A Year of Insightful Dialogues – Decentered Media’s 2023 Christmas Message

Dear Subscribers and Supporters of Decentered Media

As the festive season envelops us in its warm embrace, this is a fitting moment to reflect on the year that has been – a year marked by perceptive dialogues and meaningful explorations in the province of community media. At Decentered Media, we have journeyed through a varied landscape of topics, each contributing to our understanding and appreciation of communications as a tool for positive social change.

As we finish this year with Ofcom’s Local Media Review, a comprehensive assessment that has the potential to shed light on the evolving dynamics of local media in the UK, it’s encouraging that our conversations have engaged with this issue, so we should be ready to contribute to the consultation.

Decentered Media has been actively discussing various topics in 2023, focusing on communications for positive social change. Here are some of the key issues and themes covered:

Processed Media – Let Them Eat Cake: This piece uses analogies to gain a better understanding of the state of media, particularly in the context of direct description and its complexities.

Decentered Media Podcasts: Several podcasts have been released, discussing various aspects of media and community engagement. Notable episodes include:

  • Leicester Sound Postcards – Telling Stories Using Sound: This episode focuses on storytelling through sound, featuring Dimple Patel from Luminous Productions.
  • Radio Stall with Kathy Smith: This podcast explores how radio can represent the mixed histories of neighbourhoods, towns, and cities.
  • Media For Community Conversations: A discussion with John Coster of the Documentary Media Centre.
  • Community Media Co-Production Principles: This episode delves into the concept of co-production in community media.
  • Symbolic Thinking for Community Communications: An exploration of symbolic thinking in the context of community communications.

Left Behind Neighbourhoods and Local Media: This article discusses a report produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods, in collaboration with Local Trust.

A Closer Look – Ofcom’s Study on Working-Class Audiences and BBC Programming: An examination of Ofcom’s research into the viewing habits and preferences of working-class audiences in the UK.

Equality Impact Assessment for Communications: This piece highlights the importance of Equality Impact Assessments in ensuring that social and public organisations operate inclusively.

Communication Principles – Utilising Symbolic Interactionism in Communications Strategy: An exploration of different theoretical frameworks, specifically symbolic interactionism, to enhance social and community-focused communication strategies.

Media Bill and Community Radio Consultation: A discussion about the Media Bill and its implications for community radio.

These topics reflect a critical and diverse range of interests and concerns in the realm of community media, focusing on the role of media in social change, community engagement, and the representation of diverse voices and perspectives.

As we bid farewell to 2023 and welcome the new year, let us carry forward the lessons learned, and the insights gained. Your support and engagement have been the cornerstone of our journey, and we look forward to continuing this journey together, fostering a media environment that resonates with the values of democracy, inclusivity, and community spirit.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Warm regards,

Rob

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