Press Release: New York State Lags North East in Local Community Television

For Release 12:00 PM EST
September 10, 2015

According to Maryann Arrien of the Alliance of Community Media of New York there are vast areas of New York State that have either no Local Community Access TV channels, or an inadequate number of channels and staffing to support their operations, putting New York State residents at a disadvantage compared to other states in the North East Region when it comes to seeing their local government and school meetings, as well as local cultural programming on Community TV channels.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 there was a Roundtable Discussion at Schenectady’s Open Stage Media at Proctors entitled “The Future of Community Media in New York State” that concerned the future of local Public, Educational and Government channels in New York State. A short 21 minute highlights video version entitled “The Issues”, a 1.5 minute trailer as well as the full-length 90 minute discussion are all available for viewing on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVFTs8Mx99TsgCi2zhtd2LQ and for download at links listed on http://acmny.org/video-on-demand/.

The Future of Community Media in NY State Roundtable Discussion covered many issues including the dearth of local Public, Educational and Government Access stations in New York State, new ideas in funding Community Media with the changing video distribution technology, the impact of new jobs in Community Media for New York, the positive effect of local access on our communities, issues of parity of access and quality with commercial television, transparency in government and the future role of Public Access in our State.

For more information, or to request a DVD for your community or your local TV Channels, contact Maryann Arrien at Arrien@optonline.net or call 845-528-7420. Membership in the Alliance for Community Media of New York (www.acmny.org) is free, and NY residents can request to be put on a confidential mailing list if they wish to be notified of future ACM events or grassroots scholarship opportunities to attend Alliance for Community Media conferences and equipment expos that can help them start new Local TV channels and improve existing ones in New York State.

Gallery Photos by Zebulon Schmidt (Station Manager: Open Stage Media & Vice Chair, ACM New York)
(higher res files available – send e-mail to arrien@optonline.net)

 

October 18, 2014 ACMNY Face To Face Meeting in Schenectady!

ACM New York QUARTERLY MEETING NOTICE
Saturday October 18, 2014
Face to Face Meeting @ OPEN STAGE MEDIA (www.Proctors.org)
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
(enter building just to the right of the “Proctors” marquis; as you enter there, turn to the left and enter the State Street Studio.  We are meeting in the Studio (you can see us through the storefront window)
For DIRECTIONS & PARKING information go to http://www.proctors.org/visiting/directions-parking
Any questions about the area, contact Zeb Schmidt @ 518-229-6858)
LUNCH @ NOON (Compliments of ACMNY – kindly RSVP to arrien@optonline.net  to give me a count for the lunch order)
Immediately followed by ACMNY MEETING
Meeting Agenda: attached
2:00PM – FREE TOUR of OPEN STAGE MEDIA
by OSM Station Manager Zeb Schmidt & Tim Vause
We are reaching out particularly to volunteers and employees of PEG Access channels in upstate NY to meet and greet our board members in the NY State Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media.  We can help each other in many ways, so don’t miss this great networking opportunity!
This gathering is FREE.  There are no admission fees. Just bring yourself, your ideas, and report to us with your current challenges in your area in New York State.
Feel free to forward this message to interested parties in New York State.

In alliance,

Maryann Arrien
Chair, Alliance for Community Media of New York
www.acmny.org
845-528-7420
arrien@optonline.net

UPCOMING QUARTERLY MEETING SCHEDULE:
Annual Meeting and Elections:  Fri., January, 16, 2015
BY CONFERENCE CALL

E-mail Arrien@optonline.net to be put on the conference call invite list.
ACM NY Meetings – Currently Third Friday of the Month @ 2:30pm

2015 Events Calendar:

ACM-NE Board Meeting and Retreat – Spring, 2015 in Cape Cod, MA

ACM National Conference – August 2015 in Pasadena, CA

ACM-NE Fall Conference – late Oct. or early Nov. 2015 in Hartford, CT.

ACM-NE Region Grassroots Scholarships Available For Fall Conference Oct 10-11, 2013! Deadline August 22, 2013!!!

The ACM North East Region has been given the opportunity to NY Residents  to apply forl $500 in Grassroots Scholarship money to attend the 2013 ACM-NE Conference & Trade Show on Oxtober 10-11, 2013 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA.

Click HERE for an Application for this ACM-NE Region Grassroots Scholarship.  So send it it a.s.a.p.! For more information about the Fall Conference event, visit www.acm-ne.org.

ACM New York is also funding some scholarships on it’s own, SO, as long as you’re filling out one application, go ahead and click fill out a NY State Scholarship Application.

Click HERE to download the ACMNY State application.  You can file them both!  Who knows, you may get additional help from ACMNY if the ACM-NE Region only funds you partially.  (Please note that the finished applications are e-mailed or FAXed to different places!)  The deadline for the ACMNY application is later – September 16, 2013.  But don’t delay, send it in now so that you can plan your travel and take advantage of early registration for the event. (registration fees to the conference go up on September 19th)   All scholarship monies will be awarded by reimbursement of your paid receipts, so be sure to print them out.

Don’t miss this opportunity to win a scholarship to this great ACM North East Regional Fall Conference.  If you need travel expenses as well, such as hotel, gas & tolls, do mention that, especially in your ACMNY application.  You do not necessarily have to be a member of the ACM.

Good luck!  You can’t win if you don’t apply!
Maryann Arrien – Chair ACMNY – arrien@optonline.net
845-528-7420

GRASSROOTS SCHOLARSHIPS from ACM NE Region! Deadline AUGUST 22, 2013 at 5:00pm!

The ACM North East Region has been given the opportunity to NY Residents  to apply forl $500 in Grassroots Scholarship money to attend the 2013 ACM-NE Conference & Trade Show on Oxtober 10-11, 2013 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA.

Click HERE for an Application for this ACM-NE Region Grassroots Scholarship.  So send it it a.s.a.p.! For more information about the Fall Conference event, visit www.acm-ne.org.

ACM New York is also funding some scholarships on it’s own, SO, as long as you’re filling out one application, go ahead and click fill out a NY State Scholarship Application.

Click HERE to download the ACMNY State application.  You can file them both!  Who knows, you may get additional help from ACMNY if the ACM-NE Region only funds you partially.  (Please note that the finished applications are e-mailed or FAXed to different places!)  The deadline for the ACMNY application is later – September 16, 2013.  But don’t delay, send it in now so that you can plan your travel and take advantage of early registration for the event. (registration fees to the conference go up on September 19th)   All scholarship monies will be awarded by reimbursement of your paid receipts, so be sure to print them out.

Don’t miss this opportunity to win a scholarship to this great ACM North East Regional Fall Conference.  If you need travel expenses as well, such as hotel, gas & tolls, do mention that, especially in your ACMNY application.  You do not necessarily have to be a member of the ACM.

Good luck!  You can’t win if you don’t apply!
Maryann Arrien – Chair ACMNY – arrien@optonline.net
845-528-7420

NEWS FLASH! ACMNY’s NEWEST BOARD MEMBER!

Date: February 10, 2013

Recently Zebulon Schmidt, Station Manager of Open Stage Media in Schenectady, NY, was appointed to the ACMNY Board of Directors by unanimous vote.
Click HERE to read the www.Proctors.org press release about him.
We are delighted to have Zeb on the ACM New York team!  He has helped Community Media so much in the Capital Region.
In alliance,
Maryann Arrien
Chair, New York Chapter, Alliance for Community Media

NEWS FLASH! GRASSROOTS SCHOLARSHIPS!

As of our last Board Meeting on January 18, 2013, ACM New York is offering several Grassroots Scholarships to go to the ACM-NE Region Fall Conference and Trade Show.  You can apply for a either a one day or two day scholarship.  The ACM may be looking to invest in your training for the good of the sustainability and/or growth of Community Media in NY State.  Please note that you do not have to be an ACM member* to apply for or receive a scholarship from ACMNY!

The scholarship application is available HERE.  Feel free to add a page to expound on what benefit the training could bring you and/or your area.  You can submit it electronically by e-mailing the fill-in form back to arrien@optonline.net.  Or you can scan and e-mail it.  FAX is possible, but less reliable.  Those chosen to receive a scholarship will receive it in the form of a reimbursement check after the conference has been attended.  You must register yourself and pay either online or at the door.  The deadline for the scholarship has not been set yet.  Winners will be notified as early as possible before the conference.  Additional travel expenses may be awarded in some cases, depending on need.

Maryann Arrien

Chair, New York Chapter, Alliance for Community Media

www.acmny.org

Questions? Call 845-528-7420

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