On the first of June the Community Media Association held it’s annual conference at Media City in Salford, to mark thirty years of community media activism, both at home in the UK, and around the world. The power of local communities, speaking for themselves and about themselves, continues to be championed relentlessly by a growing number of community media activists.
I wanted to find out more about the community media ethos. What motivates and drives people to set-up and run their own community media groups? What is it that brings volunteers together so that they can talk, report and share their local and personal experiences that matter to them? I wanted to find out what’s at the heart of community media, and how community media activists are getting ready to face the challenges of the future?