“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.
This week LiveWire will feature 3 great organizations that offer great resources for our family members and loved ones. We will have Board Member Sheila Boxley from The Child Abuse Prevention Center of the Capital Region on the show to talk about their organization and how you can help. LiveWire will also have Sandy Sylvester , President of “Warrior Heart” to talk about her Non-Profit organization which teaches Tai Chi to seniors to help them establish a healthful and mindful balance in their daily lives. And we’ll also get a visit from Emmanuel Sigauke , a Cosumnes River College Professor here to tell us about “Our Life Stories” and his writing group for seniors. He’ll also talk about the Cross Generational Conference at teh college coming up on May 7th. Tune in to LiveWire to get all the details on how to keep every generation of your family happy and healthy.
For information on the Cross Generational Conference please log on to www.Hart-CRCwritersconference.org
For details about The Child Abuse Prevention Center log on to www.TheCap.Center.org
Stay tuned to LiveWire for more details about “Warrior Heart”
Reno/Sparks, Nevada – John Asquaga’s Nugget Hotel welcomed 120 conference attendees for an information-filled two days (Oct. 15 & 16). The ACM Western States Region was joined by regional leadership from the Northwest, Southwest, Central, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Access Sacramento Board and staff helped organize the event by serving as the “local” planning committee. Unfortunately, the Reno public access center closed about six-months ago due to a loss of funding.
Sylvia Strobel, ACM Executive Director spoke to the group in Friday’s opening plenary session, described her vision for the future of the ACM, and addressed questions from the attentive audience. National Board members Sue Buske, Kathy Bisbee, Todd Thayer, and others challenged the organization to redouble ACM efforts in support of our public policy and new membership efforts at the local, state, and national levels.
Vendor spokespersons introduced themselves at the extended lunch period. Representatives from Tightrope, Panasonic, TelVue, Sony, JVC, Broadcast Pix, Clear-Com and NewTek invited attendees to visit their booths and test their latest equipment – camera, switchers, and program management systems. Tom Walsh of Media Control Systems was honored by Region Chair J Robertson. MCS was the Gold Level conference underwriter and is a long standing supporter of regional activities. Ron Cooper, Access Sacramento Executive Director, moderated the vendor showcase.
Friday evening, conference attendees welcomed program producers to the beautiful poolside Terrace Room. Attendees cheered and applauded the 150 finalists in the Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) awards ceremony. WAVE plaques were awarded in more than fifty different categories. Host of the event, J Robertson, thanked Xoe Huffman and Dan Vilalva from Community Media of the North Bay (Santa Rosa), for coordinating the WAVE event. The event organizers and conference track leaders included Sue Buske, Jan Janes, Autumn Labbe-Renault, Ericha Hager, and Ron Cooper. Access Sacramento staff, particularly Amy Lawrence and Michelle Barbaria, helped with the planning and registrations for the conference event.
Access Sacramento WAVE award winners included: Michelle Barbaria for the “Haiti Relief Telethon”; Frank Casanova for “Beatrice and the Bike Thief”; Laura Tapia for “11 Bravo Diaries”; and Jessica Vazquez for “Nightmare on K Street”. Finalists (top three in their categories) included two “Listen Up, Sacramento” episodes, an episode of “Livewire”, and “Playday” by Carrie Stroud.
In addition to the WAVE award winners, Access Sacramento Board Chair Carl Burton was honored with a “Brian Wilson Mentorship and Leadership Award”. The Wilson honor celebrates select folks in the Western region who demonstrate vision and leadership in the field of community media. Mr. Burton has served as Board Chair and active leader and spokesperson for Access Sacramento for more than nine years.
The Saturday keynote speaker was Gerry Lederer, the ACM voice at the FCC and in Congress. He emphasized serious damage has impacted hundreds of PEG channels around the country due in large part to the state-by-state Telco lobbying efforts implementing statewide cable franchises. Attendees were encouraged to continue to speak out to leaders at the local, state, and national levels. He then conducted a workshop with specific strategies and statistics designed to impress elected leaders with the value of PEG Access in communities throughout the nation. His workshop was one of sixteen panels in four different tracks. Many attendees remarked on the quality and breadth of information offered by the more than 40 panelists and individual speakers. Access Sacramento Board and staff participated in several workshops including “How to Improve Audio and Video in Your Access Productions” with Dev Singh and Clayton Moore and “Community Reporting in Diverse Communities” with Kristian Manoff, George Hall, and Ron Cooper.
Feedback from attendees was positive and planning was initiated for the National Conference next July in Tucson, AZ and then the next regional in San Jose CA. in October, 2011. The ACM Western Region appreciates the vendors, attendees, speakers, and the many individuals and organizations who contributed to the success of the conference including the help and assistance of Access Sacramento volunteer producers, staff, and Board members. For details, go to www.ACMWest.org
by Amy Lawrence
In a new study from the Pew Research Center entitled: “Mobile Access 2010” by Aaron Smith, “African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos continue to be among the most active users of the mobile web. Cell phone ownership is higher among African-Americans and Latinos than among whites (87% vs. 80%) and minority cell phone owners take advantage of a much greater range of their phones’ features compared with white mobile phone users. In total, 64% of African-Americans access the internet from a laptop or mobile phone, a seven-point increase from the 57% who did so at a similar point in 2009.”
Other findings include: “Cell phone and wireless laptop internet use have each grown more prevalent over the last year. Nearly half of all adults (47%) go online with a laptop using a Wi-Fi connection or mobile broadband card (up from the 39% who did so as of April 2009) while 40% of adults use the internet, email or instant messaging on a mobile phone (up from the 32% of Americans who did this in 2009). This means that 59% of adults now access the internet wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone-that is, they answered “yes” to at least one of these wireless access pathways. That adds up to an increase from the 51% who used a laptop or cell phone wirelessly in April 2009.”
“The use of non-voice data applications on cell phones has grown dramatically over the last year” Smith continues. “Compared with a similar point in 2009, cell phone owners are now more likely to use their mobile phones to:
- Take pictures-76% now do this, up from 66% in April 2009
- Send or receive text messages-72% vs. 65%
- Access the internet-38% vs. 25%
- Play games-34% vs. 27%
- Send or receive email-34% vs. 25%
- Record a video-34% vs. 19%
- Play music-33% vs. 21%
- Send or receive instant messages-30% vs. 20%
“Young adults (those ages 18-29) are also avid users of mobile data applications, but older adults are gaining fast. Compared with 2009, cell phone owners ages 30-49 are significantly more likely to use their mobile device to send text messages, access the internet, take pictures, record videos, use email or instant messaging, and play music.”
As Access Sacramento moves forward with our Neighborhood News Bureaus in South Sacramento, these findings will prove very helpful. We are establishing a simple, online, pathway to upload all digital data to a new web site – AccessLocal.tv. Cell phones obviously will be a key component of creating and uploading digital content including “Tweets”, cell phone photos, and other “hyper-local” information from the ethnically diverse neighborhoods surrounding the Pannell Center, Valley Hi Library, Florin Creek Rec Center, Asian Resources, and La Familia Family Center.
Dedicated to studying new media trends in the United States, staff members at the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, have written an article titled, “Community Journalism,” where they analyze the roles of community journalism and its relationship to traditional journalism. They also seek to uncover the ways in which community journalism can fill gaps left by traditional journalism.
Partnerships between these new citizen journalism sites and old media outlets are forming. By taking a look at how several new citizen journalism sites, such as stlbeacon.org, voiceofsandiego.org and westseattleblog.com are received, we can see how and why these partnerships are forming.
Furthermore, the Pew staff poses the question, “…what prospect do they [citizen journalism sites] offer to compliment or supplement what is being lost in traditional reportorial journalism?” This question is important to the idea of a Neighborhood News Bureau site in Sacramento because it seeks to answer how this site would fill the holes left uncovered by mainstream journalism.
Here are some of the other questions posed by this study:
– What are the motivations of those who are responsible for citizen journalism sites?
– Why did they create these sites?
– What do they hope to achieve?
– How do they measure success?”
Interviews with 91 citizen journalism site owners were performed to help answer these questions. Graphs and charts displaying the results of these studies can be found by reading the full article at http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2010/
May 21st 2010 Sacramento CA: The Sacramento Convention Center was the site of this years Neighborhood Summit. Attended by Sacramento health and service vendors, the summit also featured a presentation from Access Sacramento’s Neighborhood News team, AccessLocal.TV. The presentation included an overview of the campaign by Ron Cooper from Access Sacramento, and Kristian Manoff from Foxyea Web Media. They showcased the new AccessLocal.TV website and WordPress MU interface to a packed conference room, and fielded questions from budding journalists and interested community members. While some in the audience had a lot of questions about the security needs of site with this scope, the majority of the audience wanted to know where to sign up.
Access Sacramento has identified five locations that will host Neighborhood News Bureaus in South Sacramento County. The NNB’s will report their stories using AccessLocal.TV built by Foxyea Web Media and powered by WordPress MU. Along with providing an interface for NNB Reporters, the website also includes the social networking plugin BuddyPress which allows the Reporters and Subscribers to be part of an online community.
Currently in its beta phase, AccessLocal.TV is hoping to build popularity and adoption into the community as an outlet for those voices often overlooked by commercial media.
2010 “Place Called Sacramento” Films Announced – 225 Cast & Crew Candidates Sign-on as Production Teams are Formed
The eleventh annual C&CC event announce the ten selected scripts and their screen writer – producers to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 225 actors, technicians, and filmmaking advocates. The May 19 event was threatened with unseasonably cool and “misty” weather but did not dampen the positive spirits of the many participants.
Each of the ten writers spent five minutes with the crowd, explaining the theme of their movies, why they believe their film will be “the Greatest” and then asking for specific help. For some it was a request for lead actors, others novel shooting locations, props, old vehicles, and still others requested help with “craft services” (feeding the crew).
The event was attended by Rick Kushman, Sacramento Bee reporter specializing in local activities and community events. He talked to many of the participants and expressed pleasant surprise at the enthusiasm of the crowd. Watch for his Bee article in the Sunday edition May 30.
Here they are – the ten selected scripts with e-mail addresses if you want to offer your help. Thanks again to all involved and we will see you at the Crest on October 3, 2010 for the World Premiere of the following movies.
2010 “Place Called Sacramento”
Ten Selected Film Projects Now In Production
“(T)Hanks for the Memories”
by Somer Hoke
Memory is elusive for Kyle, a returning Vet, emotionally wounded, and home from the war. But Jenna struggles to love him again despite Kyle’s quirky use of Tom Hanks movie lines to recall his friends and family.
“The Golden Tree”
by Gerald Martin Davenport
Named after our mountains to the East, Sierra discovers her Nor Cal family history thanks to a secret map, Sutter’s Fort, and the lost treasure beneath the golden tree.
by Judith Plank
Max searches for home after ten years “away”. To help his buddy, Ernie rekindles their lost friendship. But life is unpredictable as Ernie painfully discovers with Max’s help – not black and white but Butterscotch.
by Matt Leddy
Old Harlan and his metal detector look for treasure along the river. What else is there to do in retirement? But the discovery of a buried locket, triggers an urgent memory, and unlocks his heart.
“Three Words for Dacia”
by Sean Stueve
Roman Rhodes scours the streets of Sacramento desperately searching for his lost love, Darcia. If he doesn’t find her soon, all will be lost forever.
“Treasure Chest of South Sacramento”
by Guy Pace
Andre hangs with his boys and seems destined for jail or worse. Lucky for him he has the memories of his Dad, the love of his Mom, and the poetry of Yeats to guide him.
by Danna Wilberg
The twins are convinced that Aunt Ida is “weird”. Their Mom, a police officer, has mysteries of her own. When the missing pieces are found, little thieves are revealed.
by Wayne Douglas Johnson
Jimmy has a new job in El Paso but won’t leave his son in California with his ex. To stay here, he just needs to call his new boss. No problem – if he can find the phone number, arm-wrestle a Russian champ, and do it all before 6 PM – bar time.
“Thugs Need Hugs”
story by Kevin Perovitz
From the tough streets of Oak Park, their music opened doors to a bright future. Still friends writing music after all these years, they invite a new generation to get off the street, join in and sing a new song.
“Are You My Girlfriend”
by Employment Plus Screenwriting Class
Alone and shy, Robert invents a girlfriend – Bernice. But too soon, fantasy and reality collide, confusing his friends and Karen. – ugh – I mean Bernie. Are you my girlfriend?
by Chris Henry
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (underscore on email address)
Tobias and Avery are old war-horses with stories
to tell but the world sees only 2 scruffy, homeless guys. When a Mustang stumbles,
Tobias steps up and a new chapter begins.
Recorded and edited in HD
Place Called Sacramento Film Festival 2009