Woman broadcasts a vision for helping her community heal
by Kay Miller
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Martha Fast Horse was in despair after eight young people were killed in Indian gang violence in 2004 at the Little Earth of United Tribes housing project in Minneapolis. Her son and daughter’s boyfriend were shot. A young family friend was murdered days after she counseled him to be hopeful. “I remember driving home from the hospital and praying to my [deceased] grandfather, ‘I’ll do anything to make a difference in the lives of our young people.’ “
A year ago, the mother of nine founded Fast Horse Productions, an American Indian-owned radio, TV and video production company whose “Wolf Spirit” cable access talk show features uplifting stories about Indian youths, storytellers, recording artists, educators and community leaders. >>>
Verizon to provide cable TV in Richmond
City Council approves service; firm agrees to a quicker buildout
by Michael Martz
>>> Verizon also agreed to pay a franchise fee of 5 percent of gross receipts, as well as a onetime grant of $100,000 to help the city establish its own studio for producing programs for public, educational and governmental channels. The agreement gives the city five public channels initially, and the opportunity for two more. >>>
Today, on Tarpon Springs TV: zip
While neighboring cities are broadcasting their meetings online and on TV, Tarpon Springs is fiddling with VHS tapes.
by Robin Stein
St. Petersburg Times
>>> The meeting will air on Channel 15 – once, in the doldrums of Wednesday afternoon, opposite One Life to Live and Family Feud. The gavel-to-gavel coverage will play through a single time before the stagnant blue screen returns – and remains until next week. Channel 15’s dismal lineup has not gone unnoticed in City Hall, but there are few signs of imminent change.
The most vocal proponent of expanding the city’s television presence has been Commissioner Peter Dalacos. Since he joined the Board in 2004, Dalacos has been arguing that the city should capitalize on our “channel flipping culture” to bolster public access and participation. Now the issue is a central part of his platform for re-election. >>>
Steve Anderson takes note of non-profit video-sharing service
Democracy & Independence
Steve Anderson of the Center for Information Awareness (http://www.coanews.org ) in Canada has been testing a new non-profit video-sharing social-networking site started by Free Speech TV in Boulder, Colo. He writes:
“Hi all, I just wanted to let everyone know that FreeSpeechTV has launched a non-profit myspace style online community. See it here: http://community.freespeech.org “This is important since it provides a non-commercial alternative to Fox/Myspace, google, yahoo etc… The corporate social networking communities for the most part invade your privacy, and slam ads in your face at every turn. I’ve transfered my main blog to the FSTV platform, and I’ve suggested to students and everyone else who uses one of the corporate platforms, make the switch. >>>
Community Is Key to Participation in Citizen Media
by Mark Glaser
>>> Howard Owens reminds us that user-generated content should be viewed as part of a conversation rather than strictly as journalism. “I firmly believe that many people just want to have their say and make their contribution because they feel compelled to share what they know,” Owens wrote on his blog . “I think this is good for society. I think there is real value in protecting, extending, expanding and nurturing the conversation.” >>>
Meeting Howard Berman at the Tech Policy Summit
by JD Lasica
>>> Copyright law never envisioned a culture where millions of us are content creators who want to borrow, annotate and comment upon the culture. I asked Berman whether it was time to reform copyright laws to take into account the millions of us who want nothing more than to express our creativity in a noncommercial way in this new digital era, and whether he was open to listening to both sides of this issue in hearings before the House. >>>
Keep cities in charge of regulating cable TV
Editorial – Herald.Net (WA)
As meaningful choice enters the cable TV market, the rules that have regulated existing cable monopolies are getting a fresh look. In Olympia, at least one proposal isn’t ready for prime time. Qwest Communications, which provides local telephone service in much of Washington, is backing a bill (SB 6003) that would move local oversight of cable and video franchises to the state Utilities and Transportation Commission. The idea is to “streamline” the regulatory process, thus making it easier for new competitors to enter the cable market.
But taking away local control, which includes oversight of public rights-of-way, isn’t necessary to increase competition. >>>
Fortuna City Council to begin live broadcast of meetings on March 5
Beginning March 5, the city of Fortuna will be broadcasting its City Council meetings live on Access Humboldt’s cable television Channel 10, according to a city news release. The live coverage is one result of the latest franchise agreement between Suddenlink and local governments, including Humboldt County and the cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna and Rio Dell. >>>
Latino Radio Pioneer Cadena Dies
by Dania Akkad
A Salinas Valley Spanish-radio and television pioneer known for the hat he wore with an old-fashioned tilt has died. Luz Cadena, one of the first to air music and stage concerts for campesinos in the late 1950s, died at his home in Salinas on Saturday after an extended period of ill health. He was 80. >>>
Barrera met Cadena 14 years ago when Barrera’s Alisal Betterment Association was first featured on “La Communidad,” a Spanish-language show Cadena hosted weekly on KMST, the public-access television station operated by the Monterey County Office of Education.
Westchester and Long Island: More Local Than Local News Gets
New York Times
by Adam Stone
>>> Last month, Ossining Village officials rankled gadflies when they decided to suspend the telecast during public comment periods for nonagenda items. It was a decision “to isolate themselves from both public information and public accountability,” complained Donald DeBerardinis, a regular at Ossining’s municipal meetings.
And yet Westchester could hardly be called isolationist, especially when compared with other suburban areas. Of the county’s 45 municipalities, 38 offer government access, said James Maiella, a spokesman for Cablevision, which provides government, educational and public access channels for much of the region.
Pro-Cox cable bill gets OK in House
by Eric Sagara
A cable licensing bill that could strip Tucson officials of their ability to negotiate a new license with Cox Communications passed in the state House of Representatives. The bill would amend a law enacted last year that reduces the number of public access stations cable companies are required to provide. It also would limit the fees that cities could charge for the use of their right of ways. >>>
compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media