First paper out and live Q&A
Last year, my first paper was published on Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media. "Community radio stations sustainability model: An open-source solution", co-written with Prof. Jorge Vieira and Prof. Manuela Aparício, is a first step towards building a theoretical framework that anchors both community radio and open source. The paper was kindly featured on the on of teh most recent gatherings of the Radio Studies Network Reading Group. Next Monday (June 15th), I'll be part of the call. I'll be talking about the paper and take part in a live Q&A. If you're into community radio and its intersection with open source realm beyond software, make sure to join us. It'll happen at 2pm BST.
You can read the paper's abstract below. If you can't access the journal through your university or research centre, you can find a pre-print version at ISCTE-IUL's repository.
Commmunity radio stations are important social-inclusion structures, empowering communities through media access and production, reinforcing their ties with the wider civil society. The free and open-source software movement has been established since the 1980s, founded on the freedom to use, to study, to share and to improve a software’s source code. It focuses on sharing knowledge, enabling action within a community towards a common goal. With millions of projects and market dominance in specific areas of IT, open source is one of the most successful community movements of our time. In this article, we argue that theoretical frameworks and other insights drawn from the open-source movement can be valuable tools for understanding and critically analysing the designated community radio sphere in terms of technology, content creation and community management to provide a sustainable broadcast practice, expanding already-existing inclusive environments and potentiating empowerment through participation. Key words: community radio, open source, copyleft, technology, community, participation