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Citizen and Community Media International Conference

  • Deakin Downtown Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street Docklands Australia (map)
CCMIC 2019

An international forum on the enhancement of citizen and community media enterprises through new approaches and technologies.


New media has provided citizens and communities with new opportunities to share information and news. Similar to traditional news media, community media enterprises have needed to adapt to utilise new technologies, such as streaming services, social media and mobile apps. The growth of citizen journalism also provides a new perspective on how information may be obtained and shared by individuals and in local communities. In recent years, there has been a renewed engagement with citizen and community media enterprises to provide a platform to local voices, including those of youth, women, seniors, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and other marginalised groups in society. New media technologies have been a blessing in disguise, imposing a cost on traditional community broadcasting enterprises, and yet removing entry barriers for citizens/individuals to become part of the community media landscape.

This conference explores how citizen and community media enterprises can be enhanced and their capabilities improved through new technologies, policies, infrastructures and collaborations, and tackling any hindrances to such innovation. The conference also provides a space for sharing of experiences and knowledge in citizen and community media enterprises across national borders.

Confirmed Speakers

The following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Dr Vinod Pavarala

    Professor & UNESCO Chair on Community Media

    Department of Communication

    University of Hyderabad, India

  • Dr Susan Forde

    Professor & Director

    Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

    Griffith University, Australia

  • Jon Bisset

    Chief Executive Officer

    Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

  • Russell Anderson

    Executive and Policy Officer

    The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council, Australia

  • Pinky Chandran


    Radio Active CR 90.4MHz

    Jain University, Bengaluru, India

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Conference details

Main theme: Enhancing Community Media Enterprise

We invite panels and papers that consider questions about capacity-building and knowledge sharing in citizen and community media enterprises. For instance:

  • Why community media?

  • What hinders community media enterprises fully utilising new media technologies?

  • What collaborations are facilitated by new media technologies to contribute towards sustaining community media enterprises?

  • How can government policies and supported infrastructures help community media?

  • What efforts are needed to enhance technological skills among participants to further broaden the entry of new voices as community media makers and broadcasters?

  • What kind of innovation and collaborations do new technologies enable?

The conference welcomes submissions from a broad range of fields, including journalism, media, culture, communication, sociology, politics and government policy, gender studies, religion, and more.

We invite abstracts for individual papers, or pre-constituted panels of four papers on any topic related to the conference theme. We are particularly interested in contributions from community media practitioners and scholars. The accepted abstracts will be published on the website and with the conference schedule.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of community media

  • The rise of citizen journalism

  • Community news content and audiences

  • Digital broadcasting

  • Changing media technologies’ impact on the community media sector

  • Social media as a community information source

  • Citizen media training and collaborations

  • Citizen media and mainstream media

  • Community media innovations

  • Community media governance and funding

  • Media representation and capabilities of minority communities

This conference was initially established as part of a project on capacity-building and knowledge-sharing in citizen media enterprise, with various support and funding partners. It is expanding on the success of Sambhashane – The Bengaluru Dialogues on Citizens & Community Media.


Individual and panel abstracts submissions are now closed

Submit to:

Individual extended abstracts: Between 400-and-500 words, plus a 40-word biography of each author. Each accepted presentation will be for 15 minutes (equivalent of a 3000-word article)

Panel abstracts: Maximum 300-word overview, with 4 x 400-word extended abstract for each contribution plus 4 x 40-word biography, and contact details.

Notification of acceptance: 4 March 2019.

Please note that the conference social media accounts will be available from March 2019 onwards.


Registration is now closed and the event is overbooked. If you are on the shortlist, you will be contacted if a position becomes available.

All attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. They can check their event registrations at EventBrite.