The Prometheus Radio Project, located in Philadelphia, seeks to build participatory radio to be “a voice for community expression.” To that end, the project works to “demystify media policy and technology” and “help grassroots organizations build communications infrastructure to strengthen their communities and movements.”
The Local Community Radio Act of 2010 (P.L. 11-371) opened the airwaves for the largest expansion of community radio in U.S. history, the PRP says. The group says residents are not moving away from radio, but are moving away from “homogenous news sources.” People seek information that they can participate in, and is relevant to them within their social networks and community radio provides just that, the group says.
In addition, the expanding media is impacting how community radio is being accessed with the integration of broadcast and digital technologies enabling stations to be more accessible and participatory. “With a cell phone and laptop, the whole community becomes a mobile studio,” the project says.
To facilitate growth among community radio stations, the PRP is building a participatory media infrastructure designed to train groups working to start community radio stations, according to the organization says. To train such groups, the project conducts webinars on different topics for low power community radio station applicants. The date, time, and registration for each webinar is listed on the PRP’s website.
For providing information and encouragement to local groups on building community radio stations, the Prometheus Radio Projectis Government Video’s Website of the Week.
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