New opportunities and business models for community media

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Regional and local media is in crisis. Newsrooms are closing, products are being dropped and vital services aggregated to cut costs. However, in this time of greater concentration of media power and control, community media is emerging as a safeguard for local content, news and alternative voices. Hear how Outback Radio saved the iconic Western Herald from extinction and how new startups like In the Cove are ensuring the future is bright for local, independent news.

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Jacky Barker

2012 Lane Cove Citizenship Award - Leadership for creating and founding In the Cove - 2017 - Lane Cove Woman of the Year (NSW Woman of the Year Awards)

Jon Bisset

Jon is passionate about the non-profit and charity sector having spent more than 25 years as a Chief Executive and non-executive director. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) as well as interim CEO for RPH Australia, the peak body for the Radio Reading Network, community media empowering Australians with a print disability.

Ian Cole

Ian is the Chairman of community radio station 2WEB -Outback Radio broadcasting from Bourke in the centre of the Far Western region of NSW - regarded as ‘the gateway to the ‘real’ outback’. Their broadcast area covers over 130,000 sq kilometres. In 2018 Outback Radio took over publishing The Western Herald, a local newspaper which celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2017.

Corinne Podger

Corinne is a highly regarded media development trainer who consults directly into newsrooms and on behalf of agencies like Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action. Her work sits at the intersection of digital innovation and revenue diversification. She is also a respected thought leader on the role of mobile journalism in supporting diversity and inclusion in journalism.

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