The Alternative Media Handbook

Overview

'Alternative media' are media produced by the socially, culturally and politically excluded: they are always independently run and often community-focused, ranging from pirate radio to activist publications, from digital video experiments to radical work on the Web. The Alternative Media Handbook explores the many and diverse media forms that these nonmainstream media take.

About the Author:
Kate Coyer is an independent radio producer, media activist and post-doctoral research ...

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Overview

'Alternative media' are media produced by the socially, culturally and politically excluded: they are always independently run and often community-focused, ranging from pirate radio to activist publications, from digital video experiments to radical work on the Web. The Alternative Media Handbook explores the many and diverse media forms that these nonmainstream media take.

About the Author:
Kate Coyer is an independent radio producer, media activist and post-doctoral research fellow with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Central European University in Budapest

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Tony Dowmunt is now course tutor on the MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London

About the Author:
Alan Fountain is currently Chief Executive of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), a professional development programme for film and television producers

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Editorial Reviews

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'The Alternative Media Handbook does an excellent job of setting out the potential of using alternative media approaches in a developmental context...If you're looking for a comprehensive and 'hands on' guide to the practice of alternative media, this book is an excellent place to start'- Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415359665
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: Media Practice Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Coyer is an independent radio producer and media activist. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and Central European University in Budapest where she works on community media.
Tony Dowmunt has been involved in alternative video and television production since 1975 and is now course tutor on the MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Alan Fountain is currently Chief Executive of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), a professional development programme for film and television producers. He was the first Commissioning Editor for Independent Film and TV at Channel Four, 1981-94.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
List of contributors     ix
Foreword   James Curran     xix
Introduction   Tony Dowmunt   Kate Coyer     1
Where alternative media came from     13
Mysteries of the black box unbound: an alternative history of radio   Kate Coyer     15
Alternative film, video and television 1965-2005   Alan Fountain     29
The alternative press   Angela Phillips     47
A brief history: the Web and interactive media   Chris Atton     59
What's happening now     67
Radical journalism     69
Alternative media in practice   Chris Atton     71
Indymedia and the politics of participation: reporting the G8 in Scotland, 2005 'Sam and Annie'     78
SchNEWS at ten     88
Experimental forms     91
Alternative visions of television   David Garcia   Lennaart Van Oldenborgh     93
ambientTV.net   Manu Luksch   Mukul Patel     105
Zines   Katie Haegele     108
Access to broadcasting     111
Access to broadcasting: radio   Kate Coyer     112
Community radio: milango for lives   Charlotte Hill O'Neal     123
Access to broadcasting: TV   Tony Dowmunt     125
Video Nation and Digital Storytelling: a BBC/public partnership in content creation   Mandy Rose     127
Manhattan Neighborhood Network: challenging monocrop monotony   Martin Lucas     137
Mainstream or alternative media?     141
Getting alternative messages in mainstream media   Natalie Fenton     143
Communication of the oppressed: alternative media and their political impact in contemporary Latin America   Joao Alexandre Peschanski     154
Culture jamming     163
Stop signs: an introduction to culture jamming   Graham Meikle     166
Culture jamming the video game way   Sue Scheibler     179
New(er) technologies     186
Copyright: the politics of owning culture   Gregor Claude     188
A2T: bridging the digital divide   Adnan Hadzi     194
Alternative media in development     206
Alternative and participatory media in developing countries   James Deane     206
Mgwirzano: a case study from Malawi   Su Braden     212
Distribution and audiences      224
The power and the passion: community radio in Australia   Michael Meadows   Susan Forde   Jacqui Ewart   Kerrie Foxwell     226
Lux   Julia Knight     228
Student media     232
Student radio   Salvatore Scifo     233
Student press   Salvatore Scifo     236
Media activism     238
The global movement to transform communications   Dorothy Kidd     239
Media reform activism in the US: the movement against consolidation of media ownership   Pete Tridish   Kate Coyer     248
Media activist initiatives   Simon Blanchard     251
Doing it yourself     257
DIY media-making resources     259
Getting started     259
Training and skills     263
Doing it     267
Radio production     267
Interviewing for radio   Aaron Sarver     270
Starting a community radio station   Pete Tridish     273
Podcasting   Andrew Dubber     276
Video/TV/film production     279
Creating websites   Owen Mundy     284
Blogging    Andrew Dubber     287
Print publishing   Jen Angel     290
Zines   Joe Biel     297
Culture jamming     301
Funding and finance     306
Successful fundraising in the UK   Mark Dunford     309
A place where money grows on trees?   Kate Coyer     315
'We are the network...'     319
Resources     321
Bibliography     329
Index     341
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