National Conference on Community Radio in India: Challenges and Possibilities of Information and Knowledge Sharing

 

Call for the Research Papers:
National Conference on Community Radio in India: Challenges and Possibilities of Information and Knowledge Sharing
Concept Note:                      
Media is facing unprecedented crisis in today’s scenario with market pulls, technology driven changes and constantly falling ethics of journalism. It is either controlled by the market forces or by the governments. Parallel to this, the idea of community media was promoted as a front for alternative media.  The Community Radio (CR) as community media is considered a vital tool for the democratization of information. It was also argued that the community radio stations would ensure participation of the common people and hence lead to empowerment of the marginalized sections of the society.
It has been 12 years since the first community radio station was launched in India. Ever since, around 179 community radio stations have been functional in the country, though, the promise was for many more such stations. In this backdrop, it is important to analyze how participatory the community radio stations have been in India. Community radio stations themselves have faced a number of challenges, and shortage of financial resources hasn’t been the least of those challenges. While profit isn’t community radio’s motive nevertheless the means to survive and efficiently run the stations is a big concern.  Most importantly, how do policies of the state influence the basic nature of community radio, as an alternative media, is also important subject of inquiry.
While the fast paced changes in technology have posed serious challenge to the CRs movement, the future of the community media in the current situation doesn’t look very promising. At the same time, one cannot argue to dilute the alternative media as they alone can stand up to the largely biased commercial and state media.
To discuss all these issues School of Journalism and Media Studies, Directorate of Research and Innovation and Hello Haldwani (91.2 megahertz) at Uttarakhand Open University are jointly going to organize a two days conference to develop the understanding on Community Radio on March 29-30, 2017.

 

Important Information:
National Conference on Community Radio in India: Challenges and Possibilities of Information and Knowledge Sharing.

Important Dates:
Acceptance of Abstract in 200 words- Last Date 20th March, 2017
Acceptance of Full length Paper (minimum 4000 words) – Last Date 25th March, 2017
Conference Dates- 30-31 March, 2017

Venue :  Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani- Nainital, Uttarakhand
(Eight best papers will be selected for the presentation and published in a book form by the university. The researchers of the selected papers will be provided with accommodation and TA for participation in the conference. )

Contacts:
Prof. Girija Pande (Convener)
Directorate of Research and Innovation
([email protected])

 

Mr. Bhupen Singh, Organizing Secretary
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Media Studies
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+91-9456324236