Community Media

In its broadest definition, community media are forms of communication that are created and controlled by a community. The community can be one defined by geography, identity, and collective interest.

Community media are often created in response to an immediate¬† local concern and disband as quickly as that concern is addressed. Community media are also created in response to an ongoing need. In this case, community media are maintained over time and becomes part of the fabric of a community’s intellectual history, knowledge archive and a pillar in sustained development.

The objective of community media may be to challenge both personal and communal media representation and re-image identity, a means to demonstrate resistance policy, a forum to organize around issues of collective interest. Community media are used to organize the actions of people online and on the ground.

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About Debbie James

James is Assistant Professor Media Studies at Governors State University. She write on new media and television, especially television. A Canadian, she has lived in the US since 2011. View all posts by Debbie James

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