Community Media Policy Survey Draw Winner
Thanks to the more than 400 of you who completed the Community Media Policy Survey. This response was unprecedented given the modest size of Canada's community media sector (fewer than 200 radio stations,100 community-operated TV studios, and a few handfuls of online and gaming groups). We are excited to think that for the first time we can offer policy-makers insight into what community media practitioners believe our sector as a whole needs to fulfill our role effectively in the digital environment.
Therefore, our team here at ComMedia is very proud and happy to announce the winner of our survey draw and the $150 prize.
Drumroll.... if you please!
The winner is: David Christopher, Communication Manager at OpenMedia!
Originally hailing from the west of Ireland, David holds a degree from Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied History and Political Science. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland
before moving to Vancouver. He commented on the value of community media in Canada after experiencing communications in other countries: "Many many people across the country really value having these media outlets; not least because they're an alternative to the big telecom companies. I was delighted to take part in the survey because I've been a long-time fan of community radio. And then of course in a professional capacity, we were happy to spread the word and encourage other people to take part."
Again, thank you to everyone who filled out the survey. Special thanks are due to Deepak Sahasrabudhe of newwest.tv, the CACTUS member who implemented the survey using Survey Gizmo, and to André Desrochers of CSUR in Vaudreuil-Soulanges for ensuring that the survey was equally accessible for francophones as for anglophones, and to all of you who forwarded and advertised the survey within your networks. The results will be forthcoming in a report from our Policy Working Group. Look for it soon, and don't forget to register for the ComMedia Convergence 2015, where a policy proposal based on your input will be tabled and debated. We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa in November!