Community media can be described as any form of media that is created and controlled by a community, with the essential idea to engage groups that categorically have been excluded and marginalized from the media making process. In a more globalized information age, community media manages to develop several paths and directions for local communities that can facilitate the intersection with the global communication and information network.
Definitions of contemporary community media can encompass both geographical boundaries as well as a community of interest or shared identity. As the world embraces the Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in development projects, new benefits as well as disadvantages are therefore discovered. Tied to both opportunities and threats, competing ends and approaches are contributing to a digital divide, and sources for comparisons within the new media and ICT approach are abundant.
This community media blog is focusing on community media as a development communication tool, cohesive to the participatory communication model and the communication for development approach to enable social change. It is developed in order to acknowledge and create dialogue around the concept of community media and how it can be used as a development communication tool. Our vision with this blog is to interchange ideas on how new media and ICTs can challenge traditional community media and benefit from contemporary media with civic participation.