Manhattan's Public Access Television Station

January 2007

Tell Congress Today: SAVE ACCESS! STOP THE FCC!

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Take Action Today at: http://saveaccess.org/node/688

The new Senate Commerce Committee meets on Thursday this week in a Hearing entitled: "Accessing the Communications Marketplace: A View from the FCC".

This annual Q/A of the FCC by the Senate Committee is an important moment for us to respond to the December 20th FCC Ruling on Video Franchising. That FCC ruling went far deeper than the failed Congressional legislation of last year in attacking Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) Access channels and facilities. It also threatens local municipalities ability to exercise control over their 'rights of way" and provides little protection against the red-lining of entire communities. Worse of all, the FCC hearing on the matter was rife with inaccuracies and half-truths that even the phone companies backed away from. Such behavior by a Federal agency is reprehensible and we demand full accountability now!


The many organizations representing cities, along with the Alliance for Community Media, have promised a lawsuit - but we need for the Senate to hear...

How2 TV : Episode 6 - Video Diaries

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network


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Mary and Rahum discuss videoblogging and show how you can start your own videoblog.

How2 TV: Episode 5 - Interview Techniques

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Hosts Rosa and Rahim address interview tips & techniques in How 2 TV's first bi-lingual episode. (In English & Spanish)

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How2 TV: Episode 4 - Storyboarding

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Hosts Chuck & Jennifer cover the importance of storyboarding your TV show and field some exciting viewer phone calls.

How2 TV: Episode 3 - Let there be light

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Enjoy this "lost episode" with Rich's & Mary's tips on lighting scenes, killing shadows, and so much more!

How2 TV: Episode 2 - Sound

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Hosts Jay & Mary address tips and tricks for good sound and launch the second How 2 TV homework assignment: Sound Bites

How2 TV: Episode 1 - The Camera

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Hosts Jay and Mary cover camera basics and issue the first How 2 TV homework assignment..

Attack on Immigrants

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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In the last few months, Congress has escalated its attack on immigrants, introducing a number of bills in the name of cracking down on illegal immigrants and "the war on terrorism." Congress is preparing to overhaul the nation's immigration laws that would impact 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the immigration bill, known as the temporary guest worker program. It appears to allow undocumented immigrants living in this country a chance to work here legally, but restrictions seem so strong that it's not clear that any of the 11 million people currently here would be able to benefit and gain citizenship. If passed, this law would not protect the rights of immigrant workers, provide a path to citizenship, nor allow a realistic path for future flow of immigrants.

Millions of individuals have protested the legislation, claiming...

Great Walk in Solidarity with Immigrants

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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As many of you may know, thousands of people gathered in downtown Brooklyn to protest the newly passed bill H.R. 4437, making it a felony to be in the US without the correct paperwork. This bill also makes it a felony to help, shield, or offer support to illegal immigrants. And yes, this includes many non-profit organizations as well as religious organizations across the country that run a vast network of social service programs offering food and emergency shelter, child care, counseling services, job training, and other aid to immigrants and refugees

How can a country that was founded by immigrants turn their backs on the people who so willingly give so much of of their blood, sweat, and tears to work in this country?


Want a Series? Apply Now for the Spring Quarter

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

 

Want a regular series on MNN for the Spring? Sign up with all the proper application materials through Jan. 26, 2007. All materials must be submitted to MNN by 5:30pm on Friday, January 26th. If you are a current MNN producer, series renewel forms are in the mail and should be returned by February 3rd.

If you miss the deadline, don't worry: you can try again for the summer. Or you can always send us a Singles application that we accept on a rolling submission basis. Singles are a great way to get your show on the air faster. Visit Get a show for more details.

The Spring Quarter airs March 18 - June 16, 2007.

MNN Re-Opens Its Doors in East Harlem!

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

 

MNN Re-Opens Its Doors in East Harlem!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Neighborhood Network has moved to a new location in East Harlem. Located at 1699 Lexington Avenue between 106th and 107th, the space will allow us to continue our work in Harlem, especially in
providing equipment and technical support to community-based groups. In the three years of our presence in El Barrio, we have worked with over twenty groups whose work centers around art, immigration, and education, among other issues.

MNN will continue to support the community in ensuring that the diversity of East Harlem is reflected in our channels. We are also happy to be working in a closer manner with Art for Change, an organization that encourages the advancement of progressive social change by using art as a catalyst for disseminating information to people.

We would also like to invite East and Central Harlem residents to a series of gatherings to get your feedback on how MNN may participate in the cultural wealth of the area. For...

MNN Envisions Community Media and Public Access TV in the 21st Century

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

MNN Envisions Community Media and Public Access TV in the 21st Century: Launching Our Franchise Renewal in 2008

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) continues to be the vehicle for thousands of community based groups and individuals to inform and express their viewpoints on different issues.

As the demand for mass global communication and alternative media increases there is a bigger need for communities of color and low-income communities to be able to keep up and be part of the information highway. Now more than ever, it is important to defend community media and Public, Educational and Governmental Access Centers (PEG) which allow us to have a voice in the media landscape. Nationally, there are 1.2 million volunteers and 250,000 community organizations that create programming for PEG Access channels – together they produce 20,000 hours of new and local program a week, more than all the major networks combined.

In the last fifteen months, MNN has been working with coalitions, such as Saveaccess.org in an effort to bring...

Jan. 17th: Youth Channel at Anthology Archives

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Beyond the Hijab

MNN's Youth Channel will be hosting Ideas & Identities, a special screening of youth-created videos at the Anthology Film Archives, located at 32 Second Ave. We will be highlighting exceptional youth media created by members of the Lower East Side Girls Club, the TRUCE program at Harlem Children's Zone, as well as featuring "Beyond the Hijab: Struggling Against Stereotypes", an original Youth Channel production about growing up as a African-American Muslim woman.

Reception will begin at 6:30PM, and the films start at 7PM. There will also be a short Q&A session afterwards so that...

MNN offers Community Production Assistance

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

If you are a Manhattan-based community organization, MNN can assist with video production to get your message out. We work to build a non-commercial space for communication and to develop a more media literate public. We offer on-going training and technical assistance to the community.

Some of the services we offer are:

• Consultation, training, and production services to your organizations’ members, staff, and/or clients. You can produce programming that meets your needs for playback on MNN.
• Under limited circumstances MNN may also provide technical assistance and production crew for your organization's shows for MNN.

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered:

• Demonstrated service in at least one of the following categories: community organizing, community development, community service, community education, or community artistic/cultural activities.
• Manhattan-based, serving Manhattan residents.
• Agreement to provide MNN services at no charge to participants.
• 501 (c) (3) certification from IRS or letter of agreement from a fiscal sponsor including their 501 (c) (3)...