Tag Archive for 'Community Media'

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TECH1502-18 Intro 001

This is a short video that gives an overview of the topics that will be covered in the first lectures and workshops for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

CMA Conference 2017 Voices in a Changing World

This year’s Community Media Association conference went by in something of a blur! Held at The Station in Bristol, the conference had a theme of thinking about community media as an important movement for community development, civic participation and creative expression.

Helping to organise a conference means that you don’t really get to relax to enjoy the panel discussions and the breakout session, and because there was a lot packed-in to the conference, it meant that the CAM Council team had to stay on our toes in order to make sure everyone felt welcome, included and could get what they wanted from the sessions.

The Station is a great venue, and had the right feel of informality, technical capability and accessibility. Other venues might be slicker and more corporate, but The Station had the feel that it was a hub for community activities focused on supporting young people in Bristol.

My main job was to host a panel discussion at the start of the main session. I decided to approach it like I approach my podcasts, as an informal discussion in which we could open-up any issues that concerned the panel members. We started the session by playing a video of Ishmahil Blagrove who berated the media for their coverage of the Grenfell Tower tragedy (see video below).

I was worried that this would be quite controversial, but the passion and eloquence that Ishmahil shows in his critique of the exploitation of communities by corporate media got a round of applause from the room, and it propelled us into a stronger discussion of why community media is important.

The CMA Council has a very strong team at the moment, who are all committed to developing and leading on the changes that face community media, and are increasingly recognising that these changes can only come about it community media acts as a movement for change, and not just as a service sector for government or corporate media.

I’m exhausted this morning, after a couple of beers last night, so I’m going to snooze on the train and catch up with some reading and get back to Leicester and get myself ready for the coming week of new students at DMU.

 

CMA Conference Bristol 2017

This is slightly ridiculous, but this is the first time that I’ve actually been to Bristol! I’m not very well traveled, so when it was decided to hold this year’s Community Media Association Conference at The Station in Bristol, it had the double benefit of being in a place that is on my list to mooch around.

Ujima Radio offered to host the conference this year, because the building that they are part of, The Station, has some excellent facilities and an inclusive approach to training, services and support, all under one roof, in the centre of the city.

So the job today is to set-up the conference room, to learn how use the sound desk and the projector, and to make sure that we have everything working so we can run the discussion sessions and the break-out sessions.

The theme of this year’s conference is Voices in a Changing World, because we want to broaden the debate about community media. In my view it is too easy to get bogged down in managerial talk of services sectors and economic development, and to miss the important issues that drive change, and the values that people feel and wish to express.

I’m looking forward to some vibrant debate, to learning from people who have experience pushing the boundaries of community media, capturing some interviews for a podcast, and taking lots of photos. As usual I’ll be Tweeting and posting on Instagram. I’m not sure what the hashtag is yet, so watch out and join in the discussion wherever you are.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Twenty-Four Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the final lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Twenty-Three Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-third lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Twenty-Two Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the Twenty-Second lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Twenty-Four Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the final lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Twenty-Three Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-third lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Twenty-Two Summary

This is a summary of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-second lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Twenty-One Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-first lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Twenty Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twentieth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Twenty-One Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-first lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Twenty Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twentieth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Eighteen Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the eighteenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Eighteen Summary

This is an overview of the eighteenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH1502 Lecture Eighteen Summary

This is an overview of the eighteenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH1502 Lecture Seventeen Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the seventeenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Seventeen Summary

This is an overview of the topics that will be discussed in the seventeenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Community Media & Community Development

One of the underlying and emerging themes of my teaching practice and research work is the potential for the development of communities of interest, practice and association.

I’m predominantly looking at this in the context of Community Media, however, the net is getting wider all the time, to include community development issues, civic participation issues, and social sustainability challenges.

There is a very good article in the Guardian today from George Monbiot, in which he describes the impact of community development projects.

What is interesting, and I’ve pointed this out to colleagues I work with in the Community Media Association, is that Community Media is not mentioned in the list of activities and accomplishments.

I’ve been contemplating this for some time now, and I’ve been asking myself if we are doing enough with our courses and the research we undertake, to develop and enhance the social and civic contribution that we make, both with and through, media and participatory media activities?

Hopefully I’ll get some time soon to write and post some regular blogs about these challenges,  and the potential insight that media scholars and practitioners can contribute that goes beyond the narrow skills and industry straight-jacket that is so dominant at present.

TECH2503 Lecture Sixteen Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the sixteenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Sixteen Summary

This is a short overview of the sixteenth lecture for TECH1502 introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Fifteen Summary

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the fifteenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Fifteen Summary

This is a brief summary of the topics that will be covered in the fifteenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503-17 Lecture Fourteen Summary

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the fourteenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502-17 Lecture Fourteen Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the fourteenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH1502 Lecture Thirteen Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the thirteenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Thirteen Summary

This is a short overview of the thirteenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH2503 Lecture Twelve Summary

This is a short overview of the topics and issues that will be covered in the twelfth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Twelve Summary

This is a short introduction to the topics that will be covered in the twelfth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Eleven Summary

This is a short summary of the topics that are covered in the eleventh lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Eleven Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that are being covered in the eleventh lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Ten Summary

Here’s the latest video summary of the topics that will be covered in the tenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Ten Summary

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the tenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Nine Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the ninth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Nine Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that are covered in the ninth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Eight Summary

This is a short overview of the issues that will be covered in the eighth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Eight Summary

This is a short overview of the key topics that will be covered in the eighth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Seven Summary

This is a short overview of the topics covered in the seventh lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

TECH1502 Lecture Seven Summary

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the seven lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

TECH2503 Lecture Five Summary

This is a short video that outlines the main topics that will be covered in the fifth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.