I know, I’m a little behind in my blogging. I wrote up a little summary of some of the highlights of the Group Licence Renewal hearing for TV, Eh!. I thought long and hard about saying a bit more about my personal reaction to the hearing and decided that yes, some things deserve to be said, over here on my own blog.
I feel that I play a role in media policy discourse. It is a role that has not existed in the past and some players in this world may not understand it. Here’s what I think it is. Media policy, whether it is from the CRTC, Heritage, provincial agencies or other policy makers, can be a dense, convoluted world full of laws, policies, rules, regulations and acronyms that need to be translated and decoded. This byzantine world affects each and every member of the independent production community. It also affects everyone working at the broadcasters and BDUs but I have spent my entire career on the production side of the industry and that is my perspective.
I know that while many in the independent production community know that media policy affects them, and quite a few try to follow it and understand it, very few actually have the time to read decisions, listen to hearings and put it all into the necessary context. That’s what I do. I translate, decode and put it into context. I started doing this as an employee of the Writers Guild of Canada as a service to its members. I continued after leaving because, well, I enjoy it and it forces me to stay up to date so that I can offer my clients the best service possible. You guys benefit.
Am I a reporter? No. I make no attempt to provide even-handed coverage but to share the things that I think other people in the independent production community would find interesting. I comment on what I see and read so the most appropriate analogy in mainstream media is columnist. Each tweet or blog post is an opinion piece meant to inform and enlighten and maybe even amuse a little bit.
I also write submissions for clients, under their names. When I think my clients might impact my blogging I will disclose it (see my CIPF – Digital Media post) but I am not a spokesperson for them. I try very hard to amplify the message without bias while acknowledging that as a human being I do have biases. I do not see myself as sitting on the sidelines but as an active participant in the process ensuring that there is a wider audience and greater participation by those impacted by media policy deliberations and decisions.
You guys keep telling me you like it so I will continue.