Manhattan's Public Access Television Station

February 2009

Announcing MNN's 2009 Community Media Workshops Series! - Wed. Feb. 25th "Beyond the Talking Head" Workshop

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
A series of workshops designed for groups who are interested in incorporating video in their organizing, outreach and advocacy efforts.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP

Wed. Feb. 25th @ DCTV @ 6:30pm

"Going Beyond the Talking Head"

Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV)
87 Lafayette Street between White & Walker in Chinatown 3rd Floor
(Take the 6/N/R/Q/J/Z to Canal St. or the A/C to Canal St.)

Is your organization looking to create dynamic video that goes beyond the talking head interviews? Then this workshop is for you. Get in touch with your creative side, as the panel's experts help you explore other genres and techniques to drive your message home. Special guests include media makers from the LGBT Center and the Global Action Project.

To RSVP for this workshop go to;

http://www.mnn.org/en/rsvp-beyond-talking-head-wed-feb-25th-dctv

For more info on the workshop series: ...

MNN Phones Being Tested Today

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
In preparation for our brand new phone system, MNN will be testing our phone lines from 1:30pm-2:30pm today. During this time the phones at MNN will be offline. If you are calling MNN during this time you will receive a busy signal. Please call back after 2:30pm, and we are sorry for any inconvenience.

Public Access Centers Slam AT&T

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) joined a nationwide coalition of community media groups in filing a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on January 30, charging that telecom giant AT&T discriminates against local public access channels with its U-verse cable TV system.

The petition asks the FCC to rule that AT&T's Public, Educational and Government (PEG) programming violates the 1984 Cable Act, as well as FCC rulings and policies.

"Relegating local, non-profit media channels to second-class status is a disservice to the public and violates both the spirit and letter of the law," said Helen Soule, executive director of the Alliance for Community Media in a press release.

”AT&T's treatment of PEG channels (in their U-Verse service) is inferior in virtually every way that matters to a viewer, preventing the public's ability to easily access safety alerts, town hall meetings, educational and other local programming," Soule continued.

In states coast to coast, AT&T's U-Verse system removes local PEG channels from the standard lineup, dumping dozens of channels into a generic "Channel 99" -- stripping away...