Hello NCRA/ANREC members
The Center for Collaborative Media at Montclair State University recently issued a report on the different types of collaborative journalism that they have found, ranging from the US’s Homelessness Marathon to the Panama Papers!
We are seeing now more than ever news organizations collaborate together to pool resources to address large projects. The Panama papers brought together 400 journalists from all over the world. The massive international effort included the CBC, and Toronto Star and netter CRA investigations into 85 Canadians.
The NCRA/ANREC prides itself on being able to bring together our more than 100 campus and community stations to create local stories on a national stage. In February CFMH-FM lead this year’s Homelessness Marathon and brought together 17 stations with 11 hours of diverse programming from across Canada addressing the issues around homelessness in Canada.
We at the NCRA/ANREC believe in your community and your radio. The power to bring unheard voices, to tell untold stories is something that all 100+ of our stations share.
We would love to be able to further empower this work.
We are looking for feedback from our members to see if the following idea is worth pursuing, and developing. The initial idea we have we are calling the “CanElect Collective”. It would be a space where stations can produce and share content related to elections across Canada. Often the local stories draw together to create a regional or national picture, and sadly often the national discussion is lost without a local lense. In 2018 we have Provincial elections in Ontario, Quebec, BC, Manitoba, PEI, Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. We are suggesting that in the run-up and during these elections the NCRA/ANREC foster space for closer collaboration, and program sharing among stations within these stations. For us, we see this as a platform to share stories, for your volunteers to team up province-wide to create collaborative pieces. We don’t expect the NCRA/ANREC to produce programming, but rather to assist in bringing together and elevating the capacity of your own stations. And for stations not covering your provincial election, this would provide a great resource for community-based coverage! The NCRA/ANREC had similar success with our AltElection coverage in 2015 (See Here).
Let us know! Is the “CanElect Collective” something you would like to see happen? We believe that if we can harness the incredible reporting happening in the 100+ stations across Canada we can provide great support, and truly local, and alternative stories, and voices to the fore.
Let us know,
Hi All- CJRU in Toronto is totally on board with the CanElect initiative. If there are Ontario stations in the South/South West that want to collaborate more deeply, we hope to hear from you.
The definition of "locally produced spoken word" as provided in the standard conditions of licence for campus and community stations is "produced exclusively by or for your station". So you could count the portion of shared programming that your station produces on its own, but you could not count the portion that any other station produces.