Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Davis Media Access: Election coverage tops busy schedule

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

* 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 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 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

* 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

— 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



Autumn Labbe-Renault

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Report details the face of hunger in Yolo County

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Summer jobs: a scramble for spots, extra cash

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Davis Arts Center gets a new look, thanks to Brooks

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Bob Dunning: Taking on a Specktacular challenge

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    The big moveout, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sunder campaign will be at Farmers Market

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Classic car show slated in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Students can practice safe bike routes to junior highs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    ‘Monsters University’ to be screened in Central Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    California regulators approve PG&E rate hike

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    America’s ‘it’ school? Look west, Harvard

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: B3

    School board preps for new academic year

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A3

    Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

    Davis Art Garage honored; bench dedication set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Woodland historical award winners announced

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8



    Can’t understand this change

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Delta-friendly water bond is a win for all of California

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Bravo! The road diet works

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6

    Support water bond in November

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Relay for Life team says thanks

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6



    Aggie QB Baty is back to pass … Touchdown, Tina! Tina?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    I’m not an ‘athlete’ but curling is hard

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1

    Hard hoops schedule features defending national champ at UCD

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Crisp’s big hit helps A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD roundup: Aggie gymnasts are awesome at academics

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Sacramento scores early to snap skid

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

    Unplayable? Cubs, rain hand Giants a loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8



    Food that travels well for cooking out

    By Julie Cross | From Page: A5 | Gallery



    Crowd funding campaign offers support for Art Theater of Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Visit Crawfish and Catfish Festival in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Artists invited to paint at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Goldberg, Milstein to play at Village Homes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    The voice on the CD comes alive at Music Together concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7





    Railroad museum will host Aberbach memorial

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4



    Comics: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6