CBAA 2011 Conference: It’s a wrap

CMTO youth training project ‘CBloggers’ conducted in partnership with the CBAA and supported by the CBF was a feature of this year’s CBAA Conference producing all the online coverage available at

Read, listen and watch some of the conference highlights here:

The Future of Radio

Audiences: How to Find Them

How to Get Grant Savvy in 2012

Copyright: An Artist’s Perspective

What’s the worst that could happen?

It’s time to talk about money; and how to get it!

Engaging Audiences; Fostering Community

New Media impacts traditional gatekeepers

A Modern Radio Facility with computer networks

Arts, culture and community radio

Over 200 people headed to the Gold Coast for this year’s CBAA conference last weekend. The conference featured nearly three days of presentations and discussion about media and community broadcasting, and included representatives from community stations across all Australian states and territories.

The opening plenary featured Margaret Simons as keynote speaker covering the enormous changes in the production and delivery of media content, and overviews of sector-wide projects including Amrap, CBOnline and CMTO. Over 20 workshops were held throughout the conference covering areas such as governance & management, social media, broadcast licence renewal, content and creative storytelling, grants, broadcast automation software, sponsorship, audience research, digital radio, training and dispute resolution.

Media futures were explored in a Q&A panel session including Margaret Simons, visiting UK citizen journalist Gari Sullivan, Ellie Rennie, Mick James and John Martin. Matt Balogh of McNair Ingenuity Research reported on the 2011 Station Census and Dr Paul Gibson spoke about ‘The Growth of Conflict’ in the Saturday conference plenary. The Digital Radio Forum presented an update on CBAA planning for digital radio, and covered spectrum and transmission planning solutions to enable further capacity for community digital radio services.

The Gala Awards Dinner recognised outstanding community broadcasting programs and contributions to the sector including the Michael Law Award, named after one of the founders of community broadcasting. John Martin was the recipient of the 2011 Michael Law Award as retiring President of the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF), a position he has held for 12 years after over 20 years involvement with the CBF and the community broadcasting sector. A full list of CBAA award winners is available here.

The conference wound up on Sunday morning with a breakfast buffet and a final session presented by Steve Ahern titled ‘Through the Looking Glass’.

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