Community television’s impact on community
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“Community Television’s Impact on Community” is a public ethnography in the form of a video documentary that looks at how a local television magazine show on South Vancouver Island, go! Island, contributes to community engagement. Local storytelling has the ability to connect us to the people, places, things and ideas of our community. Television plays an important role in sharing local stories with community. However, the media landscape is rapidly changing and local media has been hit hard by cutbacks, layoffs, and lack of technical resources needed to produce local television. As a result of online media, corporate media ownership, changes in technology and greater competition, local media, including television, is facing many challenges, including shrinking budgets. When this happens, we aren’t just losing local journalists, but we are also losing writers and producers who are known in the industry as lifestyles reporters. These specialists focus on the arts, culture, community news and human interest stories. This community-based storytelling has the ability to motivate people to engage in their community, and, can help build and strengthen relationships; helping people feel welcomed, valued and can enhance civic participation. This research will contribute to the conversation about the future of local television and allow those who have been part of its past to have a voice in this ongoing debate.
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