Thursday, 3 December 2009

[creative-radio] Special issue: Community Media - the long March


-- Apologies for cross-posting---

The May 2010 issue of "Telematics and Informatics. An
interdisciplinary journal on the social impacts of new technologies"
is now available and presents a special issue on COMMUNITY MEDIA -

The new generation of media technologies and the success of the
so-called 'Web 2.0' platforms has put at the centre of academic and
industry discussions the participatory potential of internet-based
media. 'Old' participatory platforms, alternative and community using
traditional broadcasting or print outlets, though, have a long
history of close involvement of their audiences in practices that
have put communities' communicative needs at the centre of their
everyday work and fought for the democratization of media systems.
Despite their financial and organisational weaknesses as individual
stations or projects, community media are being increasingly
recognised as the third and distinct sector of broadcasting by recent
policy and regulatory developments in Europe and across the globe.
The contributions presented in this issue present the opportunities
and challenges that are characterising the sector at this time, as
the switchover to digital broadcasting platforms, and the need of
constant presence at the European Union and Council of Europe levels
to make sure that community media are considered with equal dignity
among other broadcasters in media policy debates. Practice-based
accounts also show the contribution of community media to
intercultural dialogue, an impressive range of interactions with
civil society organisations present in their communities, and the
potential of giving voice to local and diasporic communities through
innovative combinations of FM and web-based broadcasting. Finally,
this special issue also shows evidence of the important role that
civil society plays in the production of situated knowledge along,
and in collaboration with, ongoing academic research in this area of study.

Guest Editors: Nico Carpentier & Salvatore Scifo
Contributors: K. Jakubowicz, H. Peissl, O Tremetzberger, N. Jimenez,
S. Scifo, M. Sandoval, C. Fuchs, L. Hallett, A. Hintz, M. Santana, N.
Carpentier, S. Tenner, A. Borger, N. Bellardi, T. Kupfer, F. Diasio
and S. Milan

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