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Coming Up: Summer Quarter Series Deadlines

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

MNN is preparing for the Summer 2014 Quarter, which runs from June 22 through September 20. You will soon receive a form with information about your show that will be sent to the mailing address we have on file for you.

Some important information:

  • If there are no changes you do not have to send the form back.
    • ...

MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center Hosts ACM’s Youth Media Summit

Community Media, Events, Media Policy, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center on Friday hosted the Alliance for Community Media’s Youth Media Summit, a symposium on education, policy, funding and community initiatives supporting digital and news literacy in America’s youth.

Staff members of nearly 20 organizations from the region attended the event, which featured 22 expert speakers and panelists, including Michael Robbins, Senior Advisor for Nonprofit Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education; John Liu, Comptroller of New York City; and Sandra Dorsey Rice, Senior Vice President at the Emma Bowen Foundation. This event was the fourth in ACM’s national Youth Media Summit tour, which has made stops in Philadelphia, San Jose and Minneapolis.

“It’s crucial for youth to...

New Study Reveals MNN Leads the Future of Public Service Media

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

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...