Opening remarks by Charles Benton, The Benton Foundation

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Video from the Texas Community Media Summit. Remarks from Charles Benton from the Benton Foundation. March 1,2008.

Convergence Morning Breakout Session

Eastwoods Room

Opening Remarks by Dr. Laura Stein
How can community media harness interactive media?

Group round table discussion on issues of importance:

Session I Discussion

JumpStart has not only a local, but also a regional and national presence.
Those who cannot actually come to events locally would still like to participate in funding projects.
Web-based fundraising can work in this situation.

Collaboration and Inclusion: pre-lunch session

Initial notes: Belinda Acosta, TVEye Columnist for the Austin Chronicle, starts the discussion with questioning of the term "community." Groups represented include KAZI, KVRX, KOOP, We the People News in Corpus Christi, Channel Austin, Community Impact, Houston Media Source, Dallas iMedia, Southwest Alternative Media Project, Ariba, Texas Observer, KAOS.

Session I Opening Remarks - Michael Verdi

Editing software and personal computers made media production much faster and easier.
YouTube an example, however their terms of use are not good for an independent producer.
Internet makes it easy to connect with others who have the same interests because community is not limited by geography.

Came up with a system that would work with blog communities to initiate project-based fundraising by pitching an idea to the community.
Community can follow the project via newsletters, blog, videoblogs, audience participation, etc.
Link from blog for one-time or subscription donation.

Texas Community Media Summit - Revenue Session I

Opened with introduction of all attendees.

Texas Media Snapshots

North: Dallas gets a C+ in community media, says Giovanni Gallucci from The Agency Blog. Artists have limited options and independent filmmakers have little access (to what exactly?). There's plenty of access and variety in local press, but they're virtually all for-profit with less community focus. Giovanni likes what he says is a thriving network of community radio stations and theaters. "You run around in Austin and community media is always in your face.

Summit Opening

I liked the video on the Chicago Community Media summit. The statistics on growing Internet usage and the growth of broadband access were striking. I hope this conference will be fully documented online, like the National Conference on Media Reform was last year... in the aftermath of their conference the video highlights received thousands of views on Youtube.

Introductory speeches are going on a bit too long and I'm not hearing a lot of substantive discussion of community media.

Media and Organizations Represented at the Texas Community Media Summit

1919 Hemphill, 411 Productions, ACC, ACCent Newspaper, ACLU TEXAS, AiM Productions, Al-Ittihaad News,, Altruist Associates, AMARC, Americans Missing in Mexico, APRL, Art Outside, Austin Airwaves, Inc., Austin Commmunity Radio...KAZI 88.7, Austin Chronicle,Austin Indymedia, Austin Media Revolution, Austin Social Media, LLC, Ballet Austin, Blue Hill Cinema Inc.,, Cable One, Inc., Capitol Cty Clean, CareFlash, Castingworks LA/ Karen Hallford Casting, channelAustin, City of Austin, City of Austin--Parks and Rec/Cultural Affairs, Coalition Enabling Our Children, colec

PSA for San Antonio Public Access TV

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This is a PSA from San Antonio access producers.