WPA did a "Visioning" for the station where we polled other stations in communities our own size and held public meetings where we invited people from the community who belonged to several different organizations, businesses and schools and polled our station members. We used a contractor to work with us.
The town would like us to do this again but use a college to redo this survey. Has anyone done this at their station and who did you use?
This may help you with annual reports - ACM Salary Review
2011 ACM Salary Survey - It's that time of year again!
Below is a link to the 2011 Alliance for Community Media Salary Survey.
Please click on the link and fill out the form by February 28, 2011. The survey results will be sent out to participants in early March. This year th is is a national survey survey and the more centers that respond, the more valuable the information for everyone who participates.
For those of us who have a need or interest in captioning our programming, this article from Broadcast News is about coming regulations re new Federal captioning requirements; probably won't affect Public Access , EXCEPT as regards internet video (for those of us who stream our programming, these MAY apply).
See links at the bottom of the article to captioning resources (software, hardware ?)
Northampton Community Television covered the debate between Northwestern District Attorney candidates Cahillane and Sullivan last Tuesday, August 24, 2010. The show is available for download as an MPEG 2 Layer 2 file that is the server standard. (This file can be encoded as needed).
In addition, the Northampton Community Television coverage of Thom Hartman's presentation on May 28 in Northampton is available for similar download.
Those of you who can download PSAs and shows electronically via FTP and wish to include the Montague Soapbox Races PSAs and 1-hour build party show in your cablecast program schedule can grab the files from the Princeton Server Group's server. Contact me for FTP info.
The race entry deadline has been extended to August 30th. Race date is Sunday, September 19th in Turners Falls.
This soapbox derby / race is a fundraiser for Montague Community TV. All help that can be given by other public access stations would be welcomed and appreciated.
If you cannot download the shows, or air digital files, and wish to have these programs mailed to you, please contact me with your address. You can reply to this email, or click on my username on the website.
WesternMA Connect, Inc. July 2010 Broadband Update
MBI Application Successful!
On July 2, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick and members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation announced that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) had been awarded $45.4 million of federal ARRA funds. These funds will be used to construct over 1,100 miles of fiber-optic middle-mile infrastructure in western and north central Massachusetts. The award was formally announced at a ceremony held on July 8 at Greenfield Community College. Event attendees included U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Senator John Kerry, Governor Patrick, and Congressmen Richard Neal and John Olver. Both Senator Kerry and Congressman Olver recognized Connect for its decade-long support for the creation of an advanced telecommunications landscape throughout the region. All speakers made reference to the many letters received in support of the application. Your compelling stories definitely impacted the application outcome. Thank you to everyone who submitted letters and congratulations to the MBI!
What Does This Mean For You?
In 2008, Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature established the MBI with the mission to extend affordable high-speed Internet access to ALL residential, commercial and public places across the Commonwealth. This new federal award will be combined with the $26 million of state funding already in place to make this a reality. Internet service providers have stated that once the MBI's network is complete, it will become more cost effective for them to bring high-speed Internet access to those who currently have none.
In the coming months, the MBI will continue to be very busy designing and engineering the network, negotiating access to state-owned assets, forming partnerships to support network deployment, and encouraging the telecommunications industry to be prepared to provide services and invest in the region. Meanwhile, the MBI has contracted with Connect to work collaboratively with regional planning agencies, local municipalities, and other organizations to ensure that this network is constructed as quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Under the terms of the federal grant, two-thirds of the project must be built by 2012 and the network completed in 2013. This is a huge undertaking. Although you may not visually see progress right away, be assured that the MBI and many others are working diligently to meet the federal timeline and requirements set.
How Can You Help?
If you have not already done so, please visit http://www.massbroadband.org/mapping/survey.html and complete the online survey. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. This information will assist the MBI in its effort to more accurately map where broadband does and does not exist. If you are an elected official or local department head, please respond to outreach conducted by the MBI and Connect. This network cannot succeed without your participation!
Wilbraham Public Access TV will host a demonstration of the new JVC-GH-HM790 studio camera system on Monday, July 19 at their studios: 28 Springfield Street, Wilbraham. Mr. Ken Freed, Northeast Regional Manager for JVC Professional products will demonstrate the studio system, and will entertain questions about studio setup and installation during his visit; refreshments will be served, sponsored by The Camera Company. To RSVP, call Caroline Cunningham at 413-433-7331
Obviously MCTV will be shooting the event (four-cameras, Anycast, appx 5 hours long) but you're all more than welcome to come out and either help shoot or operate a camera, or do a single camera hand-held to create your own mini-piece about the day. It should be pretty damn cool.
Yes, we are busy, and I'd only expand that to note that knowing the group, we are busy doing what we're supposed to be doing, which is serving our respective communities first. What that means for me in East Longmeadow is very different for Ali n Northampton. But I could not have brought to this community the expansion of this facility without all the support from the rest of you. There's a lot of stuff I want to do here that we're not doing, and a lot of stuff, especially integrating with the school students, that I think is worth talking about. I like knowing we have the means here to have these conversations, The fact that I'm not doing it
is like the fact that Caroline and I have been trying to swap a DVD for about 6 weeks, and haven't done it yet.
Opportunity for Community Media Volunteers to be Extras
Local filmmaker Masseo Davis has put out a call for 300 extras for his upcoming film. This is a great chance for anyone located in Western Mass who has an interest in fimmaking to take part and help out local filmmaking.
This is a SAG production and so can be used towards card hours.
Athol-Orange Community Television (AOTV)
seeks a part-time TV Production Coordinator
AOTV is in search of an energetic, reliable and hardworking individual to join our team. The ideal candidate must be detail oriented and enjoy working with the public.
Incorporated in 1993, AOTV is a non-profit, non-commercial public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access television facility for the towns of Athol and Orange, Massachusetts. AOTV’s day-to-day operations are managed by the Executive Director and two part-time staff people while a nine member Board of Directors govern the Corporation.
AOTV’s modern facility is located in Athol, Massachusetts. Athol and Orange are part of the beautiful nine town region called North Quabbin. The population of the towns are approximately 18,000 of which over 5,200 households subscribe to cable service provided by Time Warner.
Compensation / Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience
Vacation and sick leave
Interested candidates please submit:
Cover letter stating how your knowledge and experience corresponds to the posted position
List of three professional references with contact information
It would be fantastic if Western Mass could rally in attendance for this event.
Mass Access is reaching out to Western Mass here and it is expected that attendance will be more sluggish from the eastern part of the state due to distance.
If we'd like to see more events, more support, and represent Western Mass' needs and importance in this organization, this is an opportunity to do so.
This past week the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable held investigatory hearings regarding Verizon at the City Council Chambers in Northampton. NCTV was on hand to record two full days of the hearings. The first two parts (Day 1) are now available online at NCTV Online at www.northamptontv.org In addition, we plan on uploading the coverage to the My Mass TV server - part of Mass Access, shortly.
Analog to MPEG2 recording for your studio and external drop feeds
I have figured out a pretty exciting means to take the output of your analog or SD-SDI studio AND any remote location drops that you have. The process is reasonably priced and easy to use. it involves an analog to MPEG2 recording device that contains a 1 TB hard drive and an external matrix switcher. The workflow will allow the user to record their analog source to MPEG2, which is the format used in ALL of the current crop of digital playback servers (Leightronics, TelVue, MaestroVision and Tightrope) and will allow the user to control their recording process from any internet-capable computer or smart-phone. This is NOT a one box solution, but one that I have developed using components already on the market.
This system is the answer for many PEG stations who currently have to two or three-step their productions before they can get them into their playback servers. The beauty of the system is that it produces DVD quality recordings that can be routed directly to your playback server via drag-and-drop from any computer, PC or MAC, on your network. The system is also NLE friendly, so, if your NLE can import and render MPEG2 files, you can move the recorded program directly to your NLE for editing, or route it to your playback server for immediate playback.
The system has advanced scheduling software that will allow immediate one-button recording if you desire, or will schedule recordings from whatever source that you choose up to one year in advance. The recorder software also allows editing stop and start times to trim early start times, and late program endings. Because the system can be remotely controlled via an internet browser, the operator can choose their start times on the fly and can also extend a programmed recording if a live program runs long, or end it early manually if so desired.
In addition to simply recording in-studio productions, the system can also easily record any location-drop production that is routed through your playback chain, so you can record public meetings, school productions, satellite feeds or any other programs that are routed through your facility. Because the user interface is an internet- accessible web page, it can be remotely controlled and scheduled by any computer or smart-phone from any location that has internet access.
If anyone is interested in learning more about this process, please let me know, and I will be happy to explain it in detail to you.
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has joined with 123 communities in western mass to apply for broadband money in round 2 of the federal stimulous grants . <http://www.massbroad...ts/032510eblast.html> (Cut & paste link)
I am forwarding Information in case you may not have seen it.
The Open Media Foundation invites Public Access partners to join us in
applying for a Second-Round BTOP Sustainable Broadband Adoption
proposal. With the deadline for the second and final round of BTOP
grants approaching on March 15th, OMF was disappointed to learn just
last week that, despite getting past the Due-Diligence phase of the
first round, our proposal was not selected for funding. While the
late rejection has left us with a short window of opportunity to
re-apply, the process has been very informative and educational in
revising the proposal for a second try.
The vision of the project involves updating Public Access TV stations
into integrated on-line institutions that serve as a gateway for
disadvantaged communities to begin creating multimedia content for the
web and encouraging sustainable broadband adoption among communities
with historically low broadband use. Participating stations will
receive support in implementing the Open Media Project tools which,
among other things, automate the process of posting all video content
on-line. The Open Media Foundation will provide the development,
integration, and if necessary, equipment required to implement the
features of the Open Media Project (as outlined at http://openmediaproject.org/features)
Participating Stations will be asked to support early adopters in
their local "disconnected communities" (neighborhoods with low
broadband penetration rates) to produce content that conveys the
relevance of broadband in their lives. Free Speech TV will produce a
national TV series for both DishNetwork and DirecTV featuring samples
from the participating stations. As with our first round application,
we also plan to partner with the ACM to support a full-time staff
evaluation expert, documenting best-practices in sustainable broadband
adoption among member stations and developing a knowledge-base with
search-able content on a wide range of related issues.
Because the window is so tight, interested parties have only one-week
to complete the new application form at openmediaproject.org Keep in
mind that completion of the application, and participation in the
proposal does not guarantee funding, nor does it legally bind your
station to any agreement. The application is required to be
considered for participation in the grant, but it is not until the
grant is awarded and a subsequent contract is signed by your ED and
Board that your organization would be legally bound to any agreements.
My part-time guy and I would love to take advantage of the shuttle that Camera Company is offering. As far as where we are leaving from, it doesn't really matter to me. I supposed wherever the shuttle wants to pick us up is fine. Also, I would assume, because it takes at least 2 hours to get there, that we should be leaving around 7 am.
Is anyone signing up for any of the workshops? They are pretty inexpensive.