Community Media – Key Words

This blog aims to highlight the centrality of the role of community media to questions of participation, democracy, and social change. It is thus important, as an introductory step, to provide a basic definition of concepts such as community, civil society, and community media as they figure in Ellie Rennie’s book Community Media: A Global Introduction.


According to Rennie, community is not a static, uniform entity, but rather an ongoing process shaped by interaction and communication. It is a relation that is frequently negotiated. Community does not only denote a geographical location, but also figures in “terms of interest, language, cultural or ethnic groupings”. Although it is thought to be “pre-political”, unplanned, and dependent on a sense of belonging, community can be a type of governance through furthering political aspirations.  Continue reading Community Media – Key Words

Welcome to our blog!

First and foremost, we would like to welcome you to our blog! We are 4 students interested in ICT4D and participatory media. Our goal is to establish this site as a place of exchange where we negotiate meanings and concepts related to the mentioned topic  with you. Your comments complete our blog so please get posting!

Our group is composed by four MA students at Malmö University.

Natalie was born in Lebanon, but is now living in Malmö with her husband and two kids. Her academic background is in Translation.

Sean is an Australian/Irish dual citizen studying in Sweden and working in Denmark. His academic background is in literature.

Kim was born in Germany and is now living in Canada. Her academic background is in history, international business, and project management.

Fernando was born in Colombia but has mostly lived in Iceland and The Netherlands.  His academic background is in Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Anthropology and Film Studies.