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Voice of the people? Objectives versus outcomes for community radio in Ireland

O'Brien, Anne and Gaynor, Niamh (2012) Voice of the people? Objectives versus outcomes for community radio in Ireland. The Radio Journal, 10 (2). pp. 145-160. ISSN 1476-4504

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Abstract

Research has neglected to address the question of whether practitioners and the community groups served by community radio see it as a conduit of community empowerment and social change. This article explores this question through in-depth analysis of four community radio stations in Ireland. The central finding is that while community stations subscribe to most of the ideals of community radio, practitioners do not generally see the stations as sites of social and political empowerment. Moreover, this outcome is not recognised as a benefit by the communities served by the stations. This is the case because of the policy framework, cultural traditions and training programmes central to community radio in Ireland, the weakness of linkages between stations and community groups and the failure of the latter to understand the unique remit of community radio.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Subjects:Social Sciences > Journalism
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Adult education
Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Mass media
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Intellect Ltd.
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rjao.10.2.145_1
Copyright Information:© 2012 Intellect Ltd.
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19720
Deposited On:05 Feb 2014 14:31 by Niamh Gaynor. Last Modified 05 Feb 2014 14:31

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