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Amherst Media acquires land near Main and Gray streets for technology center

Original article by Scott Merzbach, The Gazette.

Amherst Media purchased two parcels of land near the intersection of Main and Gray streets Thursday where the nonprofit intends to construct its new technology center next spring.

A loan from Florence Savings Bank allowed for the $340,000 transaction to be made between Susan Siegel, acting as president of Amherst Media’s board of directors, and Barbara Guidera, who owns the vacant properties in front of the historic Henry F. Hills House.

A TV transition: Amherst Media chief enlists community backing for move, expansion

Original article by Debra Scherban from the Amherst Bulletin can be found here.

James Lescault, executive director of Amherst Media, likes to say that when he started his job here six years ago, he had blond hair and more of it.

It’s not true, his hair was white then too. But the point is, it’s been a wild ride and he’s heading into what promises to be his busiest year yet.

Access 360 - Building engaged communities in a digital age

Amherst Media, after revamping its services to expand digital media training, citizen productions and online distribution of content, identified the need to seek broader citizen input and participation in this process of change.

We were lucky to obtain the services of Dr. Martha Fuentes-Bautista, currently faculty of Communication and Public Policy at UMass Amherst, and her team who designed the research tools and led the consultation process.

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