Community participation in the development of digital radio : the Australian experience

Spurgeon, Christina L., Rennie, Elinor M., & Ming Fung, Yat (2011) Community participation in the development of digital radio : the Australian experience. In Abad, Cristina (Ed.) Record of the Communications Policy and Research Forum 2011, Network Insight Institute, Sydney, pp. 166-179.

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The participation of the community broadcasting sector in the development of digital radio provides a potentially valuable opportunity for non-market, end user-driven experimentation in the development of these new services in Australia. However this development path is constrained by various factors, some of which are specific to the community broadcasting sector and others that are generic to the broader media and communications policy, industrial and technological context. This paper filters recent developments in digital radio policy and implementation through the perspectives of community radio stakeholders, obtained through interviews, to describe and analyse these constraints. The early stage of digital community radio presented here is intended as a baseline for tracking the development of the sector as digital radio broadcasting develops. We also draw upon insights from scholarly debates about citizens media and participatory culture to identify and discuss two sets of opportunities for social benefit that are enabled by the inclusion of community radio in digital radio service development. The first arises from community broadcasting’s involvement in the propagation of the multi-literacies that drive new digital economies, not only through formal and informal multi- and trans-media training, but also in the ‘co-creative’ forms of collaborative and participatory media production that are fostered in the sector. The second arises from the fact that community radio is uniquely placed — indeed charged with the responsibility — to facilitate social participation in the design and operation of media institutions themselves, not just their service outputs.

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ID Code: 49677
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Community Media, Co-creative Media, Digital Radio, Participatory Culture
ISBN: 9780980434446
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: First published November 2011.
Copyright 2011 Network Insight Pty Ltd & C. Spurgeon, E. Rennie and Y. Fung.
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2012 04:16
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:56

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