Last week was the 25th anniversary of the founding of Flirt FM, Galway’s student radio station. I was the founding station manager at the station, and I got to go back on air as part of the celebrations – in the afternoon with my sons (including an interview they completed with my father, about his involvement with RTÉ’s Galway Community Radio project in the 1970s/1980s), and later with media analysts/scholars Paul Riismandel and John Anderson, where we explored the role of alternative media in covering protest.
Then this week I was part of a discussion on Paul’s radio show/podcast, Radio Survivor, where (along with current Flirt FM station manager Paula Healy, and co-hosts Jennifer Waits and Eric Klein). Lots of fun, and some serious discussions too.
I got to co-moderate a panel on community radio in the UK and Ireland this week, with my colleague Salvatore Scifo from Bournemouth University. The panel was organised by Prof Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair in Community Media at the University of Hyderabad, as part of their Global Dialogues series. The video is now available for on-demand viewing.
The second of two issues of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media which I guest-edited with Salvatore Scifo is now online. Proud to have collaborated on stewarding this to completion, and of all the amazing contributions we were honoured to include. (Sorry also for the many we couldn’t include, despite being afforded the luxury of two issues.)
Our first issue was 4(4), while the second is 5(1), the first issue of the journal at its new home with Intellect. You may be interested in the editorials we wrote for the first and second of these issues:
I’m guest editing an issue of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media with Salvatore Scifo of Bournemouth University, on the theme of Sustaining Community Media: Challenges and Strategies. We welcome short abstracts by 15 November.
I gave a guest talk to a Sociology seminar (SP3115 – Volunteering: Theory, policy and practice) earlier this year, and the event was captured on video.
I’ve a forthcoming publication in JRAM (the Journal of Radio and Audio Media), titled Copyright, community radio and change: How the U.S. community radio sector is negotiating changing copyright rules and the rollout of digital distribution. It’s expected to be in the May 2014 issue.
Enjoying another inspiring IAMCR conference, this time in my old stomping grounds of Dublin. I spoke at the first day of the OurMedia conference, and will be part of a panel tomorrow (Thursday), where I’ll be examining issues around copyright, focusing particularly on projects like the Free Music Archive, which provide relatively ‘safe’ ways for community stations to push back against expanding copyright regimes. I’ll have the powerpoints up shortly.
Wonder what my dissertation contains, but not have the time to actually read it? Never fear, now there’s a Wordle for that….