News

Aug 14, 2015
On Friday, August 14, 2015, a community-wide survey will be available electronically and in paper form in order to collect information from our citizens and families about the possibility of consolidating the Regional Middle and High Schools into a single building.  The exploration of this possible consolidation is the result of a significant funding gap, as well as a declining student population.  
Jul 15, 2015
Chicago (July 13, 2015) – More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies today announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people. The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education – by 2018 through apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part-time and full-time jobs.
Jul 2, 2015
Makers @ Amherst Media (M@AM) was invited to help kick off the "National Week of Making" on June 12th and 13th at the National Makerfaire in Washington, D.C., Christine Olson, a doctoral student of communication at UMass, Liz Pongratz, an alumna of UMass' class of 2015, and Jim Lescault, director of Amherst Media, spent Friday and Saturday at the Makerfaire discussing the evolution of M@AM with visitors from throughout the country.
Jun 12, 2015
The Curious Giraffe Show is a brand new program at Amherst Media, created and hosted by Dorothy Cresswell. In each episode, children of all ages gather with Dorothy to tackle an interesting topic that "kids wonder about." These themes can range from social issues to educational topics. Through song and storytelling, Dorothy teaches valuable lessons and addresses the children's questions in a friendly and fun-loving environment. Guest speakers are also invited onto the show to help create a discussion where all questions are welcome.
Jun 12, 2015
'A Quiet Passion' is set to be the first feature length film surrounding the life and work of the world famous poet Emily Dickinson. Film makers will be shooting at the Dickinson Homestead, the Wildwood Cemetery, and historical locations is Pelham the week of June 15th. The excitement is felt throughout the area and especially at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst.
Electronic Quilt
Jun 11, 2015
Christine Olson represented Makers at Amherst Media at Hack for Western Mass on June 6 and 7. This annual event, a celebration of the National Day of Civic Hacking, brings technologists together with community partners to solve local problems. During the hackathon, people organize into teams and build websites, apps, and other technology projects to support local non-profits. In addition, the hackathon includes a "Youth Hackathon" with demos in Scratch, Minecraft, and our Makerspace.
iDesign Summer Workshop
May 28, 2015
Mount Holyoke College is offering two session of their IDesign Workshop for High School Girls. The first session will be hosted here at Amherst Media July 20-24 and the second located on the college campus August 24-28.
Levy
May 15, 2015
“The difference with our organization is that we’re ‘low threshold’, which basically means anyone can walk through the door,” said Tracey Levy, Program Director of the Amherst Survival Center in North Amherst.
UMBRELLA
May 12, 2015
Jan Servaes, Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Media and Communication at the City University of Hong Kong, spoke to us about Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution following an interview with Jarice Hanson, Professor of Communication at UMass Amherst, on the Amherst Media show Encounters.
BLM
May 8, 2015
Our coverage of the early May graffiti incidents at UMass surrounding the Black Lives Matter mural.

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