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Davis Media Access: Election coverage tops busy schedule

By From page A4 | August 30, 2012

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 Candidates” segments for contested races countywide. We consider coverage of local elections core to our mission of creating community through media, and a partnership benefit we offer to our city, school district and community. We’re gearing up to set recording dates now, and we’ll cover the parcel tax issue as well, teaming up with community organizations who are debating this issue.

We air these segments numerous times on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast; on AT&T’s U-verse service at Menu 99; on KDRT 95.7 FM (City Council candidates only); and host the videos on demand at http://dctv.davismedia.org.

* Speaking Out For Tolerance: Last month I wrote about the video pieces we’d recorded in the wake of several incidents of racist graffiti around town.  In response, the city’s Human Relations Commission reached out to DMA, and we created two video pieces around the theme of tolerance. One was filmed here in the DMA studio, and the other at the Farmers Market.

The video pieces are available at http://dctv.davismedia.org/node and catalog some of the experiences and viewpoints held by Davis community members. The entire issue and DMA’s role was documented in an excellent article on the blog “Not in Our Town.” A link to that article is http://www.niot.org/blog/collaging-voices-davis-responds-film-hate-incidents. DMA thanks the commission for its partnership on this important topic. Questions can be directed to commission

* “Be Phone Wise!” contest winners: As part of a grant DMA received from the California Consumer Education Foundation, DMA sponsored a “Be Phone Wise!” video contest this summer. Students in grades 4-12 were asked to create short videos highlighting common consumer issues with cell phones. The first-place winner for grades 9-12 was Andre Martinez. The first-place winner for grades 4-8 was the team of Eli Weiss, Dylan Starsinic and Dave Meddin, and the second-place winner for that age group was the team of Molly Burke, and Mia and Elle Motekaitis.

We congratulate our winners for developing important public service information and spotlighting their creativity in the process, and we thank all who participated. Winning videos may be seen http://dctv.davismedia.org/node/38077.

* With much appreciation: DMA happens because so may people participate. Our thanks to:

— Local personality Bobnoxious, who organized a KDVS and KDRT benefit at Sudwerk’s Dock Store on Saturday. Thank you also to the following bands: Henry 7 and Gatemouth Bob, Jilted Lovers, Chickee Bob, Young Mings and Magikool Dudes for donating their time and talents.

— Craig Blomberg, who has taken up the reins this year as chairman of the KDRT Steering Committee. What he does behind the scenes for KDRT could fill a book!

— Welcome to Elizar Amavisca, our work experience intern this summer. A recent graduate of Woodland High School, Amavisca is enrolled in community college for the fall and soaking up as much as he can about local media in the meantime. He’s already made himself appreciated and welcome by helping with everything from shooting footage, learning FinalCut Pro and answering phones.

— Alec and Ed Lesnick, who commanded the attention of a large group of very busy boys in the final Kid Vid workshop this summer. Thank you for continuing to come back and put what you’ve learned into practice with the next generation.

For more information, please visit davismedia.org.

— Autumn Labbé-Renault is executive director for Davis Media Access, an organization providing access to, and advocacy for, local media. She writes this column monthly. Find out more about DMA at http://davismedia.org.

Autumn Labbe-Renault

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