Faith-based community radio and development in the South Pacific islands

Austin, Linda (2014) Faith-based community radio and development in the South Pacific islands. Media International Australia, 1 150: 114-121.

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Author Austin, Linda
Title Faith-based community radio and development in the South Pacific islands
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
Publication date 2014-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 150
Start page 114
End page 121
Total pages 8
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher School of English, Media Studies & Art History, University of Queensland
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Faith-based broadcasters comprise half of all community radio stations in the South Pacific islands. As such, they reflect the deep indigenisation of Christianity and its central role in Pacific cultural identity. But their position within the media environment is surprisingly contentious. For secular community media practitioners, Pacific faith-based media are seen to interject foreign voices and capital into island communities. For the international development sector, partnership with faith-based organisations around development agendas brings fears that aid funds will be used for evangelism. This article explores the role of faith-based community radio in the South Pacific, and argues that they have achieved levels of sustainability that have thus far eluded secular community media through application of culturally appropriate and self-defined development pathways.
Keyword Faith-based broadcasting
South pacific islands
Community media
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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