Haiti's community radio movement / "Alternative" media theory and practice
During the 1991-1994 coup d'état, Regan worked at a semi-clandestine, human rights-oriented news agency known as the Bureau Haïtien d'Information or Haitian Information Bureau. "Grassroots stringers" (today they would be called "citizen journalists") from youth groups, popular organizations, teachers associations and unions would sneak cassette tapes with on-the-ground reporting to the Port-au-Prince office.
Once the coup ended, with the help of Sosyete Animaskyon Kominikasyon Sosyal (SAKS) and others, grassroots organizations around the country opened dozens of community radio stations. Regan documented the movement with a video, with articles like this one on Creole for IPS, in a dissertation and in articles, like this one for Media Development and this one for Américas.
She also served on the SAKS board, and later as a part-time staffer, setting up the institutions Documentation Center.
Video from 2010 post-earthquake visit to Radyo Zetwal, in the mountains above Petit-Goâve.
Following the 2010 earthquake, Regan returned to Haiti, first as a member of a fact-finding mission for AMARC, and later, to co-found and coordinate Haiti Grassroots Watch, which worked with SAKS, with an "alternative" news agency, with students and with community radio volunteers. She also continued to explore and reflect on the potential for community and "alternative" media to contribute to social change.
Former investigative journalism students train leaders from the womens' community radio animators network.
In addition to the aforementioned articles, Regan has presented the results of her theoretical and practical work in the Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media and most recently the Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, where she questioned the use of the term "alternative."
Regan has given papers or presentations at conferences in Quito (1993), Port-au-Prince (1999), Minneapolis (2008), Port-au-Prince (2011), Dublin (2013), Rio de Janeiro (2013), New Hampshire (2014), Leicester (2016) and Boston (2016). Download and read her 2016 paper "New(s) Access? Local and Alternative Journalism at U.S. Community Television Stations."