It seems the academic study of community media in the UK is gaining some traction, with the launch of the Media and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) network for Local and Community Media:
From: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) <MECCSA@JISCMAIL.AC.UK> On Behalf Of Rachel Matthews
Sent: 27 February 2019 13:27
Subject: New MeCCSA Network: Local and Community Media – call for expressions of interest
We are inviting expression of interests to join the newly-established MeCCSA Local and Community Media Network.
The aim of the network is to draw together scholars interrogating this landscape to raise the profile of research in this field both in the UK and internationally, and to strengthen its future trajectory. The network also seeks to support and promote the development of research and teaching in the field. Areas for consideration for the network might include, but are not limited to:
• reconceptualising ‘community’
• ‘hyperlocal’ media
• community media
• local news and journalism
• the political economy of legacy and emerging local media
• local public spheres
• cultures and practices of local and/or community media workers
• political communication in the local sphere
• the sustainability of local and/or community media and journalism platforms
• the impact of social media on the meaning and making of the local/the local on social media platforms
• changing local media ecosystems
• the cultures and practices of local media production and consumption
• policy interpolations
• the significance of history in contextualising ‘crises’ in the local
• local communications
• alternative local media: process, content and narrative
If you would like to join the network, please send an Expression of Interest to Dr Rachel Matthews, firstname.lastname@example.org, briefly outlining your own area of interest. We welcome scholars at all stages of their career.
The network proposers are holding an inaugural event at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury on Tuesday April 30 2019. This meeting will determine priorities for actions and plan future events.
Please address any queries in the first instance to Rachel Matthews at the email address above.
Dr David Baines, Newcastle University. Professor Agnes Gulyas, Canterbury Christ Church University. Dr Rachel Matthews, Coventry University.
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