Palo Alto's own nonprofit Midpeninsula Community Media Center has been given the highest honor for its programming and operations by the Alliance for Community Media (ACM).
The prestigious "Overall Excellence in Combined Public, Education and Government Access" award is given to the media center that best exemplifies the production of high-quality, thought-provoking, community-based programming that reflects the character and values of the community it serves.
The Media Center operates local channels 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, and provides public access to cable TV for residents in Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Stanford.
This is the third time in the Media Center's 21-year history that it has received the national award. The honor was announced at the Alliance for Community Media annual conference last week in Tucson, Ariz. The Alliance is the advocacy organization for 3,000 community media and public access facilities nationwide.
The Media Center also won the regional award for Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) in 1994, 1997 and 2000.
Henrietta Burroughs, a Palo Alto resident and Media Center producer, was also honored for an episode of her talk show "Talking with Henrietta." The episode, "Strengthening the Bonds Between Fathers and Children," won for Best Informational Talk Show by an access producer.
The episode can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/themediacenter.
Burroughs is a journalist and editor of EPA Today, an online and print journal covering East Palo Alto.
The Media Center offers production training to the community with accessible studio facilities, camcorders and editing suites.