The new Deliverable 6.3 is available. This report aims to provide a better understanding of the roles of communities of practice (CoPs) for media workers in (and around) the Brussels-Capital Region. It is the third (and last) Deliverable of Work Package 6 on “Media workers as communities of practice”.
How and why do media workers benefit from communities of practice in Brussels?
This report aims to provide a better understanding of the roles of communities of practice (CoPs) for media workers in (and around) the Brussels-Capital Region. It sheds light on who the CoP participants are, what topics they engage in, what the companies’ approaches toward CoP are, and what the participants seek and learn in these kinds of shared learning initiatives.
The research results of this report show benefits for media workers as individuals, infusing directly or indirectly into the performance of companies and sectors, which means that CoPs are worth considering in any policy project involving media clusters:
- CoPs are adapted to a fast-paced sector and to the very diverse situations among media workers in Brussels.
- Those who participate in CoPs do get specific benefits such as networking, solving problems, accessing expertise, keeping abreast of new trends and getting new ideas.
The report ends with a series of recommendations on how CoPs could be better integrated into projects such as mediapark.brussels with suggestions on how to support CoPs in Brussels’ media industry with an emphasis on how to make sure that CoPs actually meet the needs of media workers:
- Gain a better understanding of the media workers’ diverse and evolving needs for CoPs and similar initiatives.
- Do not forget the supporting and facilitating entities that can also benefit from CoPs and similar initiatives.
- Accommodate the work environment and culture to the creation of, and participation in, CoPs and similar initiatives.
- Foster the dialogue between regional and community structures and initiatives that are (directly or indirectly) involved in the Brussels media sectors.
- Identify entities in charge of promoting and coordinating CoPs and similar initiatives, and organise the division of labour.