February 20, 2008
SECTION I – STATEMENTS OF PRINCIPLES AND PURPOSE
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
- All segments of the population are represented in programming, policies and procedures.
- All residents and workers in the service area will be given access to training, production equipment, channel time and programming services.
- Training in all aspects of production is made available and is planned to meet the needs and experience levels of all members of our communities.
- Every effort will be made to maintain sufficient funding to pursue all areas of interest to users and viewers.
- The Media Center will strive to maintain independence, public accountability, diversity, and advocacy for public access and programming for the non-commercial community telecommunications user.
- The Media Center will strive to always maintain an attitude of responsiveness to community needs and concerns.
- Above all else, the Media Center will maintain a sense of vision, of idealism, of duty and of public mission.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
“to bring together the diverse socio-economic, educational and political groups in our service area for the purpose of establishing a healthy, vital, co-operative and collaborative community.”
- To have diverse programming of all the kinds of ideas, attitudes, and personas, that reflects the multi-cultural, multi-perspective, and multi-interest nature of our communities.
- To provide open, easy, widespread, and equal access to the Media Center services for all members of our communities, irrespective of creed, color, ethnic background, national origin, point of view, education, age, or economic means.
- To secure a central and visible place in community activity through outreach, publicity, programming, production, and training efforts that reflects the active and participatory relationship of the public to its communications media brought about by the existence of the Media Center.
- To assure fiscal and operational responsibility through sound professional management and energetic community volunteerism.
- To encourage intensive and sustained community use of our facilities, equipment and services.
- To encourage production and viewing of both a narrow and a broad kind.
- To build a reflective, responsive and diversely indigenous “over-the-air” community.
SECTION II – STATEMENT OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
ELIGIBILITY – ACCESS USER QUALIFICATIONS
- All persons who live or work (at least 20 hours per week) in the Media Center service area, and/or those producing programs for organizations within the service area, are eligible to use the Media Center facilities. The sponsoring organization must provide a letter stating that it is within the Media Center service area, which includes Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and the unincorporated parts of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County within the local Comcast service area, and that it has entered into an agreement with the producer.
- Persons who live outside the Media Center service area and/or those producing programs for organizations outside of our service area, are eligible to use the Media Center facilities as non-residents on a space- and equipment-available basis. Residents receive highest priority in facility use scheduling. Non-resident facility users will be given access after resident’s needs are filled.
- All persons 16 years or older satisfy the age requirement. A younger person may gain access if an adult parent or legal guardian assumes legal responsibility and supervises the minor when the Media Center equipment is used. A younger person may also gain access through a specially sponsored program.
3. Commercial Use
- The Media Center may rent out the studio to commercial users for occasional daytime use on an as-requested, first-come, first-served basis. The studio is ordinarily empty during daytime business hours, since community members primarily use it in the evening. The Media Center may also rent out the studio in non-daytime hours to the extent that such use would not interfere with any community use, which shall always have priority. The commercial use of the studio by local independent producers and businesses during hours when it is otherwise fallow will not interfere with the community use of the facility for which it is intended.
- All users must complete appropriate training before using any production equipment or facilities.
- To be eligible to use a camcorder, a novice must complete the Media Center camcorder class. A trained portapack or camcorder user must complete a Media Center abbreviated orientation on the Media Center camcorders.
- To be eligible to use editing facilities, a novice must complete the editing class.
- Establishing their eligibility.
- Completing a Program Proposal.
- Completing the required training and basic orientation on the Media Center operations.
- Reading, abiding by, and signing a Media Center Producer Agreement outlining accountabilities, responsibilities, and liabilities while using the system. Minors must have a parent, guardian or responsible adult (if the minor is part of a group) sign for them.
- Paying the nominal class and equipment use fees (reduced fees available for low income persons) or volunteering time.
- Access to the Media Center facilities may be denied if the Media Center user, volunteer, or guest is physically threatening to anyone on the Media Center premises, or who is reckless or abusive with Media Center equipment.
ORIENTATION AND TRAINING
EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
1. Reserving Equipment
- Producers should call at least two days in advance. Camcorders can be booked as much as two months ahead.
- Producers specify any extra accessories needed (i.e. wireless mic, camera light, extra cables).
- The Media Center prefers that the certified equipment user returns the equipment, but someone else may be designated. The person who reserved the equipment should notify the equipment monitor when somebody else is to return the equipment. Any penalties arising from a late return by the designee, will be levied against the certified user who reserved the equipment.
2. How many checkouts per week? How many camcorders?
- Normal use is one 24-hour checkout per week with one camcorder.
- For special circumstances requiring multiple camcorders or more consecutive days, producers must speak to the Executive Director.
3. Cancellation Fee
- If producers cancel less than 24 hours ahead of the reservation, or just donâ€™t show up to pick up the equipment, they will be charged a five dollar fine. It prevents other people from getting access to this important resource.
- If producers cancel less than 24 hours ahead of the reservation time, on three separate occasions within a three month period, then he/she will lose access to camcorders for a three month period.
4. Who may pick up, handle, and drop off equipment?
- Certified camcorder class graduates or those who have passed a Media Center camcorder short course, and who are listed as Current Producers or who are working on a program listed as a Current Production may reserve and borrow the Media Center field production equipment. If such persons reserve the equipment, but are unable to pick it up, they may designate someone else to pick up the equipment by calling the equipment monitor or the Media Center staff at least a day ahead and provide the name of the person who will come for equipment. S/he will have to sign the liability form.
- Only the Media Center-certified camcorder class graduates, or those who have passed a Media Center camcorder short course, may handle equipment during production of the program.
- Only persons who are sixteen years or older may reserve and check out the Media Center remote equipment. Those who are between the ages of sixteen and eighteen must have a Media Center Equipment Liability Form for Minors, signed by their parent or guardian and on file at the Media Center.
5. Check-in and check-out times/procedures
- Producers should arrive at least fifteen minutes before the end of check-out or check-in time to enable the equipment monitor to examine the equipment.
- Equipment borrowers are encouraged to set up equipment before they leave and ask any video equipment questions of the equipment monitor.
- All persons checking out equipment must provide a street address at which they can be reached. The address must identify a facility at which the Media Center equipment can and will be securely held while not in use.
6. Late fees and penalties
- If producers bring in equipment late, they will be charged $10 for each hour or fraction thereof (with a maximum of $30 per day). Producers should assume that someone else is waiting for the camcorder.
- If a producer is late in returning equipment on two occasions within a three month period, then he/she will lose their camcorder borrowing privileges for a three month period.
- Producers may lose borrowing privileges for a period of one year if they allow uncertified people to set up or operate the Media Center camcorders. Producers may use audio and lighting assistants who have not been certified by the Media Center.
- Producers may be denied borrowing privileges on a permanent basis if they accept payment for videotaping with the Media Center equipment.
7. Liabilities for equipment
- The person who signs out equipment will be charged for any piece that is not returned. We usually assume any breakage is a result of wear and tear unless abuse or neglect is obvious (e.g., the camcorder is full of sand grains, or the camcorder was left unattended in a public place), in which case repair or replacement charges will be made to the borrower.
EDIT SUITE USE
1. Reserving editing time
- Certified edit class graduates, who are listed as Current Producers or who are working on a program listed as a Current Production may reserve and use the Media Center edit suites. Edit class graduates are entitled to one practice session in Media Center edit suites before they have become Current Producers or before they have begun work on a Current Production.
- Editors may reserve editing time as much as two months ahead.
- Editors may reserve up to 2 three-hour editing sessions per week by calling the Media Center staff or by coming in and getting assistance from Media Center staff. For additional sessions or for six consecutive hours, they must have permission from a Media Center staff person. This is subject to change should an increase in the number of editors require a more equitable distribution.
- An editor’s reserved time may be given away if they are over 30 minutes late and have not called Media Center staff to hold their time.
- Editors may cancel their reservations up to 48 hours ahead of time with no penalty. Editors who cancel within 24 hours will be charged a $5.00 penalty.
- Editors who reserve time but do not show up for their session will be warned on the first occasion. On successive occasions the editor will be charged for the entire session they missed.
1. Studio Crew Requirements
- Producers must have a minimum crew of at least five trained persons. A full crew is actually eight to ten Media Center-trained persons, depending on the show.
- At least three trained persons, including the producer, must arrive on time and all other persons must arrive within 30 minutes of the studio entrance time.
- A majority of the crew must stay to clean up the studio after the show until the studio is restored to the condition it was in before the arrival of the crew, unless another producer follows who agrees to assume the responsibility.
- The producer and crew must cooperate with the Media Center studio staff. The term “cooperate” includes, but is not limited to, obeying instructions of the studio staff, complying with Media Center’s Policies and Procedures, and treating the Media Center studio staff in a respectful manner.
- If producers cancel within one week of the program, they will be charged for the studio use.
- If the studio tech cancels the program because not enough crew members show up, or they don’t show up on time, it will count as a cancellation within a week of the show.
- If producers cancel two consecutive studio sessions within one week of those dates, they will lose their studio privileges for one year.
- Even if producers give a week or more cancellation notice, they may not cancel more than half of their studio times in a four month period. If they do so, they will lose the remainder of their scheduled studio slots to others who are waiting for studio access. In addition they will lose all seniority in the following scheduling period.
- If producers cancel three out of nine previously assigned and accepted studio dates, then the producers will lose their studio privileges for a period of six months from the date of the infraction.
- Likewise, if producers cancel two previously accepted, assigned studio dates within a six month period without giving at least 72 hours notice, then the producers will lose their studio privileges for a period of six months from the date of the infraction.
AUTO-PILOT STUDIO USE
- There are three Auto-Pilot Studio slots available every Tuesday afternoon (1 PM; 2:30 PM; and 4 PM). A slot must be reserved no later than 7 PM Thursday. Producers may reserve one (1) one-hour slot, and speak up to 28 minutes. Each slot can go out live (1:30PM, 3PM, and 4:30PM respectively), if the producer chooses.
- Producers may not reserve more than one Auto-Pilot slot per month unless there is space available. If producers sign up for more than one slot per month, they may be bumped if someone else who has not had an Auto-Pilot usage for over a month, wants that slot. If they are bumped, the Media Center will call the phone number they provide us, no later than 7 PM on the preceding Monday in order to inform them.
2. What the producer gets
- One camera, one mic, one speaker.
- The Auto-Pilot Studio is designed for use by one speaker, with one fixed camera, one lavaliere mic, and the existing set. The technician will not change the panels. A banner or set decorations (like flowers) may be added by the speaker, but only if it can be done within five minutes.
3. Arrival Time
- The producer must be seated on the set and ready to go at least thirty (30) minutes before taping so the tech can adjust lights, camera and mic levels.
- If producers arrive late to an Auto-Pilot studio slot on two occasions within a three-month period, they will lose access to the Auto-Pilot Studio for a period of six months.
- There will be several superimposed titles if the producer brings them pre-printed on a page when they arrive. These can include the following: (Producer must specify for each title whether it should appear in the lower third of the screen, or go across the whole page – like an opening title)
Topic of the show
- If a producer wishes to have additional graphics (for example, to promote an upcoming event), they must be provided in print to the tech by Monday at noon.
- Producers may bring in a CD or a cassette for the closing music, but there will be no opening music. If producers bring no closing music, the technician will put something on from our music library. This music is a signal to producers to wrap up their remarks within 30 seconds. All music selections must be made and cassettes cued up before producers arrive on the set.
6. VHS/DVD Copy
- Producers can request a VHS/DVD dub at the time of taping. If they bring a VHS of their own, the tape must be cued before they arrive. Producers may also purchase a VHS/DVD from the Media Center.
7. Special Requests:
The following special options are available by request. The request, along with the appropriate information, must be submitted in writing by noon on Monday. Producers may fax information to the Media Center at 650 494-8386, mail it, or drop it off, but it must be received on time to grant special accommodations. Otherwise producers must expect only the basics: one speaker, one camera. For all of the following special requests, producers must arrive at least forty-five (45) minutes before their taping time (sometimes more, at the request of the tech), so that the tech can set up the extra elements. (The Media Center reserves the right to limit the number of special requests a producer can make in combination.)
- Call-ins: If the show is going out live, then producers may choose to take phone calls from viewers.
- Guests: Producers may bring up to two guests to their Auto-Pilot taping and must submit the correct spelling of their names and titles by Monday at noon.
- Titles: Producers may submit additional titles for the tech to superimpose. These may include contact numbers, a web address, etc. (For some repeat users, we may have a titles template, in which case they do not need to submit the same titles each time.) Additional graphics must be submitted in print to the tech by Monday at noon.
- Roll-ins: Producers may include a pre-produced segment of video in their program. It must be cued up before arriving. Producers must have a letter of clearance if it is copyright material that is not theirs. If there is sound on the tape, then the producer must arrive Forty-five (45) minutes before their taping so that the tech can set up the correct sound and video levels.
- Second Camera: Producers may request two cameras if they are interviewing a guest, or if there is a single graphic (like a map) which they would like to include in their presentation. Cameras will be in a fixed position without an operator. Speaker and guest(s) must not move about.
- Additional volunteer support: Producers may recruit up to two (2) certified Media Center studio volunteers to crew during their taping. The tech will not be responsible for finding additional crew. If more than two crew volunteers are needed, then the producer must sign up for a regular studio slot. If insufficient crew is present for the desired production, the producer must reschedule.
- Monitor: A monitor will be set up in the studio, but only if the producer is showing a roll-in.
8. Cancellation / No-Shows
- If producers cancel an Auto-Pilot studio slot within 48 hours or fail to show up for their Auto-Pilot studio use on two occasions within a three-month period, they will lose access to the Auto-Pilot Studio for a period of six months.
MEDIA CENTER BOARD PRIVILEGES WITH EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES BEYOND NORMAL PROCEDURES
- No rewiring of editing equipment (except for patch bays).
- Schedule the time in advance with the Media Center staff.
- Log how much time the equipment was in use.
- Programming should be for Channel 6.
- No expectation of a regular time slot that cannot be preempted by staff.
- Equipment must be given out and taken back in by a staff person.
- Appropriate forms must be filled out.
- Board Member will try to pick up and return equipment during normal check-in / check-out period whenever possible.
- Board Members will pick up a key from staff for temporary use, or arrange for a staff person to bring him/her a key.
Acceptable credits for sponsors and underwriters:
- Acknowledgment of organizations or companies that provided funding for program development. Identify by name and city location with no advertising slogans or jingles.
- The use of product or organization names in the context of public discussion, education, news or entertainment.
- Reviews of products, prices or services, provided that the products or services of many different organizations are reviewed, and that all those associated with the program production have no financial interest in the items being reviewed.
COMPENSATION FOR PUBLIC ACCESS PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES
- Unlimited ability to cablecast the program on Media Center channels, webcast on the Internet and archive.
- Keeping the master of the program or a copy on the same format as the master tape in the Media Center library, made at producer’s expense
- Circulation (at no charge) of the program to other public access channels
- Entry of the program in video competitions
Channel time will be allocated by Media Center staff on a first come, first served, non-discriminatory basis to anyone who lives or works in the Media Center service area. The production must meet a minimal standard of technical quality.
A program producer who does not live or work in the Media Center service area must get a community sponsor to sign a Program Playback Producer Agreement Form. The sponsor statement indicates that s/he wishes to have the program cablecast on the Media Center’s channel and that s/he is a resident of our service area. Local sponsorship may take the form of a locally recorded acknowledgment of such sponsorship to be aired prior to and following airing of the pre-recorded tape.
The Media Center reserves the right to solicit, schedule, and air pre-recorded tape under its own sponsorship.
In accordance with these policies and procedures, the Executive Director, under the stewardship of the Board of Directors, may make decisions regarding which tapes will be aired when, or if at all.
The Media Center Executive Director, Executive Producer, or Director of Programming, may schedule programming with harsh language, or programming which describes or depicts sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner, at later hours (between 10 PM and the close of normal programming). The same personnel may also pull such programming in progress off a community channel, should it be playing before 10 PM.
SUSPENSION OF ACCESS
If a producer cancels three out of nine previously assigned and accepted studio dates, then the producer will have no access to studio production for a period of six months from the date of the infraction.
Likewise, if a producer cancels two previously accepted, assigned studio dates within a six month period without giving at least 72 hours notice, then the producer will have no access for studio production for a period of six months from the date of the infraction.
In both cases, the producer will continue to have access to the community channels by using the Media Center camcorders, or the “Auto Pilot Studio”, so long as they have not broken any rules that would cause a suspension of access in these areas as well.
If a producer cancels an Auto-Pilot studio slot within 48 hours or fails to show up for his/her Auto-Pilot studio use on two occasions within a three-month period, then he/she will lose access to the Auto Pilot Studio for a period of six months.
If a producer arrives late to an Auto-Pilot studio slot on two occasions within a three-month period, then he/she will lose access to the Auto Pilot Studio for a period of six months.
These producers will still have access to other Media Center production avenues like camcorder or studio if they have taken the appropriate classes and have not broken rules that would jeopardize their access to those areas.
If a submission is rejected based on the previously stated technical and content standards, the producer has the right of appeal to the Board of Directors.
- Meet weekly to plan agenda/curriculum (in addition to regular meetings)
- Moderate the regular meetings
- Assist fellow YAC members as needed
- Act as a Youth Advisor to the Media Center staff, Board, and community
- Provide your opinion on the direction of the Media Center
- Give feedback on courses and programs offered at the Media Center
Selection of Members