Snapshots From The Borders (Season 2)

Voices of people for which “border” became an existential experience. “Citizen journalism” (also participatory journalism or grassroots journalism) empowers those who live at the grassroots level of society and ask the questions from there. The series is a cooperation between Radio Helsinki and Südwind Steiermark.

“Snapshots from the Borders” - the voices from the borders

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How to engage when the border and uncertainty become existence? When arrival remains threatened by deportation? When the experience of “being different” becomes an imposed identity? When being a “fellow human being” is denied? What remains of life, on the border? This is what we talk about in “Snapshots from the Border”.

People who have experienced how war, violence, persecution or poverty have brought them to the limits of the bearable, the reasonable. Uncertain how and whether they survive. Uncertain whether they will fail at national borders. To be sent back. Uncertain how they will arrive and where. Uncertain what the future will bring, because life can no longer be planned, but is entirely dependent on decisions made by the authorities. Uncertain whether the commitment will be worthwhile: Learning new languages, finding new jobs, making new relationships, arriving in new places, going through court cases and going through bureaucratic processes.

We are people who are commonly called migrants and asylum seekers. We do not want to “stay among ourselves” and we also cross this border in the form of dialogue with society, politics, the economy, social and cultural life.

The project informs European citizens that migration is a complex, multidimensional phenomenon and a political issue that requires efforts and concrete actions by people and organisations/networks at all levels of society.

Citizen Journalism

“Citizen journalism” (also participatory journalism or grassroots journalism) empowers those who live at the grassroots level of society and ask the questions from there. Through radio as a “borderless medium” we address an international audience with country-specific problems.

In 2019, nine interviews with activists were conducted for Snapshots from the Border. This year, people with experience of flight and migration ask the questions themselves.


We invite citizens to become journalists themselves, to participate in our project and to report about their experiences in migration, education, politics, social justice, work or everyday life in Graz. We want to overcome discrimination through resistance and self-empowerment.

The Team

We are now Favour, Gea, Joseph, Regina, Saif, Vanessa and Walther. If you would like to get to know us, have a topic for us or give us feedback, then you can reach us by e-mail:

Radio Helsinki

Radio Helsinki, the Free Radio Graz, operates an advertising-free and socio-politically active radio station with open access on the 92.6 MHz frequency which can be received in the greater Graz area.

The 270 programme makers regularly produce 150 programmes in 12 different languages. Radio Helsinki is one of 14 free radio stations in Austria.

Snapshots From The Borders (Season 2)

“Snapshots from the Borders” aims to improve the critical understanding of European, national and local decision-makers and public opinion on global issues in order to achieve the objectives of the SDGs, in particular SDGs 1, 5, 10, 11 and 16. In particular, the project aims to strengthen a new horizontal, active network between municipalities and cities directly involved in migration at the EU borders in order to promote more effective policy coherence at all levels (European, national, local).

“Snapshots From The Borders” is a three-year project co-funded by the European Union and carried out by 35 partners, border municipalities and cities and civil society organisations. Project Leader is the Comune di Lampedusa e Linosa.

The production of this series is being created in cooperation with Südwind Steiermark and is financed by the Snapshots from the borders project. Snapshots From The Borders is a project co-financed by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency.

Project website for Austria

Snapshots From The Borders has been running since June in Season 2 on Radio Helsinki. The focus for 2020 is on Citizen Journalism. The podcasts of Season 2 can be found at the Free Radios' Podcasting Archive

In 2019 9 interviews were created for Snapshots From The Borders.

Programm derzeit




Grazer Fahrradboten im Winter (Wdh.)


Between the Jigs and the Reels


Die Neue Stadt

    22.01. 18:00 - 19:00

Between the Jigs and the Reels

The world moves under our feet

    22.01. 20:00 - 21:00

Literare e Musica

Musik von und mit Vida Noa

    22.01. 21:00 - 22:00

GRRRLS NIGHT IN – Sounds of Feminism


    23.01. 08:00 - 10:00


Wiederholung der Sendung 18.01.2020

    23.01. 11:00 - 12:00

Das rote Mikro

Clarence Wolof & The Passengers: Island Sessions

    23.01. 15:30 - 16:00


920. radio%attac – Sendung

    23.01. 20:00 - 22:00

Sorry, we're open

Radio Hotel Europa: Calais, Calais und Medea's Töchter*

    23.01. 22:00 - 01:30

Club Station

Techno vs. Hands Up vs. Psy Trance

    24.01. 15:00 - 16:00


Dis.tanz by Viki & Cloud.G [Probebühne Live]

    24.01. 17:00 - 18:00

genderfrequenz - sozialpolitisch, feministisch, unbeugsam!

It's all about music!

    25.01. 01:00 - 03:00


extreme existentialism

    25.01. 07:30 - 08:00

Between The Lines

Between The Lines (broadcast affiliate version) - Jan. 20, 2021

    25.01. 10:00 - 11:00

Pflegestützpunkt 2.0

WH: Durchstarten als Community Health Nurse

    25.01. 11:00 - 12:00


The Cotton Empire [c/o The Land - Scene on Radio]

    25.01. 20:00 - 21:00

Das rote Mikro

Neues Album von Emiliano Sampaios Meretrio: Choros

    26.01. 01:00 - 02:00

Jazz 'round midnight

Buck Clayton – Jumpin At The Woodside

    26.01. 02:00 - 03:00


Bluestime 62 Feature Chicago Blues (16)

    26.01. 09:30 - 10:00

Economic Update

The Economics Lesson Taught by the Pandemic

    26.01. 14:00 - 15:00


Probebühne geplant

    27.01. 10:00 - 11:00

HELGA MARIA lang - life line...

Wiederholung der Sendung 22.01.2020

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