A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication

With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community.

Key Features

  • Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world
  • Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics
  • Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field
  • Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations
  • Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion

Intended Audience

This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Positioning Education within Community Media

Positioning Education within Community Media

Positioning education within community media

Finding an Identity

Outside formal educational institutions, driving forward the agenda of how media technologies are creatively applied in the learning process are the film makers, artists, youth workers, producers, and other facilitators working on educational projects in the sector loosely known as community media. Existing writing and research on community media activity seldom, if ever, acknowledge the differences in motivations and aims between broadcast activities such as community radio and television initiatives, and more direct educational activities such as creative workshops, media clubs, and training schemes. They often combine the two together with general talk of “media democracy” and “access.” I feel that it is necessary, however, to treat the broadcast and educational elements of community ...

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