OURMedia / NUESTROS Medios was an international network and forum founded in 2001 by a group of engaged academics interested in advancing the democratic potential of community, alternative and ‘citizens’ media. Recognizing that the intellectual and policy frameworks for citizens’ media are often out of touch with the on-the-ground reality, the purpose of OURMedia was to connect scholars, practitioners, activists and policy-makers towards defined outcomes. OURMedia was a network of over 500 people from 50 countries and generated an extensive body of practical and theoretical knowledge primarily in English and Spanish. It constituted a unique space of dialogue between academics and practitioners, advocates and artists working in community, alternative and citizens’ media.
Ultimately, the goal of OURMedia was to design and develop initiatives that could strengthen citizens’ media, community media, and alternative media in national and international policy arenas.
2007: Channel made a grant to the OURMedia Network (through the University of Oklahoma’s fiscal sponsorship) to support four indigenous people to attend the OURMedia 6 Conference in Sydney, Australia, on April 9-13, 2007. Two of the recipients, community radio broadcasters and activists from Papua New Guinea, led a panel on “Community Media in Papua New Guinea.”
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, currently head of Channel grantee partner Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), formerly with the Women’s International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the International Women’s Tribune Center (one time Channel grantee), wrote an article about leading a panel at the conference in “Community media by and for women – a challenge to fulfill the promise.”