NCRF AIDC Community Media Reflection Report
The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) and Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) co-hosted a Community Media Reflection on the 8th and 9th October 2009 to explore questions and facilitate a dialogue with leaders from community media projects and other stakeholder organisations; to draw on their experiences, reflect on their environment, create a shared critique, and develop alternatives. Amongst the questions that required collective and structured reflection were: • What is the current understanding of the purpose of community media, and are media projects having their desired impact? • How can projects enable fuller community participation in governance, management, and production? • Can projects realise their democratic and potentially transformative role if they are dependent on advertising for their financial sustainability? What alternative funding models are possible? • How do projects ensure editorial/programming independence in relation to powerful institutions including the state and the private sector? • What are the key training & capacity needs of projects, and are the various training & capacity building institutions adequately meeting these needs? • How can projects better partner and network with one another (through NCRF hubs, etc) and with other organisations to realise their goals? • What constitutes ‘quality content’ that meets the information and expression needs of communities and how can projects improve the quality of their communication service?