Content – Magdalena Hansson

by Magdalena Hansson on October 30, 2013

Here is Magdalena’s contribution to the group presentation, about the blog contents. It was first made as a Bambuser clip, but due to insufficient Internet connection, the video turned into a slideshow with sound. This itself illustrates the limitations of ICT and the lack of access to new technologies by people in parts of the world (in this case Zambia) where bandwidth etc. is not always keeping pace with other technological developments. So, for now it’s probably better to watch the video as a YouTube clip:


Interactivity – Tove Silveira Wennergren

by Tove Silveira Wennergren on October 30, 2013

Tove Silveira Wennergren on the interacitivity work connected to the blog project on Community Media at ComDev Master Program, Malmö University. Sorry for the shaky mobile phone recording – Bambuser decided not to work today 😉


An alternative take on cyber-utopianism

by Tove Silveira Wennergren on October 26, 2013

Have a look at this animated TED talk where Evgeny Morozov presents “an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics”.


Youth participation through media – for social change

by Magdalena Hansson on October 22, 2013

The Junior Reporter: The Work issue

The participatory ambition of community media has been discussed in several posts and comments in this blog, as well as in the academic literature. Community media can function as a tool for citizen’s involvement in public debate, providing public service to non-elite or non-majority groups in society and it contribute to social change (Carpentier, 2007:154) (Banda, 2010: 53, 75).

The communities which is so vital in community media could be defined by a common locality, shared interest, common ethnicity, membership in an organization, shared language, identity or values. (The concept of community is more thoroughly discussed in the blog post  The Community in Community Media). Since last year, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the community consisting of Zambian teenagers in Lusaka. They represent different socioeconomic backgrounds, family situations, sexes, tribes and skills. But they are within the same age span, they are urban Zambians and they all chose to participate in our non-profit media project Junior Reporters (, producing the magazine The Junior Reporter.  Using the terminology from Lievrouw (2011: 48), their collective identity is independent from institutional structures or categories, but rather constructed by a common task – to voice young opinions in the public debate. [click to continue…]


Community media in a new tech environment

by Tove Silveira Wennergren on October 20, 2013

Making wavesSince this blog is part of a course about communication for development and Information and Communication Technology (ICT:s) we have already touched upon the issue about what happens to community media in the network society (as Manuel Castells calls it). We talk about this in connection to miner´s radios in Bolivia as well as young reporters projects in Zambia, problematic empowerment in Ghana and in the context of communities that are not based on a shared locality. Kevin Howley writes in Community Media – People, Places, and Communication Technologies (2005) that ICT:s may have a liberating effect for community media. Inexpensive and easy-to-use video cameras, radio transmitters and computers with internet access make it possible for community media to “circumvent the gatekeeping function of corporate controlled media” and produce news that challenges the hegemony of mainstream media (p. 10-11).

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Alfonso Gumucio on community filmmaking

by Tove Silveira Wennergren on October 20, 2013

How does the use of film as an expression strengthen community? We asked development communication specialist Alfonso Gumucio at the Örecomm festival.


Why community media?

October 18, 2013
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The m-Com Community Media Empowering Program (m-Com), a running project funded by the European Commission, describes community media as essential to civil society empowerment. According to m-Com, civil society struggles to make its voice heard for a number of reasons, including ‘difficulties to learn new methods and technologies, discord/no communication routes and networks with traditional […]

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Community communication in Lusaka, Zambia

October 16, 2013

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Bolivian Miners 2.0 – what happened to their resistance?

October 16, 2013

Martin has already touched upon the issue of the Bolivian miners´ radio in his blog post, but I feel there is more to be said. Alan O´Connor´s journal article on the miners´ radios from 1990 ends with a question mark. He concludes that “the future of Bolivian miner´s radio stations will have much to tell […]

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Reaching out – good, bad and/or ugly?

October 14, 2013

The academic community is reaching out. Academic discussions are no longer held only in small circles and closed rooms. Social media and ICT:s give new possibilities for interaction and feedback. With this blog, and our twitter account, we have tried to contact people in connection to what we write about. Sometimes you get positive feedback […]

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