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Approaches to Development. Studies on Communication for Development - Making Community Media Work
by Nico Carpenter; Rico Lie; Jan Servaes
Carpenter, Lie and Servaes argue that the multiplicity of media leballed 'community media' necessitates different approaches towards a definition of community media.
They start from the 'working definition' of community radio adopted by Amarc, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters. This organisation encompasses a wide range of radio practices, in the different continents. In Latin America the Amarc-members are termed popular radio, educational radio, miners' radio or peasant radio. In Africa they refer to local rural radio. In europe it is often called associative radio, free radio, neighbourhood radio or community radio. In Asia they speak of radio for development, and of community radio; in Oceania of aboriginal radio, public radio and of community radio. In Amarc's attempts to avoid a prescriptive definition, a community radio station is labelled "a 'non-profit' station, currently broadcasting, which offers a service to the community in which it is located, or to which it broadcasts, while promoting the participation of this community in the radio".
Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 44 pages
Publisher: UNESCO (2003)
Location: Paris, France
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