The Rotary Club of Amherst has dedicated the funds from its 9th annual auction to support Amherst Media's campaign to build a new facility as it is forced out of its current Eversource-owned space which the community access center has occupied since 1991, as reported by Scott Merzbach in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
In 2013, Amherst Media purchased property on Main Street with the goal of building a world-class community technology center in downtown Amherst. Our vision was to create a new resource for the Amherst community that could be a hub for government transparency, community media, and meaningful civic dialogue.
This time of year we are all inundated with requests for financial contributions from many worthwhile and deserving organizations. Please take a minute to read the difficult situation, your local media access provider, Amherst Media, currently finds itself in as we launch our second Annual Fund appeal.
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.
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.
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.