Monday, September 19, 2011

Community stations not reporting local stories - Disappointing Report

Community stations not reporting local stories -

If community radio represented a deliberate attempt to extend the public sphere, then one has to say that the results of this survey by Wits Radio Academy have been very very disappointing in the area of news reporting. These local public spheres hold the promise of offering people in disadvantaged communities some news of events in their areas, events that do not easily feature on the agenda of larger mainstream, “outside” media. More, they could provide a source of information to the wider public, often cut off from the concerns of large sectors of the society."

Most look to be nothing but jukeboxes. I was really surprised that the campus stations made no effort at all to include local news. Too much trouble or no clear mandate?

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