What is "Community Media" ?

All non-commercial forms of communication within a given geographic area available to the general public with minimal restrictions on content sharing.  Mediums include; The Press,  Radio (Community Radio - WMPG), Cable Television (GCTV2),  Broadband Networks (Gray Town's Web Site, Facebook, YouTube), Signage (Traditional/Signage).....future communication mediums (3D Video ?). 

What are the Core Values of Community Media ?

- Localism:  Supports local viewpoints, local perspectives, and the interests of local communities.  Most main-stream media programming is intended for National or Regional audiences and does not often reflect the rich diversity of American community life.


- Diversity of Viewpoints- Participatory:  Local communities must be able to make and air media that reflects local experiences.  Our society is founded on a belief in freedom of expression and free speech.


- Promote Dialog and Discussion:  Democracy works best when a wide array of voices and opinions can be seen and heard.  The airing of opinions creates and opportunity for dialogue around issues and concerns that people and the community must address. 


- Media Literacy: A basic tenant of civil society is that the lives of all members of the community are important, and all members of society should be able to represent themselves in the media.  In order to represent themselves people need access to the electronic media tools to create content, the training to use the tools, and the mechanisms to distribute community content.  


- Non-Commercial: PEG access is an essential component in our publi media "greenspace" where, like a public park, we an reflect on who we are without the interference of commercial values.


- Civic Engagement:  Many of the decisions that most affect our lives are made at the local level by city councils, school boards and other important local political and economic development activities.


- Education: Community Media should play an important role in our local educational system. It provides a distribution medium for use by schools, libraries and other local non-profit entities, and is especially important for education in low income and rural communities. 


- Public Safety:  Community Media outlets can be used to inform and alert community members about local emergences or disaster situations.  


- Electronic Greenspace: All communication service providers using the Public-Right-Of-Way, or Public Airwaves, should provide bandwidth and funding for community access and use of these systems.