A Note From the Director

Since I wrote Davis Media Access's (DMA) first Annual Report in 2008, I've struggled with the format. Yes, annual reports are important, as they provide an in-depth look at a non-profit's impact and accountability. But how many people actually read a heavily formatted document?

With the blessing of DMA's board, I took things in a completely different direction this year and am proud to present "DMA's Year-End Report - A Look Back at 2014." It's a short video that highlights DMA's projects, people and impact. It's rich with the voices of community members, and visually presents what a dynamic organization DMA has become over the past 25 years. I hope you will take a few minutes to check it out. 

I'm grateful to DMA's staff, especially Eunah Cho and Diane Dedoshka, for their help with this project. I'd also like to acknowledge the work of the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation and its many partners in the BigDay of Giving. Because DMA participated last year--and because we were required to build a GivingEdge profile in order to do so--much of the statistical, financial and program narrative typically contained in an annual report lives on in perpetuity via our GivingEdge profile.

Having that information available freed me up to try this new approach to our annual report this year. DMA is excited to participate again in this year's BigDay of Giving on May 5, 2015.

Local content matters, and I'm passionate about the work DMA does to help strengthen community life. Thank you for your interest in and support of DMA.

Best Regards,
Autumn

Upcoming Workshops

General Orientation February 18th at 6:30pm 

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17, and want to learn how Davis Media Access can help you? Sign up to attend our General Orientation!

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.


Learn to use your GoPro! January 29th at 6pm

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.  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 February 24th - 25th 6-8:30pm

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.  

Social Media for Parents March 18th at 6:30pm

This workshop 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.  No prior involvement with Davis Media Access is required for attendance.  Members of the public are welcome to register.

KDRT - Thank Our Underwriters!

Please thank these fine local businesses for sponsoring KDRT next time you stop in:

    Brian Pakpour Family Law
    Casa Verde Designs
    Cloverleaf Farm
    The Davis Dirt
    Davis Food Co-op
    Davis Live Music Collective
    Davis Music Festival
    John Lescroart
    Om Networks
    The Pepper Peddler
    Redwood Barn Nursery
    Sutter Center for Integrative Health
    Varsity Theater
    The Wardrobe
    Woodstock's Pizza
    Yolo Federal Credit Union

Visit kdrt.org for more information on underwriting.

Community Resources & Events

Soroptimist International of Davis presents its annual Texas’ Hold ‘Em Night, to benefit programs for local emancipated foster youth. This event is SI Davis' biggest fundraiser of the year and western wear is encouraged.  Saturday, March 14. 

CalAgrAbility provides bilingual (English & Spanish) education, assistance and support to farmers, ranchers, workers and their families who have an injury, disability, or illness that limits their ability to perform farm tasks. Even though funds cannot be given directly to agricultural families, we help find solutions to challenges. Staff helps locate resources including low-cost modifications to the farm, home, equipment and work site operations. Other resources include: assistive technologies research, health care and rehabilitation services, and advocacy with government and non-profit agencies for farmers and workers.

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

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