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July 20, 2007 - 4:11pm The Benton Foundation in collaboration with UMass Boston's Community Media and Technology (CMT) program wrote a scan (scan in this sense, I am guessing, means "examine closely") of the state of Community Media in the United States. The compendium traces the history of community media, including radio, television and the internet, starting at its innovative beginnings in the 1940's at Pacifica Radio in San Francisco. From there we follow the authors, Fred Johnson of the CMT program and Karen Menichelli of the Benton Foundation, as they walk us through the dawn of cable television and public, educational and government television right on into the current hype surrounding on-line participatory community media. The report is a timely summary of the state of community media considering the current raging legislative and regulatory battles surrounding community television and radio going at the state and federal level - not too mention the huge paradigm shifts in media production and consumption. CCTV is highlighted in the "Community Spotlight" chapter where the authors speak kindly of the station. "CCTV takes digital media convergence seriously, understanding that media production... read more
July 14, 2007 - 12:53pm This installment of ZIP DOCS profiles David Fichter, the painter responsible for the incredibly large and wonderful mural on the side of the current Harvest grocery store on Mass Ave in Central Square. read more
July 3, 2007 - 1:01pm Click To Play Shot in a hospital in Kangding China. read more
June 28, 2007 - 2:49pm "Ant People" is an 18-minute documentary about the quirky experts who study ants and the parallels between our society and theirs. Ants, the world most prevalent insect, the weight of all of which outnumbers that of all non-human mammals, attract the intense interest of people from all walks of life. The cast of characters includes hip myrmecologist artist Corrie Moreau, a Harvard University doctoral student who has been covering herself in biolgical and self-designed ant imagery since age 18; Stephan Cover, an enthusiastic pacifist who has been curator of the worlds largest ant collection for twenty years; Kari Ryder-Wilkie, a giddy Asian t-shirt designer who has spent the last 7 years studying the hundreds of ants she collected in the Tiputini Myrmecology Station in Ecquador; Mario Muscedre, ant brain specialist and BU doctoral candidate and others - you'll have to watch it to find out more! read more
June 28, 2007 - 11:45am Click To Play Shot in an orphanage in Jiuzhaigou China. This is the second installment of the Children's Healing Initiative project. read more
June 27, 2007 - 11:50am ANTS Documentary Screening Thursday, June 28 Reception starts at 7pm Run Time: 15 minutes In a dark edit suite, Project Documentary class participants are now putting final touches on the documentary with the working title “Ants.” See ant warfare. Watch as soldier ants fight in mandible-to-mandible combat until the death to maintain the hegemony of their respective colonies. Learn from prominent myrmecologists. See how ants started farming years before humans. All this and more at Project Documentary’s “Ants” screening this Thursday at 7pm in CCTV's studio space. Refreshments will be provided. read more
June 8, 2007 - 4:15pm On June 9th, 2007, I will be flying to Chengdu on behalf of Handreach's special project, The Children's Healing Initiative, to begin a short video that will hopefully spur the development of a telemedicine program in China. I will be attempting to upload short videos about the trip as I go. Stay tuned for posts regarding this exciting technology and health care project. The majority of the work will take place in Chengdu, China. After about a week in this city of 11 million people, I'll head to Kangding and the Jiuzhaigou Valley. CHENGDU 10 June 2007 - fly to Chengdu:Chengdu in WikipediaChengdu Flickr stream Here I'll be looking at the HuaXi Hospital located in the capital of the Sichuan province in the heart of western China. I'll be in Chengdu for a little less than a week. KANGDING Approx. June 15 we take a bus to KangdingKangding in WikipediaKangding Flickr stream I will then head to Kangding to take a look at the Tibetan clinic there and examine its viability as a triage center. "Kangding, the 'end' of the so-called Chinese world and the beginning of the Kham-province," which is mainly populated by Tibetan people. This area has only been recently opened (since 1999) for... read more
May 24, 2007 - 2:37pm Videos are starting to trickle in for and we've got the latest installment. You'll find this video in chapter 2.4, Composition & Motion. Here's Eric Beck discusses the importance of shot variation in a video, especially during a long monologue. Thanks MakeInternetTV! Watch the video and go read the chapter yourself: click here. Make Internet TV: Shot Variation read more
May 23, 2007 - 5:02pm YouTube has been a blessing and a curse for community television stations. Repeatedly, community TV workers like me hear the founders of YouTube claim they are bringing media distribution to the masses and creating a dialogue between citizens - whether the dialogue is civic, civil or sane is up to the viewer to decide. This is community TV's mandate and YouTube is a for profit entity. How could they have such ideal notions in their work such as democratizing media? The world was cozier when there was just analog channels moving in waves across coax. Let the debate rage on. In the meantime, watch the videos. Congressman Markey shows his support for media distribution on the Internet and reminds us that technological change is swift. From YouTube: "First ever YouTube video of a congressional hearing from the Chairman's point of view. Filmed by Congressman Ed Markey, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecom and the Internet, during a hearing on the Future of Video. YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley testified at this hearing." Congressman Ed Markey posts a Youtube post from the chairman's podium at the Telecom Subcommittee meeting. Congressman Ed Markey then... read more
May 23, 2007 - 4:22pm We've been slacking in the "How to..." tutorials department. What have we been doing? We've been cruising the Internet, of course. What else is there to do? This is the kicker. I have been working on creating tutorials for everyone to use. Then I found the "freevlog" blog and there are 12 glistening tutorials made by the fantastic Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi at Free Vlog ( If anyone remembers, Ryanne came to Boston last summer to be the official videoblogger of the ACM conference. Make a Screenshot for PC and Mac Make a screenshot on a Mac: Make a screenshot on a PC: Thanks to Ryanne and Michael at! read more