Nico Carpentier held a lecture with the title “The Alternative Economies of Community Media” at the E-Com Lab 2019 at the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) in Barcelona on 11 December 2019.

“The lecture first discussed the nature of community media, using the four approaches model (see Carpentier, Lie & Servaes, 2003; Carpentier, 2017) to community media as starting point. This model argues that community media organizations are best understood through a combination of four approaches: 1/serving the community, 2/being an alternative to the mainstream, 3/part of civil society, 3/part of a rhizome. Particular attention is spent on how these approaches connect to the economic sustainability of community media. In the second part of the talk, a series of examples are discussed, stressing their alternative economies and vulnerabilities: the translocal projects RadioSwap of Wireless Antwerpen, the construction of quality in Swiss and Austrian community radio stations, CCMC in Cyprus and Zine production in Prague.”

You can watch the complete lecture here