Samaaj aur Samvaad : Workshop on Community Media [22-26 Jan], Palampur, Himachal Pradesh; Register by Jan 5

Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy and Politics and Inclusive Media for Change invite applications for Samaaj aur Samvaad: Workshop on Community Media 22nd-26th January, 2014 (Palampur, Himachal Pradesh)

What

We are looking to organise a workshop for activists working with communities, NGOs and social movements.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the potential of community media – for communication within the community, communication to the outside world, as well as for the preservation of local knowledge and practices.

Why

In times when mainstream media is increasingly owned and controlled by profit-corporations dependent on advertising for their revenues, thousands of people read and view “news” dictated by business interests.

Business interests create news they can use! Large communities of people are left stranded outside the margins of public discourse. Space for their issues – often, survival – in the public domain, diminishes every day.

But community media, of the people and by the people, can effectively tell their story; it may be one way to begin to right the balance.

How

Community media allows voices aside of government (national public broadcast) and private commercial interests, to speak!

Through community media:

1. Marginalised groups can connect with the larger whole in meaningful and in culturally coherent ways.

2. Local knowledge, awareness and experience can be mobilized to deal with local challenges and potential disasters.

3. Voiceless citizens gain a voice for social and community causes.

4. Public participation is encouraged and democracy deepened.

5. Communities gain access to communication techniques and technology.

Community media facilitates community-level debate and knowledge-sharing. Its final goal is to empower at the grassroot level.

Workshop Outline:

1. Understanding mainstream media: what it covers and what it doesn’t

2. Why we need community media

3. Community media and deepening democracy

4. Community media policies and global practices

5. Community radio in India: Policies and experiences of practitioners

6. Use of video technology by the people

7. Mobile phones for community news

8. Community Newspapers

Resource Persons:

1. Arti Jaiman (Gurgaon ki Awaaz – NCR’s only community radio)
2. Navratan (Radio Tilonia)
3. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (Independent journalist and film-maker)
4. Shobhit Jain (Samaj Pragati Sahyog)
5. Shubranshu Chaudhary (Founder of CGNet Swara)
6. Sudhir Patnaik (Samdrushti Trust)
7. Vipul Mudgal (Inclusive Media for Change)

Workshop Fees: Rs.3500 (this includes program fee, boarding and lodging)

[Partial and full fee waivers are available. Do not let your inability to pay be the reason for not applying. But the number of fee waivers we can give are limited, so please apply for financial support if you really need it. Do remember, there may be others who need it more than you!]

Application Timeline: The ‘Participation Form’ is available on our website HERE.

Please submit it by January 5, 2013.

Preference would be given to early applicants.

For more information on the workshop, write to Ira Saxena ([email protected])

For more information on Sambhaavnaa Institute see www.sambhaavnaa.org and on Inclusive Media for Change see www.im4change.org

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