TV Eye Summit Coverage

TV Eye columnist Belinda Acosta wrote about the Texas Community Media Summit in this week's issue of the Austin Chronicle. See the TV Eye column The Best TV on the Block. She also wrote about the recent 5th Circuit Court decision that enables the Texas Cable Association to pursue a lawsuit to challenge SB 5, the state video law that eliminates municipal franchise agreements.

Chicago Community Media Summit

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This video is an edited compilation of four short video documentary pieces prepared after the Chicago Community Media Summit. It provides a good overview and introduction to community media and a framework for continued dialog.

Texas Community Media to Hold Summit in Austin

- For Immediate Release -

February 15, 2008

Texas Community Media to Hold Summit in Austin

Austin, TX – The Texas Community Media Summit, hosted by channelAustin (aka Public Access Community Television), Dallas iMedia Network, Houston Media Source, and the Texas Media Empowerment Project will take place at 10 am on Saturday, March 1, at the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Union. Organizers expect 150 to 200 people from across the state.

Bad News For Texas Access?

The following appears in today's Austin American Statesman (Feb. 8, 2008). This is potentially bad news for public access / community television in Texas. There are still several municipalities (like Austin and Dallas) who have existing franchise agreements that are grandfathered under the 2005 SB 5 legislation that eliminated municipal franchise agreements.

Texas Community Media Summit Promotion

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As of today, 60 people have registered for the Texas Community Media Summit. Most registrants, not surprisingly, are from Austin, yet there are people from Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio on the list. We also know of people who have definitely said they are coming who haven't registered. So at this point, we're still anticipating there could be between 100 and 200 people.

Seeking Texas Bloggers, Vloggers, and Podcasters

The organizers of the Texas Community Media Summit slated for Saturday, March 1, in Austin, Texas, are very interested in connecting with Texas bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and others involved with media on the web. You can see what we are doing at www.texascommunitymedia.org.

Help Tell Others About The Summit

The Texas Community Media Summit grew out of conversations among folks in Texas involved with public access or community television from channelaustin (aka Public Access Community Television), Dallas iMedia Network, and Houston Media Source.

Leadership from the three stations have met three times, first in Austin in November, then in Houston in December, and most recently in January in Dallas. When in Houston we had a tour of KPFT Pacifica Radio and met with the General Manager there. Similarly, when in Dallas we had a tour of KNON and also met with the General Manager.