‘Tell it like it is’: The role of community not-for-profit media in regeneration and reputational change

Harte, David (2016) ‘Tell it like it is’: The role of community not-for-profit media in regeneration and reputational change. Ethical Space, 13 (2). pp. 35-47.

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Abstract

Castle Vale is an edge of city, 1960s-built, housing estate in Birmingham that has historically suffered from a poor reputation for crime and social problems. A regeneration initiative in the 1990s sought to address this and community media (consisting of a radio station, newspaper and news website) were funded on a not-for-profit basis to help improve the estate’s reputation. Whilst much research has focused on the civic value of this type of ‘hyperlocal’ media, the outputs of the media in Castle Vale have been contested by citizens. This case study, which draws on interviews and workshops undertaken with media practitioners and citizens, reveals the ways in which assumptions about the democratising functions of such media come up against the tensions over representation that exist between readers and producers. The research here forms part of a UK Research Council funded project into the role of local community media as an aspect of ‘Creative Citizenship’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P300 Media studies
P500 Journalism
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA36: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Mr David Harte
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 12:48
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 12:48
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3422

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