Grantee name: OURMedia Network
Mission: OURMedia / NUESTROS Medios is an international network and forum founded in 2001 by a group of engaged academics interested in advancing the democratic potential of community, alternative and 'citizens' media. Recognizing that the intellectual and policy frameworks for citizens' media are often out of touch with the on-the-ground reality, the purpose of OURMedia is to connect scholars, practitioners, activists and policy-makers towards defined outcomes. OURMedia is now a network of over 500 people from 50 countries and has generated an extensive body of practical and theoretical knowledge primarily in English and Spanish. It constitutes a unique space of dialogue between academics and practitioners, advocates and artists working in community, alternative and citizens' media.
Ultimately, the goal of OURMedia is to design and develop initiatives that can strengthen citizens' media, community media, and alternative media in national and international policy arenas.
Location: Global network
Channel Grant: Channel made a grant to the OURMedia Network (through the University of Oklahoma's fiscal sponsorship) to support four indigenous people to attend the OURMedia 6 Conference in Sydney, Australia, on April 9-13, 2007. Two of the recipients, community radio broadcasters and activists from Papua New Guinea, led a panel on Community Media in Papua New Guinea. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, from the AMARC Women's International Network and the International Women's Tribune Centre led a panel on "Community media by and for women - a challenge to fulfill the promise." (2007)
All photos courtesy Amparo Cadavid and Clemencia Rodriguez (OURMedia).