Conference Program


The first two days of Community Media Convergence will offer professional development and skill sharing workshops held concurrently along the following eight streams:

Stream 1:  Government, Democracy, and Community Media

  1. Community Media and Public Discourse
  2. Community Media to Support Open Government
  3. Other Local Government Programming 
  4. Community Media and Media Ownership Concentration
  5. Why Democracy Needs Community Media; and Why Commuity Media Need Policy Support

Stream 2:  New Technologies

  1. Multiplatform Distribution
  2. Integration of Production Technologies
  3. Distributed Hub Structure or Multiple Locations for Public Access
  4. Community Media 3.0? Gaming, Interaction, and Self-Representation
  5. Over-the-Air Panel

Stream 3:  Content

  1. Multilingual Programming
  2. Getting Out of the Box:  Exploring New Programming Formats
  3. Public Library Maker Spaces
  4. Community-Public Partnerships
  5. Social Media: Is it Community Media and How Do We Leverage It?
  6. Youth Media

Stream 4:  Volunteer and Staff Management

  1. Governance
  2. Open-Access Policies, Coherency and Professionalism
  3. Supporting Your Volunteers
  4. Community Media as a Training and Experimental Space for the Professional Industry

Stream 5:  Funding

  1. Funding Roundtable
  2. Lessons from the Community Radio Fund of Canada

Stream 6:  Maximizing Community Impact and Engagement

Stream 7:  Archiving Community Media

Stream 8:  International and Historic Perspectives on Community Media

To see the schedule, panel descriptions, and speakers, click here. Details are being added daily.

In addition to enabling skill sharing, each workshop will provide a space for debating and reviewing the working document proposed for the policy development assembly

Policy Development Assembly

The third day will take the form of a policy development assembly to explore the pros and cons of a more integrated policy approach to community media in the digital environment. During this day-long forum, participants will have the opportunity to refine a working policy document developed prior to the assembly. Preparation of this draft will include the active participation of community media stakeholders throughout the summer and early fall.

The CRTC will be invited to include the outcomes of the assembly as an input to the upcoming review of community TV. Other government agencies whose policies impact community media—such as Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada—will also receive a copy.