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.

Past, Present, and Future of the Hungarian Community Radio Movement

Past, Present, and Future of the Hungarian Community Radio Movement

Past, present, and future of the Hungarian community radio movement

The Community Radio Movement in Hungary

Immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain, as democratic reforms swept across Eastern Europe, the Hungarian media landscape remained remarkably unchanged. Despite popular support for media democratization, it took several years—and a newly elected Socialist government—before legislators addressed the problem of the media in Hungary. On December 21, 1995, Act I of 1996 on Radio and Television Broadcasting (the “Media Act;” Parliament of the Republic of Hungary, 1996) was enacted. The Act put an end to a moratorium on frequency allocations that had stifled efforts to “open up” the airwaves and that signaled the beginning of a tripartite media system ...

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