Youth and the Third Sector Media in Spain: Communication and Social Change Training



Community media, community radio stations, third sector, media literacy, media training, non-formal education, social learning, long-lasting learning


The aim of this paper is to examine the role of community, free and university media in Spain as tools for media literacy and as instruments for creating a more critical and communicative citizenry. After a conceptual section, we analyse training processes in this area with regard to the general population and their reference communities, devoting particular emphasis to the involvement of young people. The triangulation research method was based on quantitative (a survey) and qualitative (focus groups) techniques. The results show that the third sector media in Spain act as invaluable tools for the acquisition of skills and competences that are transferable into young people’s professional and experiential sphere, given the ability of these media outlets to identify with their interests, aspirations and difficulties. In a broad sense, these initiatives contribute to expanding the right of communication in two different ways: on the one hand, because they are open to citizen participation in both management responsibilities and content programming; and, on the other, because their decentralized practices provide a laboratory for creative journalism which, in turn, is linked to social movements and other means of expression for citizens (NGOs, associations, etc.)..



How to Cite

Colas-Bravo, P., Lema-Blanco, P., Conde-Jiménez, J., Rodríguez-Gómez, E.-F., Reyes-de Cózar, S., & Barranquero-Carretero, A. (2016). Youth and the Third Sector Media in Spain: Communication and Social Change Training. Comunicar, 24(48), 91–99. Retrieved from