Voice of the Next Generation

July 14, 2006

Here’s the video piece we discussed on Wednesday from the Alliance for Community Media Youth Vlog, made at the pre-conference workshop Out in Front: Media and the Millenial Generation:

Watch the Video

Also, for a good laugh about Network Neutrality and Sen. Ted Stevens’ talk of “tubes”, check out this video on YouTube from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, posted on the Tactical Media Group blog.
(PS Couldn’t embed the YouTube video into WordPress…mmmm)


Community Media Culture at ACM Boston 2006

July 6, 2006

(cross-post from my acmboston blog)

Community Media Culture

I am sitting in on the “Community Media Culture: Trends and Emerging Practices in Community Media” at the ACM Boston conference this morning. Here are some notes from the session:

Fred Johnson, The Community Media & Technology Program,
University of Massachussetts Boston, College of Public & Community Service

Fred introduced the session and began by saying that “We’re in a five year fight with the telephone companies and the cable companies about our rights of way.. . .And we want to address that with this session” – Fred Johnson

There is an “exploding level of community media practices all over the world. . . [because] mainstream media is incapable of providing social benefits.”

“[There is a battle over] funding, legislation, free speech, etc. at the local, state, and national level.”

“This session will include a breakout session for concrete suggestions about what to do for the next four or five years.”

Inja Coates, Media Tank

Community Media Culture

Inja mentioned that “media is an issue that effects everyone whether they know it or not. Policy is a very important place to engage if you want to make change. If you’re talking about corporate policy or governmental policy. It is at the roots of trying to make things better. Media tank is in it’s fifth year, we do media literacy training and public events.”

Media Tank has been involved in cable organizing, the “grassroots cable campaign. . . to address state franchising and community wireless. . . A battle that’s being fought at the state level.”

“We’ve started a local monitoring process this year, we’re working with people all around the country to share knowledge and strategies.”

Hye-Jung Park, Program Director, Media Justice Fund, Funding Exchange

Community Media Culture

Hye-Jung began by saying that The Media Justice Fund is focused on “using media as a tool for change.” Hye-Jung said she “worked in media arts and public access and now the funding exchange.”

“Through this experience, I am creating content and I am doing something.” Previously she said she was involved in actions that were more reactive that didn’t make “the impact that I wanted to have.” It was “changing the system stayed that in my mind.”

Media Justice Fund is a an initiative of the funding exchange [which] started in 1979.” The Funding Exchange gives grants to 1000 social change organizations every year. It also funds the Paul Robeson fund.

It provides grants for content and media justice fund is focused on supporting the leadership of people in traditional marginalized communities.

“Media justice has been a buzz word in recent years, I hope this is not just a one time funding trend.”

Media Justice is not just about media reform, it goes beyond it. . . to include “notions of just and fair media. . . like the fight for fair wages and against homelessness in the us.” Traditional groups in media reform have focused on and have access to people in power inside the beltway, in D.C.

“The Media Justice Fund moves funds to smaller groups who fight for a media that serves a larger social justice mission.”

“There is need to collaborate and to share knowledge so that everyone can understand and take action.”

Barbara Popovic, Executive Director, Chicago Access Corp.

Community Media Culture

Barbara said that “We need to be connecting to issues in our community, if you do that that you are building political strength.”

We are positioned to have lon -term relationships with our communities, if this thing [community media] survives. There is a tremendous amount of potential”

She concluded by saying that the question now is “How do we translate that [potential] into political action.”

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston


Media Justice and Communication Rights Organizing Institute

June 16, 2006

The Center for International Media Action is asking media activists if they are "Interested in a Media Justice and Communication Rights Organizing Institute to build collective visions for change and develop political organizing and advocacy skills?"

If so, then take their "SURVEY to inform planning and let us know what you need!"

CIMA writes:

"For several years media activists have been discussing the need for ongoing opportunities for skill-building, collective learning, and long-range visioning and reflection. One strategy to meet these needs is a new Communication Rights and Media Justice Organizing Institute. The Organizing Institute is envisioned as an initiative to build political organizing and advocacy skills and strategies to transform media and communications systems to serve democracy, human rights and social justice.

Development of the Organizing Institute is being guided by a planning committee and coordinated by CIMA: Center for International Media Action and the Community Media & Technology Program at the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts (Boston) The Organizing Institute will be shaped by and for media activists and advocates. With this in mind, we invite you to take an on-line survey designed for members of the planning committee and any activists, organizers, advocates working on media and communications issues who might be interested in the Organizing Institute. The purpose of the survey is to gather input on the kinds of resources and training offered through the Institute and to develop program components that are uniquely tailored to different groups working on these issues. Please send the survey to anyone you think might be interested.

The survey will take about 30-40 minutes to complete, and you can save it on any page and return to it as long as you are accessing the survey from the same computer. To exit and return to the survey at a later time, be sure to first save your responses by clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page, and then click Exit at the top right hand corner of the screen. To read more about the survey or take the survey, please click here.

PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR SURVEY BY JUNE 26 AT THE LATEST (so we can incorporate your input in the materials and preparation for the July 5th planning meeting).

If you have questions about the survey, or would like to learn more please send an email to cima@mediaactioncenter.org. You can also click here to learn more about the Organizing Institute.

Many thanks for your time!

The CIMA Team"