Community broadcasting and mental health: The role of local radio and television in enhancing emotional and social well-being

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Title Community broadcasting and mental health: The role of local radio and television in enhancing emotional and social well-being
Author Meadows, Michael; Foxwell-Norton, Kerrie
Journal Name The Radio Journal
Editor Tim Wall
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Abstract This article sets out to explore the role of community broadcasting in enhancing the emotional and social well-being of its diverse audiences. We argue that communitybased broadcasting is having a positive impact on the state of mental health of its audiences. We make our argument by reviewing audience research data from a study of the Australian community broadcasting sector conducted between 2004 and 2007. The findings reveal that the community radio and Indigenous television sectors are making a significant contribution to managing community mental health by empowering audiences to better understand and control issues that impact on their emotional and social well-being. This suggests opportunities for health care agencies to consider the potential of enlisting community broadcasting in future mental health campaigns. The study reinforces a claim that mainstream media need to be more aware of a growing dissatisfaction with their inability to 'connect' with their diverse audiences on such issues. It also provides further evidence for community radio as a key cultural resource that meets its expected outcomes in contributing to social gain.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rjao.9.2.89_1
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Intellect Ltd . This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 9
Issue Number 2
Page from 89
Page to 106
ISSN 1476-4504
Date Accessioned 2012-02-15
Date Available 2012-06-13T22:35:49Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Media Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44128
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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