You might find the attached document useful:
Making-Media-with-Communities-Guidance-for-Researc.pdf (340.5 KB)
It’s well out of date now in terms of the platforms mentioned, but does include the Community Media Charter, which seems to have gone into abeyance.
It might be worth us looking at a revised version of the charter and asking how it is relevant to contemporary community media and reporting?
The charter is on page 22
Recognising that Community Media is rooted in an ethos of inclusivity and universal access to opportunity, and that it is sourced and produced by organisations, by individuals and by informal groups, whether characterised by geography, interest, ethnicity, age, gender or social background; Recognising that the production, practice and content of Community Media foster greater understanding among communities, including those most marginalised and support peace, tolerance, democracy and development; Community Media organisations, groups and networks should
- Promote the right to communicate, foster freedom of expression and freedom to form and confront opinions, assist
the free flow of information and opinions, encourage creative expression, contribute to the democratic process and
to a pluralist society.
- Provide access to training, production and distribution facilities, encourage creative talent and foster local traditions
and culture, provide services for the benefit, entertainment, education, engagement and development of the wider
- Seek to have their ownership representative of local geographically recognisable communities or of communities of
- Be editorially independent of government, commercial interests, religious institutions and political parties.
- Honestly inform an audience on the basis of information drawn from various sources, and provide a right of reply to
any person or organisation who is or may be subject to serious misrepresentation.
- Ensure a right of access to production facilities and platforms for minority and marginalised groups, in order to
promote and protect cultural diversity.
- Be established as not-for-profit organisations, which reinvest any surplus and ensure their independence by being
financed from a variety of sources.
- Recognise and respect the contribution of volunteers, affirm the right of paid workers to join appropriate trade
unions and provide equally satisfactory working conditions for all.
- Operate management, programming and employment practices that oppose discrimination, promote equality, and
are open and accountable to all.
- Promote and foster improved communication and partnership working in the community media sector, building
networks at all levels to further develop good practice and strengthen communities.
I’m working on a survey for a proposed Community Cohesion Charter for community media, which I want to trail in Leicester, which I’ll send out shortly, so any feedback would be much appreciated.