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Community Media is Having a Moment

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

TV/Radio Simulcast and YouTube/Facebook

Community media makers have been the storytellers and documenters of local history, culture, and politics for decades. Recently this work has been the subject of several studies and publications by area academics. Even prior to the pandemic community media was having a bit of a moment.

Panelists, Patricia Aufderheide, Antoine Haywood, Clemencia Rodriguez, and Andrea Wenzel, will summarize their research as a jumping-off point to discuss how community media and community-centered journalism has become even more necessary during this time of national crisis and how to build on this moment to better serve our communities. The conversation will be moderated by Molly de Aguiar, of the Independence Public Media Foundation.  This conversation is part of PhillyCAM's People Powered Media Fest




Antoine Haywood is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and a MIC Center Graduate Research Fellow. His primary research focuses on understanding the contemporary relevance of community media operations anchored by municipally mandated public, educational, and government access television channels collectively known as PEG. Before his time at Annenberg, Antoine spent 15years building community engagement programs for community media organizations such as People TV and Radio Free Georgia in Atlanta, GA, and PhillyCAM in Philadelphia, PA. He is also a musician, vinyl record collector, and video maker. Antoine proudly hails from Palm Beach County, Florida.


Dr. Clemencia Rodríguez is a Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. In her book Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her "citizens' media theory," a groundbreaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Currently, she divides her time between Colombia and Philadelphia. In Colombia, her research centers on citizens’ media in post-conflict Colombia, with a new focus on environmental communication and how grassroots communities address the climate crisis with media and communication. In Philadelphia, she explores the rich history and development of local community media, activist media, and youth initiatives that involve media, arts, and digital platforms.

Andrea Wenzel is an assistant professor at Temple University. She is a fellow with Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the co-founder of the Germantown Info Hub. She is the author of Community-Centered Journalism: Engaging People, Exploring Solutions, and Building Trust. Prior to completing her Ph.D. at USC Annenberg, she spent 15 years as a radio producer at WBEZ and WAMU, and a trainer/project manager for organizations such as BBC Media Action and Internews in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Ghana.

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She founded the School's Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow.



Molly de Aguiar comes to Independence Public Media Foundation with 15 years’ experience in thoughtful, responsive philanthropy, with deep expertise in designing and supporting community-centered local journalism programs and initiatives. Her work has focused on a range of ideas exploring the future of local news and information, including sustainable business models, community-centered reporting, collaboration, and creative storytelling formats.

She launched and directed the Informed Communities program for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which attracted partnerships with national funders and helped New Jersey become a model for local journalism innovation. She also served as the first Managing Director of the News Integrity Initiative, a globally-focused philanthropic project, at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She co-founded the Local News Lab, sits on the boards of Media Impact Funders, and writes and speaks frequently about reimagining philanthropy.


This conversation is part of PhillyCAM's People Powered Media Fest, Oct 19 - Nov 20.