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Advocating for Public Service Media: Scholarship and Praxis

A Special Issue by Alessandro D'Arma, Minna Aslama Horowitz and Yik Chan Chin, published by Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture

This new special issue of  Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture  features 10 research papers and commentaries addressing questions around advocacy efforts for public media projects, organizations and systems around the world. Among the contributors are CAMRI researchers Naomi Sakr, Winston Mano and Maria Michalis, as well as Alessandro D’Arma, who also edited the issue along with Minna Aslama Horowitz and Yik Chan Chin.

You can read the full issue here:




Advocating for public service media: Scholarship and praxis
Minna Aslama Horowitz, Alessandro D’Arma and Yik Chan Chin

Civil society coalitions as pathways to PSB reform in Southern Africa
Winston Mano and viola c. milton

Civic advocacy for public service media? The case of Switzerland and its current rise in media policy activism
Corinne Schweizer

Assessing the role of global media assistance in promoting public service broadcasting in Indonesia

Community media in the United States: Fostering pluralism and inclusivity in challenging times
Michael W. Huntsberger

Not public service broadcaster but public service roles: A political history of state-broadcasting in Bangladesh
Anis Rahman

Mission impossible? Research praxis and activist interventions in New Zealand media policy
Peter A. Thompson

The RIPE initiative: Looking back and going forward
Gregory Ferrell Lowe

Public service media, an overview: Reflecting on news and trends
Sally-Ann Wilson

Why advocate for public service media? Perspectives from organizations for media development
Minna Aslama Horowitz, Alessandro D’Arma and Maria Michalis

Growing PSM organically: International initiatives to support national conversations in new contexts
Naomi Sakr


Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. We therefore encourage diverse themes, subjects, contexts and approaches: empirical, theoretical and historical. Our objective is to engage readers and contributors from different parts of the world in a critical debate on the myriad interconnections and interactions between communication, culture and society at the outset of the twenty-first century.

Interactions is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that aims to encourage the development of the widest possible scholarly community, both in terms of geographical location and intellectual scope in the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. We publish leading articles from both established scholars and those at the beginning of their academic careers.



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Alessandro D'Arma


Alessandro D’Arma is Reader in Media and Communication and Director of the CAMRI PhD Programme. He holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

He is the elected Co-President of the International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR – 2021-2024). Previously (2016-2021) he served as Co-Chair of the Public Service Media Policies Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Before pursuing an academic career, Alessandro had worked as a media industry analyst and contributed to numerous consultancy reports.


17 August 2020
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