Community Members Respond to Call for Meeting Coverage

Amherst Media’s call for community members to help cover the inordinate number of hearings and forums going on right now has been answered by a few members of our community. We hightlight a few below, but are still in need of more!

Marcie Sclove, pictured here, host of the Amherst Media talk show “Going Deeper”, stepped up to task recently, covering a Charter Commission meeting. 

Steven Brewer, President of the Amherst Media Board of Directors, took the position behind camera number one at a recent Town Meeting evening, and blogged about his experience

Long time member and local video producer Julien Lowenthal stepped in to help with one of the Town Meetings, taking a short break from conducting post-production work on his latest feature-length video.

George Naughton, local producer of the Amherst Historical Society’s “History Bites” series was able to capture a Jones Library public meeting which discussed the proposed expansion.

Two more community members have recently come forward to be trained by Amherst Media staff with the intent to cover more of the ongoing forums and meetings.  Stay tuned to hear which of your neighbors have stepped forward.  Perhaps you might want to join them? If so please send an email to production@amherstmedia.org. Amherst Media will provide training and equipment for full meeting coverage. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mar 22, 2017

Amherst Media is elated to announce that Amherst’s Town Manager and Select Board have reversed their decision to post a Request for Proposal (RFP) and instead is heeding the recent findings from the MA Inspector General’s Office and Department of Revenue.

This excerpt from the Town Manger’s report to the Select Board on Monday, March 20, stated the following:

What does this mean? In short, we are moving back to the way we have accounted for funds and contracted for services as we have in the past.

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Mar 16, 2017

At the Monday, March 13, 2017 Select Board meeting, Jim Lescault, Executive Director of Amherst Media, spoke during public comment, presenting to the Select Board a very real alternative to the path of Request for Proposal the Town was on.  The Office of Inspector General had written their opinion regarding PEG services and 30B procurement totally redefining how the Town of Amherst’s government had interpreted the regulations.

Mar 6, 2017

There unfortunately continues to be many unanswered questions circulating around the Amherst community regarding the recent decision by the Town Manager and Select Board regarding the proposed changes in how the Town contracts Amherst Media for the Cable Access Public, Education & Government (PEG) services.

While the Town will be providing an on-line opportunity for the community to give input to the RFP, we feel there exists a real need for a community dialogue on such a monumental change in policy.

Feb 24, 2017

In an age of mass media consolidation, access to public information to insure government transparency is more vital than ever. Amherst Media, one of the oldest community access centers in the country providing that kind of transparency to its community, is in a contract dispute with the Town of Amherst. And as with many other such centers across the country over the last ten years, its future is far from certain.

Feb 24, 2017

Dear Friends of Amherst Media,

Our contract saga continues, but now, with legal counsel, we are ready to mount an exertive effort to bring the Town and Amherst Media to the table for negotiations.

A letter was submitted to the Select Board requesting that Amherst Media be placed on the Feb. 27 evening’s agenda. The letter stated that Amherst Media had obtained legal counsel as of February 20 and that our counsel would like to discuss the Town Manager’s February 3 offer to extend Amherst Media’s expired contract through June 30, 2017.