Oct 042017
 

This is a short overview of the topics that we will be covering in the second lecture for TECH2503 Community Media Production.

Oct 042017
 

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

Oct 042017
 

This is a short overview of the main topics that will be covered in the second lecture for TECH1002 Social Media Innovation.

 

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.

Oct 022017
 

This is a short introduction to the topics that will be covered in the first lecture for TECH3501 Community Media Leadership.

Sep 292017
 

This is a short intro video to the main topics that will be covered in the first lecture and workshop for TECH3022 Social Media Practice.

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 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 292017
 

This is a short introduction to the topics that will be covered in the first lecture and lab sessions for TECH1002 Social Media Innovation.

Sep 242017
 

This year’s Community Media Association conference went by in something of a blur! Held at The Station in Bristol, the conference had a theme of thinking about community media as an important movement for community development, civic participation and creative expression.

Helping to organise a conference means that you don’t really get to relax to enjoy the panel discussions and the breakout session, and because there was a lot packed-in to the conference, it meant that the CAM Council team had to stay on our toes in order to make sure everyone felt welcome, included and could get what they wanted from the sessions.

The Station is a great venue, and had the right feel of informality, technical capability and accessibility. Other venues might be slicker and more corporate, but The Station had the feel that it was a hub for community activities focused on supporting young people in Bristol.

My main job was to host a panel discussion at the start of the main session. I decided to approach it like I approach my podcasts, as an informal discussion in which we could open-up any issues that concerned the panel members. We started the session by playing a video of Ishmahil Blagrove who berated the media for their coverage of the Grenfell Tower tragedy (see video below).

I was worried that this would be quite controversial, but the passion and eloquence that Ishmahil shows in his critique of the exploitation of communities by corporate media got a round of applause from the room, and it propelled us into a stronger discussion of why community media is important.

The CMA Council has a very strong team at the moment, who are all committed to developing and leading on the changes that face community media, and are increasingly recognising that these changes can only come about it community media acts as a movement for change, and not just as a service sector for government or corporate media.

I’m exhausted this morning, after a couple of beers last night, so I’m going to snooze on the train and catch up with some reading and get back to Leicester and get myself ready for the coming week of new students at DMU.