Media Center to offer broadcast camp for East Palo Alto teens

Professionals to train kids in sports broadcasting, thanks to city grant

East Palo Alto students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with broadcasting in a camp to be offered by the Midpeninsula Community Media Center later this month.

Once trained, students will be able to cover local sporting events to be broadcast live over the Media Center TV channels and website, as well as taped for playback on cable TV. Similar programs already are in place at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools.

The East Palo Alto broadcasting camp is made possible by a grant from the City of East Palo Alto, the Media Center announced this week. The grant comes from East Palo Alto's Transient Occupancy Tax, which is dedicated to providing a "revenue stream for children, youth and family services."

In the camp, to run from July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA, media center professionals will train students to operate a multi-camera live-to-take video system from a mobile production truck.

"Expanding the sports broadcasting program to more cities has been our goal since we started the program in 2012," Media Center Sports Producer/Director Chuck Alley said. "It's a great opportunity to give young people real hands-on experience with sports broadcasting. They get to do everything, including announcing the games."

More information is available by contacting Alley at or 650-494-8686 ext. 37.

The Midpeninsula Community Media Center is a nonprofit public access cable television station serving Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton and Stanford. It operates Channels 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 on Comcast and can be viewed on AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

— Palo Alto Weekly Staff


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Posted by Becky Sanders
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

Thank you Online for spreading the good news. We at the Media Center are honored to have been awarded this opportunity and look forward to partnering with the YMCA to bring these skills to youth and bring some EPA-based sporting events to TV and streaming on the web.

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Posted by Bad-Use-of-Tax--Money
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm

> The grant comes from East Palo Alto's Transient Occupancy Tax,
> which is dedicated to providing a "revenue stream for children,
. youth and family services."

East Palo Alto has a large number of capital-related problems, which stem, in large part, from prior fiscal mismanagement and a low tax base. Spending tax money on this sort of activity is not the best use of public funds--given the tens upon tens of millions of dollars EPA needs for its facilties and infrastructure.

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