Happy New Year from Davis Media Access

Here at the turn of the year from 2014 to 2015, our board and staff send a heartfelt thanks to our community. Whether you watch, listen participate or just value that fact that non-commercial media is alive and well in Yolo County, we appreciate your support.

This newsletter is very brief, with just a few announcements. I do want to take a moment to thank everyone who attended our annual Holiday Open House Dec. 8. The joint was jumping, and folks seemed to enjoy making video postcards, our volunteer recognition ceremony, and holiday tunes spun by KDRT programmers Rod Moseanko, Sara Eley, and Pieter Pastoor. Thanks to DMA's wonderful staff and board, who helped set up, round up food and beverage, and clean up. Thanks to the decorating team, to Eunah Cho for photography, and Alex Silva-Sadder for running the control room that night. Finally, Andrea Jones and Sudwerk Brewery generously donated our wine & beer for the evening.

We’ll see you in 2015. Stay healthy and safe!

Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

New Workshops on the Horizon

Davis Media Access is offering four workshops in the New Year.  "Shooting on Location with the Canon XA-25," "Learn to Use Your GoPro!," "Beginner Studio Tech," and "Social Media for Parents." 

Shooting on Location with the Canon XA-25
Davis Media Access will hold the "Shooting on Location with Canon the XA-25" workshop for volunteers looking to learn how to properly use our new Canon XA-25 cameras and to gain permission to check out the cameras for your media productions. This is a low-cost, two-day, hands-on workshop and part of DMA’s  ongoing mission to train the public in local community media. Wednesday Jan. 14, and Thursday Jan. 15, both 6pm-8:30pm. Taught by Jeff Shaw or Alex Silva-Sadder.


Learn to use your GoPro!
The little GoPro camera is changing the way we look at video, and resulting in some of the most exciting footage on the Internet. Perhaps you recently came into possession of a GoPro camera?   Or maybe you've had one for years and barely use it.  Perhaps you find it a bit difficult to use, with only two buttons and many menu options?   Bring your camera to this special workshop, where we'll go over the basics of the camera, discuss simple ways of using it, and answer specific questions participants may bring. Taught by Jeff Shaw.

This is a low-cost, educational workshop and part of DMA’s ongoing mission to train the public in local community media.   Thursday, Jan, 29, 6-8 p.m.

No prior involvement with Davis Media Access is required for attendance.  Members of the public are welcome to register.  Please bring your GoPro camera with you fully charged!

Beginner Studio Tech Workshop
A workshop for volunteers looking to learn how to properly use our two-camera High Definition television studio and to gain permission to reserve the studio for your media productions.  Taught by Diane Dedoshka.

You'll learn the basics of the camera pedestals, the video switcher, the intercom, lighting and audio systems, and the Broadcast Pix switcher and associated software. This is a low-cost, two-day, hands-on workshop and part of DMA’s ongoing mission to train the public in local community media.  Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb.  25, both 6pm-8:30pm.

Social Media for Parents
This single offers an overview of common social media platforms and apps, their characteristics, and common concerns.
Taught by DMA's Executive Director Autumn Labbe-Renault, an experienced social media marketer and mom of three teens, this workshop includes hands-on demos & resource links.

This is a low-cost, educational workshop and part of DMA’s ongoing mission to train the public in local community media.   Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8pm. No prior involvement with Davis Media Access is required for attendance.  Members of the public are welcome to register.

Internship Applications due January 14, 2015- EXTENDED TO JANUARY 29!

Davis Media Access offers a limited amount of internship positions every 4 months.  If you are interested, please download and read through the descriptions below.

Currently, only the DJSUD Production Internship is accepting applicants and is only open to DJUSD students.  Applications are now due January 29, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Shaw at 530-757-2419 ext. 14.

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General Orientation January 8: Getting Involved, Becoming a User

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or even DJUSD Channel 17, and want to learn how Davis Media Access can help you?

Sign up here to attend our General Orientations!

Any potential volunteers please come to one of these, held monthly.  They last about an hour and include the history of Davis Media Access, a tour of the facilities, and information on how to get involved. 

Anybody is welcome to attend an Orientation, but to use the facility for your own productions you have to live, go to school, or volunteer at an organization in Davis, California.    Davis Media Access does not charge for the use of our equipment and facilities and attending a General Orientation is the first step for getting involved.

A note from the director

Jeff Shaw and I recently attended the ribbon cutting and official launch for KUBU-LP, 96.5 FM in Sacramento. A project of Access Sacramento, the community media center serving our neighbors to the east, KUBU will serve its community a mix of alternative voices and interesting music, giving its citizens a chance to highlight what matters most in their community. KUBU is one of a whole new crop of low-power FM radio stations launched from within community media centers nationwide. Davis Media Access (then called Davis Community Television) was the first center in the nation to do so, launching KDRT in 2004.

It was wonderful to listen to everyone’s aspirations for their new community station. I couldn’t help but reflect on KDRT, and how the hopes they were speaking of were the same kind that have been realized here in Davis. We carried our best wishes for their success with low-power radio in Sacramento

Bringing it full circle, today’s KUBU launch reminded me that along with hopes and dreams, it takes an incredible amount of work, heart, volunteerism and cash to keeping independent outlets on the air. To that end, I thank all of you who have supported DMA and its programs and services this year. Because of you, our work is made possible. Please plan to drop by our Holiday Open House Dec. 8 to share a toast to your community media center!

I’d like to thank everyone who attended the Oct. 23 “Under the Covers Event” at the Sudwerk Dock Store, which kicked off a yearlong celebration of KDRT’s 10th anniversary. Special thanks to the following: Sudwerk Dock Store and its hard-working staff; Gabe Lewin and Clarity Sound; Danny Tomasello, Sara Eley and Music Only Makes Sense; Sweetwater String Band; Wealth of Nations; Sorta Like Heaven; Cold Shot; Pieter and Jeanne Pastoor; Jessica and Doug Kelly; Heather Caswell; Valerie Jones; Diane Crumley; Jim Buchanan, and Jeff Shaw. If you missed it, take heart. We’ll be celebrating well into 2015 and there will be more opportunities to support KDRT.

Warm regards,

Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

PS: If you’re someone who likes to do your charitable giving at calendar year’s end, please consider making a gift to DMA. Community support helps us provide local election coverage, train youth in media production, and keep KDRT on the air.

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