Happy Holidays from all of us at Midpen Media Center!
As the year comes to a close, we reflect back on the rich dialogue and powerful stories of 2019. We celebrated Community Media Day and Free Speech Week by bringing our new high-tech production truck to the streets, interviewing local residents about their views on free speech and showcasing the capabilities of our production tools. Our programs included everything from powerful first person “Made into America” immigration stories to offering practical climate change solutions by discussing decreasing carbon emissions. We paid tribute to six Local Heroes committed to community service and honored long-time Producer Darlene Carman, retiring after 400 shows!
We were particularly inspired by the second episode of “MC Youth Presents: Black Excellence.” Host Nyla Choates interviewed Jules Thomas, co-founder of Onyxx Village Connections, a mobile outreach program providing hot meals to the underserved in East Palo Alto. He started at just five years old, and now at 16, Jules greets people in need with a smile delivering over 300 hot meals several times a week. At Midpen Media, we are committed to giving young leaders like Jules Thomas a platform to share their voices.
2020 is Midpen Media’s 30th anniversary and we are a nationally-recognized leader in community media. We are developing innovative strategies using public access to media technology to promote creative expression, democratic values, and civic participation in our service area and beyond. In 2020, we will work with our local governments and the League of Women Voters to offer truly local coverage of city meetings and the 2020 elections. The Youth Broadcasting program will use our production truck to cover even more games and events. We will introduce classes and workshops offering media literacy, podcasts, mobile media technology, and advanced topics so everyone can learn new ways to tell their stories on our channels and beyond.
If you have been moved by a particular story like Jules Thomas’ this past year or you believe in the importance of community-generated media, please consider supporting us with a tax-deductible donation before the year’s end. Whether it’s $25 or $250, your gift will help us provide more workshops, trainings, scholarships, summer camps, and learning opportunities for all ages in the year to come.
On behalf of the staff and board, we wish you more individual expression, local achievements, education, cultural exchange, arts appreciation, and civic engagement in 2020! Sign up for our newsletter and come visit us for a tour. Fall in love with the power of community storytelling.
Keri Stokstad, Executive Director
Sue Purdy Pelosi, Board President