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Annual "Staff Training" in the Berkshires

  • Posted on: 13 June 2005
  • By: sean

The staff of Cambridge Community Television spent the day of June 3, 2005, in the Berkshire Hills at the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA. Some of the activities included (but were not limited to) a canoe ride, a hike through the woods, a nap, some teambuliding initiatives, and then a number of staff braved the "Giant's Swing" which involved a tarzan-like experience on a 40 foot cable. Part of this staff excursion included a welcome for our newest staff member on the CCTV team, Jason Crow (bottom right face in the photo.)

National Conference for Media Reform

  • Posted on: 9 May 2005
  • By: sean



Streaming Media Coverage

Click here to view streaming media: Conference Viewing Page

Cambridge Community Television is proud to present streaming video coverage of selected sessions of the National Conference for Media Reform starting mid day on May 13, 2005. Several representatives will be on site with remote streaming media systems for individuals who could not attend. Viewers can either watch live-to-the-minute streaming media or download archived media on demand after the conference. Special thanks goes out to Creative Narrations and Free Press for making this technologically possible!

From the official conference website:

Fed up with the media? Want to do something about it? Activists from across the country will converge in St. Louis on May 13-15 to mobilize to fix our broken media system. The conference will include panel presentations, workshops, discussion sessions, video screenings, book signings, and speeches and performances by renowned guests.

NEWS FLASH about New(s) Courses!

  • Posted on: 6 May 2005
  • By: sean

Have you seen the exciting new classes that are debuting later this month at CCTV?
* Making the News: How to Tell a Video News Story
* Making Headlines: How to Use the Media
* Talking Heads: Interviewing Styles & Techniques
* Lights, Mics, Action!
Click on the "more" button to get the details! Then, if you‚re interested in enrolling and have enough course voucher, call our front desk at 617-661-6900 to enroll; otherwise, you‚ll need to come down and pay in person. And if you are interested but cannot make these dates, please ask to be put on the waiting list so you‚ll hear about future sections. Thanks!

Making the News: How to Tell a Video News Story
Sunday, May 15: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
$20.00
Instructors: Edie Rubinowitz, Ken Kreshtool
Here‚s your chance to make the news ˜ literally! Students are first introduced to the different types of news stories, the fundamental elements that draw listeners into stories, and shooting techniques developed by and for video journalists. Then the course walks students through the entire process of conceptualizing, researching, reporting, and producing a segment for CCTV‚s new newsmagazine show "You Are Here."

Economic Development Committee Receives Sakey Award from CCTV

  • Posted on: 26 April 2005
  • By: sean

On April 25, at its annual meeting, Cambridge Community Television awarded the Joseph Sakey Award to the Economic Development Committee of the Cambridge City Council. The Sakey Award is named for the former Director of the Cambridge Public Library who developed plans for the cable system in the City. It is presented annually to the individual or organization that has done the most to advance access to media and technology in Cambridge.

The Economic Development Committee, chaired by City Councilor Ken Reeves, was the umbrella group that planned and facilitated special events held in Cambridge during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Through this Committee, CCTV was awarded a grant from the City for the satellite uplink of 3 hours daily of live alternative news programming from CCTV during the DNC, including Democracy Now! and CCTV‚s Crashing the Party.

Other awards were presented to CCTV members for outstanding service to the organization and the Cambridge community. Jonathan Millman, Matt Caswell, Renato Rodriguez, Dave Spalding, Jamila Newton, and Lauren Kroiz were recognized as Interns of the Year; Luis Texeira, Janis Hellew, and Mark Kelsey as Trainers of the Year; Buz Owen as Volunteer; Youth Intern is Jeannette Holland and Youth Member is Tyrone Barros; Marissa Acosta and Cory Blamire received the Rudy Award for Service Above and Beyond the call of Duty, and Porfirio de las Nieves was presented with the David Avellone Award for most technical improvement. Boston Indy Media was recognized as Organization of the Year, for their role producing segments for Crashing the Party.

Farewell, Erika Jones!

  • Posted on: 20 April 2005
  • By: sean

This week the CCTV community says thank you and farewell to our former membership coordinator, Erika Jones, who has served on our staff for the past four years. The following is an interview conducted by Erika with herself via email about her experiences here and her plans for the future. Please take a moment and enjoy the read!

When did you start working at CCTV, and what about the job encouraged you to apply for the position?

Seeking Board and MAC Nominations

  • Posted on: 1 March 2005
  • By: sean

CCTV Is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors and Members Advisory Committee. The Board is a 13-person body that governs CCTV. MAC nominees must be active members of CCTV. The MAC is made up of ten members who are elected annually to serve on five Board Committees as representatives of the membership. This year, there are 4 openings on the Board.

All nominees to the Board of Directors and MAC are presented to the membership at the annual meeting, and the election is then held. CCTV seeks individuals who broadly represent the communities served by CCTV.

New March Classes!

  • Posted on: 28 February 2005
  • By: sean

CCTV is pleased to debut some new courses in March, and announce the recent addition of some old favorites. Check out the details by clicking the "more" button, and be sure to sign up before they fill or are cancelled due to low enrollment. If you have sufficient course voucher, you can call our front desk at 617-661-6900 to enroll; otherwise, you‚ll need to come down and pay in person. And if you are interested but cannot make these dates, please ask to be put on the waiting list so that we can notify you when the next section is scheduled.

New Course!
Making the News: How to Tell a Video News Story
3 Sundays: March 6 from 4-8 pm; and March 13 & 20 from 4-6 pm
$40.00
Pre-requisites: Experience with camcorders & editing recommended in order to complete extensive homework; those without experience will be teamed up with classmates. Please bring a camcorder to class if you have one.
Here‚s your chance to make the news ˜ literally! Students are first introduced to the different types of news stories, the fundamental elements that draw listeners into stories, and shooting techniques developed by and for video journalists. Then the course walks students through the entire process of conceptualizing, researching, reporting, and producing a segment for CCTV‚s new newsmagazine show "You Are Here."

Production Marathon Coming FAST!

  • Posted on: 14 February 2005
  • By: sean

Get ready for Saturday, March 12, 2005, when three teams will assemble in the wee hours of the morning to begin work on programs that will be screened live on television and by a live studio audience of your friends and family that very same night! This is an opportunity to meet and work with other passionate community producers and test your strength and wit. This is the second such production marathon in recent history here at CCTV, and the first time was such a raging success and a lot of fun for everyone, we figured it was time to do it again.

If you would like to be a part of this fun day, please call us and register. It‚s free! We are building teams of producers who have an even distribution of camera, edit, and on screen talent skills to help production go smoothly, so whether you are an individual or a group you can sign up and expect to have a lot of fun. If you would like to get involved and participate in the Production Marathon, please contact Sean Effel at 617-661-6900 x111. Read more for full details...

Rebroadcast of Cambridge MLK Events

  • Posted on: 18 January 2005
  • By: sean

Volunteers from Cambridge Community Television worked through the weekend to videotape two significant Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Cambridge which will both be rebroadcast over the next few weeks in on our three television channels.

The Cambridge branch of the NAACP held their annual breakfast on Saturday, Jan 15. Congressman Elijah Cummings' (Maryland, 7th District) keynote address will be rebroadcast on Jan 21 at 6PM, Jan 23 at 1 PM, and again on Jan 26 at 9AM, all on channel 9 in Cambridge. This program will also be webcast worldwide here on the CCTV website at the same times. Click here to visit our streaming video page.

The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center's "A Joyful Noise" gospel concert was performed on Jan 15, 2005, featuring the Barrett Sisters will be rebroadcast on Jan 21 at 7 PM, Jan 22 at 11AM, and again on Jan 26 at 10AM, also on channel 9 in Cambridge. Both of these programs will have many more cablecast dates so if you have missed the program please refer to our weekly program schedule.

band·width • ('band-"width)

  • Posted on: 8 December 2004
  • By: sean

Definitions. 1: the capacity for data transfer of an electronic communications system; 2: an innovative project at CCTV whereby the work of local musicians is made easily accessible to member videomakers.

When used effectively, music is often the unsung hero of a successful video. Music provides mood, rhythm and structure, and can therefore be very inspiring during the editing process.

After video producers are done shooting their footage and sit down in our computer lab or a CCTV edit suite, they are often looking for pre-recorded music that they can edit into their piece. When they are very attached to commercially-released songs or pieces, or when they are very excited and focused while editing, they may not stop to consider the legalities of their music use. It is not legal to use any pre-recorded music unless licenses are granted by the copyright owners. In addition, although we hear commercially-released music every day and it is easy to become attached to a catchy tune, this is often to the detriment of all the wonderful independent musicians and artists who live and work near us and are eager for an audience.

I decided that one partial solution to these problems would be to provide CCTV producers with a user-friendly library of local music that would be a legal alternative to commercial fare and also make connections between videomakers and musicians. This project, dubbed Bandwidth, has really started to take off and I see lots of great possibilities. We recently began advertising the project to musicians and have been receiving many CDs in the mail from bands and artists excited to participate.

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