The School of Communication at SFU has long regarded "communication for social change" and "engagement with the community" as key parts of its mandate. It's no coincidence that right from our school's founding in the 1970s, members of the school participated in the formation of Vancouver Co-op Radio. The achievements and importance of independent and community media, as key components of a diverse and democratic mediascape, has been the subject of recent graduate student and faculty research. It is also a topic highlighted in the annual Media Democracy Day that our School has co-sponsored since 2001.
OpenMedia is an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.
ACTRA is proud to be a sponsor of ComMedia 2015. On behalf of our member performers, ACTRA is pleased to support ComMedia’s efforts to address the current challenges affecting the community media industry. We look forward to the opportunity to participate in the conference with other like-minded organizations to share knowledge, discuss best practices, and generate ideas on new policy directions to create better, sustainable, more accessible community media production in the digital age.
The CMG is 6,000 journalists, hosts, producers, technicians, videographers, editors, designers, librarians, programmers, sales/marketing reps, administrative staff and freelancers. We believe a quality media system that serves all Canadians is built on health organizations that treat workers fairly. Find out more at www.cmg.ca/en .
SAW Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship, and programming. Our mission is to support a diverse community of media artists in Ottawa empowered by technology, programming and the exchange of ideas.
CACTUS was created to ensure that Canadians have access to media literacy training, production support, and distribution of their messages, stories, and programs on mainstream media platforms, as is provided for under the Broadcasting Act. Historically our focus and the focus of our members has been on the production of video for television. In the digital environment, our vision is that all Canadians should have access to a community-access media centre where they can learn the latest media tools, obtain guidance and production support, and get their messages out, regardless of medium. In this important work, we collaborate with many other associations and organizations with a common interest in promoting community media and democratic discourse.
We are proud to be organizers of ComMedia 2015, and to create an opportunity for community media practitioners from all community media to come together with researchers, government agencies and other stakeholders interested in community media. We believe it is an historic opportunity to share best practices, new approaches, and to brainstorm new policies to support community media in the digital environment. In an environment of intense media ownership concentration and globalization, we believe the ability to find and express the 'local' is more important than ever.
The Fédération des télévisions communautaires autonomes du Québec is proud to partner with the Community Media Convergence to promote and develop community television in the country. The conference will be a golden opportunity to present the reality of Quebec independent community television and learn more about the practices elsewhere. The Fédération, as CACTUS and other actors of community media, has at heart to build professional and sustainable practices for community media in the digital age. We believe that to debate and to develop new multimedia, digital and multi-platform policies for Canada with other players in the community can only be beneficial for all our members and community media in the country.
rabble.ca is a partner of the Community Media Convergence because of our shared mission to join with all groups across the country that amplify marginalized voices and act as catalysts for positive social change. Together we strive to build vibrant and viable democratic media institutions free from corporate control. We can only accomplish this with mass scale involvement in conferences like CMC and with your support. Get involved and join rabble.ca here: http://go2.rabble.ca/ps?sid=9:2uc