UPDATED: Nov. 29, 2006, first posted Nov. 15, 2006
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- An ad-hoc group of citizens exploring ways to deepen and extend news and community information in the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont has set its second meeting for Wed., Dec. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown. The public is invited. One organizer of the Greylock Citizen/Media Collaborative second meeting is Williamstown resident Bill Densmore. "Are you concerned about improving the quality and depth of news and community information in the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont?" asks Densmore. "Are you curious about how national forces affecting the future of journalism will affect us locally? If so, this meeting is for you!" Densmore says the idea is to consider a mission for the unincorporated group, to see what sort of volunteer "citizen-media" efforts might feasible, and to hear updates on several initiatives. The group's home page is: http://www.greylocknews.org/
Plans for Dec. 6 include:
-- A briefing from Paul Hopkins and Richard Taskin about their experience anchoring live cablecast coverage for northern Berkshire of the Nov. 7 election night. How might we make this more regular, and simultcast it on one or more of our regional low-power community radio stations (WCFM, WJJW, WBTN) -- and stream it on the web? Would people pay to support such a resource?
-- A report from Susan Bush, new editor (as of Dec. 1) of the iBerkshires website of North Adams' BoxcarMedia, on plans for expanded web-based news coverage.
-- Amy Stevens on new initiatives to use blogs and "podcasts" on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts website with the aim of enhancing college-community connections.
-- View 15-minute videotape produced by Cambridge Community Television, and filmed mostly at the Media Giraffe Project conference at UMass June 28-July 1, entitled: "Citizen Journalism: From Pamphlets to Blogs."
-- Hear from Fred Daley and Jenny Stern husband-wife publishers of the Hill Country Observer, about their monthly issue-oriented publication and where they would like to take it (including website). Jeff Potter, editor/owner of the Shelburne Falls Independent, will also join us.
-- Learn about plans by the new president of Southern Vermont College, Karen Gross, to establish a "community media center" -- presented by David Scribner, former Berkshire Eagle editor and now full-time faculty at SVC.
-- Review the opportunity to apply for a Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge grant (deadline Dec. 31) for a regional collaboration. See: http://newshare.typepad.com/mgp2006/2006/09/here_it_is_the_.html