1. Media access for all perspectives in our communities.
2. Potential for innovation.
3. Diverse programming, especially where there would be insufficient profit for the commercial sector and too much cost for the public service sector.
4. Local focus – highlighting local issues, opinions and voices in contrast to mainstream media’s increasingly centralized content production.
5. Skills, resources and the opportunity to understand media by members of our community, through actively participating in its creation and delivery.
6. A tool to provide service and support to communities, especially disadvantaged and excluded communities.
7. The opportunity to promote democracy, human rights and sustainability.
8. A challenge to global media blandness in reinforcing local identities while acting as a catalyst for integration and inclusion.
(Thanks to the Community Radio Forum of Ireland for this)