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Autumn Labbe-Renault

Davis Media Access: Local media are critical during emergencies

In last month’s column, I referenced the important role of local media outlets in communities when disaster strikes, recalling a story about a Midwestern town left bereft of local media at the time of a massive train wreck. Since then, two more stories have come to my attention. Victims of disasters often turn to social […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Media consolidation, the Kardashians and you

Free Press, a media advocacy organization, recently asked its New Jersey members to share how they receive and consume news. Respondents were polled on what issues they care about, and how well they believe local media reflects their communities. Free Press reports that 84 percent of its respondents said they want the media to cover local […]

August 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Catching up, branching out in summertime

It’s late July, and on this particular day, the peasants pushed past the guards to commandeer my office. I’d be more alarmed, but the peasants are all short, about 10 years old, and remarkably good-natured. Welcome to the last of four summer youth camps at Davis Media Access. As far as I can tell, their […]

July 30, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Updates from D.C. and closer to home

The local media and community development work carried out at Davis Media Access takes place in the context of a much larger media landscape. This week — Feb. 26, to be precise — a pitched battle for the future of the Internet comes to a head in Washington, D.C., as the Federal Communications Commission is […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Appropriately enough, annual report is on video

Since I wrote Davis Media Access’ first annual report in 2008, I’ve struggled with the format. Annual reports are important, as they provide an in-depth look at a nonprofit’s impact and accountability — but how many people actually read a heavily formatted document? With the blessing of DMA’s board, I took things in a completely […]

January 29, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: For the holidays, gifts of community (media)

Davis Media Access hosted a packed house Dec. 19 for a screening of “Shadows of Liberty.” The film, which we offered in partnership with DocFactory, explores our country’s broken media system, highlights the stories of reporters, and features interviews ranging from Julian Assange to Dan Rather. Noted journalist Roberta Baskin participated in a question-and-answer session […]

December 24, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Treasures from the vault get new life

Davis Media Access is a community media center that has served Davis and environs for more than 25 years, amassing an archive of more than 10,000 locally produced videos. These programs tell the story of our area: our struggles, triumphs, concerns and motivations. Most were either produced by, or feature, community members. In an era […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Get involved in community media

You know you’ve built a strong organization when it can function without you for a while. I’ve been on family leave this month since my dad passed away, and I’ve taken on major caretaking duties for my mom. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Davis Media Access for the love and […]

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Open your wallets for community media

On a truly lovely late-spring evening May 22, friends and supporters of the Davis Music Festival and KDRT, 95.7 FM, gathered at the Sudwerk Dock Store for a lively little fundraiser. The Dock Store workers told us it was one of the best events held there to date, and we reveled in that during our […]

May 29, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: It’s all big

Each spring, Davis Media Access conducts an annual funding appeal process. We reach out to the community for support of some of our signature programs, including youth media projects, local election coverage and KDRT, 95.7 FM. All of these programs, in turn, help us support myriad nonprofits, neighborhood-based organizations and civic activities in Yolo County. […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged

Davis Media Access: Studio buzzing with election season

The birds are singing, the bees buzzing, and the candidates, campaigning. Yes, it’s election season in Davis and for Davis Media Access that means busy times. For this election cycle, DMA will produce “Meet the Candidates” segments for contested races in our area, including: Davis City Council; Yolo County Supervisor, 1st District; Superior Court Judge […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Looking back at a successful year

I’m currently immersed in writing the 2012-13 annual report for Davis Media Access. It’s always an interesting exercise, allowing me to tell the story of our organization. I find myself thinking about what was significant about the past year. What were our successes? What can we do differently, and better? I’ll share a link next […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The fall season starts at Davis Media Access

I have an old Nancy Griffith song playing in my head, one about turning around, metaphorically, to see a young girl growing to a woman, but I’m applying it to the grand arc of this year. It was January the last time I turned around, wasn’t it? It wasn’t, of course, and now here we […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Bee the Media

Livening up the dog days of summer this August, Davis Media Access and the Insect News Network bring you … bees. Specifically, DMA is pleased to team up with creator and host E. Emmet Brady for the third annual Bee-a-Thon, an adventure that Brady says “takes intelligent humans everywhere on a deep dive into the […]

July 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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