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Inaugural event of the Local and Community Media MeCCSA Network.


Inaugural event of the Local and Community Media MeCCSA Network.

We are pleased to host the inaugural event of the Local and Community Media MeCCSA Network at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury on Tuesday on the 30 April 2019.

The aim of the network is to draw together scholars interrogating local and community media to raise the profile of research in this field both in the UK and internationally, and to strengthen its future trajectory. The network also seeks to support and promote the development of research and teaching in the field. This event will discuss priorities for actions and plan future events. Areas for consideration for the network might include, but are not limited to:

  • reconceptualising ‘community’
  • ‘hyperlocal’ media
  • community media
  • local news and journalism
  • the political economy of legacy and emerging local media
  • local public spheres
  • cultures and practices of local and/or community media workers
  • political communication in the local sphere
  • the sustainability of local and/or community media and journalism platforms
  • the impact of social media on the meaning and making of the local/the local on social media platforms
  • changing local media ecosystems
  • the cultures and practices of local media production and consumption
  • policy interpolations
  • the significance of history in contextualising ‘crises’ in the local
  • local communications
  • alternative local media: process, content and narrative


If you would like to join the network or to attend the event, please send an expression of Interest to Dr Rachel Matthews,, briefly outlining your own area of interest. We welcome scholars at all stages of their career.


Network organisers:

Dr David Baines, Newcastle University. Professor Agnes Gulyas, Canterbury Christ Church University. Dr Rachel Matthews, Coventry University

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