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Community Media Day 2020

Written by Elizabeth Flood, Marketing & Communications Manager
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Untitled-1.jpgOct. 20 is Community Media Day! What is Community Media Day, and why is it so important to recognize?  

Community Media Day is an annual celebration of free speech and the ways in which community media centers amplify the voices of all individuals. It is celebrated across the country and the world to ensure that access to media remains available for all. 

Governor Charlie Baker has also officially declared it Community Media Day in Massachusetts. As well as Community Media Day, this week is Free Speech Week. Free Speech Week, Oct. 19-25, is a week dedicated to raising “public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, community media is more important than ever to keep people informed and engaged with local news and media. Community media centers across the country have been working to provide government transparency during the confusion of the pandemic. They've provided entertainment through community programming, and they've continued to teach their members the latest technology and how to create their own media projects, even if their members are unable to leave their homes. 

Here are a few of the ways that NewTV has engaged with the Newton community in the past few months. 

We've been broadcasting municipal meetings every week, both on our Government Channel and on social media. Even as meetings have switched to Zoom, we've been able to help inform the citizens of Newton of the steps their local government officials are taking. We've also worked with the Mayor's Office to help disseminate important information during the pandemic and share City events that cannot be held in-person like normal. 

We have been working alongside producers and members to help them continue to produce entertaining and engaging content. Many of our producers have become experts in creating Zoom shows. We've also provided online tutorials for those members who are learning the basics and need a guide to reference. Since July, we've been able to open the studio and edit suites for limited hours, getting to see members in person again while still following all social distancing guidelines. 

Members gathered recently over Zoom for a virtual Red Carpet Awards ceremony. We've also been able to connect with other media centers in Massachusetts by participating in Crowdsourced Boston, a collaborative filmmaking effort where media centers recreate a famous movie. 

Those are just a few of the things that NewTV has been working on. So celebrate Community Media Day and your right to free speech by starting a new project, learning a new media like podcasting, or joining NewTV as a member. We're here to help you share your voice. 

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