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Citizen Media Unconference, August 7

  • Posted on: 1 August 2006
  • By: sean

NOTE: They have reached the 100 person maximum registrants. Please be advised that you can only get on the waitlist by registering below.

Monday, August 7, Dan Gillmor, Berkman fellow and director of the Center for Citizen Media, and his co-coordinators plan to bring about 100 people together to discuss citizen journalism as part of Wikimania 2006.

The purpose is to brainstorm some key aspects of citizen journalism, including principles, techniques, tools, business models and more. The conference will be in the "unconference" format -- no formal panels, but rather moderators drawing out what attendees collectively know. Moderators include: Dan Gillmor, Steve Garfield, Andrew Lih, Phil Malone, Tom Stites, Lisa Williams, Ethan Zuckerman.

If you would like to attend, you must register in advance

Local Blog: From the Port

  • Posted on: 13 July 2006
  • By: sean
Local Blog: From the Port

We once again feature another locally produced blog from Cambridge, MA, this time from Kathy Podgers, an individual addressing the city's issues with access for persons with disabilities.

Kathy herself has multiple severe disabilities and tackles such local concerns with public building closures and street work as well as the new Cambridge ordinance that lets restaurants serve food to customers in sidewalk seating but often blocks access for pedestrian and handicapped residents.

CCTV Intern Elisa Kreisinger Rides 62 Miles for Free Speech!

  • Posted on: 20 June 2006
  • By: sean
CCTV Intern Elisa Kreisinger Rides 62 Miles for Free Speech!

CCTV intern and Simmons College undergraduate Elisa Kreisinger rode 62 miles in the Bikes Not Bombs Benefit Ride. Members and staff donated the money for Elisa's entry. Since CCTV was Elisa's top contributor, Elisa decided to take this opportunity to raise awareness about the legislative threats to public access television.

She dubbed her journey a "Ride for Free Speech", and wore a t-shirt signed by the CCTV members. Elisa even pinned an Orientation flyer to her back during the ride!

MIT Awards CCTV with the "Bridging the Digital Divide Award"

  • Posted on: 13 June 2006
  • By: sean
MIT Awards CCTV with the "Bridging the Digital Divide Award"

The CCTV staff and member Laura Montgomery accept the "Bridging the Digital Divide" award from the
MIT Office of Government and Community Relations and the City of Cambridge on Cambridge First Day.

Awards were presented to six organizations on Tuesday, June 13, and also included the Cambridge Housing Authority's Community Computer Centers; Community Learning Center: Project LIFT; Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House's Computer Tech Center; East End House's Technology Center; and MIT CommuniTech.

Each organization received a framed Cambridge First Day Award, $1,000 to help continue their work, as well as a bound City Council resolution commemorating their contributions.

US House Gives Verizon a "Sweetheart Deal"

  • Posted on: 9 June 2006
  • By: sean

The US House of Representatives passed the COPE Bill last night - giving the phone companies a "Sweetheart Deal" (as characterized by Representative Edward Markey). The bill makes it easier for telephone companies to enter into competition with cable companies by establishing a model for national franchising - leapfrogging over cities' and towns' control over their public rights of way. The bill will have implications for the franchise fees that are collected to support public, educational, and governmental access.

In addition to public rights of way issues, network neutrality became a major focus of the bill. Markey proposed an amendment to strengthen the net neutrality component; it was defeated in favor of a rather meaningless amendment proposed by Texas Republican Lamar Smith.

The Senate is considering its own version of a video franchising reform bill, which is markedly different from the House version. Should that bill pass, it would need to be reconciled with the House bill before heading to the President's desk.

For more information about the COPE Bill, see

Save Access PSA

With the pending legislation in mind, and votes coming up in Congress really fast, the CCTV Board of Directors produced this public service announcement. Please help us circulate this PSA!

You can view this video as an MP4 formatted for playback on your web sites and portable video players (iPod, PSP, etc). Also, if you happen to be an access center or other video media outlet, you can download the file for distribution on your access channels. This video is free for you to download and redistribute.

CCTV Producers at National Day of Out(R)age in Boston

  • Posted on: 25 May 2006
  • By: sean
CCTV Producers at National Day of Out(R)age in Boston

CCTV Producer Buz Owen is on the steps of the State House in Boston on May 24th for the protests dubbed "National Day of Out(r)age. Along with "You Are Here" Newsgroup producer Jeff Manzelli, Buz captured footage of the picketing as well as the speeches given inside. Stay tuned to CCTV's channels for their video. Also, for more video, photos and audio, check out, CCTV's very own media blog that covers news and issues relating to media democracy.

Dispatch from Project Documentary: May 16th Class

  • Posted on: 17 May 2006
  • By: jmc

Project Documentary class met for a second time at the studios of CCTV. We spent the first hour demonstrating the art of the interview by setting up a mock interview with Jason Ong as the interviewee and Darcie DeAngelo as the interviewer. Later, in the process of coming to consensus on our storytelling approach, students forged a bond through heated debate and challenged asssumptions. After almost an hour of presentations and debate, the class decided to tell the story of Citizen Journalism from a unique perspective.