Sep 292017
 

This is a short overview of the topics that will be covered in the first lecture and workshop for TECH2503 Community Media Production

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 brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the final lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Mar 082017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-third lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Mar 082017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the Twenty-Second lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Mar 012017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-first lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Mar 012017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the twentieth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Feb 152017
 

This is a brief overview of the topics that will be covered in the eighteenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Feb 092017
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be discussed in the seventeenth lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Feb 082017
 

One of the underlying and emerging themes of my teaching practice and research work is the potential for the development of communities of interest, practice and association.

I’m predominantly looking at this in the context of Community Media, however, the net is getting wider all the time, to include community development issues, civic participation issues, and social sustainability challenges.

There is a very good article in the Guardian today from George Monbiot, in which he describes the impact of community development projects.

What is interesting, and I’ve pointed this out to colleagues I work with in the Community Media Association, is that Community Media is not mentioned in the list of activities and accomplishments.

I’ve been contemplating this for some time now, and I’ve been asking myself if we are doing enough with our courses and the research we undertake, to develop and enhance the social and civic contribution that we make, both with and through, media and participatory media activities?

Hopefully I’ll get some time soon to write and post some regular blogs about these challenges,  and the potential insight that media scholars and practitioners can contribute that goes beyond the narrow skills and industry straight-jacket that is so dominant at present.