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.

A Participatory Model of Video Making: The Case of Colectivo Perfil Urbano

A Participatory Model of Video Making: The Case of Colectivo Perfil Urbano

A participatory model of video making: The case of colectivo perfil urbano

In this chapter, I take a close look at the grassroots media collective Colectivo Perfil Urbano (CPU) as a communication project based on a participatory model1 that empowers individuals, strengthens the community, and democratizes communication. Based on interviews with members of the media collective, I analyze the production/distribution process and make a close reading of a video. I discuss how the link between CPU and the Movimiento Popular Urbano (Popular Urban Movement or PUM) sets the basis for the participatory model used by the media collective to produce and distribute their work. I also focus on a video production on the Zapatistas ...

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