Colloquium on community media

Finding and Funding Voices: the inner city experience. A one-day international colloquium on community media

The Graduate Centre, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.
9.00 am – 5.30 pm, Monday September 17th, 2007.

Community media can provide opportunities for social groups excluded or misrepresented in the mainstream to come in from the margins and give voice to their cultures and concerns. In inner cities across Europe there are many examples of young people, migrants, minority ethnic communities (for example), using media which they own and control, and of local authorities including media in their plans for urban regeneration: ‘giving a voice to the voiceless’ requires supportive policies and funding from a range of departments in central and local government, not just ministries of media or culture. At EU level the community radio sector is not even recognised and it has taken the European Parliament to launch a study on community radio which will be completed by September.
 
In the
UK the community media sector is at a critical moment as plans for the digital switch-over threaten to exclude community TV and the expanding community radio sector has to make do with an inadequate central fund.
In some UK regions and nations the sector’s needs are recognised with complementary funding, but London lacks any overall plan.This colloquium will bring together community media practitioners and academics from the UK and abroad, London-based funders and policy-makers, and representatives of London communities to examine local issues.The event marks the launch of London Metropolitan University‘s Community Media Research Unit, based in the Department of Applied Social Sciences which has recently appointed two lecturers with special responsibility for developing community media courses within the university and in the North and East Londoncommunities where the university is located.For further details see http://www.communitymedia.eu or contact the organisers: Peter Lewis p.lewis@londonmet.ac.uk and Salvatore Scifo s.scifo@londonmet.ac.uk

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