Community Media: Selected Clippings – 12/29

County to public access: Pay us for the production truck we bought you
by Wayne Garcia
Creative Loafing (FL)
12/28/07

The saga of Speak Up Tampa Bay’s attempts to get back onto Hillsborough County cable channels continues. You may recall that county commissioners cut funding for the public access producers last year, ostensibly to save money in a tight budget year but likely more nakedly an attempt to crack down on programming and speech that the commissioners aren’t real fond of.

Speak Up Executive Director Louise Thompson says now the county wants her nonprofit to pay back at least some of the nearly $300,000 the county gave the group to buy a production truck, used to tape and broadcast remote events, speeches and other independent programming. The truck was used 52 times in 2006, according to Speak Up’s annual report, including to televise UT women’s basketball games and animal friends programming.   —>
http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/politicalwhore/2007/12/28/county-to-public-access-pay-us-for-the-production-truck-we-bought-you/
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NpTech Tag Summary: Best Wishes for Healthy, Happy, and Social 2008!
by Beth Kanter
Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media
12/29/07

NpTech Tag Summary: New Year’s Reflections, Predictions, and Best Ofs.  What are some of the ways that the social web marks the New Year? Let’s take a look.   —>
http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/12/nptech-tag-su-1.html
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MANILA PEN SIEGE – Media’s role in conflict situations
by Maria Ressa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12/30/07

MANILA, Philippines—Some 50 members of the media, including two Inquirer reporters, were humiliated by the police for doing their job—informing the public about the revolt led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim in Makati City on Nov. 29.  After the police subdued the revolt at the Manila Peninsula hotel, broadcast and print journalists were rounded up at gunpoint, handcuffed and herded like cattle to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The authorities were incensed that the journalists did not heed the order to vacate the hotel. Had the journalists heeded the order, the public would not have known what was happening inside the hotel. Foul deeds are often committed far from the prying eyes of the media.   —>
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/talkofthetown/view_article.php?article_id=109414
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Selectmen offer town manager position
by Christian Schiavone
The Beacon (MA)
12/20/07

—> Hunter said the Acton selectmen watched video recordings of Ledoux and Maylor with their respective boards of selectmen and felt that Ledoux was more open to his board’s input.  “I think we’re a stronger Board of Selectmen and more given to evaluating and giving instruction to the manager based on his proposals and suggestions,” said Hunter.   —>
http://www.wickedlocal.com/acton/homepage/x469060844
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compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media
202-393-2650
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wiki: http://peg.ourchannels.org

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