Leibrock writes about arts and culture for the Sacramento News & Review. She also teaches journalism at Sacramento City College and previously worked at The Sacramento Bee as an arts and entertainment writer. You can find some of her work at thursdayafternoongirls.wordpress.com and www.writegrrrl.com.
Youth created media projects were showcased Saturday morning at the Sacramento Bee Community room. Teens, mentors, family and friends were welcomed to 21st and Q by the organizers of the annual event, UC Davis School of Education, Access Sacramento, KCRA Channel 3, KXTV News10 and other local media organizations. The event showcased digital media projects divided into three subject categories: (a) Health Fitness & Physical Activity, (b) Summer Matters & After-School Time, (c) Race, Culture, and Class. Each topic had a youth panel and each teen described their motivations for creating their projects.Following the honored projects showcase, 3 discussion groups spent an hour sharing their opinions and insights on the topic areas. The discussion groups and the event itself were masterfully coordinated by Kindra Montgomery-Block, bel Reyes, Zanae Scott, Jameel Pugh, and PJ Wellington.
The keynote speaker was SacBee.com Managing Editor Tom Negrete, a former South Sacramento teen who attended
McClatchy High prior to UC Berkeley and his later career in journalism.
Kindra Block-Montgomery, community relations for U.C. Davis School of Education commented, “We have been planning this event since last May at KCRA Channel 3. The young people and their families and friends were really excited to be honored by the Bee and the other media organizations. Tomorrow we will start planning for the third event next year. We appreciate the help and support from everyone especially the California Endowment and Access Sacramento.”
The morning finished with a lunch served on the patio of the Bee cafeteria. Discussions buzzed with teens sharing thoughts on social media, online videos, and future careers in journalism.
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Wow. Sometimes things happen for a reason and we had the opportunity to listen to one of our areas most successful bloggers. Thanks to the staff at News 10 who hosted the event and allowed Alejandro Reyes – SacramentoMarketingLabs.com – to share some insight on his success. The topic was exciting as well as full of some simple and to the point information. With that said I would like to share some insight with many of you who are starting down the road of blogging. Alejandro’s story is awesome to say the least and if you ask him if he planned for his blog to go viral he would probably respond he did it because he “loves people”. www.AccessLocal.tv and help to promote your local neighborhood in the Sacramento area. Our goal is to help our neighbors get the word out about some of the positive people and local events going on. We at Access Sacramento are helping to train folks in what we call our NNBs or Neighborhood News Bureaus. If this catches your attention go check out the site and if you would like more information E-mail us at Postmaster@AccessSacramento.org. We would love to hear from you and Happy Blogging.
This wasn’t the first time I listened to someone speaking about blogging but you could definitely tell the passion that came from Alejandro. Some of the key points he shared and that you should think of before starting a blog are as follows:
- What are you passionate about and showcase it?
- Be a great storyteller and share your blog with your own special twist.
- Create a catchy title that people will remember so they can come back.
- Study your market and research similar blogs to help with yours
- Set up your own community to help get the word out
Remember these are just a few things to consider. Write your blog with passion. You will enjoy it more and so will your readers.
If you are still unsure of where to start maybe consider helping on
“Building Healthy Communities” is a video created by the California Endowment to showcase youth driven community media projects throughout California. The program also includes clips from right here in Sacramento County by a 13 year old with a flip camera during the Martin Luther King Celebration March and a little editing help from a community member. Sit back and enjoy what is going on statewide and at Access Sacramento’s “Neighborhood News Bureaus” in South Sacramento.
The initiative will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers and mediamakers around the world who are focused on creating documentaries with “passion and purpose”, but who often lack funding to realize their vision or reach audiences. JustFilms was build on the foundation’s longtime support for documentaries and will leverage the foundation’s global network of ten regional offices to identify, help and fund new talent from around the world and strengthen emerging communities of documentary filmmakers.
The initiative will pursue three distinct funding paths: partnerships with major organizations such as the Sundance Institute, Independent Television Service, the Tribeca Film Institute, and others; collaboration with other Ford Foundation grantmaking programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement; and an ongoing open-application process to help the program stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge.
Approximately one-third of JustFilms support will be dedicated to finding projects through the open-application process. Applications should include a brief description of the project and creative approach, the primary purpose of the film, the current stage of the project and whether any other funds have been raised for the film.
Visit the Ford Foundation Web site for complete information on the JustFilms program and for details on the foundation’s grant application process.
The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) organizes the Hometown Video Awards each year to honor the best public, education, and government access programming in the nation. It is local cable television’s largest event, inviting more than 1,200 entries each year. Winning programs address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way.
Do you have a program worth entering into this national contest? If you want to enter and have the
Did your program run for the first time on channel 17 or 18 between January 1 to December 31, 2010? If so, go to the online entry form by clicking http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/events/hometown-video-award/ — Be sure to write down the entry form number because you will need to make sure your DVD entry has that number included. You may pay the lower rate of $40 as a member of Access Sacramento. We need your DVD with the entry form number, a copy of the completed entry form and a check for $40 made out to “Access Sacramento”, in our hands by 4:00 PM Monday April 11 to qualify. QUESTIONS? Call Ron Cooper at 456-8600 ext. 112. GOOD LUCK!
Studio crews can now use the new Grass Valley “Indigo” switcher in the TV studio control room. This switcher matches the one installed on the remote production truck three months ago. For basic operations, the lower panel of buttons works almost identically to the “ancient” JVC switcher we have been using for 25 years. However, more advanced users will find many new features including the ability to use a computer laptop as an additional source and “switch” pictures, Power Point programs, and other digital content directly into your program.
The Indigo features a touch screen menu system, a joystick, a slider transition bar, audio faders, and mix/effects buttons for broadcast-style operations. If you work as the technical director for a studio shoot, contact Dev Singh at extension #120, to set up an orientation session.
Coming Attractions!! Within weeks we will have a new Compix character generator to replace the well used and temperamental AVS system. These equipment replacements are thanks to a special equipment-only grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission. We thank them for their continuing support.