health and understand their reproductive rights.

Resilience and humanitarian

BBC Media Action provides Lifeline information and communication to help people survive and cope with humanitarian crises. They prepare agencies to communicate better with people affected by emergencies and we share our learnings through our policy work. BBC Media Action supports the Communication for Disaster Affected Communities Network (CDAC), which it helped create in 2008. Their Executive Director sits on the board and we help deliver activities and offer strategic advice. They are participating in the World Health Organisation’s external review group of experts to develop guidelines on building national capacities to communicate risks during public health emergencies. They also participate in a working group convened by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, led by the World Food Programme, to improve communication between humanitarian responders, citizens and governments to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.


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Cultural Survival

This section is edited by Rebecca Hardy.

International Community Media Projects - Cultural Survival
Research by Rebecca Hardy into International Community Media Projects, with focus on the non-profit organisation Cultural Survival. Includes embedded video presentation.

About Cultural Survival

Cultural Survival Logo

Cultural Survival has been defending human rights of indigenous peoples since 1972, their work is nonprofit and they use community media as a way to empower communities of indigenous peoples around the world. Cultural Survival use community radio to encourage indigenous peoples to express their opinions and raise issues that effect indigenous communities while also developing skills including broadcasting, audio editing and journalism. Cultural Survival provide grants and training to give indigenous people, including youth groups, the opportunity to have a voice. Radio is a popular choice as it is free and widespread so access is easy which makes it a key medium to reach indigenous communities. Radio can be broadcast in native indigenous languages and Cultural Survival uses this to be inclusive to different indigenous communities.

Indigenous-produced programming strengthens Indigenous peoples’ capacity to claim their rights... - Cultural Survival


• Website -

• Facebook - Cultural Survival

• Twitter - @CSORG

• Instagram - Cultural Survival

Khawaja Garib Nawaz

This section is edited by Riaz Adam.

Khawaja Garib Nawaz

Link to the blog: ICMP - Khawaja Garib Nawaz & Blog in March about Khawaja Garib Nawaz

Website -DargahAjmer

Twitter -@KhawajaAjmer

Facebook - DaragahAjmer

Pinterest - GharibNawaz

YouTube 5 Minute Video - Community Media Leadership - Riaz Adam Component A

About Khawaja Gharib Nawaz

Many different communities come to Khawaja Gharib Nawaz to visit the shrine of Hazart Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (RA) [1] Who was a famous teacher/preacher)


The Services that Khawaja Gharib Nawaz provide are:

• Sufies, Dervesh and Aulia Allah started the custom of arranging Langars (free distribution) of food for all the makhlooks (mankind) and this is now considered as one of the biggest charity one can offer.

• Make it possible for people to participate in all the activities of Dargah Shareef. The activities include milad (Gatherings)

• Make arrangement for donating a room for people visiting the Dargah Sharief - People believe Khawaja Baba’s blessings can cure any disease, business or personal problems.

Khawaja Gharib Nawaz is open to everyone from rich to poor, there isn’t an expectation that you need to have to be visiting the place. You do not need to be a certain religion, you do not need to be a certain ethnicity, and you do not need to speak a specific language to enter the place. The place is open 24/7 and can be visited whenever you want to. The location of the place is India Ajmer and is one of the most visited place in the world.(It has been estimated that around 150,000 pilgrims visit the site every day) [2] The community is very diverse. At the place there is free food for everyone who wants to eat. The feed people twice a day, once for lunch and dinner and there’s no limit to the food. You do not need to be a certain type to eat at this place, so this is a very good place for the less unfortunates to come and eat every day.

Cultural Survival

This section is edited by Atanas Doykov.

  1. Cultural Survival – how a community media project can help save the indigenous cultures from extinction
  2. Cultural Survival Video Summary


The Organisation

The logo of Cultural Survival.
Cultural Survival is an indigenous-led, non-profit organization with an international outreach, that supports and empowers indigenous peoples and advocates for their human and cultural rights.


Empowering indigenous communities through community radio.
  1. Advocacy
    • Raising international awareness of the issues indigenous peoples face.
    • Enhancing the capacity of indigenous communities to demand and assert their rights outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
    • Training and supporting Indigenous leaders to effectively participate in the international human rights system.
  2. Community Media

Other Activities

  1. Grant-making - various funds to support indigenous people's community media, advocacy, and development projects.
  2. The Cultural Survival Quarterly - A magazine about indigenous cultures, news, and issues.
  3. Bazaars - A series of cultural festivals where Indigenous artists, cooperatives, and their representatives from around the world can sell their work to the US public.


  1. Website -
  2. Facebook Page - Cultural Survival
  3. Twitter - @CSORG
  4. Instagram - cultural_survival

SEED Foundation

This section is edited by Fishy, Swee Yee, Lim.

Link to blogpost and video summary about SEED Foundation: SEED Foundation: Empowering Transgender in Malaysia


The logo of SEED Foundation.

SEED Foundation is the first Trans-Led community-based organisation in Malaysia. The foundation was officially registered in 2014. Little do people know, SEED was actually established since 2007 and the centre has been a beacon of hope for the disenfranchised community of Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur – from the homeless and poor to the sex workers, HIV sufferers and not to forget, the transgender community. The premise or people also called it Drop-in Centre (DIC), not only functions as a place where those socially excluded can rest, eat, shower and wash their clothes – the basic human necessities that these people were not able to access to – but also a HOME where they can get a sliver of humanity, kindness and love, in their harsh existence.

The Courageous Woman behind SEED

Nisha Ayub, The Founder of SEED Foundation.

SEED is founded by Nisha Ayub, a leading human rights defender on LGBTQ rights in Malaysia. She was the first Malaysian transgender woman to receive the prestigious International Women of Courage Award from US Secretary of State in 2016, one of her most notable feats. Alongside with that, she is also 2015 recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism from Human Right Watch. Both awards honoured people who work with exceptional courage and demonstrate leadership in defending human rights, gender equality and women empowerment, often in dangerous situations and at great personal sacrifice.

Recently, Nisha was announced as the top three finalists for Transgender Hero category in HERO Awards, an annual GALA World AIDS Day taking place in Bangkok’s British Embassy, which acknowledges outstanding service to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, and to the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities.

"There is no such thing as transgender rights or LGBT rights. It’s all human rights … We are fighting for freedom of expression, freedom of assembling, freedom of identity. It’s the same to apply to other people, to other cisgender people." – Nisha Ayub in Her World, 2017

SEED's Mission

  1. Provide access to safe space for the marginalised community, regardless of race, gender and religion
  2. Support sustainable livelihoods by developing the skills and capacity of the key affected populations for better sustainable life
  3. Advocate for health, lifecare and rights for the community, including homeless, HIV-positive people, sex workers and transgender people

Always staying true to its motto – 'Nobody Gets Left Behind', SEED is continuously seeking new ways of sourcing for funding and resources to support the marginalised community and open new possibilities towards the betterment of their lives.

SEED's Most Recent Activity

One of the most recent works from SEED was establishing a permanent shelter for elderly transgender people, whom the foundation referred as “the most socially excluded community in Malaysia.” Known as SEED T-Home, the project marked another milestone for SEED Foundation. With this, the organisation continues to believe that “HOME” for the transgender people is always the priority and that they will relentlessly pursue the building of better and sustainable environment for the marginalised community in Malaysia.


  1. Website
  2. Facebook
  3. Nisha's Facebook

Mama Fm 101.7

  1. This section is edited by Alexander Obi
  2. Blog[3]
  3. Presentation


Mama Fm 101.7 Promotional material
  1. 101.7 Mama FM is the first women’s station in Africa set up by Uganda Media Women’s Association, seeking to promote developmental interactive communication with the goal of engaging and empowering under-served and underrepresented communities in central Uganda. Our target listeners are particularly women between the active age of 15-45 and the general public. Mama FM broadcasts a mix of educative and entertainment programs, news and sports bulletins, flavored with music and live calls into talk shows with a reliable fan base. The dominant language used is Luganda. Through Mama FM, women and other marginalized groups have had an opportunity to get their voices heard.

Mission Statment

The logo of Mama Fm 101.7 .
  1. Contribute towards empowering individuals and marginalised communities, especially women, by promoting their concerns and increasing their participation in the local and national development programs.
  2. Have the concerns and voices of the less privileged in society take centre stage in the Uganda mass media for a fair and just world.


  1. Provide, disseminate and exchange development messages for discussion and feedback;
  2. Re-awaken among communities a sense of duty and social responsibility.
  3. Provide a platform for expression those who have been in significant in the existing media, ie. women and youth;
  4. Provide good governance, democracy observance of individual human rights and peace;
  5. Advocate and lobby for gender balance in communities at different levels of decision-making both in government and the private sector;
  6. Help communities preserve and live harmoniously with their environment.


  1. Participatory
  2. Communication
  3. Transparency and Accountability
  4. DemocracyVoluntarism
  5. NetworkingSharing
  6. TeamworkSisterhood


  1. Equal opportunities through empowerment and professional skills development
  2. Justice through fairness in treatment of women and other diversities
  3. Recognition of women’s contribution
  4. Love and respect

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica

By Ayanna Nembhard-Brown.

Presentation (5mins)



Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica is a public educational campaign to keep Jamaica clean and tidy. It was founded in February 2015 as part of the Clean Coast project which is in partnership with Tourism Enhancement Funds and Jamaica Environment Trust.


  1. Encourage the Jamaican citizens to engage in the project.
  2. Set up clean-up activities around the country for the citizens to participate in.
  3. Educate people on the impact of poorly handles waste on public health and the environment.
  4. To gain more supporters to create a greater impact.


The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica project has came across many achievements such as: -

  1. Being able to take 580 secondary school students in Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay on a field trip to the marine conservation.
  2. 8 under water sites in Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay received 16 clean ups.
  3. A debris containment boom (a large net) was set up at the front of a waterway in Montego Bay to collect floating waste.
  4. On Earth Day was created. It is an annual event which takes place in Jamaica and aimed at the tourist, it allows them to help clean up Jamaica.
  5. Hosted the Jamaica carnival 2017 and a few parties for festive seasons such as Christmas.
  6. Scheduled daily clean ups across Jamaica.
  7. Distributed 300 garbage bins.








  1. Community media development Blog Link :
  1. Kyle(Mengke Wan)

Accion Latina

This section will be edited by Leah Wright

Accion Latina is a community media group in San Francisco, they run a newspaper which was one of the first bilingual papers in San Francisco. They also run events to engage the public in the issues faced by the Latino community in San Francisco.

Blog for Accion Latina [[4]]

Fundacion Mapfre

This section is edited by Trent Jarvis

Fundacion Mapfre is an international organisation that has a focus on aiding with peoples' well beings as well as committing to expanding on social progress, they have been working for over forty years and have helped communities in numerous countries such as Spain, Brazil, Mexico etc.

Blog for Fundacion Mapfre [[5]]

5 minute video about Fundacion Mapfre [[6]]

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

This section will be edited by Ashneet Sandhu

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) was founded in 2001. They are committed to promoting access to community media for rural people in Bangladesh as they are the Bangladesh sector body for community broadcasting and their media sector. They help people to establish and develop community based media for empowerment, cultural expression, education, information and entertainment for those without a voice. They do this by (co)creating and helping run various programs related to community media. Community Radio has now become a predominant part for them.

They offer support, advice and information to anyone with an interest in the sector of Community Media. They also support various organisations and programs that base themselves around community media like community film, community radio and community television. The BNNRC has brought together groups, individuals and established organisations within the sector.

So far they have established a monthly Community Media Newsletter to share development news & building capacity for the Community Media sector in Bangladesh as well as the Community Media Academy (CMA), Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Radio Movement in Bangladesh and Community Radio Help Desk 24×7. They have now also started to advocate with the Bangladesh Government to start up Community Television for Development.


Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communications number one aim is to make sure that those from rural backgrounds have easy, quick and low cost access to global communication so that they are up to date and gain knowledge.


Their objectives are:

1. to have community radio recognised widely

2. to showcase how important community television and community film is for various reasons such as increasing volunteering, education and employment opportunities

3. improving local accountability and democracy

4. reducing the digital divide through providing access to ICT and media production skills to rural disadvantaged communities to support them and help them increase their abilities within the sector.

BNNRC Social Media Accounts






Link to blog post and video summary (

Wyoming Community Media (WCM)

This section is edited by Gerhard Haas.


This blogpost contains a short video about a survey of international community media projects. The research focuses on the Wyoming Community Media (WCM) project which serves the indigenous Cheyenne community near Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA.


Indigenous Cheyenne Tribe

The focus of the Wyoming International Community Media Project (WCM) is mainly on media production in all of its forms and expressions. The project aims to preserve the Arapaho language through storytelling, for instance, in a 360-degree virtual reality environment. The objective is to make the oral Arapaho language relevant to young people who are mainly connected to games and the internet and thus are prone to loose their indigenous language. WCM aims for individuals and groups in the Cheyenne community to develop a space to tell their stories and share their commonalities and differences in the safe environment of the arts and digital media. The project, via its media production, has established links to the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF). WCM and Nebraska Community Mediaare sister organizations to Boulder Community Media.

Teaching and Training

WCM provides community-based educational services to students of all ages in the Wyoming area and beyond. Teaching is provided on an individual basis or for groups. WCM works closely with local schools, colleges and universities to develop "hands-on" practical out-of-school learning opportunities in all facets of production, behind and in front of the camera such as storytelling, screen writing, casting and location scouting, as well as skills in lighting, sound and camera operation. Further skills include post-production editing as well as promotion through film festivals, websites and community television. Student teams produce programs for community TV channels and web streaming. WCM has taught for Wind River Tribal College, Laramie County Community College and Carbon County Higher Education. It also taught the first Laramie County Community College off-campus life-long learning classes. WCM produces documentaries and looking for good stories. The general theme of WCM productions is “The Future of the Past is the Present.” How does the past influence the present moving toward the future?

The West End Neighbourhood Project

The West End Neighbourhood Project is an ambitious mixed-use development building project which meets a variety of community needs. It targets a large affordable housing need in Cheyenne. The project seeks to enhance the social and cultural experience for current and future residents and nurtures economic development by providing housing for primary jobs and space for local low-impact businesses.


  1. Website of WCM
  2. Facebook Page of WCM
  3. Twitter Account of WCM
  4. YouTube Account of WCM
  5. Gerhard's Blog about WCM
  6. Gerhard's Video about WCM