Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration

Local Community Radio Stations for Immigrants: 20 Years of Expression and Initiatives

TitleLocal Community Radio Stations for Immigrants: 20 Years of Expression and Initiatives
Publication TypeReport
Original TitleLes radios locales associatives a destination des publics immigres: bilan de 20 ans d’expressions e d’initiatives
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsDe Lataulade, B., C. Froissart, and L. Melas
Date Published03/2004
Place PublishedParis
Type of WorkReport
1) Abstract

This is the executive summary of a research project mandated by FASILD, and which went back over the history of local community stations, from their creation to the present day, and set out to identify their specificity, their role and function.

2.1) Publication LanguageFrench
2.2) Type & Structure

Structure: report

  • Introduction
  • Community radio and social movements
  • -- a tool for alternative communication
    - - a tool for expression and social transformation
    - - diffusion of different informations from other media
    - Cultural projects
    - local communication and global reach

  • The actors in local radio stations
  • - current outlook of local community radio
    - - partners
    - - the role of FALSID
    - - difficult evolutions

  • Media and community project
  • - - active community life
    - - radio stations close to their audience
    - - vertical and horizontal programming/scheduling
    - - major themes
    - - volunteers
    - - professionalization

  • Community radio as means of integration and fight against discrimination
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    - - community or multi-community radio stations
    - - militancy on immigration issues
    - - help for immigrants

    3.1) Main Issues

    The research first describes free or community radio,
    Generally, community radios are expected to give access to their own media to minorities, groups or communities which are usually excluded from the public sphere, and thus give them a voice and a means to be known and understood.(p.2)
    A historical view of local community radios is then described, with an emphasis on diversity, through the wasys that issues linked to integration and fight against discrimination are approached and treated. Thus, immigrants created their own radio stations, with the aim of maintaining the priorities of their communities, as well as helping their audience becine engaged in social cultural and political processes. A number of those radio stations, working in the field of diversity, have thus been funded by FALSID, which commissioned this study.

    Their language is different. They are essential to diversity of information and as such guarantee democracy. Then and now, community radio advocates the diffusion of information which is usually not broadcast by other media. (p.4)
    The report also mentions the fact that community radio promote local artists, and gives a voice to those who are not heard elsewhere. The report identifies different types of community radio: community or multi-community radio, which give a voice to migrants, advocacy community radio, which fights against discriminations, community radios which endeavour to help migrant communities and their children. The report also identifies several approaches to questions of diversity and immigration: dilution of theme of integration within the programming, or representation of several different cultures through programming, or a political approach centered on the social, or an approach where aspects of life and culture in the home countries are still a major element.
    The report concluded that local community radio has played a significant role in giving a voice to diversity, and continues to do so.

    3.3) Media Genres

    Community radio

    3.4) Key Theories


    History of community radio: documentary analysis; interviews with some institutional and media professionals
    Field work with 9 community radio stations, with interviews and focus groups

    4.1) Relevance

    Relevant as a report on radio stations which are inherently concerned with issues of diversity

    Keywordsdiscrimination, France, language, migration news, news agenda, news format, news programme production practices, news selection, news themes, news-making