Cambridge Uncovered - Is Cambridge Cycle-Safe? Strategies for ensuring traffic safety are necessary for every municipality. The July death of cyclist Dana Laird in Central Square is a tragic reminder to Cambridge that these strategies should constantly be evaluated and improved. This month on Cambridge Uncovered sit in on a roundtable discussion between city officials and bicycle advocates as they explore the issue of traffic safety in Cambridge. Funded by the Kellogg Foundation, Cambridge Uncovered is CCTV's public and cultural affairs program.
As a result of a recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), linguistic minority families in Cambridge are losing a popular computer literacy training program sponsored by Cambridge Community Television (CCTV). Serving 60 families annually since its inception in 1997, CCTVâs Family Computer Literacy Program will end in December. Through a unique family-centered approach, this 12-week program gives parents a thorough introduction to computers hardware and software, and coaches them in sharing what they learn with their children.
Funding for the program had come from the cable modem portion of the franchise fees paid to the City of Cambridge by the cable company, AT&T Broadband, and passed on to CCTV. On March 15th, the FCC ruled that cable modem service was no longer a cable service, but rather an information service, and thus not subject to franchise fees. Cable companies pay franchise fees to municipalities as compensation for their use of the streets and sidewalks ("public rights of way") for private gain; the fees help pay for community services such as public, educational, and governmental access channels and facilities. The surprise decision devastated cities and towns all across the country; the loss to the City of Cambridge alone totals hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
For the third time in nine years, Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) has received first place in the "Overall Excellence in Public Access Programming" category of the Hometown Video Festival. The Award is given annually to the center that demonstrates creativity, innovation, and diversity in its programming. Sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, the national umbrella organization of Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access centers, the Hometown Video Festival drew 1,500 entries from around the country. CCTV competed in the "annual budgets over $400,000" category, against centers with budgets two and three times its size. The Overal lExcellence Award was presented to CCTV on July 11 at the ACM national conference in Houston. CCTV was also the recipient of this award in 1994 and 1998.
CCTV's Production Coordinator, Sean Effel, prepared the winning entry, editing together excerpts of programs shown on Cambridge's public access channels, 9, 10, and 22. Judges comments praised CCTV's entry. "Fabulous demonstration of your center's overall work," and "Very impressive, great diversity, a model access center," and "Great breadth, scope and depth." The winning program can be seen on Channel 10 every Sunday in July at 4:00PM.
Like the way the News page looks? CCTV has configured a weblog software to manage our news and announcements, which makes it easier for us here at the office to keep you up to date with current affairs without all of us being professional web developers. The best parts of this "blog" system is that old articles are automatically archived in a searchable format, and the ability to create book length entries without taking up the entire front news page... note the "more" button at the end of paragraphs. This was a free CGI script package called Greymatter which anyone can download and install on their own server, to give credit where credit is due, visit noahgrey.com to get your own copy of this great software.
Update: June 2005. Note that our new content management system is now a package called Drupal. Visit their website to learn how to use their well designed script package to build an online community with your interests! http://www.drupal.org
Abercrombie, Gap, and Urban Outfitters were taken by surprise when CCTV released its new fall fashion line up last month. The sales index for these hot digs have given this sluggish economy a swift kick in the butt, just in time for the next spending season, and we can expect to see less successful fashion spinoffs on NBC, CBS, and ABC.
CCTV's 12th annual Summer Media Institute has come to a close! The SMI is a six-week program which, in conjunction with the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, teaches teenagers about media literacy and digital storytelling. There were thirteen participants this year, and they've created some amazing final projects - which you can see Right Here!