Artists & Community Media: Mike Wassenaar's Media Minutes
Public access television stations across the country are transforming into media and technology centers. In Minnesota, the nonprofit St. Paul Neighborhood Network (a New Routes partner in the Egal Shidad project) started 25 years ago as part of the public access TV movement. Over the years, the organization has expanded its reach to help residents learn new skills, and aid nonprofits and civic organizations in creating better media programming.
Stevie Converse caught up with SPNN Executive Director Mike Wassenaar at the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture conference in Boston last month. Wassenaar is a passionate community media advocate who also works with the national group Alliance for Community Media. You can hear him talk about SPNN and the vital role that public access TV and media and technology centers play in their communities on Media Minutes.
Listen to Mike Wassenaar on how artists and community media centers can be powerful allies.
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