Gordon, Janey (ed.)
Notions of Community
A Collection of Community Media Debates and Dilemmas
Year of Publication: 2009
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 310 pp., 5 ill.
ISBN 978-3-03911-374-3 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lbs
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This volume gets beyond simple descriptions of the values and processes involved in community media and is deliberately seeking argument and structured debate around the issues of this vibrant sector of the media. The contributors examine the dilemmas that have emerged within this sector and provide an incisive overview. The chapters use case studies and data research to illustrate the major debates facing community media, along with a sideways look at the dilemmas that community media practitioners and their audiences must engage with.
This collection provides an international perspective and covers the traditional formats as well as newer media technologies. It also gives some intriguing examples of community media, which get beyond simple good practices.
Contents: Janey Gordon: Introduction – Saba ElGhul-Bebawi: The Relationship between Mainstream and Alternative Media: A Blurring of the Edges? – Lawrie Hallett: The Space Between: Making Room for Community Radio – Janey Gordon: Community Radio, Funding and Ethics: The UK and Australian Models – Kathryn A. Burnett/Tony Grace: Community, Cultural Resource and Media: Reflecting on Research Practice – Katie Moylan: Towards Transnational Radio: Migrant Produced Programming in Dublin – Gavin Stewart: Selling Community: Corporate Media, Marketing and Blogging – Michael Meadows/Susan Forde/Jacqui Ewart/Kerrie Foxwell: A Catalyst for Change? Australian Community Broadcasting Audiences Fight Back – Kitty van Vuuren: The Value and Purpose of Community Broadcasting: The Australian Experience – Pollyanna Ruiz: Manufacturing Dissent: Visual Metaphors in Community Narratives – Janey Gordon: The Mobile Phone and the Public Sphere: Mobile Phone Usage in Three Critical Situations – Jason Wilson/Barry Saunders/Axel Bruns: ‘Preditors’: Making Citizen Journalism Work – Dimitra L. Milioni: Neither ‘Community’ Nor ‘Media’? The Transformation of Community Media on the Internet.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editor: Janey Gordon is a Principal Lecturer in the Institute of Media and the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Bedfordshire. She teaches radio broadcasting and her research interests are in the areas of community radio, mobile phones and media pedagogy. She is the author of The RSL: Ultra Local Radio (2000) and has published on community radio and mobile telephony and edited a themed edition of the journal Convergence, on mobile phones (2005). She has a background as a professional radio broadcaster.
«[‘Notions of Community’ bietet] einen sehr guten, differenzierten und aktuellen Überblick zu ‘community media’.» (Sven Thiermann, Zukunftswerkstatt Bürgermedien)