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Media Center Garners Wave Award Nominations

Elliot Margolies - January 25, 2016

Midpen Media Center producers have garnered 13 finalist nominations for the 2016 Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Awards — more than any other access center in the Alliance for Community Media Western Region! These were programs produced and aired between August 1, 2014 and August 2015. Below is a list of the productions and their Read More…

Young Authors Inspire With Immigration Stories

Elliot Margolies - January 21, 2016

by Elliot Margolies, “Made Into America” Project Director The most recent stories in the Midpen Media Center’s online archive of immigration stories are guaranteed to warm your heart. The authors are ninth graders from Everest School in Redwood City. The still-growing collection of stories – now part of our Made Into America project – can Read More…

Grant from John & Marcia Goldman Foundation

Elliot Margolies - January 14, 2016

The Media Center received its largest ever project-related grant for its Youth Sports Broadcasting and New Career Horizons program in East Palo Alto. For the past two summers the City of East Palo Alto has supported a summer camp activity that included training and video coverage of six youth sports events. The grant from the Read More…

Community Stories Grant Received by the Media Center

Elliot Margolies - December 15, 2015

The Midpen Media Center received a grant from California Humanities’ Community Stories initiative. California Humanities describes the initiative as an “expression of the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people. (The stories) help us all find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.” Read More…

Immigrants Are an American Story

Elliot Margolies - November 23, 2015

With so much rhetoric about immigrants and refugees in the wake of security fears, we are as proud as ever about the Media Center’s growing collection of immigration stories at our Made Into America web site. Check out a recent story of a Greek woman who left an impoverished country in 1955 to settle in Read More…

Call for Entries: WAVE Awards

Elliot Margolies - November 5, 2015

If your video was created, or had its first showing on cable access TV between August 1 2104 and August 1 2015, you can enter the WAVES. Here are the details.

The Future of Community Media

Elliot Margolies - October 29, 2015

Our area is famed as the birthplace of the computer and one of the jewels of our Silicon Valley region is the world-renowned Computer History Museum. We were honored to have its President and CEO, John C. Hollar, as our keynote speaker as we celebrated Midpen Media Center’s 25 years of community storytelling at our Read More…

San Mateo CO Voter Resources

Elliot Margolies - September 28, 2015

If you vote in SM Co you’ll find valuable links to video candidate forums and statements to help you make informed choices. All the online links and the TV playback info are on our Election page. Races include Community College District Board, Redwood City Council, and Sequoia Union HS District Board.

5 Local Heroes – Guaranteed Inspiration!

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A shot of inspiration goes a long way to light our own paths. Imagine 5 shots in one afternoon. Come to the Media Center’s celebration of the 2015 Local Heroes. Food, video and inspiration are all free but we need your RSVP for limited seating in our TV Studio. Where: The Media Center, 900 San Read More…

UNAFF Documentary Film Fest

Elliot Margolies - September 15, 2015

The United Nations Film Fest (UNAFF) celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women’s issues, children, universal education, war and peace. The 18th UNAFF will be held from October 15-25, 2015 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Read More…