Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/20/07

Thoughts about CommunityNext and Conferences on Social Media in General: Is passion for community a requirement?
by Charlie
This is going to be BIG

>>> I think people are confusing passion for community with good product design.  Do the people at have passion for community?  I dunno… I don’t know who they are or what they stand for, but the product rocks.  AIM, Skype…   Good products.  Passionate communities?  umm…  On the other side, a lot of people fail at community because their product just sort of sucks… its not because they lack passion. >>>

As seen on TV: New Canaan students hit the airwaves
by Dave Ruden
The Stamford Advocate

NEW CANAAN — When Mallory McLean applied to be editor of New Canaan High School’s student newspaper last spring, she was surprised to be offered something else.  Faculty advisers Mike McAteer and Roman Cebulski asked whether she would like to run the school television station instead. For McLean, the answer was clear.  “They told me what they were looking for and offered me a lot of independence and creative license to make something great out of the program,” said McLean, a senior who has lived in five countries. “I said I would do it without a doubt.” >>>,0,7829100,print.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines

PEGASYS slates media day Feb. 28
Enid News

PEGASYS will have its fourth annual Northwest Oklahoma High School Media Day Feb. 28 at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center.  Numerous high schools throughout northwest Ok-lahoma have been invited to participate in the hands-on learning experience at Enid’s public-access television station. Kelly Ogle, of KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. >>>

Yideo Video
by Jack
Teruh – Jewish Music

I’m continually overwhelmed by the activity in the Chassidic/Orthodox music community and am constantly finding new resources to explore. One recent discovery is the Yideo Video series. It seems to be a public access television show airing in New York City, but it is also available for viewing online. >>>

TCTV Sends in the Clowns: Two Nights of PURE Cirkus to Celebrate Quantum Programming Leap
by Marta Tarbell
The Watch News

>>> “It’s like going to the moon,” says Telluride Community TV Station Manager Alexa Warren, of the new technology amassed by America’s smallest public-access television station since this time last year.  TCTV has gone digital, Warren explains, in a move accelerated by the combination of its long-awaited debut on Mountain Village cable television and by inclusion in the curriculum for the Telluride schools. >>>

Dallas Community TV Makes Changes
by Carolyn Barta
Dallas Blog

Hard to believe but Dallas Community Television, which came to Dallas with cable TV, has just completed its 25th year. At this milestone, DCT is changing its name, address, CEO and is upgrading its technology. The name: Dallas I Media Center. The address: Dallas Public Library downtown across from City Hall — sometime this spring. CEO: TBA. DCTV is the region’s largest membership-based public access center.

Robert Thomas, chairman of DCTV’s board, said the new name — Dallas I Media Center — encompasses the “future look and feel of the new DCTV.” The future includes pod casting and video on demand once the facility moves from Round Table Drive to the Central Library. The lease agreement with the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs is being worked out. DCTV has already been Web casting at, which makes its content available beyond its 3-channel Dallas audience.  >>>

Hot air at board meetings — part of keeping democracy afloat
C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

>>> Democracy? That’s a great idea. But commenting and re-commenting on every single idea that comes up? Not so much. Mar says the board is concentrating on being “much more succinct,” which sounds like a great idea. But frankly, it is going to take a while for people to be convinced.  Sanchez jokes about putting the public access TV broadcast on “pay per view to cover some costs,” but the board members are as aware as anyone that few citizens are going to sit through four, five, or seven hours of a meeting.  “Sometimes people say to me, ‘I’ve been listening to your board meetings on the radio,’ ” Wynns says. “I say, ‘Why? Get a life.’ ”  Maybe they have one and are just trying to make it seem longer.

Legislature: State power grab
Editorial: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

State lawmakers are looking today at a bill that supporters, chiefly Qwest Communications, proclaim would promote competition in cable TV services. Perhaps so, but the heart of the bill is a wholesale grab of power from cities, counties and communities. >>>

Lawmakers weigh tech bills in face of big budget surplus
By Bob Mims
The Salt Lake Tribune

>>> One measure nearing a decisive vote as the session nears an end is Senate Bill 209. Senate Majority Leader Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, is pushing the proposal to allow statewide franchising for the telecommunications industry. If passed, the bill would give the Department of Commerce authority to grant such cable or video services deals.  Valentine, R-Orem, said SB209 continues to be revised as representatives of municipalities try to find common ground with the cable and telecommunications industries on a mix of local authority and providers’ development rights.  “There is no easy ‘right’ solution for it, but . . . as we continue to grow out telecom services and offer higher speed to the Internet, better video and different types of telephone services, we have to have a rational statewide policy.”  >>>

Killing AT&T Is Easy
Dana Blankenhorn

>>> AT&T is now going out among the states seeking one-stop franchising for such a service. It’s not proving easy.  Even in states like Georgia, which traditionally rolled-over for anything BellSouth wanted, concerns over things like public access are causing legislators to hold back. The company is having to spend money on TV ads to get into the TV business.  Even if AT&T succeeds there, however, it has an uphill fight. Its copper wires don’t have a fraction of the capacity of cable. Its central plant isn’t designed to deliver TV. Investments will have to be made in order to match what cable offers right now, and meanwhile its cash flow (as in my case) is slowly draining away.

The plan for opponents is simple:
* Highlight the money wasted by low-volume users and get them to switch to mobile.
* Fight AT&T’s efforts to get into cable.
* Use other mobile networks rather than AT&T.

Already AT&T’s co-conspirator, Verizon, is starting to sell off access lines, stripping its own asset base in order to stay afloat for Wall Street. I think this will accelerate if AT&T’s share of the access market goes into freefall. >>>

Another selection from the e-mail bag
by Superdog
The Next Mayor Blog

To: WHYY & Daily News & Next
RE: Linking economic growth and poverty
Dear U. Penn Urban Studies,

Interestingly for me, one intervention yesterday attempted to link the role of the non-profit sector and development. Non-profit sector is very big in Philadelphia, where about 5000 non-profit organizations are worth together about $1.3 billion. Non-profit organizations are a better ally to government than the private sector because they are vested in human development investments and natural resource management. They also can bring volunteer work and volunteered contributions as well as matching public funds to publicly funded programs. One of the best ways to develop business in Philadelphia will be to strengthen the non-profit sector with outreach material production tools such as public access TV was supposed to bring the city. Philadelphia never got the promised Public Access TV. Philadelphia non-profit sector is suffering from its absence. Local government suffers that its best ally’s sector is not developing as fast and as strong as it could and should. Which candidate is aware and wishes to address the issue? >>>

Local Access TV Stations to Crowdsource Content
by Chris Duffy

There’s a quiet revolution going on at a local access TV station in Denver, Colorado. Following the Net 2.0 path of “crowdsourcing,” user-driven content and open source development, Denver’s Public Access TV Station, called Denver Open Media (DOM) is blazing a new trail in this direction. Their model (this is a test site): to literally look to local Community (and to the web) for user generated video content and for the, “wisdom of the crowd” in terms of determining it’s relevancy and lineup within the programming schedule. >>>

What Ever Happened to … Lyn Vaughan
Former CNN anchor a spokeswoman for Fulton DA
by Bill Montgomery
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

>>> She also does a half-hour public affairs program for DeKalb County government called “Inside DeKalb” for public access Channel 23. >>>

 “How to Find a Lawyer:” the TV & the Web Show
by Laura Orr
Oregon Legal Research

On Thursday, February 22, 2007, from 8-9 p.m., Jenn Bascom, the Clackamas County Law Librarian, and I, the Washington County Law Librarian, will appear on “Legally Speaking” with the host of the show, Jim Hilborn. Attorney Jon Benson, with the OSB Referral and Information Service and local attorney, Shelley Fuller, will join us in an hour-long program on “How to Find a Lawyer.” Legally Speaking is a call-in show that airs live on the 4th Thursday of each month, out of the TVCTV studios in Beaverton, Oregon and is rebroadcast at different times throughout the month on Portland metro-area cable access channels on Channel 11 or 23.

Shea-Porter sticks with grass roots
By Sarah Liebowitz and Eric Moskowitz
Concord Monitor

>>> Today, Arnie Arnesen returns to television screens after a nearly year-long hiatus.  Check out her show, which today features Richardson and a discussion with Cullen, Charlie Arlinghaus, Rick Newman and Jeff Feingold, at 11 a.m. on WZMY (out of Derry). Public access stations throughout the state will air the show during the week, and you can also watch it online or listen to a podcast. To learn more, go to  >>>

Profile: Media whiz Gretchen Vinnedge
by Terri Finch Hamilton
The Grand Rapids Press

>>> Vinnedge is education director at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, where she carries out a longtime belief: Everybody should be able to say what they want, express what they feel and share it with the world.  Vinnedge helps kids learn how to turn a boring old school report into a dynamic video, visiting classrooms in a technology-packed van.  She encourages college-age filmmakers and gets their films seen all over the world.  She gathers groups of teens and puts them on a public access TV talk show just for them, where they debate such issues as teen pregnancy, suicide and drugs. >>>

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

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