Posts Tagged ‘media’

Cultivating Media and the Arts

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Arise, arouse, a rose: Bloom, bloom, bloom!IAM is a nonprofit fiscal sponsor for independent, commercial-free works in media and the arts. We support people, projects and organizations that use the arts and media to build community, civic engagement and cultural participation.

Journalism. Criticism. Culture. Performance. Music. Visual art. All these activities are primary arenas for engagement in our democracy. Yet even in the Internet era, commercial and institutional interests act as “gatekeepers” that limit public and community participation.

As a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, IAM helps cultivate works that are emerging independently, works that change lives and build community. Works that couldn’t otherwise flourish in the existing media/arts environment.

Learn more about our fiscal sponsorship services, and how your own work can grow and thrive in the new arts and media ecosystem.

Check out some of our current fiscally sponsored affiliates — a diverse community of publishers, performers, advocates, creators, educators, filmmakers, and more.

Journalism Innovations Opening Plenary on KQED

Friday, May 7th, 2010

On May 1, 2010, Independent Arts & Media, the NorCal Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, University of San Francisco and the G.W. Williams for Independent Journalism presented the third installment of Journalism Innovations.

The conference featured multiple panel discussions and workshops covering all forms of Journalism, including Citizen Journalism, Blogs, Hyper-Local and Legacy Journalism.

We are pleased that we were able to record our opening plenary, that set the stage for the conference.  The Plenary, which is described below, will air Saturday afternoon, May 7, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. on KQED 88.5
FM/San Francisco and KQEI 89.3 FM/Sacramento.

  • Plenary: “Fasten Your Seatbelts! New Journalism Takes Off” XAVIER HALL
    • Which new media models ARE working? In this opening session moderated by KQED-FM’S Scott Shafer and taped for future broadcast, panelists discuss some of the most promising new strategies behind the headlines, and the media policy issues that should be on every journalist’s radar. Hear how pioneering online news magazine went from a debt-ridden outlet to one with healthy revenue – without turning to celebrity gossip or fashion. Concerned about the ability of journalism to maintain its civic function in the post-print era? Learn emerging and projected trends in the new media landscape based on findings from an innovative study commissioned by The Media Consortium. Panelists will also discuss coverage problems in the new media ecology related to race, diversity, and media policy – and what addressing these issues will mean for the future of the profession.
      • JOAN WALSH (
      • TRACY VAN SLYKE (Director The Media Consortium, author “Beyond the Echo Chamber”)
      • IVAN ROMAN (Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Journalists)
      • DAVEY D (Hard Knock Radio, Southern Shift)

Award Winning Journalism on

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 has received the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Excellence in Journalism for our multimedia series, “The Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland.” This is a national award given by the SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, which this year received over 1,300 entries from some of the biggest names in the business.

Hats off to the incredible team of reporter Kwan Booth, legendary photographer/multimedia-guy Kim Komenich, and editor Josh Wilson.  Special thanks to all those who donated to this project which was crowd-funded via The awards ceremony is coming up in Las Vegas in October, where we will join other recipients, such as the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Associated Press and ProPublica.

The goal of The Toxic Tour is to document the impacts of pollution on communities. This award is exciting not just because it recognizes our existing work. It also advances the cause of developing Toxic Tour reporting projects in other communities around the Bay Area and around the nation.

Check out the “Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland,” to get a sense of what a monster this story is. We’ve barely scratched the surface, but are grateful for this award acknowledging our work.

If you value this award-winning coverage of local pollution and public health issues, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support’s public-service mission

Journalism Innovations III and SPJ Region 11 Spring Conference

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Journalism Innovations III and SPJ Region 11 Spring Conference
April 30-May 2
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


A.C. Thompson: “The Future of Investigative Reporting: New Challenges, New Models” April 16, 2009

Monday, February 16th, 2009

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McLaren Hall, 250

A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to producing quality investigative journalism. Before going to work for ProPublica in New York City, Thompson spent nearly a decade toiling in Bay Area newsrooms, working as a staff writer for both SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His reporting has helped to exonerate two men wrongly convicted of murder, exposed slum conditions in San Francisco public housing, and, most recently, prompted the New Orleans Police Department to investigate shootings that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He is a co-founder of the Chauncey Bailey Project, a collaborative effort by print, TV, radio, and web reporters to uncover the truth about the 2007 slaying of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.

Paul Jay: The Real News and Global Challenges

Monday, February 16th, 2009

February 19, 2009
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maraschi (Fromm Hall)

Paul Jay is CEO and Senior Editor of Independent World Television and Real News, creator and Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld’s debate program CounterSpin, award-winning documentary filmmaker of Return to Kandahar among other works, and founding Chair of Hot Docs!,the International Documentary Film Festival.

Alex Gibney: The Role of Documentary in Re-making the News

Monday, February 16th, 2009

2:00 – 4:00pm (Interview with Davies Forum Students)
4:00 – 6:00 (Screening of “Taxi to the Darkside” with Q&A after screening)
Presentation Theater

Alex Gibney is an Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award winning American film director and producer. His work includes: The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (nominated for an Academy Award), The Human Behavior Experiments (2006), Jimi Hendrix and the Blues, and Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002 (winner of the Academy Award for Documentary Feature). This event is co-sponsored with the Human Rights Film Festival.

Save Public-Access TV in San Francisco

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

By Zane Blaney, Access San Francisco

One of San Francisco’s most valuable telecommunications assets, its two public access channels worth $66 million each and its $2 million production facility are scheduled to be substantially defunded on June 30, 2009.

This is the result of the end of the Comcast Cable Franchise four-year extension and the passage of the AT&T inspired Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA), the state-wide video franchising law.

The loss to the public access operations budget is approximately $590,000+. This funding decrease will eliminate public access as we know it.

• Already 14 public access stations in Los Angeles have been eliminated due to DIVCA and all stations in California are gravely threatened.

• It is critical that the Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors understand that importance of this free speech forum and the value it has in the community. Access SF is calling on the Mayor and the Supervisors to find a funding solution.

• Public Access in San Francisco has been a free speech forum for 30 years and continues to benefit the arts community with local coverage and promotion of organizations and events.

• Every year citizens produce over 2,500 hours of community-based, grassroots programming and thousands of San Franciscans and community organizations use the station, located at 1720 Market Street, to access its equipment and workshops to make their own television shows.

SOS Coalition

Access SF, the management organization for public access, has created the SOS (Save Our Station) Coalition. The mission statement is:

“The members of the SOS (Save Our Station) Coalition urge the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom to seek solutions to provide sustainable and realistic funding for San Francisco’s public access station, known as Access SF. The SOS Coalition believes a robust public access community media center, which has a 30 year history in San Francisco, provides important opportunities for community-based organizations and individuals to exercise their free speech.

“Public access serves the entire community and is a critical work force development site providing significant media services and training to marginalized and disenfranchised communities. It is also the primary local television outlet for San Francisco community groups and individuals involved with youth, seniors, the disabled, labor, faith, culture, ethnic diversity, politics, social justice, the peace movement, the environment, the arts and many more.”

Access SF urges community media arts and other arts organizations to join the coalition and support this local media resource. If you have questions concerning the coalition please contact the Access SF executive director, Zane Blaney, at:

zane =AT=, 415-575-4943

San Francisco Community Television Corporation
dba Access San Francisco
Astound Cable Channels 29 & 30
AT&T Channel 99
Comcast Cable Channels 29 & 76
Access World –
1720 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

“Without Access There Is No Access”