Operational and COVID-19 Updates

July 7, 2021

Last month, Santa Clara County drastically reduced COVID-related restrictions. It’s exciting to see that vaccination rates in our area are among the highest in the country, local businesses are once again offering indoor dining experiences, and the world is slowly beginning to resemble its pre-pandemic self. Even more exciting: we can once again facilitate in-person community activities. While we encourage community members to come fully vaccinated, wear a mask, and maintain a distance in accordance with their comfort levels, we are now looking forward to firing up our equipment to be used by the media-makers of our community. We have been planning tirelessly for this moment to come — and now we’re pleased to invite you into the future of Midpen Media.

We’re reopening our field equipment reservations and doing a complete refresh of the media-making equipment available for check-out. This includes new mirrorless digital cameras, podcasting equipment, tools for graphic design, and editing tools available to use within the building and at home. Additionally, we’re reimagining our public-use space. Later this year, we will open our upstairs area — previously used only for administrative office work — with computer terminals for video and sound editing to create a public workspace for media-making collaboration. By August, our studio kitchen will be cleaned and pruned of disused dishes to make room for our producers to store their own dishes and nonperishable snacks. On top of all of this, we’re redesigning our lobby spaces to give our facility a fresh feel for the post-pandemic world.

Can’t wait to see it? We’re offering tours of the space as it develops throughout the month of July! Between July 12th and July 30th, we are inviting local media-makers to reserve a weekday time with a member of our team to walk through the facility and ask any questions you may have about using the space in the near future. Sign up now for a tour by filling out this Google Form. Once we receive your form, a member of the team will contact you to confirm your tour date within two business days.

On August 2nd, our television production studio will officially reopen for public use. We’ll be starting off slow — producing just one show each day, with afternoon and evening times available. This is to allow us to build our studio production support team and make sure that there is always a professional on-site to answer questions about studio equipment or troubleshoot any issues. Additionally, if you book your first in-studio production within the first two weeks of opening (August 2-13), your first production will be FREE. Production time slots are limited, so book your first production as soon as possible. You can sign up right now by using this Doodle Poll to indicate the days that you are available.

For those who prefer volunteering, we’ve got a great opportunity for you, too! During these first two weeks of production (August 2-13), everyone who shows up to help in the studio will be given a Volunteer Punch Card. If you volunteer on five productions before August 13th, you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize at our Welcome Back Event!

This brings us to our most exciting announcement. On Friday, August 13th, Midpen Media will be hosting its first community event in over a year: a Welcome Back Party hosted in our studio. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with our volunteer community that you know and love, learn more about the exciting things to come in our organization, and celebrate the fact that we made it to the other side of the pandemic. The party will be on August 13 and is open to all producers, students, and volunteers. There will be food, games, raffles, and a screening of some of our favorite pandemic-produced content. It’s free to attend, so we hope to see you there!

Until then, you may have seen that our 2021 summer camps will be starting up next week. These day camp experiences are open to students in grades 6 through 12 and will be teaching skills in our favorite forms of media production: Sports Broadcasting, Multimedia Journalism, and Studio Production. Space is limited, but there’s still time to sign up! Click the links below for more information and details on how to register. Any summer camp questions can be directed to Emily Parent.

All of this information boils down to the hope that our studio will soon be alive with the sounds of media-makers busy with their craft. With joy and relief, we on the Midpen Media team can hardly wait to see what new creative and community-focused projects are in store. Until we see you again, questions can be sent to info@midpenmedia.org. You’ll be hearing from us again soon!

See you soon!

Your Friends at the Midpen Media Center


May 24, 2021

Dear Midpen Media Center Community,

Some promising news is finally here! Santa Clara County recently moved into the least-restrictive Yellow Tier and plans to reduce telework requirements, social distancing protocols, and capacity limitations beginning in mid-June. This update means that we can finally offer in-person community activities after over a year of anticipation.

At present, we plan to open our doors on Monday officially, June 21 – just in time for summer fun activities! We will continue to request that members of our community come fully vaccinated, wear a mask, and maintain a mindful distance from one another while in our enclosed spaces. We are now looking forward to firing up our equipment to be used by the media makers of our community! The opportunity to schedule your time in the studio will be coming soon – along with a new selection of in-person media-making workshops.

As for now, we already have one major program we’re looking forward to; Midpen Media’s 2021 Summer Camps. The following day camp experiences are now available for registration.

  • The Midpen Media Makers Summer Institutes (June 21 – July 2)
  • Sports Broadcasting Summer Camp (July 12 – July 16)
  • Multimedia Journalism Summer Camp (July 19 – July 23)
  • Studio Production Summer Camp (July 26 – July 30)

You can learn more about these summer camps and find registration information on our Summer Camps 2021 web page. Send questions to emily@midpenmedia.org.

Additionally, we are also looking forward to once more offering equipment rental services and in-person educational opportunities. Keep an eye on our website to release our new equipment reservation form and more information about our post-pandemic in-studio classes and activities.

We hope that this time next month, our studio will be alive with the sound of media makers busy with their crafts. We are deeply excited to see what new creative and community-focused projects we can come together to build once our community reopens for good.

See you soon!

Your Friends at the Midpen Media Center


April 10, 2021

Dear Midpen Media Center Community,

We are sharing some news that we expect will bring new opportunities to Midpen Media and KMVT, the community media station that serves Mountain View, Los Altos, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale. As we work to resume production in the facility, KMVT will be leasing office space from Midpen Media. 

Executive Director Bobby Chastain and I are moving our organizations forward to share resources and collaborate on deploying our unique operational strengths to support one another. We agree that we have staff, volunteers, and supporters whose skill sets mesh well. We both see ways for our organizations to contribute collectively​ in our communities and the potential for increased sustainability in several areas, including media education, citizen empowerment, revenue-generating productions, civic engagement, and local information dissemination. We expect this will provide an opportunity for all to re-envision community media in the region.

If the two organizations work well together, it may lead to our Boards exploring a more formal relationship. At this time, we’re just ‘testing the waters’ with a short-term trial arrangement​.​ KMVT continues to build its production studio​ in Mountain View, and since we are both using the same equipment, there is potential for cross-training.​

We’ll be communicating more about this over the next few weeks​ and encourage your feedback and​ participation​​. Please contact me if you have any questions.


The Midpen Media Board of Directors


March 1, 2021

Dear Midpen Media Center Community,

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the initial COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, most of us are still working remotely but we are moving toward safe activities like hybrid learning and soon, equipment checkout. We will of course continue to be mindful of keeping operations functioning during the potential surges in COVID-19 that the experts tell us may happen, and we are working with Santa Clara County to ensure that we continue to follow their guidelines to keep our employees and our community safe.

The good news is that we are on track to move from the most-restrictive Purple Tier into the less restrictive Red Tier this week! The move allows changes for numerous types of businesses and, as long as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and related deaths continue to decrease, we hope to move to the Orange Tier in the not-too-distant future. Once we do, we will resume equipment checkouts.

In addition, a third vaccine has been approved, and vaccines are being given to healthcare and other frontline workers as well as people over the age of 65 and/or those with significant health conditions. As the medical companies are able to increase the manufacture of vaccines, we expect to see even more people get the vaccine, which should help stem the spread of the virus. Sign up at MyTurn.ca.gov for updates on vaccinations and to be notified when you are eligible to schedule your appointment for a vaccine.

In the meantime, one of the things we’ve done is expand our list of online course offerings with classes on such diverse topics as Podcasting, Screenwriting, TikTok, and Zinemaking. Watch for even more new classes in the coming months. We’re also looking for submissions of new content from our producers. We will of course let you know as soon as we are able to open the facility. Realistically, it is unlikely that will happen before late summer or early fall – but we will keep you posted as to any changes. We so look forward to the opportunity to have you back at the studio, doing what we all love.


Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


February 26, 2021

Dear Valued Members of the Midpen Media Family,

We are sad to share that Sunday, February 28, is the last day for our long-time IT Technology Director, Chris Pearce. It is not an understatement to say that our stellar reputation in studio production and facility operations is due in large part to his ingenuity and innovation. Chris has a knack for finding a cost-effective solution to every problem with thoughtful analysis. He leaves a legacy of excellence in designing and installing our studio, production truck equipment, and facility operations. He was recently an integral part of transitioning to online remote streaming to ensure that our producers and the citizens of our service areas continue to receive timely information from their local governments. We will miss him and we wish him all the best.

We do not anticipate any further staff changes as part of the Midpen Media Center’s reorganization.

To our community – please feel free to reach out to us at ideas@midpenmedia.org. We would love to hear from you.


The Midpen Media Board of Directors


February 19, 2021

Dear Valued Members of the Midpen Media Family,

Today we say goodbye to two key staff members who have supported the Midpen Media Team throughout much of its existence. For the past six years, our finance department has been a team of two, Lupita Segura and Elizabeth Kiler. They have helped us to navigate everything from payroll to big purchases to yearly budgets. 

This farewell is the latest transition in the Midpen Media Center’s reorganization. It was announced in November, and we’ve been processing these complex changes as a community ever since. Students and volunteers will have treasured memories of our finance department’s readiness to assist local media-makers in need of a scholarship or a particular piece of filmmaking equipment. As a non-profit organization, our donor-provided and government funds’ care and handling are significant to us. Our community must know the funding we collect is being used thoughtfully and in such a way that will provide for the artists and activists who depend on us. Lupita and Elizabeth have consistently guided us with this value in mind.

Thank you, Lupita, for your 18 years of dedication and expertise. You have been a steadfast presence that helped us to make wise purchases, determine fair prices, and ration our finances with the future in mind. You have been a responsible and valued member of the Midpen Media team. We are grateful for the foundation you created, working behind the scenes to keep administrative functions running smoothly.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for your significant expertise and six years of thoroughness, oversight, and no-nonsense realism. You have been the driving force behind many things, including supporting the completion of regular audits and annual tax filings, equipment purchasing endeavors, and helping move admin functions online. You have also always had insightful and entertaining advice to our team members for support.

Members of our community will undoubtedly wish to know more about the future of Midpen Media’s financial handling. Moving forward, our organization will be working with a third-party accounting vendor. They have extensive knowledge of our current programs and have been learning our procedures. We’ll be providing more information about them early next week. 

Today our team becomes a little bit smaller. We wish the departing members joy and good fortune in what lies ahead for them. To our community – for questions about this transition or our organization’s bright future, please reach out to us at ideas@midpenmedia.org. We would love to hear from you.


The Midpen Media Board of Directors


January 22, 2021

Dear Valued Members of the Midpen Media Family,

Today is a challenging day as we move forward with the reduction in the workforce. We must begin to say goodbye professionally to people we care about and admire for their outstanding contributions to the Midpen Media Center. From setting up and producing shows from the serious to the sublime to keeping things going when the cats start wandering, Karen Adams, Dave Sorokach, and Sara Bennett have dedicated some 50+ years between them to Midpen Media. We wouldn’t be here without them, and we’ll miss them tremendously while simultaneously wishing them the best in whatever they choose to pursue next, and hope that they will continue as part of the Midpen Media “family” in the future.

There will be a lot to miss about those who are departing from the team.

Karen brought such ambition, tenacity, and talent to each project on which she played a role. Some of our part-time team members and volunteers will remember with reverence the ways that Karen asked them to settle for nothing less than perfection in every production and event.

Dave has been the steadfast support we need in navigating complicated office issues and untangling the administrative knots we so often tied ourselves into over the years. From his professionalism with our governmental partners to taming the equipment room’s chaos, to carefully balancing our busy calendar, Dave’s presence has been the definition of reliability and stability.

Of course, Sara has long been an inspiration to the sports kids for whom she’s organized many production opportunities — and to the rest of our team for her dedication to seeing projects through and remaining realistic. Her absence will be felt both on our team and throughout our creative community.

Midpen Media has survived for 30+ years because of the collaborative dedication of its talented team and grateful to these three for their contributions. To see this team become smaller today is deeply painful. We will do everything we can to carry on your passion for this organization’s mission and see to it that your efforts live on in our activities.

Thank you for the seeds you’ve planted in this community. The artists and activists to come will have you to thank for the opportunity to learn and make great media with the Midpen Media Center.


The Midpen Media Board of Directors


December 24, 2020

Dear Midpen Media Center Community,

As we look back at this intensely challenging year, we would like to thank you for being part of our community and continuing to do what you do, day in and day out. While the COVID-19 pandemic has kept our facility closed for most of the year, many of you have figured out ways to continue making great programming that we’ve been honored to air. Your creativity and fortitude continue to inspire us, and we are eager to have you back in the studio with us once we can open again.

Until then, we encourage you to keep sharing your projects with us, enjoy our online mixers and classes, and most of all, stay safe.

Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


November 17, 2020

Dear Midpen Media Center Community,

Earlier today we shared the gut-wrenching news with the Midpen Media Center team that we must reduce our workforce due to the continuing fiscal and operational challenges we are facing. For an organization like ours, whose mission is centered around community, this reality is incredibly difficult. It will be challenging for those who have to leave the organization.

We are collectively living in unprecedented times. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Midpen Media Center was able to secure available PPP funding to offset revenue lost due to our inability to utilize our facility. Those funds were exhausted in July, and Midpen Media Center operations have been hit hard. In August, the Board determined a plan must be implemented to address the drawdown rate on savings.

As a part of that plan, an ad-hoc Vision Committee representing staff and board was formed and tasked with laying the groundwork to transition the organization to increase relevance, sustainability, and visibility within our ecosystem. Through research done over the last three months (Aug-Oct 2020) that included surveying Midpen Media Center stakeholders (staff, volunteers, producers, donors, clients) and interviewing other Community Media centers, the committee came to these findings:

  • We must prioritize programming local content, whether it be content we create or the content we curate.
  • We must raise local awareness of our organization.
  • We must build strong, consistent, and lasting partnerships with local organizations.
  • We must reflect on the evolving new media landscape.

With operations expected to be impacted through most of 2021, we must face the harsh realities of our circumstances, move forward quickly to align ourselves with core areas, and reduce our investment in activities that do not directly align with our primary mission.

Great people will be leaving Midpen Media Center, and other organizations will be lucky to have them. Some staying will have a new role. Difficult choices will be made on activities and programs. And since we cannot do everything we used to, reductions will be mapped to more focused cost-saving operational activities.

We appreciate those who will be leaving and recognize their contributions to our organization. They will always be part of Midpen Media Center’s story. I am confident their work will live on, just as our mission will.

Throughout these difficult times, our community has been inspiring. Even in the worst of circumstances, our employees, producers, and volunteers personify the very best of us. We thank you for your continued support.

Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


October 1, 2020

Dear Midpen Media Community,

As we navigate the circumstances of the last several months together, from homeschooling our youth to evacuations due to unprecedented wildfires to severe weather, all amid the COVID pandemic, we take this opportunity to acknowledge the incredible creative work being accomplished within our community. During this time, social justice, storytelling, and civic engagement have taken center stage. As we approach election day, we are keenly aware of the necessity to support these critical activities, and proudly continue to serve you.

We are following the California State “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” which outlines a four-tiered system (Purple, Red, Orange, and Yellow) to facilitate a phased approach for what capacity businesses can resume operations. The most restrictive rules apply to Tier One, and the least restrictive rules apply to Tier Four. Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have moved to the “Red” level (Tier Two). While Music, Television, and Film production were allowed to resume in Los Angeles County, Santa Clara County does not have a comparable category. We have inquired about this, but at this time, we must resume operations under the protocols for our designation, which is “office non-essential.” Telework for non-essential staff is required through all phases, so we expect to be working remotely for the next several months and continue to support our local Government and Education agencies’ essential services.

Due to decreased facility usage, revenue-generating projects are a necessity for the organization. Staff is moving forward safely using portable production equipment to complete their work. We will continue to prepare the facility for a time when we can open at some capacity conducive to studio production. Until then, we can – and are excited to – work with you on your projects with editing, consultations, or DIY guidance. Please contact louise@midpenmedia.org to discuss your goals and provide our expertise. Please contact sara@mipdenmedia.org for guidance on continuing community productions remotely.

Engaging in the election process is key to our democracy. We have teamed up with the League of Women Voters and community members on several exciting projects around election education and activities. There are ballot measures, candidate statements and forums, and additional resources for you to make informed decisions. Visit our Election Resources 2020 page for details.

Throughout October, there are several online events and instructional get-togethers planned. Visit our events page for more information.

Continue to stay safe and healthy. And please, VOTE!

Kind Regards,
Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


September 4, 2020

Dear Community Friends:

Midpen Media Center, your non-profit community access TV station, needs you. You’ve been chosen to fill out this 2-3 minute survey because you know us, and we value your opinion. 

Midpen Media offers state-of-the-art video production equipment, classes, a beautiful studio, a platform for distributing video content, and an experienced staff and production crew. We are currently working remotely to deliver online classes, coverage of government meetings, a wide range of cultural, educational, and entertainment programs, and consulting to help you make programs from home, which we will air on our stations. We look forward to the day we can work together with you again in the studios and in the field.

We have been in business for 30 years, and we are ready to evolve to meet our community’s needs for the next 30 years. How can we best serve our community in the future? How can we thrive – and help our community thrive – during increasingly challenging times and become an integral part of our community’s non-profit fabric once again?

We seek to strengthen our relevancy and respond to the changing needs of the community. As we hit pause during this pandemic, we ask for your help clarifying our community’s needs. What activities should we be prioritizing? Are there new services we should be adding?

Please help us by filling out this brief, anonymous survey. Your input will help us chart our exciting next chapter.

Thank you in advance for your help,
Midpen Media Ad-Hoc Vision Committee

Tilak Kasturi, Committee Chair
Chuck Allen
Rebecca Sanders


August 7, 2020

To Our Midpen Media Community, 

We had hoped to be back in our studio working with you by now, but per State of California and Santa Clara County Public Health Department orders, only “essential” business activities can operate at this time. We are as disappointed by this as you are, but protecting everyone’s safety is a top priority. We look forward to the day we can welcome you back into the studio.

In the meantime, while the production staff continues to support our local government informational programming, our team has been keeping busy exploring ways to stay connected to you. We’ve been helping our producers by helping produce, soliciting and airing content during and prior to the pandemic; airing special blocks of informative and engaging programming to keep you educated and entertained; and facilitating powerful new programs such as our two round-tables on Racism and Social Injustice (Part 1 took place on July 1st, and Part 2 on July 29th). If you weren’t able to attend the round-tables, we highly recommend you check them out on Channel 30 or on YouTube. 

Those looking to practice new media skills will be excited to know we’ve adapted some of our education programs to be completely accessible online and have developed some exciting new classes, including:

  • Document It!, a documentary film-making workshop 
  • One-Minute Movie, a youth short narrative production class
  • Podcasting at Home, a 2-hour introductory podcasting class
  • Zoom to be a TV Star, a youth workshop for producing shows with Zoom

We’ve also been running a weekly “water cooler’ meeting on Monday afternoons where community members can connect and catch up (contact Sara or Joanne for details on how to join), and we’re about to kick off our online Midpen Media Mixers, a free series of media-making tips and tricks. Check our calendar for dates.

In addition, we’ve recently created a Facebook group to help our community stay in touch as we continue to socially distance. This group, Midpen Media Students, Volunteers, and Producers, is a forum for Midpen Media’s community to connect, discuss projects in production, share ideas and fun videos, and celebrate the experiences we’ve had in the studio. We also use this group to enjoy classic films together every Friday at 8pm. We hope you will join and let us know what you’ve been up to!

We appreciate your understanding and your help in keeping our community healthy and safe, and we continue to miss your energy and enthusiasm.

Finally, we’re excited to announce that our 2019 Annual Report is now available. Take a look to see all the exciting things that we accomplished last year! 

Keep safe and stay healthy,
Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


April 29, 2020 

Dear Valued Members of the Midpen Media Community,

The Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara (as well as the City of Berkeley) have issued revised shelter-in-place orders to extend through the end of May. These orders keep the current restrictions in place and align with the California State officials’ four-stage approach for resuming business operations throughout the state. We are currently in stage one, which emphasizes creating a safe environment for essential workers and laying out plans for easing restrictions going forward. 

While the Midpen Media Center remains closed, our staff is hard at work broadening our offerings to help you while you shelter in place. We continue to schedule special programming blocks for your entertainment, engage you with fun new campaigns, cover even more government meetings, and develop remote classes like our new Document It! remote documentary workshop. This five-session class with optional one-on-one coaching with instructors Pedro Arenas and Emily Parent will begin on May 12th, so be sure to sign up now!

We hope you’ve been enjoying April’s programming lineup. We’ve got a couple of new exclusive lineups for May when we’ll be airing nine concerts in the “African American Composer Initiative Presents” series. A different concert will air each day on Channel 30 from May 6 – 14 at 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm, and again from May 15 – 23. We’ll also be airing “Spotlight on Our Local Housing Crisis,” with shows highlighting the issues and potential solutions surrounding the housing crisis in our community.

We are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, 2020, which is being deployed in response to needs expressed by communities and leaders around the world. Even in times of economic crisis, we each have a deep reserve of generosity which we can deploy in myriad ways to make a difference — your time, your kindness, your skills, and your voice are all things you can give in addition to charitable donations.

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for details on fun activities to stay engaged. A new edition is available on the first Tuesday of the month. And continue to follow us on your favorite social media channels for updates on Midpen Media, the resources our member cities are sharing about the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways for you to stay safe and help your neighbors.

Please stay healthy and well.

Kind regards,
Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


March 31, 2020 

Dear Valued Members of the Midpen Media Community,

Monday, the “shelter in place” order announced by seven Bay Area counties (including Santa Clara County) was extended through May 3, 2020, as a surge of cases is expected in the coming weeks. We continue to follow the directives provided by the counties and will remain closed until the shelter in place order is lifted. As we face this unprecedented situation together, I am grateful to the Midpen Media staff for adapting to a remote work model and adjusting activities and events. Our tech and production staff have refocused on helping our local cities as they implement new tools to support creating a safe way to view and participate in local government programming.

I speak on behalf of all of us when I say, “WE MISS YOU!”

We have been working hard to keep you informed and connected through program blocks on our channels specialized in entertaining and educating viewers, plus opportunities to participate by working remotely with our staff to air your content on our channels. Look for quality shows on exercise and healthy cooking airing Monday through Thursday, as well as a retrospective of creative shows produced by past youth camp attendees. And check out our “Social Distancing Campaign”! Submit your 30-90 second video on how you are handling this (temporary) new normal!

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for details on fun activities to stay engaged. A new edition is available on the first Tuesday of the month. And continue to follow us on your favorite social media channels for updates on Midpen Media and the resources our member cities are sharing about the COVID-19 pandemic and ways for you to stay safe and help your neighbors.

Please be healthy and well.

Kind regards,
Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO


March 24, 2020 – On Monday, Midpen Media’s staff met online to discuss how we can best continue to support you. We are dedicated to keeping you informed about the coronavirus and COVID-19 and continuing to provide you with the opportunities to share your perspectives. We are exploring online classes and ways you can share your views and your methods of dealing with this current crisis, starting with our “Social Distancing Stories” program.

Please be sure to like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get the most up-to-date news. And check back here for additional information on programs, classes, and local government coverage.

March 18, 2020 – Attention Midpen Media community and viewers. Although Midpen Media is closed for all non-essential functions such as classes, events, and equipment reservations, we are continuing to focus on supporting our member cities through meeting coverage and disseminating information to the community.

Continuing this coverage is especially crucial for our cable viewers who depend on their local channels for information from their city representatives. So far, the cities are working to create safe and effective ways to continue to hold meetings and we have staff members that are continuing to document those meetings. The city websites and email lists are the best way to keep informed on cancellations. 

Please contact Executive Director/CEO Keri Stokstad or Marketing and Communications Manager Joanne Sperans, if you have any questions.


March 16, 2020 – Effective Tuesday, March 17th at 12:01 a.m., Midpen Media will be closed until at least Tuesday, April 7th. This closure is in response to the “shelter in place” order announced this afternoon by the six Bay Area counties (including Santa Clara and San Mateo). The order impacts all non-essential businesses and directs everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials desperately try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region. Please see the San Francisco Chronicle article for additional details: Bay Area authorities place the strictest order in the country: ‘Shelter in place,’ only essential businesses open in 6 counties
Click to read the article in the Chronicle of March 16.


March 12, 2020

To Our Midpen Media Community,

The safety and health of our producers, volunteers, visitors, staff, and board is always our highest priority. Toward that end, we have been following the public health authorities and adopting their guidance concerning the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Staff is actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates about Midpen Media’s status via our website, social media channels, and future emails.

Out of an abundance of caution, beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, the Midpen Media Center will be conducting business on an appointment basis, and the facility will be closed. The staff will be working remotely beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Please be patient with us as we transition to a remote-based operational model, which will continue at a minimum through the end of March. Existing reservations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

We recommend that you stay informed through the following resources:

You can also send a text with the subject “COVID19” (no quotes) to 888777 to receive up-to-date text information.

We appreciate your understanding and your help in keeping the community healthy.

Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO