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Listening at the local level: the role of radio in building community and trust

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posted on 2023-05-21, 10:22 authored by Jocelyn NettlefoldJocelyn Nettlefold
This article examines the role of local radio in the contemporary media environment, specifically as a site for community engagement. Previous research finds journalistic organisations, at the local level, are critical to the functioning of society and more needs to be understood about their contemporary role amid destabilised and fragmented public discourse. In contrast to unrestrained and untrustworthy social media platforms, the mediation of local radio can assist in encouraging more inclusive, constructive, and respectful views from people from diverse sectors of society. Empirical research from a case study of a locally produced ABC Radio Community Conversation event exploring community tensions about built, heritage and environmental development in the Australian island state of Tasmania provides new insights into how the facilitation of local radio discussion can help build trust, public knowledge and enable greater participation. Listening and transparency from journalists about their practices is important, creating a space where people can connect in a civil and empathetic way not easily afforded by social media.


Publication title

Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources








School of Creative Arts and Media


SAGE Publications Ltd

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Arts not elsewhere classified; The media

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