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YC Spotlight: "#SpookSpeaks on the #Ferguson Community"

Community Media, MNN Youth Channel, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Latest YC Spotlight: "#SpookSpeaks on the #Ferguson Community", the first video in a new mini series from the producers at MNN's Youth Channel.

In this segment, the literary artist Spookwrites talks about her experiences in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown. The footage is from Spookwrites' recent visit to the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.

Watch the video to hear this influential up-and-coming artist and activist reflect on the events as a member of the Ferguson community and on the conclusions she's made after being shot by an unknown assailant.

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Celebrating Jeannette Santiago: 20 Years (and Counting!) at MNN

Community Media, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

MNN is pleased to announce a very exciting milestone! Our super-talented Programming Director, Jeannette Santiago, is ringing in her 20th anniversary at the network. That's 20 lucky years for MNN (and counting!).

Last week, MNN's staff came together for a celebratory lunch in honor of Jeannette, whose hard work and sharp eye for content have been a key factor in our network's excellent, ever-evolving programming over the past two decades.

In 1994, MNN was headquartered in a modest space on Manhattan's 23rd Street. The fledgling network's one and only programming policy: no commercials. That's it.

"The shows I saw were mind boggling," Jeannette says. "We had piercing shows when it wasn’t a fad and an alternative cooking show that barbequed iguanas and spiders." (Yes, that producer was arrested.)

"There were weird little white guys playing rap videos and smoking funny cigarettes while interviewing rappers like Tupac and Snoop Dog (before the beef) in their Lower East Side living rooms. One kid even did the interviews out of his bedroom and later got picked up by MTV."

MNN continues to put out innovative,...

Huge Welcome to MNN's New Media Education Instructors!

Classes, Community Media, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

It's been a big week at MNN-- particularly in our Training and Facilitation Department.

We've just welcomed twelve new instructors to our leading media education team. That means more media expertise in the house and, ultimately, more TV production classes, room for more Manhattan residents to get trained, more authentic NYC-based programming...more FUN!

Pictured left to right: Lee Manansala, Adam Golub, Elizabeth Downer, Dennis Hall, Michael Lantz, and Eric Shahinian. These talented folks are among the new instructors who will now be on hand to offer training, guidance and support to current and future MNN community producers. We couldn't be more excited to add them to the team.

Curious about the groundbreaking media training that takes place in MNN's state-of-the-art facilities? Come to our free, open Orientation on Thursday, November 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm or from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Learn more!