White Paper Session Tampa 2004



The Alliance for Community Media

International Conference and Trade Show

July 7-10   2004

Tampa, Florida


The White Paper Committee seeks papers and essays for presentation during a “White Paper” session within the 2003 International Conference and Trade Show of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) in Tampa, Florida USA, July 7-10, 2004.  Abstracts will also be considered.  Authors must attend the White Paper session during the ACM conference.  The White Paper session is scheduled within the track: “Community Media: Cultural and Global Issues”


A single paper or essay will be selected for presentation in one session, chosen from competitive submissions.  Paper and presentation should be accessible to a general audience of community media practitioners and interested parties.  White Papers from previous ACM conferences are available on the White Paper website at  Many White Papers are also available in the “Rethinking Access Philosophy” issue of the Community Media Review (Summer 2002).



Submissions are invited pertaining to any area of access, but should address more philosophical aspects of public, educational, or governmental access/community media/alternative media, democratization of the media, self-reflexive analysis of basic access tenets, access and activism, international community media, etc.  Of special interest are submissions that focus on global issues surrounding community-based, alternative media (e.g., the World Summit on the Information Society and the role of civil society in national and global movements toward the democratization of communication), or compare the tenets and traditions of US community media with alternative media in other parts of the world.  However, other works dealing with access or media democracy in general are also appreciated.



Papers and essays submitted for the White Paper session will be evaluated according to their importance to the practice and philosophy of community-based media; contribution to the knowledge base of community media; interest to an audience of access practitioners, academics, activists, and other involved groups; conceptualization; and the clarity of presentation.  The session should include a significant amount of interaction with session participants.



With author approval, manuscripts submitted may be published in the Community Media Review and/or the CMR web site.



Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form - using either an e-mail attachment or a 3.25" floppy disk formatted for Windows.  Mac users submitting as an email attachment, please add “.doc” to the file name.  Please scan for viruses before submitting in either format.  Manuscript should utilize Microsoft Word, or comparable text format (e.g., Word Perfect, rtf format).  In the body of the cover message please describe the document format and software version (e.g., Microsoft Word 2000 for Widows).  On a separate page, provide contact information, a brief biographical summary of the author, and an abstract of no more than 100 words.


Submit manuscripts or abstracts by June 1, 2004.




John W. Higgins

Email: Jhiggins at



Dept. of Mass Communication

Menlo College

1000 El Camino Real

Atherton  CA  94027   USA

Tel: +1 (650) 543-3747

Fax: +1 (650) 543-4003




A nonprofit, national membership organization founded in 1976, the Alliance represents the interests of over 1,000 public, educational and governmental ("PEG") access organizations and public access internet centers throughout the USA.  It also represents the interests of an estimated 1.5 million individuals, through their local religious, community, charitable and other groups, who utilize PEG access television centers and Internet providers to speak to their memberships and their larger communities.