May 21st 2010 Sacramento CA: The Sacramento Convention Center was the site of this years Neighborhood Summit. Attended by Sacramento health and service vendors, the summit also featured a presentation from Access Sacramento’s Neighborhood News team, AccessLocal.TV. The presentation included an overview of the campaign by Ron Cooper from Access Sacramento, and Kristian Manoff from Foxyea Web Media. They showcased the new AccessLocal.TV website and WordPress MU interface to a packed conference room, and fielded questions from budding journalists and interested community members. While some in the audience had a lot of questions about the security needs of site with this scope, the majority of the audience wanted to know where to sign up.
Access Sacramento has identified five locations that will host Neighborhood News Bureaus in South Sacramento County. The NNB’s will report their stories using AccessLocal.TV built by Foxyea Web Media and powered by WordPress MU. Along with providing an interface for NNB Reporters, the website also includes the social networking plugin BuddyPress which allows the Reporters and Subscribers to be part of an online community.
Currently in its beta phase, AccessLocal.TV is hoping to build popularity and adoption into the community as an outlet for those voices often overlooked by commercial media.
Access Sacramento continues to gather support for their Neighborhood News project. In a recent move prompted by a consultation with the CSUS Digital Media department, the domain name was changed from AsIsOnline.TV to AccessLocal.TV.
“We liked AccessLocal.TV because it communicates what we are doing, stewarding media access to Sacramento’s South County area.” Said Ron Cooper, Executive Director.
While the project is initially focusing on the South County area, due to its ethnic diversity and lower economic demographic, the site will feature content from all over California, and beyond. Check out the beta site at:
A vlog is a website that contains posts with video typically organized in reverse chronological order. Blogging and Vlogging have become a popular past time of many people. Technorati currently states it is tracking over 112.8 million blogs. When the term was first introduced in 1999, web blogs were mostly online journals. Today blogs are used for everything from journaling, to promoting businesses and local news content. With the emergence of this new form of media as an effective way of building idea recognition, there is a rising need to steward blogging to all demographics, ethnic groups, and economic levels. AccessLocal.TV and the Neighborhood News program begin to meet this need, while extending to its members the opportunity to benefit from Local Access Television and Radio resources and audiences.
While blogging gives Internet users a way to quickly publish their ideas, social media gives them a way to communicate with each other. Social media website FaceBook boasts that it has reached over 300 million members. While the level of privacy provided by social media websites is often debated, there is no question as to popularity or the ability of a social network to create a lot of exposure for its users ideas. Thanks to BuddyPress, a plugin for WordPress MU, AccessLocal.TV is also a social media community allowing its members to connect with each other, comment on each others work, as well as leave each other public and private messages.
So after months of work and a lot of input from the community, Access Sacramento submitted the proposal for the South Sacramento County Neighborhood News program to the James T. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge Grant. The program is to focus on providing journalism tools and video hosting to low income areas in South Sacramento, and to anyone in Sacramento and beyond who wants to take an active role in producing content. To see the preview, visit AsIsOnline.TV, another Foxyea Web Media build.