"A vibrant community is well informed and involved, embraces diversity, respectfully shares opinions and fosters economic and social justice. KVMR builds community by bringing people together to celebrate the music of the world and give voice to the community."Sounds good, but I'm a little concerned since I don't see an explicit connection between the first sentence and the second, which IMO creates ambiguity as to whether enhancing *all* mentioned aspects of a vibrant community lies within KVMR's mission; so, my #1 question is,
Is "making the community well informed" a part of KVMR's mission? (*)
It ought to be, & from the mission statement's first sentence you'd think so, but the [metaphorical] lawyer in me says that from the second sentence, you wouldn't - unless we just want the community to be well informed about itself, in a "mirror, not lamp" kind of way.
(Note: the ambiguity is cleared up in a May 20 update, at bottom of this post)
The same webpage also has KVMR's Core Values statement; my favorite being this:
[KVMR] promotes positive social values including equality, diversity, non-violence, a sustainable environment, and social and economic justice.But another core value is:
[KVMR] has the courage and integrity to allow expression of views that diverge from the mainstream
So, what should KVMR do when these core values conflict - when the divergent views don't promote the positive social values?
May 20 update: KVMR's Broadcaster Handbook (pdf) is reassuring: "KVMR FM is a volunteer-based, listener-supported radio station fostering positive social change by entertaining, informing, and educating our community through the presentation of diverse music, cultural, news, and public affairs programming."