Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/26/08

One World accepts nominations for Special Achievement for Development Media award
Nominations Deadline: February 29
ijnet (International Center for Journalists)

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One World Broadcasting has announced the Special Achievement Award for Development Media, one of this year’s One World Media Awards. The Special Achievement Award honors an outstanding community media project in the developing world. The deadline to nominate someone for this award is February 29.

The award is geared toward advocacy or grassroots media outlets or community radio/TV initiatives. Ideal projects will incorporate ideas for reaching wider audiences, find ways of making a lasting impact on the local community and have evidence of financial sustainability (through local or national support).

To find out how to apply, visit —>

Ball State Study Sees Positive Effects From Indiana Telecom Bill
Finding Disputed by Cable Incumbents
by Linda Haugsted
Multichannel News

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Ball State University has released a white paper stating that Indiana’s 2006 telecommunications reform bill has advanced the deployment of video and broadband services in the state, a finding disputed by cable incumbents in the state.  The 106-page report, dated Feb. 15 on the website of the Digital Policy Institute, concludes that HEA 1279 was good for the state and goes on to detail the expansion of digital-subscriber line, high-speed data lines and video service deployed since the bill was signed.

But Tim Oakes, executive director of the Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association, notes that the deployments referred to in the report were announced by providers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. before the bill was passed.  “To say the bill caused (these investments) is flat-out wrong,” he said…

Reports compliled by local officials in other states where franchising has been assigned to the state, such as Texas, Michigan and North Carolina, have concluded that published cable rates have not decreased due to the approval of state franchising bills. Special rates, offered as retention lures, may offer short term benefits, they have noted, but over the long term, rates continue to rise by all providers.

Norwalk PTO to put its proceedings on TV
by Lisa Chamoff
Stamford Advocate (CT)

A new reality television show is about to air.  The Parent Teacher Organization Council last night became one of the first city groups to begin recording its monthly meetings, and will air them starting next week on cable Channel 78, the regional educational access channel.

The program is part of an effort to keep parents informed and get them more involved in the schools. School officials are looking into recording biweekly Board of Education meetings.  Paul Blumenthal, PTO Council vice president for educational information, who works in video production, is coordinating the taping.  It will be one of the first city meetings to be broadcast.

“Apparently, other towns around Norwalk have a much more extensive use of their public access educational channel than we do,” Blumenthal said. “I think the school system will get better because people are more informed and more aware.”  Westport regularly televises its Board of Education meetings on Channel 78. Since 2002, it has used Channel 79, the local government station, to broadcast public meetings and forums. Some meetings are streamed live on the town’s Web site.

Eileen Zhang, director of Westport’s information technology department, said people are tuning in, though there is no way to count viewers.  Viewers e-mail questions that are answered during the meetings. People call Zhang when there are problems with the sound or picture quality.  “It definitely makes government more transparent,” she said.   —>,0,5681107.story

Spring Break Young Reporter’s Camp Springs Forwards with Applications
Akaku: Maui Community Television (HI)
by KaeoKepani

Back by popular demand, “Young Reporters Media Camp,” will take place during the State Department of Education Spring Break—starting on Monday, Mar. 17 through Friday, Mar. 21. Akaku is currently accepting applications until Wednesday, Mar. 5 and will select up to 10 students to attend the weeklong camp, which costs $200.

“Our previous Young Reporters Media Camp was a great success and proved to be an enriching opportunity for young people who are interested in serving their community through their media skills,” says Akaku education director Sara Tekula. “Young people are some of the most valuable witnesses to current events and happenings around Maui. Their perspectives will diversify the Maui Daily programming and attract more young viewers to the show.”

Students will learn what it takes to become “Youth Reporters” for The Maui Daily—Akaku’s latest community-based news program. In five days, they will become “youth certified” to borrow cameras and use editing equipment free-of-charge in order to create content for the program. Need-based scholarships will be available for motivated students accepted into the program. Camp hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   —>

Media Savvy: Students learning to produce a basketball telecast
by Sam McManis
Sacramento Bee (CA)

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2:42 p.m., outside the gym at Cosumnes River College.  Duct tape, to them, is lifeblood.  A full, fat roll dangles from Thorunn Gudjonsdottir’s wrist like a bracelet. It’ll come in handy as she and the rest of a crew of journalism students get ready to broadcast this evening’s women’s basketball game.

It is more than three hours before tipoff and an hour before any of the players will arrive, but the crew – a.k.a. Terry Finnegan’s advanced television production class – is already at work, scoping out the gym for camera positions. Also on hand: Richard Langley and Danny Mendonsa, engineers – and de facto teachers – from Access Sacramento, the region’s public-access TV channel.

Their transmission truck, nerve center of the operation, gingerly backs up as close to the gym as safety and school officials will allow.  “Breathing in exhaust gets that broadcast mojo going,” cracks Brandon Wells, the student director.   —>

Community access TV studio needs new home
by Paul Payne
Santa Rosa Press Democrat (CA)

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The big break for C.J. Ramirez came when the regular anchor of Casa Grande High’s morning news program didn’t show up for work.  Ramirez, 16, who had been helping out around the public television station on the Petaluma campus, jumped in front of the camera. His gift for gab made him a natural and he moved into the spot on a permanent basis.  But his budding broadcast career — as well as the aspirations of other students who use the Petaluma Community Access studio — may soon be cut short.

Petaluma school district administrators announced recently that the station will have to move off campus by fall to make way for an anticipated surge of new students.  “It’s a little disappointing,” said Ramirez, a junior, after taping the morning show Tuesday. “I just started getting into this.”

His frustration is shared by the station’s small staff and volunteers, who have put their hearts into keeping it going and just completed a digital conversion that cost about $34,000.  Julie Akins, the executive director and a former San Francisco newscaster, said she will begin looking for new space but won’t be able to afford anything nearly as large or well-appointed as their Casa Grande home, which was free.

Akins said the station — which airs government and educational programs on channels 26, 27 and 28 on Petaluma’s cable TV system — will likely become a mobile studio with a small warehouse office for computer servers.  “It’s probably the only thing we can do,” said Akins, who was hired last year and oversees a $200,000 a year budget. “I don’t see how we can afford a 2,000 square-foot facility. We’re talking mega-bucks that we don’t have.”   —>

Channel 11 interlocal agreement possible
by Larry Grard
Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel (ME)


MADISON — Public access station Channel 11 on Monday night advanced closer to an interlocal agreement its board members have long sought.  A skeptical Board of Selectmen gave the go-ahead for Channel 11 and Bee Line Cable TV Co. to work out a franchise fee that might help the station operate independently. The towns of Anson and Skowhegan have signed an interlocal agreement, but Madison — home to the station — has held out.  Channel 11 operates on a $25,000 budget that is funneled through the three towns from Bee Line Cable.   —>

Rutland gets PEGged
Public access TV expands with new kitchen studio space, weather, Internet
by Brent Curtis
Rutland Herald (VT)

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Public access television in Rutland is more accessible with more things to watch than ever before.  Rutland Community Access PEG TV has added new online features allowing Internet users to access its three channels worldwide and is adding cooking and local weather to its programming lineup.  “We’ve been busy,” said Michael J. Valentine, executive director of the local television studio located at the Howe Center.  During the last eight months, PEG has upgraded its Web site to allow streaming videos of scheduled programming and video on demand of archived material…

While the technological upgrades hold the most far-reaching potential for PEG, the decision to add cooking to its programming repertoire has had the most impact on the station’s studio space.  To host community generated cooking shows, PEG officials converted an empty and unfinished storage space into a state-of-the art kitchen complete with a commercial refrigerator, range, oven and vent-hood and granite countertops.   —>

Empowering Your Organization Through Media
Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement (OR)

Tuesday, April 3, 2007; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM…  Learn more on how Portland Community Media can help you get your message to the community through effective and creative use of media. Workshop will share real world examples of local groups that have used video and media resources to inform, educate and engage their communities.   —>

Attacks spur defense classes, safety forum
by Tammy Krikorian
Reno Gazette-Journal (NV)

—>   As safety concerns spread beyond the college community after the killing of Brianna Denison, a community safety forum tonight will inform residents of what is being done to keep them safe…  Representatives from Reno police; University of Nevada, Reno; the Associated Students of the University of Nevada; and community members will be on the panel.The event, scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sierra Nevada Community Access Television Studio, 4024 Kietzke Lane, will be taped and rebroadcast… A programming schedule soon will be available at —>

Reasonable Doubt: January 24, 2008
by Mark Bennett
HCCLA Blog – Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Assoc. (TX)

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HCCLA’s Reasonable Doubt public-access TV show from January 24, 2008.  [Google Video],-2008.html

Who in the Health Cares? Patient Safety Week – March 3-8, 2008
by Save the Patient
The Earth Times

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CHICAGO – Continuing its efforts to educate, inform, and empower the people of Chicago, SAVE THE PATIENT, a not-for-profit patient-focused organization, is hosting its 25-minute live call-in show, “Community Health,” on Chicago Access Network (CAN-TV) on Monday, March 3, at 6:00 PM on Channel 21.

Monday’s program will feature a frank discussion on what is currently being done, or not done, when it comes to patient safety, and most importantly, how to protect yourself and your family from hospital- and community-based infections. Find out about the Illinois Health Report Card, sponsored by Senator Barack Obama and the General Assembly.   —>,293036.shtml

Foamhenge & Public Access Puppetry
by Andrew
Puppet Vision Blog

Public access television was the YouTube of the pre-web era. In the 1980s and early `90s it was a fertile breeding ground for puppet video, producing underground hits like Ed the Sock, Greg the Bunny and Mystery Science Theater 3000 that were later picked up by cable channels and found mainstream success.

Considering just how many puppeteers got started working on public access, it’s always great to see these old videos making their way on to the web. Brian Stokes has been uploading some videos to YouTube from LifeFormz, an Academy award-winning college TV access puppetry & animation show he worked on from 1993-95 at the University of Pennsylvania. I particularly like Foamhenge, a sketch that reminds me of the Muppets’ old Mount Rushmore sketch.   —>

Jane Pauley I am not
by KarmaTee
Alligator Cowboy Boots (CO)


I went to journalism school to study print journalism. Yes, I have always considered myself a writer (blog readers everywhere snigger), but I also at one point in my life toyed with the idea of being a television news reporter/anchor/producer. It all seemed so glamorous, and I *have* always had a thing for brightly colored clothing.

But, when I got to the hallowed halls of Missouri’s J-school, I quickly realized one thing: The pretty, bubbly girls did broadcast. The alternative-y, hipster girls did photo. The poetic, romantic girls did magazine.  And the brainiac, mildly angry, can’t-be-bothered-to-get-dressed-up- because-I-don’t-like-walking-across-campus-in-heels girls did news-editorial.  Guess which category I fit into.

I was not then, and am not now, a shining example of Barbie incarnate, so broadcast was definitely out of the question. Did you know in college, the broadcast advisors would sit each girl down (guys too) and tell them every one of their flaws to correct, how much weight to lose and how to cut their hair, and what clothes to wear? And then they got graded on it? Mizzou isn’t alone in this practice, and even after college, professional talking heads all have contracts that stipulate appearance maintenance. It’s why you never see a female anchor over the age of 50– Botox and makeup only do so much.

Where am I going with this, you ask?  Nearly eight years after pretty much having the door to a broadcast career slammed in my not-symmetrical-enough face, I find myself talking on television. FREQUENTLY.

It is a small town, and it is community access, so I am not thinking this is a reversal of J-school priorities. But in the last 10 days, I have been videotaped for television programs twice. Once they snuck it up on me… I was part of a speaker panel at the college and didn’t realize the damn thing was going on Durango Community Access Television. Then, today, a producer with CitySpan 10, the other local channel, came and interviewed me, on camera, for a five-minute spot they’re going to do on our nonprofit agency.   —>

GVTC captures record number of Hill Country customers
San Antonio Business Journal (TX)

GVTC Communications continues to grow at a break-neck pace. For the first time in the company’s history, GVTC has more than 10,000 cable customers.  Officials with the Smithson Valley company say this is a 27 percent increase in cable subscribers over the last three years…  GVTC is garnering positive feedback from customers for providing coverage of local Smithson Valley and Boerne high school football and basketball games on the public access channel.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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