May 8, 2017
Over the last few months, Amherst Media interns, volunteers, and staffers have been ramping up efforts to launch The Collective, a new multi-media publication. Writers, photographers, videographers and podcasters have been putting together pieces that are becoming part of a new look for Amherst Media.
May 4, 2017
Recently, Mount Holyoke College, in collaboration with The Odyssey Bookshop, hosted both Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on their respective book tours. Amherst Media was on hand to film each event. We invite you to watch the videos of each. Senator Elizabeth Warren read from her new book This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class, which was released a few weeks ago and spoke to the assembled crowds. Watch the video
Apr 25, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at Mount Holyoke College on Friday, April 21st, as part of a tour promoting her new book “This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.” The book is presented as a rallying call for America’s middle-class to fight against the growing concentration of wealth among the financial elite. Amherst Media was there to film the event and the video will be available soon. Stay tuned!
Mar 23, 2017
Amherst Media will again be providing live coverage of town election results on March 28, in collaboration with the Amherst League of Women Voters. This year's hosts will be Tony Maroulis and Cynthia Brubaker. We'll be reporting on election results as they are reported in from the LWV poll runners along with special studio guests. Coverage will start at 7:45 pm on Channel 17 and we will also be streaming it online at www.amherstmedia.org/live.
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. Next Steps:
MA. Inspector General's Office Rules PEG Services by non-profits do not fall under 30B rules and regulations
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.