A new voice in Auderød
"Identity Circle" is a new monthly magazine for the residents of Center Auderød containing news, interviews, in-depth articles and information on all topics which may have relevance for the residents. It has just launched its second issue.
New Times talked to editor Stig Svendsen who first of all described the name of the magazine:
"Circle refers to Center Auderød’s special physical characteristics where the residential buildings are situated in a semicircle. Circle also refers to a community within the center based on the common situation for the asylum seekers. Identity refers to an individuality as it is important to care for the individual and that we in our community appreciates diversity,” he said.
The objectives of the magazine are perhaps not quite as measurable as the project makers could wish for, Stig told us. The project do not have the resources to gauge the amount of readers or the level of comprehension. This affects the aim:
“Our objective is therefore ‘softer’ and pointing at getting the magazine as close as possible to be resident driven and written and published once a month. Of course we hope that many will benefit from the magazine. Through the institutions at the centre (school, kids club, etc.) we try also to push it into the consciousness of the residents. Language is obviously a barrier that is difficult to get around. Many do not read English and is therefore dependent on a translator. It is obviously desirable if we could get the articles translated into several languages. Alas, for resource reasons, this is not possible,” Stig Svendsen told us.
The new magazine is important in many ways. In general, information in a big centre as Auderød is important and takes place on many platforms. Orally, on bulletin boards and info screens, and on small patches of paper. Identity Circle complements existing media, said Stig Svendsen:
”In the magazine this information is explained and justified through a resident's interpretation (the journalist). In the magazine there is space for stories with a broader perspective and different focus than the everyday buzzwords (rules, police interviews, absence, etc.). The magazine also focuses on what Denmark is and is not. The idea is to show a slice of what's happening on the other side of ’the fence’ and what the residents who are granted asylum will be a part of and can expect,” the editor explained.
Visit Identity Circle's place at the New Times website HERE!