A Note From the Director

For many years, I have lived and breathed my purpose here: what services we offer, how they work to serve the community, and how to tweak and refine them when necessary. It’s been my personal mission to anchor Davis Media Access deeply in this community, providing services that meet a wide variety of needs. With an incredible team comprising board, staff, volunteers, partners, and community supporters, I know we’ve been successful.

Just as we meet needs, though, we also have them. Right now, DMA is in the thick of its annual fundraising, with a must-meet goal of $25,000 by June 1. This annual campaign is what provides the money to keep KDRT-LP 95.7 FM on the air. It also allows DMA devote resources to local elections and youth-media efforts. It facilitates media and technology training in a myriad of ways.

We participated in the Big Day of Giving, and our experience on May 5 was incredible! In one day, we met close to half our annual goal. I give a big shout-out here to our many donors—many of them first-time donors to DMA—and to Jessica Kelly, who submitted the very first donation of the Big Day, netting DMA a $5,000 prize. We had a wonderful event downtown at The Wardrobe in which we made many new friends. But the Big Day is just part of the picture. We do this work every day of the year, and have done so for nearly 26 years, and right now, we need your support.

We are still quite a ways out from our goal. If you have already donated, I thank you.  If you watch, listen, participate or just appreciate our locally based democratic media, and haven't yet donated, now is the time. You can donate online, or mail a check made out to Davis Media Access, 1623 Fifth Street, Ste A, Davis, CA 95616.

DMA’s services and programs are made possible by community support. From the bottom of my community-loving heart, thank you!

Autumn Labbe-Renault

Executive Director

Kid Vid Production & Animation Camps

Registration closes soon for DMA's popular summer camps for kids aged 10-13, and there are still a few slots open. In the production camps, participants learn how to produce a program in DMA's television studio, including storyboarding, operating cameras and sound equipment, and media literacy training.  New this summer, campers will be able to take advantage of DMA's brand-new HD Field Cameras. They will also get an introduction to the radio booth at KDRT 95.7 FM, DMA's low-power community radio station.

In the animation camps, participants learn how to plan and storyboard an animation, record dialogue and effects, and light and create stop-motion animations, as well as experiment with 2D-animation and watch examples of various styles for inspiration. Both camps are offered on June and July. Links to register to either may be found at http://bit.ly/1B8lsFo

"Artist's Connection" Episode 4 Now Airing

This episode’s discussion focuses on preparing for the recording studio and features insights and performances by Helen Spangler (Spangler), Chris Hunt (Tha Dirt Feelin), and Joel Daniel (The Hoots). “Artist's Connection” is a monthly television series hosted by journalist and singer-songwriter, Kevin Fagan. The program features topic-driven interviews of artists with questions that go beyond persona and performance, revealing the reasons behind the choices that artists make. "Artist's Connection" is produced by Sam Hawk and Pieter Pastoor at Davis Media Access.  


Orientation offered at Davis Media Access

Davis Media Access (DMA) offers a free orientation to its programs and services each month. This next general orientation will take place Wed., May 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the media center, 1623 Fifth Street in Davis. DMA Production Manager Jeff Shaw will teach the orientation. Topics covered will include: 

 an overview of DMA’s services; information about internships, and training and volunteer opportunities available through DMA. A reservation is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. 


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