Saturday, June 7, 2008

Grassroots Radio Conference July 25th

Grassroots Radio Conference

The Grassroots Radio Conference is being held in Portland, OR, July 25
– 27th, at the Native American Student and Community Center, at
Portland State University.

The Grassroots Radio Conference is an annual gathering of community
radio activists in support of this mission: " More than audio outlets,
volunteer-based community radio stations are cultural institutions in
their communities, reflecting the unique concerns and passions of the
people who live there. With a system of governance based on openness
and collaboration, and diverse programming produced by volunteers and
funded by listeners, these stations are cornerstones of participatory
democracy, offering ordinary citizens the chance to exercise First
Amendment rights in a mass medium and audiences the opportunity to
directly support the programming that is of importance to them.”

Each year, the conference provides skill building workshops, space for
important discussions and information exchange, and panel presentations
on a variety of relevant topics. We are currently soliciting panel
participants and workshop leaders in the following topic areas:

Live remote broadcasts
Diversity issues – taking out barriers to inclusion
Addressing “isms” – creating social change within our stations
Role of community radio in disaster response
Writing for radio
FCC issues – current topics and concerns
Multi-media challenges and opportunities
Internet streaming
Hands on production track
Interviewing skills
News reporting basics
Field recording
Fundraising—beyond the membership drive
Youth radio
Crisis management – when things go awry
Art of broadcast—how to make compelling radio that works for listeners
Music & mission
Radio theater
Collaborations between stations
Functional collectives
Volunteer recruitment
Non-violent communication within stations / conflict resolution
DIY – equipment / studios and ???

If you have questions or ideas, please contact Ani at by June 15th. GRC-13 is being presented by KBOO
Community Radio, KPCN-lpfm, Portland Center for Public Humanities at
PSU, PSU Department of English, PSU Department of Communications, and
KPSU fm.


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