What is the social benefit of Community Media in Ireland?

In Ireland, one of the statutory requirements to be met by community radio, is to deliver a social benefit to the community it serves. To clarify what ‘social benefit’ is and how it could and should be assessed, a toolkit has been developed for use by the community radio stations. The toolkit and “The Community Radio – Delivering Social Benefit” report are the products of more than two years of research, looking in-depth at the community radio sector and how it delivers social benefit to communities. Continue reading

Policy briefs on civil society and spectrum policy

In 2015 Pieter de Wit (Community Media Expert and former chair/board member of CMFE, as well as former member of Pascal Lamy’s European Commission advisory group on future use of UHF spectrum for wireless broadband and TV) was asked to  to sit on the external steering committee for the project “A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance: Does civil society participation in self-regulatory fora promote public interest goals in internet governance at the international level ” Continue reading

New book: Undocumented Storytellers

For those of you who are interested in or work with life stories and mediated stories in community media: Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement offers a critical exploration of the ways undocumented immigrants in the United States harness the power of storytelling to mitigate the fear and uncertainty of life without legal status and to advocate for immigration reform. Continue reading

Reminder: Call for papers: ECREA Radio Research Section

The next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA will be held at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, chaired by Tiziano Bonini, from 19 to 21 September 2019. The 2019 theme is: Radio as a Social/Convivial Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society Continue reading