Past, Present and Future: Public Access in a New Era: Lessons Drawn from Manhattan Neighborhood Network
DeeDee Halleck, Deep Dish Network
As government public media come under assault from the Trump administration and information sources are increasingly privatized, corrupted and consolidated, this panel looks at the final frontier of free speech television: Cable Access. What is the role of PEG (Public, Educational and Government) Access in a new media landscape where young people prefer “social” media to television and filmmakers can produce documentaries and even feature films on cellphones?i This panel takes a look at NYC’s own media access—MNN from the founding by New York Citizens Committee for Responsible Media (NYCCRM) to the current regime. MNN now controls the largest budget in access history: $9,000,000 a year. What is the role of “community media” within urban centers where gentrification is rapidly displacing low income residents, immigrants and people of color? Franchise fees are one of the rare instances in which corporations are taxed to create structures for community creativity. How can those resources be best utilized?
A Short Course in Cable by Jennifer Stearns, Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community Media by DeeDee Halleck
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Deep Dish TV
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DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego.
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Barrio Art Space
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Raised in New York City’s east Harlem, poet and playwright Jesús Papoleto Melendez is one of the founding poets of the Nuyorican poetry movement. His honors include a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award, an Artist for Community Enrichment Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and a joint fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and Combined Arts of San Diego. Melendez lives in New York City.
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Union Settlement Retired
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Melissa Nieves served as Director for Adult Education, Media Instructor, and Producer of 4 films in collaboration with various teachers and students at Union Settlement Association, 2006-2015.
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NYC Board of Education
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Diana Agosta was a founding member of Paper Tiger Television and the first staff person in the organization. She was the first interim director Manhattan Neighborhood Network and a board member from 2000-2006. She is currently a high school teacher in New York City and is teaching a video production course this spring.
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Deborah was a founding member of Black Planet Productions and Not Channel Zero. She has taught generations of video makers to edit. She is an independent producer and an installation artist.
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