Oct 032017
 

I want to set up a Community Media Network for the East Midlands, that can be used to share information and advice about developing community media in the region. The aim of this project is to develop networking events, host regular podcasts discussions, list and share information about community media groups in the East Midlands, and promote ideas that support community development practices though community media.

I’ve set up a wiki page on the DMU Commons Wiki, and I will be adding content to the new CIVICRM database that we are introducing for the Community Media modules this year.

If anyone wants to help get this going, as an extra-curricula activity, or just because you are interested in the development of stronger voices in Leicester, then we will be meeting on Wednesday’s 5-7pm at the Doc Media Centre which is on Leicester’s Town Hall Square.

This is an open network, and we want to encourage lots of different people to help out and take part. If you want to find out more, then contact me at rwatson@dmu.ac.uk, or via Twitter @robwmedia.

Sep 292017
 

This is a short video that gives an overview of the topics that will be covered in the first lectures and workshops for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Sep 222017
 

This is slightly ridiculous, but this is the first time that I’ve actually been to Bristol! I’m not very well traveled, so when it was decided to hold this year’s Community Media Association Conference at The Station in Bristol, it had the double benefit of being in a place that is on my list to mooch around.

Ujima Radio offered to host the conference this year, because the building that they are part of, The Station, has some excellent facilities and an inclusive approach to training, services and support, all under one roof, in the centre of the city.

So the job today is to set-up the conference room, to learn how use the sound desk and the projector, and to make sure that we have everything working so we can run the discussion sessions and the break-out sessions.

The theme of this year’s conference is Voices in a Changing World, because we want to broaden the debate about community media. In my view it is too easy to get bogged down in managerial talk of services sectors and economic development, and to miss the important issues that drive change, and the values that people feel and wish to express.

I’m looking forward to some vibrant debate, to learning from people who have experience pushing the boundaries of community media, capturing some interviews for a podcast, and taking lots of photos. As usual I’ll be Tweeting and posting on Instagram. I’m not sure what the hashtag is yet, so watch out and join in the discussion wherever you are.

Mar 082017
 

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the final lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Mar 082017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-third lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Mar 082017
 

This is a summary of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-second lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Mar 012017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-first lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Mar 012017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twentieth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Feb 142017
 

This is an overview of the eighteenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.

Feb 092017
 

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the seventeenth lecture for TECH1502 Introduction to Community Media.