CCTV Receives Grant from the Institute for Interactive Journalism

CCTV Receives Grant from the Institute for Interactive Journalism

  • Posted on: 4 April 2007
  • By: Susan

J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism, announced today that Cambridge Community Television is a winner of a 2007 New Voices grant. CCTV’s project, Neighbor to Neighbor, will embed citizen journalists in the city’s neighborhoods to create media. N2N will provide residents the information they need to fully participate in civic life and will foster individual and collective action to improve the quality of life in Cambridge.

Five segments, one from each of the city’s zip codes, will be produced each month, highlighting news and events from across the city. Segments from each neighborhood will be edited into one 30-minute program that will be cablecast on CCTV’s Channel 9, streamed live on CCTV’s web site (, and made available for on-demand viewing and download. Segments will also be incorporated into CCTV’s web-based Cambridge Media Map (

The community residents, organizations, and leaders featured in the segments will utilize the blogging and group functions on CCTV’s web site, as well as their own newsletters, email listservs, and phone banks as organizing tools. “Action links” will be developed for each segment on the web, directing viewers to other resources for further exploration into the issues introduced in segments. By creating a synergy between CCTV’s channels and web site, and other electronic and print media, CCTV hopes to broaden civic engagement and involvement in critical local issues.

"These award winners are embarking on new ways to harness the collective wisdom in their areas and diversify input on local and regional issues," said Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab, which administers the grants.

Cambridge residents who are interested in serving as citizen journalists in the Neighbor to Neighbor program may apply by email to or by phone 617-661-6900 x 127.

CCTV is the city’s public access media center. CCTV operates three community cable channels, a community radio station, a gallery, studio and edit facilities, and a computer center, and offers an extensive hands-on training program in video production and computer technology.

J-Lab’s press release may be found here:


Congratulations! What a great way to connect CCTV's cable channels with the website, while working to impact the local community in a positive way.

I look forward to following along with the project!

Agreed, congratulations. This makes me wish I lived in Cambridge.