The listening key: unlocking the democratic potential of indigenous participatory media

Waller, Lisa, Dreher, Tanja and McCallum, Kerry 2015, The listening key: unlocking the democratic potential of indigenous participatory media, Media International Australia, vol. 154, pp. 57-66.

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Title The listening key: unlocking the democratic potential of indigenous participatory media
Author(s) Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa
Dreher, Tanja
McCallum, Kerry
Journal name Media International Australia
Volume number 154
Start page 57
End page 66
Total pages 9
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 1329-878X
Keyword(s) Indigenous media
participatory media
Summary This article explores how a listening approach might address the complex challenges of researching the relationship between Indigenous participation in media and mainstream policy-making processes. An overview of contemporary Indigenous media demonstrates how digital and social media have built on the vibrant and innovative Indigenous media tradition, and enabled a proliferation of new Indigenous voices. But do the powerful listen to Indigenous-produced media, and does this constitute meaningful participation in the political process? The article distinguishes between participation as involvement in the production and dissemination of media, and participation as political influence. It argues that both meanings are crucial for fully realising the potential of Indigenous participatory media, and contends that a listening approach might offer ways to research and unlock the democratic potential of Indigenous media participation.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, University of Queensland Press
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