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    Community radio and governance: Leadership, relationship and organizational identity

    O'Brien, Anne (2017) Community radio and governance: Leadership, relationship and organizational identity. Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 15 (2). pp. 227-242. ISSN 1476-4504

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    This study examines the challenges of good governance for community radio stations. It does this by exploring how volunteers, managers and members of the Boards of Directors at four community radio stations in Ireland view governance issues. The article finds that there are three key requirements for effective governance in the context of non-profit community radio stations. First, participants described the importance of the Board’s leadership role in acquiring expertise in specific, necessary areas, such as finance, human resources and compliance. The Board was also seen to require a capacity to generate positive relationships between the station and its constituent communities. Second, participants outlined a number of practices that proved useful in achieving positive internal relationships between the Board, the volunteers and management. Third, participants described how a collectively shared ethos of community radio was useful in overcoming potential divisions by generating a shared sense of the organization for its members. The findings highlight the need for further research and analysis of the organizational uniqueness and consequent governance requirements of community media.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: community radio; Ireland; governance; leadership; ethos; organizational identity;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 11855
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    Depositing User: Anne O'Brien
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 17:44
    Journal or Publication Title: Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media
    Publisher: Intellect Ltd
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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