Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/21/08

An Emmy for Euille?

by Michael Lee Pope
Alexandria Gazette Packet (VA)

Members of the Alexandria City Council are frequently recognized when they are about town. But are they television stars?

According to a recent survey of Comcast users, viewership of City Council meetings has increased 60 percent from last year to an all-time high. A whopping 86 percent of Comcast subscribers responded that they had watched a City Council meeting during the last year. Only 58 percent of respondents, by comparison, said they watched a School Board meeting in the last year.  “We should get an Emmy,” cracked Mayor Bill Euille during last week’s City Council meeting.   —>

Where is the Love
The “Reel” and Visible Truth about Pleasant Prairie (WI)


—>   The Lt. Gov suggested per Mr. Babcock that municipalities LIKE PLEASANT PRAIRIE take action to put videotaping of Board Meetings, etc, so that citizens have a source of news.  This is nothing new, and I have been preaching this idea for around 2 years now. In order to show that it is not a TECHNICALLY DIFFICULT effort, we have begun videotaping and putting unedited clips of board meetings since 11/19/2007 onto YOUTUBE at

The village leaders such as Trustee Mike Serpe have justified NOT HAVING MEETINGS ON CH25 as being “BORING”, and classified them as a good sedative if they were to make it onto CH25.   —>

Student volunteers help cable TV programs happen
by Bev Wax
Dover-Sherborn Press (MA)

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DOVER and SHERBORN – To get a taste of what young people think about Boston sports teams, Dover-Sherborn residents of all ages may want to tune into “The Roundtable” on DSCTV. Four students and three faculty members make up the talk show panel that comes across as personable, opinionated, entertaining and often quite funny.

The monthly show is part of a course taught by Mike Sweeney, media coordinator for Dover-Sherborn High School. The first episode covers a short summary of high school sports team standings; Curt Schilling’s ability to pitch for the Red Sox; the Celtics’ wins; the Patriots’ loss; and the recent testimony of Roger Clemens on steroid use.

Sweeney hopes the program “will show the students the benefit of their hard work” in a studio setting. The program is part of Video/Media II class focusing on basic script writing, camera technique and digital editing. A requirement is the completion of Video/Media I, where “students work together as a team, learn about media literacy and ethics, and how to produce and direct.”

Two other DSHS programs are currently produced: the monthly “Raider Report” for Video/Media II and “Spinners” for Video/Media I that is produced every two to three weeks. Sweeney said, “ ‘Raider Report’ is a news magazine that showcases events, faculty and student achievement in the high school. ‘Spinners’ is a game show that is our longest running program and has produced about 200 episodes.”   —>

Ready for prime time: Niagara Falls students run cable-access channel
by Emma D. Sapong
Buffalo News (NY)

It’s just 7:30 a.m., but the students of “High School Live” are already energized, hurling TV production jargon at each other, as they prepare for the morning newscast. Upbeat, chatty anchors assemble before the cameras for a practice run, while other students ready the cameras and review the show’s script on the teleprompter. When 8:15 rolls around, the three anchors announce sports scores, upcoming school events, mix in some world news, college scholarship opportunities and the SAT word of the day. “It’s really neat to have something like this in our school,” said junior Kelly O’Brien, one of the rotating anchors of “High School Live,” the TV show that replaced traditional morning announcements at Niagara Falls High School.

The morning newscast is just the start of the enthusiasm and passion students maintain throughout the day while upholding their unique responsibility of creating more than two dozen shows from the school’s studio for Niagara County educational access channel and a potential viewership of 45,000 people.

“It’s my life, honestly,” said junior Anthony Wright, who produces, directs and hosts multiple shows. “It’s really what makes me happy. If there were no media studies program, it would just be another day at school.”  Anthony, 17, is one of 140 students enrolled in the school’s media studies elective, which trains them in TV production with their work airing on Our Schools Channel 21, the Niagara County’s educational access station on Time Warner.   —>

Cinemat celebration showcases student work
by Rosemary Pennington
Indiana University School of Journalism

Last year, Bloomington residents nominated almost 100 area volunteers for the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network’s Heart and Hand award, a handful of whom were profiled at a video showcase at the Cinemat Thursday evening.

“I’d like to thank you all for being here tonight,” BVN Director Bet Savich said to a crowded room of School of Journalism graduate students and area volunteers. “We hope that tonight is a celebration of volunteerism as well as inspiration for those who aren’t already involved to become involved.”

The Volunteer Video Showcase was the culmination of assistant professor Mike Conway’s J520 Video Storytelling class. The class, offered last semester, was designed to teach graduate students the skills needed to create rich, textured stories using video.

“We at the School of Journalism are trying to adapt to the changing media world,” Conway told the crowd. “We’re training the next generation of journalists and we want them to have the skills they need to work in this new environment.”

One of the class assignments last semester was to profile the Heart and Hand nominees. The students combed through 89 essays written about the nominees; from those essays, they chose several to profile. The BVN then connected the students and volunteers.   —>

Have your say about Verizon
by Ron Cox
Malden Observer (MA)

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On Thursday, Feb. 28 beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a public hearing regarding the current negotiations with Verizon Communications to become a second provider of cable television for Malden residents. This is good news for consumers because it means our city will have someone other than Comcast and satellite dishes to choose from, and that brings more competition to viewers.   —>

TV Party and Unmasked at the New Museum
by B. Blagojevi
The Zine (NY)

Tomorrow night at the New Museum, non-commercial, art television variety show host Glenn O’Brien will present various selected clips form his well known New York public access show TV PARTY, active from 1978 through 1982. The show hosted many bands and musicians of note who would visit to perform or to be interviewed, not the least of which was David Byrne and Debbie Harry.   —>

Stayton Discusses Skate Park During City Council Meeting
by Ken Cartwright
KENC Radio (OR)

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—>   Council and audience has had trouble for years hearing the council meetings. It was also suggested that with the forthcoming Community Access Television and the community radio wanting to broadcast council meetings live, and other media needing a media audio port, it was time for the council to take action and replace the system.

A proposal was made that an adequate system would cost about $10,000 and would not only serve the community center, but the new city hall if and when the city is able to build one. It is further proposed that the city pay for it from future revenue that the city collects from television cable franchise fees. It was indicated that the city collects a 5% fee from the cable company and has for at least 16 years but has never invested any of that money in community cable access or audio for the city council.   —>

Time Warner agrees to cover taping of St. Patrick’s Day Parade
by Brian Meyer
Buffalo News (NY)

In an earlier era, the former Rita O’Leary would trek downtown to watch her dad march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Now in her 70s, Rita Smith enjoys watching the event from her living room couch when it’s aired on Buffalo’s cable television system.  “It’s too cold for me to sit outside that long,” the Old First Ward resident said.  Smith’s heart sank when she read Wednesday that the March 16 parade might not be taped for later viewing. Time Warner Cable informed the not-for-profit parade sponsor that it would no longer provide free production services.

She was thrilled to hear that the company did an about-face and agreed to provide video crews for one more year.  “When you’re home and not able to go out, you’re always looking for something different,” she said. “I like to watch for people I know who march in the parade.”

Time Warner’s reversal came after the city’s cable franchise faced blistering criticism for insisting that parade organizers either pay a $3,500 production fee or find their own video crews. Some Common Council members assailed the city’s cable television franchise, saying it can afford to absorb the costs.

One day after lawmakers criticized the decision, Time Warner sent a follow-up letter to the United Irish-American Association of Erie County.  “In this one instance, we will supply you with a crew to film your parade,” wrote Robin L. Wolfgang, vice president of public and government relations.

She said parade sponsors should work with the city to secure time slots on one of Buffalo’s public access channels. In past years, the parade was aired on Time Warner’s Channel 13. But last November, the company launched Time Warner Sports Net on the channel. It carries a heavy schedule of college and high school games.

“This compromise should accomplish your goals of broadcasting the parade for the widest viewing audience,” Wolfgang wrote. “We hope you also recognize this donation and sacrifice Time Warner Cable is making in order to ensure that followers and participants of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade have a resource to view it in their home.”

Wolfgang made it clear that in future years, the company’s ability to cover such events will be “limited” and that parade organizers should work with video crews from the city’s public access channels to secure production services. The public access channels are funded through money provided by Time Warner as part of its franchise agreement.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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