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Election-night schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 2

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Davis Media Access will present live, election-night coverage from 8-11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Hosts for the evening are community organizers Lea Rosenberg and Andrea Jones. The show will air on DCTV Comcast Channel 15 and be simulcast on KDRT 95.7 FM, the organization's low-power community radio station. A live stream of the program will also be available from a link at, and the program will be archived afterward at

"As it has done for more than 22 years, DMA highlights the local races and issues that are ignored by commercial broadcast media," said Jones, who also serves as president of DMA's board of directors. "We view this coverage as core to our mission of creating community through local media." Invited guests include those from the races for local school board and Assembly District 8, as well as seated members of the DJUSD Board of Trustees. A schedule of invited guests is below.

Voter education, election-night programming

Davis Media Access is airing a variety of local election-related programs now through Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Election programming, including candidate statements and a variety of local forums, airs on DCTV Channel 15 on the Comcast system in Davis, PEG Channel 99 on AT&T's U-Verse system, and is also available on demand at Election content is aggregated and a Channel 15 schedule is also available at this link.

Bingo, BBQ, Net Neutrality

By Autumn Labbé-Renault

This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise Aug. 26, 2010.

It’s nearly September and as we all know, that heralds a season of intense activity in our community. In addition to a full complement of activities and programming here at the media center, I’m pleased to announce the following events:


PEG Access Media left out of FCC discussions

The FCC is now holding hearings re: "Workshop on Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era." Public access media is not included in this discussion! This is a great time to get these words: PEG -- Public Access TV -- Community TV -- Community Radio -- Community Media in front of the panelists and the FCC.... Be sure to mention the Alliance for Community Media and the work the ACM has done for decades to help create local media and educate people on how to do this. Mention DMA as a great example of community media in action!


DMA assists Davis Schools Foundation with video contest

Davis Schools Foundation "School Matters!" Video Contest for DJUSD Students:

What is it?
An opportunity for Davis students, grades K through 12, to spotlight
their creativity by producing 90-second (or shorter) Public Service
Announcement videos. Working in groups of up to four, students can
either work under the guidance of staff members from Davis Media Access
at one of two workshops, or can produce the videos on their own. Entries
must be submitted to Davis Media Access by May 7, 2010.


Of media tools & instruction manuals

Of media tools & instruction manuals

By Autumn Labbé-Renault

Special to The Enterprise

This column originally appeared in The Davis Enterprise Feb. 26, 2009

I saw “The Lightning Thief” this past weekend, which may explain my analogy of contemporary media to a Hydra, that multi-headed Greek mythological beast that, if decapitated, grows a few more heads to replace what was severed.


Amy Goodman event a success!

[img_assist|nid=203|title=goodman|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=132|height=200] On Nov. 20, noted journalist Amy Goodman shared with a capacity crowd at UC Davis her unique perspective gleaned from 13 years hosting “Democracy Now!”, as well as selections from her new book Breaking the Sound Barrier (Haymarket Books, 2009). I’ve long admired her work, so it was a thrill to meet her and to hear her resounding support for our community’s independent media outlets. I also enjoyed meeting Denis Moyihan, who's worked with Amy for years on the show and column, and edited this most recent book. Goodman appeared the same night as students were occupying Dutton Hall on campus. She called...


Community Access Preservation Act of 2009

Davis Media Access Board of Directors RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HR 3745, the Community Access Preservation Act WHEREAS, public, educational and government (PEG) channels play a significant role in the City of Davis and Yolo County, are a unique and valuable resource for local information and debate on issues for the residents of Yolo County and the City of Davis; and

Flu Season, Sofa Film School & More

This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise on Sept. 24,2009 It’s flu season, and as the first seasonal flu works it way through my household, I’m all too aware of what that means. Davis Media Access (DMA) just finished shooting a three-minute PSA with the Yolo County Health Department. The PSA was created to raise awareness of both the seasonal flu and novel H1N1 virus, and outlines steps for prevention and care.

20/20: Meeting a challenge pledge by June 30

Davis Media Access (DMA) is nearing completion of the 20/20 Campaign, our fundraiser launched in Oct. 2008 that celebrates 20 years of community media in Davis. With a goal of raising $20k before June 30, we are asking community members for a donation of $20 or more in recognition of DMA's 20 years of service. 20/20 donations help provide support for youth media services, KDRT-LP 95.7 FM, Open Media Sessions and much more. At the end of May, DMA received a pledge of $5k, bringing our total raised to $16,790. We will secure that pledge if we raise matching funds before June 30. As of June 5, we've received $3k in matching challenge funds! Sunny Shine provided the pledge specifically in recognition of DMA’s work with youth, from high school internships and volunteer opportunities, to Kid Vid camps, to youth radio and documentary making. We thank Sunny for her generous support, as well as everyone who has contributed to DMA. We are gratified by such strong and diverse community support. This is the first time we've run a fund raising campaign that was not specifically for KDRT, though KDRT listeners from Utah, Oregon, Florida and New Jersey have sent donations! DMA’s partnerships with the City of Davis and DJUSD enable us to run a media center, ensuring community members’ access to equipment and training. Through these, DMA manages public access channel 15 and educational access channel 17 on the Comcast system, as well as their related websites. We round out offerings with trainings in digital media, topical workshops, participation in open source projects, grassroots low-power FM radio, local productions, event coverage, and advocacy and information for broader media issues. Our list of supporters is growing daily. Won't you please join us? Thanks very much for your support & interest!