What are your filters?


How do you listen? What is in the media you select? Are you open to discovery, conversation and engagement to be better informed or have you set our own filters to tune into those you have decided to trust or causes you decided to care about. Are you ignoring, distrusting or growing more unaware? The … Continue reading What are your filters?

Does copyright law provides us with a First Amendment-free zone


Whether the alleged use is a ‘political statement’ or not, whether it is a ‘parody’, or not: the decision for someone to express themselves—whether quoting a news article, an opponent or the lyrics of a Pokemon song, we must remember it is the speech of the person who chooses to make it AND considerations of … Continue reading Does copyright law provides us with a First Amendment-free zone

How to be true to Free Speech (Parrhesia)


What is Free Speech?  Is it a prayer, picture, song, rap, poem, story, tweet, blog, flag, bumper-sticker, money or video even one captured via smart phone? Is it what a politician says to followers, a preacher to those in the pews, a conversation at dinner, a lesson in a classroom, a made for TV movie? Is the message … Continue reading How to be true to Free Speech (Parrhesia)

Put the story first


The biggest challenge to effective citizen media is not the technology or lack of funds and/or public support. It is ego. The hosts, talent and crew that put the story 1st, succeed. Storytelling is the original social medium for humans. At its best it is emotional and creates personal value. It is in our DNA. You are not … Continue reading Put the story first

Media Matters: How do youth learn to use it for good?


In a consumption based economy with a   “look at me” shallows of communications: How do some youth break through to discover, produce, share and learn from stories that mean more for our humanity and our earth? ROAR1st is our experiential journey  with select youth in our community which may help us answer this question. … Continue reading Media Matters: How do youth learn to use it for good?

2015 Goals Report; Or last Year’s Resolutions and Outcomes: B I N G O


Expand youth program to all year with community service, interns, media clubs and more. Expand use of facility for non-television uses including arts programs: Support up to four organizations or events Expand part-time employment opportunities to individuals between age 16 and 35 Improve quality of content produced locally with producer engagement in media as well … Continue reading 2015 Goals Report; Or last Year’s Resolutions and Outcomes: B I N G O

Middle School and Digital Literacy


Last year to help fulfill the mission of media centerat WPAA-TV I became a middle school blog reader. The goal was to contribute to improving the young bloggers’ digital literacy. It turns out that blog communication, even with an educational agenda, becomes personal and transformative. My blog rule: Do not blog like shampoo instructions: Lather. … Continue reading Middle School and Digital Literacy