Community Media Convergence Ramps Up to Welcome Visitors to Ottawa

  • Posted on: 11 November 2015
  • By: Cathy

"(Ottawa) Nov. 11, 2015 With less than two weeks to go, things are heating up in the community media world, with the first ever gathering of community media practitioners from all sectors (community TV, community radio, community online media such as The Media Co-op and gamers) at Carleton University Nov. 22-24th.

The conference features two days of panels about everything from “Social Media: Is it Community Media and How Do We Leverage It?” to “Community Media 3.0: Games and Interactivity?” The third day is a policy development forum, where attendees will have the opportunity to help shape a policy proposal to support community media in the digital environment.

Speakers include grandfathers of our broadcasting system such as:

  • Clifford Lincoln, author of Our Cultural Sovereignty: The Second Century of Broadcasting
  • Florian Sauvageau, author of the 1986 Report on the Task Force on Broadcasting
  • ... to the new generation of bloggers and podcasters, including Mark Blevis, Victoria Fenner of rabble.
  • ... and gaming organizations such as Dames Making Games and the Hand Eye Society.

Conference goers will be able to check out the latest from technology companies in the Tech Fair and watch the best community media the country has to offer in the evening Media Festival.

The conference is timely, and organizers hope it will help inform the CRTC's on-going review of it community TV policy, which is 40 years old and lags behind the reality of the digital distribution and creation of content.

For more information, contact Jess Wind at (613) 883-0698 or Jess@ComMediaConverge.ca. Student and single-day pricing is available. The evening Media Festival is by donation. If you can't be part of the action in Ottawa, follow our stream.

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