The poet John Donne wrote that “No man is an island,” and never has that been proven more true than in the world of public access television - which I hope your city is enlightened enough to provide for you.
Some time back I rejoined the Alliance for Community Media, which is an organization which, in their own words:
"ACM Mission: Promoting Civic Engagement Through Community Media
"ACM’s Vision: We envision an ever increasing array of media channels, with communities demanding relevant, factual and hyperlocal content from respected sources. The Alliance for Community Media will be a recognized contributor, aggregator and leader in that movement.
"Our guiding principles are: promote free speech, expand civic engagement through local media, collaborate with others, and act with one voice."
Can’t beat that with a stick.
I have been a member of the ACM on-and-off since the 1990s, as has been the public access station in Fayetteville, whether it go by the moniker Fayetteville Open Channel, Access 4 Fayetteville, Community Access Television or Fayetteville Public Access Television. When I served as board member of CAT, I attended several ACM conferences, and even attended on my own, when I was not a board member.
In addition, Fayetteville has been the host to at least one regional conference. Most Government/public access stations across the United States belong to the ACM.
Which brings us to the “No Man is an Island” aspect of public access television.