My initial thinking is to develop a ‘bulletin’ of discussion topics and campaign issues that members and partners can use to inform their advocacy work. If we publish something on a regular basis, perhaps every two months to begin, that is different from the CMA Newsletter, the bulletin could be used collate and highlight campaign issues, research sources and advocacy resources that are relevant to the social gain objectives of the CMA and the community media movement more generally.
A potential model of this form of bulletin can be seen in the Campaign to End Loneliness, who produce regular E-Updates and Research Bulletins that inform associates and supporters of the advocacy aims of the campaign. According to their website
“We summarise the latest research on loneliness in a quarterly Research Bulletin, which is sent exclusively to organisations and individuals who have signed-up as supporters.”
And in which
“We summarise the latest research on loneliness in a quarterly Research Bulletin, which is sent exclusively to organisations and individuals who have signed-up as supporters. Back issues will only come online after the next Bulletin is released.”
The Campaign to End Loneliness research bulletin is
“Produced with the support of the Campaign to End Loneliness Research and Policy Forum, a network of university academics, other researchers and practitioners working to increase and develop the evidence base on the issue of loneliness in older age.”
As we continue to develop content and submissions to the CMA Chat Forum, these can be summarised and rewritten to form the content of the Bulletin. This would include calls for funding, policy development discussions, calls for information, and highlighting campaign material that is promoted by other civic engagement and advocacy organisations.
Additional contributors to the forum from aligned organisations, research groups and campaigns would need to be recruited and given due recognition in the process of identifying and validating this material.
That purpose of the bulletin, therefore, would be to support many forms of campaigning, advocacy, research and policy development by collating, summarising and sharing this information with subscribers and aligned campaign groups.
I am keen to see this develop in an open process of discussion and co-production here on the CMA Forum, and using forms of collaborative and social media that help contributors to discuss and share ideas, write-up articles and share their thoughts by reviewing books, podcasts and other forms of relevant media focussed on the social gain and participative agenda of community media.
I would also be keen to explore topics related to diversity and inclusivity as a priority, as it’s often the case that in policy development forums there is a deficit of information and testimony about the power of community media to challenge social assumptions and embedded forms of entitlement and privilege.
My personal interest is in finding out about more diverse and creative forms of community media. It would be great for me if we can foster an open culture of engagement and participation in the process of developing these bulletins, as a form of community media itself. I want to learn about examples of community media that aren’t simply an imitation of forms of mainstream media that we already have, but are instead challenging, disruptive, emergent and transformational.