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Starting tonight, Cambridge cable subscribers can turn to Cambridge Community Television Channel 9 to watch a new hour-long public affairs program exploring issues pertinent to the local community. The first episode of Cambridge Uncovered, produced by NeighborMedia citizen journalists and the crew of CCTV's Production Department, premieres Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Delving into the Cambridge arts scene, the first episode was produced by NeighborMedia correspondents Siobhan Bredin and Beverly Mire. During the first half-hour, Bredin speaks with Peter DiMuro, director of the Dance Complex, about this exciting performance arts center in the heart of Central Square. In the second half half-hour, Mire speaks with two students in CCTV’s Youth Media Program who are creating media about issues affecting area teens.
While CCTV staff helps coordinate and facilitate the production, the topics and guests for each episode are chosen by NeighborMedia citizen journalists. These volunteer reporters team up with members of CCTV's Production Crew, who use their skills shooting the episode in CCTV’s recently upgraded HD studio, and producing roll-in videos to accompany each segment. Episode 1's production group included talented volunteer crew members, Rocco Calvi, Anjan Biswas, Erik Brown, Sahar Hakim-Hashemi and Maria Boykova.
"Being involved in larger scale, thematic projects, such as Cambridge Uncovered, generates enthusiasm among CCTV members who normally may have not have gotten involved in production," said Shirin Mozafarri, CCTV's production coordinator. "The members of the group go on to become confident producers with valuable skills both in production and collaborative work."
Frank Morris, coordinator of NeighborMedia at CCTV, said the series is planned to be a quarterly program, but with increased interest and involvement, the public affairs show may be produced on a more regular basis.
“The purpose of the show is really three-fold,” Morris said. “First, it serves as a tool for educating and informing the people of Cambridge on matters important to them. Second, it’s an outlet to showcase the journalistic talents of our NeighborMedia reporters and to give them a new platform in which to uncover and report on local issues. Third, it’s a way to keep CCTV members and interns, who are interested in production, engaged by being involved in an exciting studio shoot.”
Cambridge Uncovered, Episode 1: "Arts for the Ages" Showtimes
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The next episode of Cambridge Uncovered is already being planned. Produced by NeighborMedia correspondent Maurice Wilkey, the show will focus on men’s health and racial disparities in Cambridge. It’s scheduled to be recorded in June and shown on CCTV’s channels this summer.
About CCTV Production Groups:
CCTV production groups create opportunities for members to gain hands-on media making experience. CCTV facilitates these groups so members can get to know each other, brainstorm ideas and and create collaborative bonds. Cambridge Uncovered, a studio-focused production group, trained new members in various aspects of studio production prior and during the shoot. The efforts of the members involved in group were supported by the Production Department from conception to completion.
NeighborMedia, now in its seventh year, is the citizen journalism program of CCTV that trains Cambridge residents to report on the people, places, issues and events of their very own neighborhoods. The team is made up of nearly two dozen nonprofessional reporters who commit to producing two written stories – or one video piece – a month for NeighborMedia.org. In exchange, they receive a free membership to CCTV, granting them full access to CCTV’s classes, equipment and facilities.
NeighborMedia is currently looking to expand its team. Cambridge residents can visit the NeighborMedia web site for information and to apply. Emails inquiring about the program can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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