ACMEBoston Chapter No Longer Active

May 22, 2008

ACMEBoston has been inactive for some time now. Therefore, we have decided to officially close the chapter. This site will be left online as an archive of our work over the past few years.

Thank you to everyone who participated in making ACMEBoston such a successful project. If you are interested in restarting the Boston Chapter, please contact the ACME national organization. Thank you.


Videoblogging Workshop with Boston Neighborhood Producer’s Group Part 2

August 13, 2006

At yesterday’s videoblogging workshop at UMass Boston
Photo by Hiram Scott, BNPG

Yesterday afternoon, Danielle Martin, Hiram Scott of the Boston Neighborhood Producer’s Group, and I held a second videoblogging workshop for members of BNPG at UMass Boston. Hiram blogged the workshop today:

“Because many of our members are active television producers this new tool will prove to be invaluable as they share news and information, as well as their creative works with a much broader and diverse audience.”

We spent the second workshop helping members set-up their own Blogger blogs. By the end, everyone had set-up their own blogs and entered the world of blogging. All of the new BNPG member blogs can be found find listed in the left column of the BNPG blog.

We focused mainly on blogging yesterday as a first step towards assisting BNPG members with learning how to post video on their blogs. This allowed us to start slow. We wanted to make sure that all members had enough time to ask questions and understand many of the concepts introduced during the workshop.

We arranged the workshop so that Danielle, Hiram and I would discuss and show a few things for 10 or 15 minutes using the overhead and then BNPG members had lots of time to apply these concepts at their computer workstations.

Although we don’t have a date set for the next workshop yet, our goal with these workshops is to assist BNPG members with learning how to video blog and share clips from their public access TV shows using the web. For the next workshop we will most likely move to to show as an easy tool for uploading and hosting video.

Yesterday was very lively and a lot of fun. We thank BNPG for allowing ACMEBoston to have the opportunity to work with them. It’s been exciting to be apart of a process that has allowed a new group of public access TV producers to gain the tools, skills and knowledge to begin sharing their stories using the world wide web.

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston

Videoblogging Workshop at BNN Part 1

August 1, 2006

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This evening, members from ACMEBoston, Community Change Inc., and the Boston Neighborhood Producers’ Group Inc., held a videoblogging workshop for public access producers at the Boston Neighborhood Network’s Multimedia Center in Roxbury, MA.

It was the first part in a two part workshop series to teach access producers how to distribute their video on the web, through videoblogging. At this evening’s first workshop, we talked about blogging and basic concepts around how to start a blog and a video blog.

Here’s a short clip of Danielle Martin, CTC Vista Project Coordinator at UMass Boston, from the workshop.

This video was shot on a Canon PowerShot A95 digital camera. Visit our video blog over at

create * educate * mobilize

This video was originally shared on by acmeboston with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

ACMEBoston Podcast: “Morphing from Music: iPods Enter the Classroom”

July 15, 2006

Morphing from Music: iPods Enter the Classroom” panel and discussion at the Media Giraffe Project Conference 2006 at UMass Amherst, June 28 – July 1, 2006.

Click here to listen to the ACMEBoston Podcast July 15, 2006

Download the PowerPoint presentation from Mark Frydenberg.

From the conference wiki:


“The how’s and why’s of sending downloadable audio files over the Internet — how is this being adopted by educators? How can an Internet news operation serve the need for classroom-ready podcasting material?”


“Students and teachers as independent media producers now have the opportunity to level the playing field with mainstream media in distributing and exhibiting their work via podcasting to a larger audience. At Bentley College, students in information technology courses create audio and video podcasts to engage with a new technology and use it as a learning tool. In video production and mass communications courses, students focus on producing media to analyze the media. At Harvard Law School, teachers use podcasting to transform the classroom into a global conversation.

The presenters will share podcasting examples from students and teachers at both schools and discuss how new media tools and distribution models are creating powerful new spaces for debate, change, and learning.”


Elizabeth LeDoux is a Lecturer in the Media & Culture program in the English Department at Bentley College.

Mark Frydenberg is a Senior Lecturer/Software Specialist in the Computer Information Systems Department at Bentley College.

Colin Rhinesmith is a Staff Assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where he produces podcasts for AudioBerkman. Colin is also President of the Action Coalition for Media Education, Boston Chapter (ACMEBoston).

ACMEBoston Video Blog

July 9, 2006

“Prometheus Radio Project at ACM Boston 2006”
July 8, 2006

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Hannah Sassaman, Prometheus Radio Project, presenting at the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Boston, July 8, 2006.

From the conference website:

Community Media Reaches Beyond Cable Television

“Community media is more than cable television production and transmission. Who are our media partners? While preserving the best of television, how can we reach out to new partners, tools and applications to enhance our services and relevance in our communities? How can we best use our centers to enrich, mobilize, and preserve our public interests?”

Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy

Jason Crow, CCTV Cambridge

Scott Alumbaugh, Sea Dog Designs

Karen Toering, Reclaim the Media

Inja Coates, Media Tank

Hannah Sassaman, Prometheus Radio Project

This video was originally shared on by acmeboston with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Action Coalition for Media Education Joins Stop Big Media Coalition

June 28, 2006

ACMEBoston parent org, Action Coalition for Media Education is one of the Charter Members of the new Stop Big Media Coalition.

The Coalition writes,

“The Coalition believes that a free and vibrant media full of diverse, local and competing voices is the lifeblood of America’s democracy.

Massive consolidation of media ownership has dangerously reduced the number of voices in our nation’s media. Today, the vast majority of popular news, entertainment and information is controlled by a handful of giant media conglomerates. These corporations seek to minimize competition and maximize profits rather than inform, enlighten, and promote the public interest.

The FCC and Congress must ensure that our media system is, in the words of the Supreme Court, ‘an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will prevail.’

The Coalition is working to see that the FCC and Congress protect the American public from the further consolidation of US media ownership.

Click here, to join the coalition.”

Check out the blog and act now.

MGP2006 This Week

June 25, 2006

(crosspost from my blog)

I'm working on my presentation today for the MGP2006 conference this week at UMass Amherst. I will be speaking on a panel on Friday with Bentley College Profs. Elizabeth Ledoux and Mark Frydenberg, titled "Morphing from Music: iPods Enter the Classroom".

I built out the wiki page for the panel yesterday. We're hoping that folks will contribute to the wiki during the panel by adding their notes, ideas, questions, suggestions, etc.

My contribution to the discussion will be to talk briefly how the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School (where I work) has embraced podcasting as a tool for education both inside and outside the classroom. I am only planning to speak for 5 minutes, in order to leave plenty of time for discussion.

I am asking some of the following questions, in advance (which I've also added to the wiki):

  • How are new media tools like podcasting changing our understanding of what a classroom is?
  • How can more teachers, students, and educational institutions be encouraged to use and embrace podcasting as a tool through which more access to ideas, skills, and knowledge can be shared and built upon?
  • How can a local classroom use podcasting and blogs to create global classrooms and online coversations with those who enjoy access to these resources?
  • How can students and educators use podcasting to help bring more people online to bridge both the local and global digital divides?

I hope to also get a recording of the panel (either audio or video, or both) that I will make available here, following the discussion.

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston