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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:52:49 +0000
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Dear OURMedias!

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  
new collaborations.

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...