Organised by
UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Department of Communication
with support from
National Council of Rural Institutes (An MHRD institution)


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Dates March 16-21, 2017 (Six days)
Background Community media globally as well as in India have begun to alter the media landscape.  As a third-sector alternative, independent of state- and market- run media institutions, community newspapers, community radio, participatory video, and mobile phone based multimedia platforms are challenging the hegemony of mainstream media. Against this background, academic departments of communication and journalism in India and elsewhere are beginning to turn their attention to community media.   This workshop is intended to enhance the teaching and research capacities of faculty members in such departments, and to provide orientation and information on setting up campus community radio.
Workshop Objectives 1.      Locate community media in the broader media landscape;

2.      Share various theoretical entry points to the study of community media;

3.      Present case studies of prominent community media initiatives in India and abroad;

4.      Map the policy environment, both actual and potential, within which community media become possible;

5.      Work with the participants towards the formulation of a course (or paper) on community media within the existing postgraduate curriculum framework; and,

6.      Impart training on various research methodologies and approaches relevant to the study of community media either for a Master’s thesis or at a doctoral level or even simply academic research by faculty members.

7.      Provide orientation to the setting up of a campus community radio station, including information on application process, required infrastructure, and programming.

Who can participate? Participation is invited from full-time faculty members of departments of (mass) communication and journalism teaching in any post-graduate programme of Central Universities.  Participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 teachers, preferably (but not limited to) those who teach courses related to development communication.
Statement of Purpose The application must be accompanied by a 300-word statement detailing the applicant’s teaching/research interests (if PhD is completed, include brief synopsis) and the possibilities for including community media in the curriculum. Information may also be provided on whether the applicant’s institution already has a community radio station or is in the process of setting up one.
Workshop Fee No Workshop fee will be charged.
Accommodation Accommodation for the workshop duration will be provided on the campus.
Travel Those selected for the workshop will be given travel support (AC 2-tier by train or by economy class airfare in exceptional cases) not exceeding Rs. 12,000 including local travel. Travel will be as per Central government rules.
Certification Those who complete the workshop successfully will be presented a certificate jointly by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Department of Communication (UoH), and NCRI.
Organisers Organised by the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad with support from National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI).
Key Resource Persons Course Co-ordinator, Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, +914023135501, Prof. Kanchan K. Malik & Prof. Vasuki Belavadi (+914023135505), Faculty Fellows, UNESCO Chair on Community Media
Email ID for all correspondence: workshopsdcomm@commuoh.in
How to apply? Apply online. Deadline: February 28, 2017
Application Checklist 1.      Statement of Purpose
2.      Letter by VC/Dean/Head nominating you for the workshop
3.      Passport size photograph