In the USA, the local, ad-based media business model does not generate enough revenue to pay reporters to do enough reporting. As a result, communities are not being well served by journalistic institutions. Steven Waldman writes in the Columbia Journalism Review: "It’s time for a dramatic new approach grounded in community service." That new approach leverages the idea of Peace Corps-style volunteers assigned to local news jobs supported by a mixture of funding sources. Can it work? And is there a role for local community broadcasters?
The underrepresentation of women is a problem that has long existed in media -- in print, television, radio and online. But PBS has managed to find effective solutions by making gender equality a priority.
"PBS has done a remarkable job of finding great women, promoting great women and making sure that women are not just on the air but also behind the scenes, making decisions," says TV anchorwoman Judy Woodruff.
The full story from the Huffington Post.
Several years ago, beset with past poor leadership, debts and burned bridges, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) almost closed up shop. Sally Kane changed all that.
Since Sally became NFCB’s CEO in early 2014, NFCB has shown new vitality. It seems be playing a larger role in the public media conversation. This is a good thing because community-based radio has the potential to become a bigger factor in American society. Now NFCB appears to be back on track as a vital and effective supporter of community broadcasting in the United States. For more info, go here.
The Ford Foundation announced a major change to it's core philosophy, doubling the amount it gives for operation expenses of community organizations.
Now Ford will place a high priority on alleviating what it sees as the key causes of inequality, including broken political systems, discrimination, dwindling support for schools and other public institutions, and a belief that the free market alone can cure social ills. "We’re going to move away from bending our grantees to fit into our boxes and do a better job of listening and learning," stated Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.
For more information, go here.
Listening in the car is nothing new, but new platforms and technologies are sprouting up every day. A new service of news and information hopes to capture a place in your dashboard.
Recently a TV crew interviewed Henry Loeser, RadioExpert director, about his thoughts on community media. Henry shares his personal and professional opinions about the role of community media in modern democracies.
RadioExpert has launched a scientific research project to measure the reasons why citizens particpate in community broadcasting in Austria. In cooperation with various stakeholders, the project will survey the thousands of producers creating content for the Austrian community radio and televisions. For more information: http://diss-website.webnode.com/
Die Werte und Prioritäten der Gemeinschaft Rundfunk Teilnehmer als Reflexion von Medienrecht und Medienpolitik
With more than 7 million listeners, one in five South African radio listeners tune to community radio. The government not only recognizes the sector, it allocates valuable frequencies, builds the studios and transmitters, and even subsidizes initial operations for many radios. The host government has done it’s part to create an enabling media environment, creating a tremendous opportunity in South Africa for community radio to be an effective component of a healthy civil society.
With the exception of a handful of highly successful well-managed radios, most of the 100 South African community radios lack the organizational capacity to take advantage of their positive environment. Their sustainability depends on developing a well-managed entrepreneurial organization designed to develop diversified sources of revenue with an emphasis on advertising.
The detailed report can be seen HERE.
The South Africa Community Radio project proposes an enterprise solution that would include tools, training, and ongoing support for enterprise capacity development. Focusing on radio managers and sales managers, we intend to supply the components necessary for entrepreneurship. Spanning more than 2 years, this program introduces the concepts of successful enterprise, develops the tools, and delivers the know-how in a series of regional management training workshops. It then provides long-term support for continuing enterprise development, and provides reports for measuring performance.
The detailed proposal can be seen HERE.
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Report on the status of public broadcasting in the United States reveals a decline in sustainability for small public TV and radio.