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What should public access TV look like in the future? A lot like MNN. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from a new article on MediaShift, a PBS website that explores how new media like blogs and citizen journalism are changing our society and culture.
In the article, access-TV veteran and scholar Rob McCausland argues that local community and government programming—“essential pillars for citizen education and civic engagement”—should be prominent in the minds of the academics and legislators who will structure the policy and public funds that make access TV possible as our media landscape evolves in the digital age.
MNN is the home of numerous such programs. We dedicate hundreds of hours of airtime to meetings, events and dialogues hosted by the many community boards serving Manhattan residents, providing a platform for conversations on important public issues like bullying (in a...
Recently we've been highlighting some of the quality community programming coming out of MNN's El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. Monday's Clip of the Week featured a recent roundtable of women media activists, and last week we featured powerful readings by local poets.
Want more? Beginning this coming weekend, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse will broadcast its programs on Sundays at 8pm on MNN1 and Thursdays at 8pm on MNN4. MNN El Barrio Firehouse programs feature artists, writers, poets, and filmmakers, community and social justice activists, and neighborhood residents engaged in advancing human liberation, culture, and politics for the benefit of the community. Programs may also be seen on MNN.org.
In honor of Women’s History Month, today’s Clip of the Week features a panel discussion on minority women in the media, hosted by MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.
Moderated by the El Barrio Firehouse Director, Iris Morales, the forum invited female activists and artists to talk about their work in radio, television, print, theater, film and the web. In conceiving the event, Morales sought to offer a platform for discussing what unites and motivates these women, especially as the dominant media machine tells an ‘official’ story that often excludes them.
This clip, which was submitted to the Hometown Media Awards, highlights the remarks of New York artist-activists Magdalena Gomez and Jessica Green. Gomez is a poet, educator and performer whose violent upbringing in the South Bronx silenced her—and inspired a career devoted to “unbinding...