From: Don DeBar (spikey@BestWeb.net)
Date: Thu Jan 23 2003 - 14:02:13 EST
As someone involved in public access in Westchester for the past 20+ years, I suggest that the dozen or so with heavy experience in this area be represented and their (our) expertise drawn upon in this effort.
From: BiceW@AOL.COM <BiceW@AOL.COM>
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Date: Thursday, January 23, 2003 10:34 AM
Subject: WATPA: I'll help w/ WATPA participation at ACM Conference in March
I believe strongly that WATPA has an important role to play in forums such as the Alliance for Community Media. One of the major issues facing the Community Media community is the evolving definition of media access, and the facilities and institutions which offer such access.
One important idea ACM explores is the evolution of the Public Access Studios into multi-media Community Media Centers, integrating libraries, public meeting facilties, origination points for local content distribution, as well as training and access to a broad range of media. Many of these Centers play a significant role in Workforce Development, as well as Distance Learning.
There are none (to my knowledge) in Westchester.
I attended a meeting of the Cable Access Leadership in Westchester with Chuck Sherwood last summer. The meeting was chaired by Doris Blank, who works for Nita Lowey. I came away feeling that that group, with it's focus in Cable TV, and WATPA had a lot to offer each other. Perhaps this conference is a good place to start that work.
Chuck Sherwood, one of the conference organizers, is an old friend and current business associate.
I would be happy to work with a committee of WATPA to represent us at the conference.
Anyone else interested?
Bice C. Wilson
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