What's your big idea? We want to know and we want you to bring people together at the Boston Conference to promote the network learning that makes us stronger and more innovative.
If you want to organize a "Birds of a Feather" gathering in Boston, let me know so we get the ball rolling for August! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you would like to put some time on hold.
The current schedule for Friday, August 19th is:
Connecting with Government Access Channels- Donna Monacci
An opportunity for government access communicators to network and share best practices. Discuss HD conversion, closed captioning, and production experiences with your counterparts from across the country.
Little Public Media, Less Local Journalism - an Overview of Hyperlocal News Research presented by Jane Regan and Erica Jones
The fact that advertising-funded journalism – on television, in newspapers and online, magazines and on the radio – is in crisis is no secret. Layoffs, consolidation of newsrooms, reinventions, rebranding, new models, and a seemingly endless and sometimes panicked search for new revenue. These are the headlines of the U.S. journalism ecosystem. As commercial media struggle for revenue models, however, until recently PEG access centers have been isolated from at least some of the market pressures, and have had a remarkably steady revenue stream and have been pumping out free speech-inspired talk shows, live cable- and webcasts of city council meetings, nascent journalism experiments and other examples public interest programming. But changes in franchising rules and cord-cutting are loom on the horizon. As PEG centers search for relevance – and new funding streams – in a converging mediascape, an increasing number are experimenting with hyperlocal news programming, on the channels, online and even as audio programming. Variously staffed newsrooms – made up of professional journalists, self-taught community media employees, interns and volunteers – turn out bimonthly, weekly and even daily content. In this brief "Birds of a Feather" session come hear about what Jane Regan (Salem State University) and Erica Jones (SCATV) have learned through their survey of seven different newsrooms, interviews with experts and extensive theoretical research, and chime in with questions, criticism and feedback. The final report will be published in scholarly and media-related journals and also made available to the larger Alliance for Community Media network. Hopefully some healthy discussion will take place during this BOF session as well as helpful recommendations for those working in our field.
Public Access North of the Border- Catherine Edwards
Ms. Edwards will share 'what's new in public access north of the border. As in the US, traditional public-access TV stations are on the one hand suffering in an environment of intense media ownership concentration in which cable funding for public access is diminishing. On the other hand, the digital environment offers many opportunities for public access organizations. Ms. Edwards will share how Canadian community programmers have recently come together for research and consultation with academics and with other community media (community radio, online community media and change-oriented gamers) to propose a new policy approach to support community media in the digital environment
See presentation for this session in documents below.
EPG Implementation Facts- Glenn Axelrod, Axelrod Broadcast Solutions
Your station needs to be in the cable Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for viewers to find your programming. The FCC mandates the availability of EPG data in broadcast television signals. Cable and satellite services rely on it as well, but haven't included most PEG channels. The facts you need to know and solutions are presented so everyone has the same information for franchise negotiation.
* How a program schedule gets to a viewer.* Real and imagined technical barriers to EPG implementation.* EPG channel neighborhoods and the effect of HD on channel and brand.* Operational requirements to support EPG.