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Autumn Labbe-Renault

Davis Media Access: Shoveling swiftly shifting sands

Years ago, our organization ran a single public access channel and used it to help individuals and organizations who didn’t have access to media. Our emphasis was on maintaining a free speech platform, with access for all. It was good work, and I look back and can’t help but think things were simpler then. Today, […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Election coverage tops busy schedule

Special to The Enterprise It’s nearly September and as we all know, that heralds a season of intense activity in our community. Here’s a look at some of the activities and programs happening at Davis Media Access this fall: * Elections: As the only nonprofit community media center in Yolo County, DMA produces “Meet the […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Reimagining public media

Special to The Enterprise I write extensively about media policy in this country, and read even more. Still, I was quite surprised reading a June 21 article in the Columbia Journalism Review in which Davis Media Access is held up — among a mere handful of community media centers across the country — as part […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Election coverage in full swing

Special to The Enterprise I first came to Davis Media Access — then Davis Community Television — in late 1995. I was in charge of our college interns and with them produced hours of community-centered programming every week. I believe 1996 was my first taste of local election programming. I watched in fascination as more […]

May 31, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Community media, rights are common ground

Last week, I spoke at a state Senate hearing against SB 1611, a bill that would eliminate many consumer rights afforded to our state’s most vulnerable citizens. A sizeable group of advocates opposed the bill, ranging from consumer rights agencies, labor unions, rural networks, and broadband and media advocates. Our comments emphasized the need for […]

April 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Stay tuned to DMA to connect to the community

My mantra as I talk to folks about Davis Media Access is “DMA builds community.” The more we know about each other, the better informed and more compassionate we’ll be. It’s the touchstone I return to, and it’s what keeps me doing this work. This month I’m reporting about local election coverage; digital literacy opportunities for […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Building a studio = building community

Special to The Enterprise Here’s the scene these days at Davis Media Access: Visitors walk into the television studio, pause, and … cue big smiles. The studio renovations I’ve been writing about for months are complete, and the smiles are the result of the studio’s visual impact. Gone are the plastic plants, the waiting-room furniture […]

January 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

From Domes to Gaza to Yolotales, catch up with DCTV, KDRT programming

Special to The Enterprise Part of my brain is still occupied with remodeling and revamping, while another part is turning its attention to programming on plastic bags, potential water referendums and parcel taxes. But before we get into all of that, I’d like to focus on some programming highlights: Currently airing on DCTV (Channel 15 […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Celebrating music and media, ‘On the Backlot’

Special to The Enterprise Davis Media Access is the nonprofit media center offering community members the tools and training to develop and distribute their own media. DMA helps document important moments and traditions in community life, preserving them for the future and helping to ensure a diversity of viewpoints and voices. And periodically, we like […]

Community TV studio gets a complete upgrade

Special to The Enterprise The television studio is stacked with towers of old equipment, rolled-up carpets, boxes and massive coils of cabling. The studio’s control room sports bare walls, patched and scuffed from 15 years of constant use. Wires and cables snake off to indeterminate places, and overall there’s a feeling of … excitement! OK, […]

Davis Media Access: What’s your story?

You wouldn’t know it by the weather, but spring has sprung, bringing with it a plethora of projects. Here’s a snapshot of current events at Davis Media Access: * At Celebrate Davis! and at Wednesday night Farmers Markets, DMA’s staff and volunteers have been busy collecting stories. DMA is the community media center for Davis […]

Measure A, kid vid and community partnerships

Last month I wrote about some of Davis Media Access’ work with a regional collaborative spanning seven community media centers in Northern California. I’ve been helping to write a collaborative grant application between our centers that would have us expanding our reach into underserved areas in our respective communities. It’s been a wonderful experience to […]

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