The Community in Community Media

October 12, 2013
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When talking about community media, the first things that comes to one’s mind is perhaps communities like the Bolivian miners’, analysed by Alan O’Connor in “The Miners’ Radio Stations in Bolivia” (1990). That is, communities that are fixed to a certain locality, consisting of people sharing basically the same living conditions and who uses different […]

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Street art and memory – the use of different media to strengthen community

October 11, 2013

There are off course as wide a range of different media as there are communities out there. Each one uses the expression they feel is most useful to reach out and make its voice heard. Here are some short interviews I made at the Örecomm festival. Adnen El Ghali from NGO El Khaldonia on using street art […]

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Do new media users need ethical standards?

October 9, 2013

In the blog post Citizen Journalism (Sept 30 2013), I discussed some aspects of what happens when citizens become journalists and when anyone can voice any opinion to a wider public. Some scholars highlighted the risk of losing credibility, responsibility and professional ethical standards, when journalism becomes more inclusive and participatory. This comic illustrates a […]

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Did you miss the seminar on women entrepreneurs and ICT:s? Watch it here!

October 6, 2013

On October 8th the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) hosted a seminar together with UNCTAD and ILO entitled “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Information Communication Technologies”. See the seminar here: http://bambuser.com/v/3993832 More info on storify here

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Community Media and Quality

October 3, 2013

Community media is often produced by laymen and on a small budget, which makes the question of quality a recurring one. The topic is also one of great importance, since as Ellie Rennie shows in Community Media: A Global Introduction, the assumed incapability to produce sufficient high quality content has occasionally been used to question […]

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Citizen Journalism

September 30, 2013
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“My dream is to become a journalist” Clara Chiteka told me yesterday. She is 18 years old, living in Lusaka, Zambia, and shares this ambition with many others. In 2012, Washington Post published a survey showing that becoming a writer or journalist is one of the top-ranked childhood dream jobs among young women (www.washingtonpost.com). For Clara […]

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ICT and empowerment = too good to be true?

September 30, 2013

It is just too good to be true. Sitting at my desk in the office, I have received an e-mail directed to me where I am offered a chance to enrich myself by helping a West African government official to transfer money out of the country. Being a government official myself, with my e-mail address […]

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Community media project in Ecuador

September 30, 2013

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What is Community Media?

September 29, 2013

Capturing the diversity of community media in a single, accurate and still reasonable short definition is no easy task. And the best thing might be not to try to.

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