As Amparo and Dorothy have already mentioned, a further event in the
spirit of OURMedia took place just before the Papua New Guinea
conference: On 13/14 July, the IAMCR Community Communication section
and the UNESCO Chair on Community Media organised a 2-day
pre-conference to this year's IAMCR conference in Hyderabad, India.
You can find a report of the event here:
The pre-conference "Building Community - Shaping Change" brought
together over 100 activists, advocates, and scholars, to discuss
issues such as the sustainability and policy environment of community
media, the representation and participation of marginalised groups,
technological innovation, social movement communication, etc.
International participants could learn about the many experiences of
grassroots media practices and development communication in India and
South Asia, while regional organisations used the event for developing
With some help from the Community Communication section, and from
organisations such as AMARC, CEMCA and Ideosync, the event was largely
organised by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Prof. Vinod
Pavarala, and his team of colleagues and students. They managed to put
together two wonderful days and a memorable event. Thanks to everyone
who participated, presented, discussed, attended, and especially to
the local organisers!
This conference followed a similar event last year in Dublin, and so
it may be the second in an emerging series of OURMedia-style
IAMCR-preconferences. Next year, IAMCR will be held in Montreal...