Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/10/07

Akaku protests state contracting process
by Melissa Tanji
Maui News

KAHULUI – Akaku: Maui Community Television is protesting the state’s new process for awarding contracts to manage public access channels on cable television.  Akaku filed its objections with the state Procurement Office on Monday, demanding that the request for proposals procedure be canceled. The RFP seeks proposals from organizations to operate and manage public, educational and governmental access channels, cable fees, facilities and equipment for the state.   —>

Public Access TV Going Digital On Bright House
by Richard Mullins
Tampa Tribune (FL)

TAMPA – Fans of public access TV could see those channels go away this December, if they subscribe to Bright House Networks analog cable TV.  That’s because Bright House is preparing a major reshuffling of its cable TV lineup, rearranging most of its channels in the Tampa Bay area…  Also, it will be available only on more expensive digital tier cable TV packages…

Durkin… said the company would try to make PEG channels available to customers who want it, yet don’t want to upgrade to digital service.  If those customers call Bright House and specifically request PEG channels, the company plans to rent them a special converter box at a lower price than the traditional $6 per month rental fee for a digital box. That price has not yet been determined, Durkin said.

Cable TV bill, as written, is a gift to industry
by Curt Witynski
Capital Times (WI)

Wisconsinites deserve the same as Illinoisans when it comes to oversight of cable TV. Illinois recently passed a much more balanced cable bill than the industry-drafted proposal currently before the Wisconsin Legislature.  Wisconsin’s “video competition” legislation, Assembly Bill 207, should contain the same consumer protections, public access television support, public rights-of-way safeguards, and benefits for property taxpayers as the new Illinois law.   —>

FCC Brings Media Ownership Debate to the Windy City
Sept. 20 Hearing Gives Public Rare Opportunity To Weigh-In On Media Consolidation
Common Dreams

On Sept. 20, all five Federal Communications Commissioners will meet face-to-face with the public at a hearing in Chicago to discuss sweeping changes to the nation’s media ownership rules.  “Big media companies have plenty of opportunities to make their views known in Washington,” said Brian Imus, state director of Illinois PIRG. “This hearing is the chance for Chicago residents to finally be heard on the dangers of media consolidation. We encourage citizens from all parts of Illinois to participate in this important hearing.”    —>

New CPR method less intimate
by Lindsay Butler
East Valley Tribune (AZ)

When a stranger collapses, few people are excited about locking lips to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Now, a new method is proving to be just as effective — and a little less intimate… The Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education program received a $200,000 health crisis grant from the governor’s office for the campaign, which will be spread to public schools, government agencies, businesses and public access TV.

Troy Democrats host forum for mayoral, council candidates
Detroit News (MI)

Candidates running for mayor and City Council will participate in two public forums this Wednesday and again Sept. 5.  At the events, organized by the Troy Democratic Club, candidates will answer questions from the audience and a panel of journalists.  Wednesday’s forum will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Community Media Network.

CMC All Access Event Wednesday August 15th
Grand Rapids Community Media Center (MI)

On Wednesday, August 15th, the Community Media Center is pulling back the curtain to give our members a behind-the-scenes look at how your media center works for you and the rest of our community.  “CMC All-Access” will include live radio and TV broadcasts, giving CMC members a chance to share how they have learned and grown through our technology and education programs. The event will also represent a final push in CMC’s $2.4 million capital campaign, which wraps up in September.   —>

Is the Future of Television Online? Not Yet
by Jennifer Woodard Maderazo
Media Shift

Late last month the BBC announced that it would be offering up a large part of its television content free of charge on its website. And back in May, ABC announced it would stream some of its primetime shows in HD online for free. As networks begin to put more of their content online — either on their websites or through services like iTunes — both advertisers (who get yet another dimension for their messages) and viewers win. But is the future of TV-watching online? Is the box we’ve grown up with destined to become obsolete? Not just yet.   —>

Should everything be community media? A review of the Benton foundation’s “What’s going on in community media?” report
by Matthew Lasar
LLFCC: lasar’s letter on  the FCC

In a media environment increasingly segmented by ideology, class, or ethnicity, “is there an electronic place where people can convene as citizens? Can the new media create a public square where people can be heard, and hear each other?”

Yes, concludes the Benton foundation’s lively and informative new study What’s Going on In Community Media?: “Communities across the country are taking control of media, adapting new technologies to the social, economic, educational, cultural, and information needs of their residents.”

This thirty four page survey, described by its author, Fred Johnson, as “the most comprehensive look at the breadth of US Community Media institutions and practices in the last 15 years,” also outlines the challenges facing a medium that relies on uncertain sources of funding, volunteer power, and a lack of clarity on how to assess its own effectiveness.

But while the scan strives for a concise definition of “community media,” I think that it overuses the concept to map out the non-corporate media landscape, extending the term to projects and institutions struggling to be something else.   —>

American public slams biased, inaccurate, uncaring media
by Adam Thomas
Press esc

An overwhelming majority of American people slam mainstream media for being politically biased, inaccurate and uncaring, according to the latest Pew Research findings.  A national survey of 1,503 adults found that 55 percent blamed the media for being biased, while 53 percent criticized news sources for not getting the stories rights.  Another 53 percent said that media do not care about the people they report on.   —>

Good news: Bad news is avoidable
by Editors Report
Indian Country Today

—>   While NAJA [Native American Journalists Association] works to promote journalistic equity for Native people in mainstream media, the industry is increasingly dominating the marketplace of ideas, thus threatening everyone’s best hope for achieving equality – participation in democracy. Tribal communities struggled for decades to establish their own not-for-profit newspapers, and radio and television stations.

The struggle has paid off; and for better or worse, many are supported by public grants and community or tribal government funding. Among the notables are Lakota Communications, which operates Pine Ridge’s KILI; Akwesasne Communication Society, managing CKON Akwesasne Mohawk radio; and Native American Public Telecommunications, providing AIROS and VisionMaker Video. It is unlikely these stations will ever be swallowed up by megacompanies like Clear Channel Communications, Time Warner or News Corp.    —>

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

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