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Resistance at Elsipogtog Part 2: A case study in grassroots journalism

by Scott Neigh

Talking Radical Radio
Talking Radical Radio

This week's episode of Talking Radical Radio (a nationally-focused, Sudbury-produced radio show and podcast) is the second of two based on an interview with Miles Howe. Howe is an editor and a journalist with the Halifax local of The Media Co-op, a co-operatively organized grassroots media network with locals and working groups in cities across the country. Over the last year, Howe has provided truly excellent coverage of the struggle against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and against colonization in New Brunswick, which has been lead by people from the Elsipogtog First Nation and quite broadly supported in the area.

Last week, Howe talked about the context, background, and overview of the struggle in New Brunswick. This week's episode features the portion of our conversation in which Howe stepped back a bit from that immediate struggle, which has occupied so much of his atteniton in the last year, and used that experience as a basis for reflecting on what it means to engage in grassroots journalism, how it differs from mainstream journalism, and what he hopes that such work can accomplish.

To learn more about Howe's work, click here.

Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada through in-depth interviews that concentrate not on current events or the crisis of the moment, but on giving people involved in a broad range of social change work a chance to take a longer view as they talk about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it. To learn more about the show in general, click here.

You can also learn more about ways to listen or go to the show's page on rabble.ca. To learn more about suggesting grassroots groups and organizations for future shows, click here. For details on the show's theme music, click here.

Talking Radical Radio is brought to you by Scott Neigh, a writer, media producer, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario, and the author of two books examining Canadian history through the stories of activists.

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I am a writer, parent, and activist living in Sudbury, Ontario. For more of my writing, see my personal blog (at http://scottneigh.blogspot.com) and the site devoted to the work I've done focused on the voices of participants in Canadian social movements (at http://talkingradical.ca) which so far has resulted in two books looking at Canadian history through the stories of activists.

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The Sudbury working-group of The Media Co-op is creating independent media in the North, to speak to our issues and outlooks on our communities as well as the world around us. Independent media provides an avenue for people who are wishing to gain critical perspective on the issues that matter most to us, and to give a voice to those people and stories that you won't find in the mainstream media. Contact the Sudbury Working Group at grassrootssudburymedia@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook.

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