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The CMTO has partnered with Griffith University Centre for Social and Cultural Research to investigate the impact of community media training on the employment pathways and career trajectories of its practitioners.

The latest academic findings are published in the Continuum Journal of Media & Cultural Studies: Communities, connections, and careers: building personal and professional networks through community media work. 

The article focuses on the importance of working and volunteering in community media for developing robust and meaningful networks, connections, and relationships, central to shaping personal and professional pathways.

“Through community media … I’ve met so many amazing people and made so many amazing connections that made me feel really connected to not just my mob, but mobs across the country. So, for me that’s been the biggest, the connection to community” - research participant.

The publication builds on findings from the 2023 research report, Community Media Destinations: Spotlight on Training, which highlights priority areas for training as the community media sector works towards Roadmap 2033.

Academic researchers and community radio practitioners, Dr Bridget Backhaus; Dr Heather Anderson; and Dr Charlotte Bedford drew on 79 survey responses and 31 long-form interviews with people who have completed community media training. 

Community broadcasting is recognised as an important space for forming long lasting professional networks and social connections. Crucially, the research highlights the richness and diversity of these networks, 

“The ability to form relationships across difference and connect with issues removed from one’s own lived experience had profound influences on participants’ personal and professional lives”.

You can read the full article here.

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