(Ottawa, Nov. 6) The Community Media Policy Working Group submitted the report Community Media in the Digital Age: Relic or Renewal? and its draft Values statement regarding community media to the CRTC's review of its community TV policy (CRTC 2015-421).
The Community Media Policy Working Group has published a draft set of values common to all community media based on eight themes identified by survey and focus group participants earlier this fall, as summarized in the report Community Media in the Digital Age: Relic or Renewal?
The bilingual statement is available below.
October 28, 2015 (Ottawa) — The Community Media Policy Working has published a draft report that calls for further research as well as a more coherent approach to community media in the digital environment. The Working Group, charged with conducting the research underpinning the Community Media Convergence, is made up of community media practitioners and academics and is supported by high-profile figures like former Chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Clifford Lincoln, and former Chair of the Working group on Broadcasting Policy, Florian Sauvageau.
Dear Friend of Community Media,
As you many of you know already, the Community Media Convergence is not just a conference... It is part of a research process funded primarily by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (the SSHRC), which includes a consultations with community media stakeholders to develop policy proposals to strengthen community media in the digital environment. Many of you have already participated in this process by taking the online survey, or participating in a focus group.
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.