Broadcasting during COVID-19: Community language radio and listener well-being

Hasnain, Ambrin, Krause, Amanda e., Hajek, John, Lloyd-Smith, Anya, and Lori, Laura (2022) Broadcasting during COVID-19: Community language radio and listener well-being. Radio Journal, 20 (2). pp. 227-247.

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Community language radio is known to provide information and social connection for community members. This article examines the role of community language radio in Australia during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Drawing on data from interviews with four presenters at a community language radio station in Melbourne, this case study explores the station’s operation during the pandemic and presenter perceptions of the station’s contributions to supporting listeners’ well-being. To situate our study more globally, the case study was preceded by an examination of press reporting on the role of radio during the pandemic. Overall, our findings indicate that community language radio has played a vital role in promoting listener well-being by communicating information about COVID-19 and by providing a sense of comfort, entertainment and companionship through regular broadcasting. Results are discussed considering crisis communication and resilience theory to highlight the vital role community language radio plays for migrant communities during crises.

Item ID: 77248
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2040-1388
Keywords: community radio; crisis communication; lockdown; migrant communities; pandemic; resilience theory, COVID19, COVID-19; coronavirus, social psychology, social and applied psychology, radio, broadcasting, media
Copyright Information: Published Version: © 2022 Intellect Ltd Article. Authors may deposit their accepted manuscript in a non-commercial, institutional or subject repository upon publication, but access to this must be restricted until the end of the embargo period (12 months after the final version has been published and distributed).
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 01:55
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 70%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 70%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media @ 30%
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