Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/08/07

Commentary from Community Forum Panel
We Media Miami Conference
Feb 7-9, 2007

How communities real and virtual are changing through media. What are the new ways for people to use information, news, and journalism to imagine their collective possibilities as communities and to set and reach common community goals. Can community be virtual? Let’s find out what some of the web thinkers and tinkers think. —>

A Context Map of VisitorsStudio
by Ruth Catlow & Marc Garrett
Remix Theory

—> In the 1980s artists’ TV projects such as Paper Tiger TV and Deep Dish TV in the US and others across Europe, claimed public access cable TV as their medium. Coinciding with the availability of affordable video cameras these independent, decentralized public art TV networks mobilised people to make their own media, rather than being passive consumers of centrally constructed programming. They attempted to democratize the media by facilitating people to people communication. Artistic programming turned the themes and aesthetics of commercial TV on their head and activated the production of media around a proliferation of local issues expressed by a range of marginalized communities, as well as activist projects such as the Gulf Crisis TV Project in the early 1990s. The concerns of these projects can be traced in VisitorsStudio as well as in a range of contemporary open, distributed internet TV projects initiated and run by artists’ groups such as Super Channel and Deptford TV. —>

Municipal leaders fear loss of cable TV revenues
Mid-Hudon Valley News

Poughkeepsie – Town supervisors and village mayors are concerned about possible legislation in Albany that could result in a loss of cable TV franchise fees to the municipalities. LaGrange Supervisor Jon Wagner is the new president of the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association, and he said the local officials are concerned about the potential loss of funds. “The revenue from cable franchises fees is relied upon in virtually every town, and the supervisors were unanimous and we are going to be writing, as a group, our state legislators, expressing that opinion to them that we do not want to see any legislation that would reduce or make those franchise fees go away.”

Taped heart surgery airs Friday
PAC 14 show will inform patients of risks and benefits of life-saving procedure
By Kim Mitchell
Delmarva Daily Times

SALISBURY –There is a killer on the loose that takes the lives of nearly 2,400 people each day. Every 36 seconds, another life is taken by cardiovascular diseases. With hopes of informing and preventing the disease that kills one in six women, Public Access Channel 14’s “Focus on Health” will broadcast Friday at 8 p.m. an open-heart surgery previously performed at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. —>

Cable TV censorship alleged
The ACLU sues Los Alamitos, saying programs were blocked.
By Roy Rivenburg
LA Times

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has sued Los Alamitos, saying city officials censored programming on a public-access cable TV channel. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Santa Ana, says City Council members violated the 1st Amendment by canceling reruns of two politically oriented shows on LATV-3, a Time-Warner cable channel in Los Alamitos and Rossmoor.

Los Alamitos officials disputed the allegations. “The city denies that any censorship has occurred,” City Atty. Dean Derleth said Wednesday. “We are perplexed by this lawsuit since the city just introduced an ordinance that creates a citizens commission to oversee and expand free speech and public access on LATV.” —>,1,2826446.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true

Speakers before Dade School Board may lose TV exposure
Miami-Dade School Board members will vote on moving a public comment period to a time that isn’t televised.
By Peter Bailey
Miami Herald

Miami-Dade School Board officials will decide Thursday on a measure that would curtail public speakers at televised monthly meetings. Board members have proposed to move a portion of their monthly meetings called the ”scheduled public hearing,” in which citizens address the board on any topic, whether it’s on the agenda or not. —>

Solar PSA: Solar History
by gmoke
Daily Kos

This is one of a series of public service announcements produced for Boston Solar Energy Association at Cambridge Community TV in 1991. We took the PSAs around to the broadcast stations but only two were interested. I don’t know if they ever got on the air but I used them on the shows I did for public access. In the 1970s, we’d produced another series of solar PSAs. At that time, the TV stations all took them but I saw them on the air only once on one station somewhere around two am although I heard from a few other people that they saw our “A south-facing window is a solar collector” and “A south-facing porch can become a sunspace or greenhouse” spots. Thought I’d try again in these youtube days.

Kiefer says put Council on TV, too
By Byron Rohrig
Courier & Press

—> Jarboe said he’s trying to gather figures on an alternate approach with David Rector, the City-County Building Authority general manager, and Matt Arvay, chief information officer for the city and county. Under Jarboe’s plan, the city and county would acquire equipment for presenting streaming video of public meetings on the Internet, also making it available to public-access cable TV. —>

[ed. Also some interesting comments to this post, such as this one by Jones]

Posted by jones
Question -What do we want televised? – Committtee meetings, Council meetings, public hearings, and budget hearings.

Comment – “Someone told me, ‘Once you go on TV, look for your meetings to go longer,’ ” Jarboe said. Surely we can hope so. The current meetings allow several members to just say ‘I’ at each meeting. It would be nice if they would actually contribute to the meeting. A public comment period is needed in the meetings. It wouldn’t hurt for dept heads to explain things more thoroughly in the meetings instead of simply dropping reports with the City Clerk. —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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