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New Voices Grant App Deadline; LSE Conf Call for Papers

February 17, 2008

Apply Now: Funding to Start Community News Projects
Contact Kira Wisniewski – (301) 985-4020  kira [at] j-lab [dot] org
New Voices

APPLY NOW! Applications due: Feb. 20, 2008.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism invites U.S. nonprofit groups and education organizations to apply for funding to launch community news ventures in 2008 and to share best practices and lessons learned from their efforts.

The New Voices project will help fund the start-up of 10 innovative local news initiatives next year. Each project may receive as much as $17,000 in grants over two years. Thirty New Voices projects have been funded since 2005.

Eligible to receive funding are 501(c)3 organizations and education institutions, including civic groups, community organizations, public and community broadcasters, schools, colleges and universities – and individuals working under the sponsorship of a nonprofit fiscal agent.

Grant guidelines and online application can be found at Project proposals are due February 20, 2008.   —>

Community and Humanity Conference
by Charlie Beckett

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In celebration of the LSE Department of Media and Communication’s 5th year, my colleagues are inviting critical thinking about how the media and communications environment is implicated in shaping our perceptions of the human condition. How is it mediating human values, actions and social relations? We welcome proposals for papers and panels offering theoretical insight and/or empirical work on this theme. Abstracts or panel proposals may focus on one or more of the areas below.

* Communication and Difference
* Democracy, Politics and Journalism Ethics
* Globalisation and Comparative Studies
* Innovation, Governance and Policy
* Media and New Media Literacies

The conference is at London School of Economics and Political Science, London, Sunday 21st – Tuesday 23rd September 2008.  Abstracts should be submitted by 1st March 2008. Go here to submit abstract and/or register.

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media


Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/06/08

February 8, 2008

Don’t touch that dial: AccessVision staying put for now
by Nick Schirripa
Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)

If you’re looking in the 900s for AccessVision and other local cable channels, stop.  Although Comcast Cable Communications announced it would be moving PEG — public education government — channels on Jan. 15 to new stations, two judges issued temporary restraining orders stopping the move, at least for now.  “The judges decided there would be enough harm to put off moving the channels until the legal details could be worked out,” said Michelle Reen, assistant to the Battle Creek city manager.   —>

City’s cable board sends letter of dissatisfaction to Comcast
by Andrea Goodell
Holland Sentinel (MI)

The proposed move of public access channels and complaints about customer service have city officials unhappy with their cable franchise.  “It’s discouraging when people tell you they hung up after 20 minutes on hold,” said Jodi Syens, the city’s cable liaison and member of the Commmunity Access Television Advisory Commission.  The commission voted during a special meeting Tuesday to send a letter to Comcast expressing its dissatisfaction with the company’s customer service and laying out its expectations for the future.   —>

Wadsworth irked over funding halt by Time Warner
by Maria Kacik
Medina Gazette (OH)

The city of Wadsworth may take official action against Time Warner Cable after the company halted its funding of a portion of the city’s public education and government (PEG) programming on WCTV.  “There may be an unfunded obligation that Time Warner has in respect to the PEG channels,” said Wadsworth Service Director Chris Easton.

He noted the city has the option of filing a petition with the Ohio director of commerce challenging Time Warner’s actions.  “We’re seeking a legal opinion on that matter and we’re trying to determine if that’s the right course of action,” Easton said.

For 15 years prior to 2008, the city and Time Warner Cable shared the costs of the programming proportionately. Time Warner paid the city a $112,000 operating grant annually, which is 60 percent of the total operating costs of PEG programming. Time Warner holds a 60 percent share of the cable subscribers in the city, Easton said.

However, after the Ohio Cable Act in 2007 passed, cable providers no longer are required to be franchised with the city and are only to be franchised with the state, said Chris Thomas, Time Warner of Northeast Ohio’s director of government and media relations.

Thomas said Time Warner purchased a franchise with the state last year. It no longer holds a franchise with the city, but still pays a franchising fee to Wadsworth. Starting this year, Time Warner will not pay the operating grant for the PEG programming, he said.

In a press release dated Jan. 22, Mayor Robin Laubaugh included the advice of legal counsel: “Section 1332.30 (E) of the new Ohio Cable Act requires all cable and video providers to bear a proportional share of any unfulfilled obligation for PEG Channel facilities that existed on the effective date of the legislation.”   —>

Board won’t ask electric system to pay for study
by Jeff Farrell (1 comment)
The Mountain Press (TN)

SEVIERVILLE – The Board of Mayor and Aldermen won’t make Sevier County Electric System foot the bill for a study looking at the feasibility of creating a local broadband franchise. For now, at least, the city won’t be paying for one either.

The board decided Monday to put off any decision on whether to pay for a formal study into the prospects of using Sevier County Electric Service to provide cable television, high speed internet and phone services. They asked city staff to collect more information, and said they will review it at a March workshop and consider funding a formal study during the budgeting process for the upcoming fiscal year.   —>

Access channel not happy with $200,000 a year
CAT TV wants an additional $400,000.
by Kat Hughes
Columbia Tribune (MO)

To keep Columbia Cable Access Television on the air during the past few years, volunteers have been organizing programming, operating cameras, fixing broken equipment and doing what’s necessary to ensure the show goes on even without a steady stream of funding.

But despite the Columbia City Council’s approval Monday night of a contract that provides the public access channel with $150,000 this year and $200,000 a year in operating costs for the next five years, CAT TV says it’s not enough.

Beth Pike, a member of CAT TV’s board and the Columbia Cable Task Force, said the channel’s board might decide not to sign the contract unless it gets additional money for capital expenditures such as professional-grade equipment and studio space.  “Everything we have been doing to this point has just been a Band-Aid,” Pike said. “If we don’t get the capital funds we need, we will be very hard-pressed to continue. We either do this or we don’t.”

Faced with substandard equipment, no paid staff and an obligation to renovate a small studio at Stephens College that will cost about $250,000, Pike said the channel needs an additional $400,000.  That’s $29,000 less than the city said the channel needed for start-up money in its pending 2001 lawsuit with Mediacom about unpaid franchise fees to provide public access. In that lawsuit, the city said the public- access channel required $429,000 in start-up capital and $174,000 to cover yearly operating costs.   —>

Public TV chief heads north
by Chris Bone
Morgan Hill Times (CA)

Avid viewers of Gilroy’s community television station might notice something different March 22.  That’s when Executive Director Suzanne St. John-Crane will end her nearly seven-year career at Community Media Access Partnership and depart for San Jose, where she will hold the same position at that city’s Community Media Access Corporation.   —>

Coming up next on MATV
by Ron Cox
Malden Observer (MA)

This year, 2008, represents the 20th anniversary of the establishment of MATV, Malden’s Media Center.  In those two decades, Malden Access Television has grown into a vital institution that brings together this very diverse community and provides them with access to electronic media, technology, and training as well as a forum to exchange information and ideas. It is through interaction and cooperation that this incredible resource helps connect members of this City and MATV is committed to broadening this role in the coming years.

The future looks very bright for MATV, and we are encouraged by the support we are given by the variety of community organizations, businesses and citizens who have collaborated with us over the many years of service that our media center has provided.

Last year, the Mayor’s office successfully re-negotiated a new 10-year contract with Comcast and just recently started the process of negotiating an agreement with a second provider, Verizon Communications. This is not only good for consumers but its good for the city of Malden, because soon both providers will be contributing to the success of Malden’s communication needs.   —>


“OURMedia 7: Identity, Inclusion, Innovation – Alternative Communication in a Globalized World”
August 11-15, 2008, Accra, Ghana


“OURMedia 7: Identity, Inclusion, Innovation – Alternative Communication in a Globalized World” will be held in Accra, the capital of Ghana, from 11-15 August 2008…

Founded in 2001, OURMedia/NUESTROSMedios is a global network with the goal of facilitating a long-term dialogue between academics, activists, practitioners and policy experts around citizens’ media initiatives.    OURMedia is about building an alternative world, rooted in local knowledge, anchored in strong identities but also connected to global networks, open to ‘otherness’, diversity and inclusion.

Alternative communication for an alternative world

OURMedia 7 is built on the assumption that alternative communication – a diversity of actors, voices, themes and discourses – needs to flourish and take hold to create alternative worlds.  It sees equity, community and cultural identity as the hallmarks of an alternative world.

Our Media 7 – In Africa, and in the world

OURMedia is coming to Africa for the first time through OM7.  The previous six conferences (OM1-OM6) were held in Washington, D.C., USA; Barcelona, Spain; Barranquilla, Colombia; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Bangalore, India; and Sydney, Australia.

Like the other conferences, OM7 will be shaped by the living experience of its host country and region.  For Ghana and much of Africa, that experience has tended to be portrayed by the world media in terms of deprivation and destruction, or as curiosities.  Yet, this vast, diverse and vibrant continent nourishes many of the values, traditions and practices that can enrich communication in an alternative world.

Like previous  OURMedia conferences, OM7 is an opportunity to dialogue and strengthen initiatives around common causes with the rest of the world.   In the case of OM7, the conference is also an invitation to better understand the complex and dynamic reality of Africa that informs and potentially deepens such dialogue and initiatives…

OM7 has selected three sub-themes – Identity, Inclusion and Innovation – that are key dimensions of alternative communication in, for and towards an alternative world. These may be regarded as different faces of marginalization in a world where expression is becoming increasingly uniform, majorities are being excluded (and even exploited), and certain kinds of knowledge and experience are presented as having more value than others. At the same time, the assertion of identity, inclusion and innovation are the very sources of strength to overcome homogenization, exclusion and relegation.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

Community Media: Selected Clippings – 01/27/08

January 28, 2008

Telling your story
by Garren Stauffer
Laramie Boomerang (WY)

If you had tuned in to Laramie’s KOCA 93.5 FM community radio station on Saturday morning, you would have heard traditional and contemporary mariachi music. You would also have heard John Coltrane’s amazing take on “My Favorite Things” surrounded by tracks from Bob Marley and AC/DC, as well as contemporary music from India and a track by the 70s supergroup Journey. Among other things.

If you had been down at the station’s headquarters, you would have been able to jump on the air and spin some tracks yourself, or share a poem with the community or talk about issues that the Laramie community faces.

More than any other form of media, community radio can be virtually anything that the listeners want it to be. The dedicated group of people that keep community radio going in Laramie gathered, on Saturday, to celebrate five years of that kind of diverse broadcasting, from the Lincoln Center on the west side of Laramie.   —>

Videoconference series highlights First Nation women, Community Networks and Native Language
by Brian Beaton
KNET Media

The last week in January promises to be a busy time as three video conferences are being hosted from the northern First Nations of Keewaywin and Muskrat Dam. All three workshops will be webstreamed for everyone to see online and will be archived for future reference.

The first videoconference, First Nations Women in Leadership, on Monday, January 28 starting at 9 am  is an all day event celebrates the important role that First Nation women play in all aspects of the families and the communities…

The second videoconference, First Nation Community Broadband Networks is being held on Tuesday, January 29 starting at 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Keewaywin First Nation, in partnership with Keewaytinook Okimakanak and Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project (CWIRP) is hosting a workshop discussing First Nation Community Networks…

The third videoconference, Anihshininiimowin: Our Language Of The Past, Now And Tomorrow is being held on Thursday, January 31 starting at 1 pm and is scheduled for 1.5 hours.   —>

The Local AND Global in Public Access Media
by Colin Rhinesmith
Community Media in Transition (MA)

A few of my co-workers and I had an interesting discussion this week about how best to use our external online presence, on sites such as MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, and We talked about sharing local information relevant to the community we serve on a platform available to the world for those with access to the tools, skills, and knowledge. A simple question we had was “Why would people globally be interested in what we are doing locally?”   —>

Raging fever
by Sally Ann Shurmur
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune (WY)

—>  I bought pink tulips the other day — five stems for $4 — and folks in the office were delighted by their beauty.  Sometimes, it just takes a little something.  One evening last week, I mourned the end of my football season by not turning the television on at all. That is so completely out of character for me, but I’m amazed at how much I accomplished.  Unlike those who turn the television on for noise, I enjoy the silence.

One evening I was at a dinner theatre in Glenrock, one night I turned the Cowboys on just before halftime and then watched in horror as they lost the lead, the momentum and the game, and one night while I was cleaning, I watched two hours of the planning and zoning hearing on community access television.  Actually, that’s a great thing to have on while you clean, because you can sort of listen while you sort, then take a break every so often to exclaim, “what the h—?” when no one but the dog can hear you.

After living here for almost 30 consecutive years (June 5 is the big day), there is still so much I am learning about our town.  This new revitalization plan excites me, just as the new big box across the street from my house 18 months ago thrilled me.  I am all about knowing my town, and public access provides exactly that opportunity.   —>

A new old fashioned way to do business
by Scott Howard
Collective Wisdom (IN)

Other titles to this post could have been, How to join a “Good Ole Boys” network, even if you’re not a old (ole), or a boy. Or, How to cut the 6 degrees of separation down to 3.  The old fashioned Good Ole Boys would do business with each due to the trusted relationships and it was hard for outsiders to penetrate this network.  Over the years the concept of business networking has grown and ranges from informal groups to very structured international organizations. And they work, if you know how to get involved.

Recently John Dickmeyer of the Allen County Public Library interviewed three local business networking team captains, for a Public Access T.V. Show. This weekend I got a copy and loaded it onto YouTube, in three parts. Here’s the TV Show on Business Networking featuring Andrew Zelt, Bob Norris and Paul Hawkins. Total length is 30 minutes.  Here’s part 1:   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media