How community radio performs community identity

The study “‘Just like us’: community radio broadcasters and the on-air performance of community identity” by Bridget Backhaus from Griffith University looked at an understudied sub-area in community media studies: community identity. The study is situated in Australia, a country with rich and diverse scholarship on the topic.  The concept of community is foundational in … Continued


Local media use in Chicago, crime and police

The study “Trial by Media?: Media Use, Fear of Crime, and Attitudes Toward Police” by Soo Young Shin and Brendan R. Watson from Michigan State University studies the cultivation effects of local media use in relation to residents’ fear of crime and attitudes toward police. The study was located in Chicago, a city that struggles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Empowering women in Niger with radio journalism

Radio can be used for reaching marginalised and isolated communities in many regions in the Global South. It is important to see whether information broadcasted is accurate, independent and aligned with listeners’ needs or wishes, Emma Heywood of the University of Sheffield, the author of a new study, writes. In Niger, gender inequality is widespread … Continued


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ARTICLE: Gender parity should not be measured by numbers alone

Quantity alone is not sufficient for measuring gender parity in media, Anne O’Brien, of Maynooth University, and Jane Suiter, of Dublin City University, write. The authors analysed how women were treated on two Irish current affairs radio programmes. The programmes were Saturday with Claire Byrne, which is broadcast on a public service channel, and The … Continued


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CFP: The future of Canada’s native people’s broadcasting

A series of symposia on the topic of broadcasting and Canada’s native peoples is looking for contributions. Six regional gatherings and a three-day conference will be organised under the title “The future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis broadcasting: Conversation & convergence”. The series of events is intended to vitalize discussion in advance of an … Continued