WATPA: help w/ WATPA participation at ACM Conference in March

From: chingwah.chin@cityofyonkers.com
Date: Thu Jan 30 2003 - 11:32:31 EST

the acm-ne conference has kindly offered a westchester caucusing room
available on friday during the lunch break.
perhaps there should be a watpa / access organizational effort to coordinate
a working agenda and publicity?
Ching Wah Chin
Sr. Assoc. Corp. Counsel
City of Yonkers Law Department
City Hall 300
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 377-6224 voc
(914) 964-0563 fax
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From: Don DeBar [mailto:spikey@BestWeb.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 2:02 PM
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Subject: Re: WATPA: I'll help w/ WATPA participation at ACM Conference in
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.
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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

Anyone else interested?

Bice C. Wilson

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