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Title:The world is our community: rethinking community radio in the digital age
Author:Chiumbu, Sarah HelenISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community radio
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jams/2014/00000006/00000003/art00002
Abstract:New media technologies, internet and mobile phones, have transformed the face of radio broadcasting. Research in this area has shown that these technologies are reconfiguring both radio's institutional structures and its practices. Radio, now accessed on multiple digital platforms, is allowing diverse forms of utilization and engagement. This article analyses the changing nature and meaning of 'community' in community radio in the digital age using insights from literature on imagined communities, translocality and liminality. It argues that new media technologies are opening up new spaces for community radio that go beyond the geographical and community of interest to embrace translocal and diasporic communities. There is thus need to interrogate the meaning of community radio in terms of audiences and programming in such new configurations. The author uses two community radio stations in South Africa as case studies. She concludes by pointing to the need for new research avenues on community radio in the digital age. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]