Community Media is media created and controlled by either a geographic community or a community of interest or identity. It has been described in a broad sense as “community communication” and prioritises social value over financial or other gain. It is distinct from commercial or state-run media and may include radio, television broadcasting, independent film-making, print, online platforms or hyperlocal media.
Community Media is a fast growing sector across the UK by virtue of its ability to bring people together to speak and listen to each other and help build and support strong communities. It provides a platform for creative expression, opportunities for skill development and media literacy, and develops inter-cultural and inter-generational dialogue. It supports social and digital inclusion as well as providing thousands of volunteering and employment opportunities. Most of all, it gives communities a stronger voice.