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  • CreaTV and COVID-19
    Update 3/12 Dear San Jose Community, Given the Shelter in Place order for Santa Clara regarding the Corona Virus, CreaTV San Jose is moving to more limited activity. With everyone’s safety in mind, we have decided to greatly limit activity in the facility. Effective immediately, the vast majority of CreaTV staff will be working remotely … Read more
  • Films of Africa
    We're so excited that our monthly series will be featuring the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. For the month of February, in celebration of Black History month, we will screen five shorts demonstrating the diversity and talent of African filmmakers. The pieces were selected by founder and Executive Director, Chike C. Nwoffiah, who will be … Read more
  • DocuMentorMe: The Docs
    Over the course of 12 weeks, members from the LGBTQ+ community made 10 short documentaries about issues that impact their communities. They touch on topics such as transgender and nonbinary experiences, employment, homelessness, and other social issues common to the LGBTQ+ community. This was a unique journey for an underrepresented group to use their own … Read more
  • Welcoming a Familiar Face to the Team!
    Fernando J Perez is the newest addition to the CreaTV team, he is our new Community Media Manager bringing over a decade of experience working in education, community organizing and digital media production. Fernando was born and raised in San Jose, CA and attended Abraham Lincoln High School a performing arts magnet where he learned about digital media, theater and dance. He attended De Anza College where he got involved in animation and … Read more
  • Emo Kids of Color Presents:
      Following Chopsticks Alley Art's exhibit we are continuing our efforts to partner with local art organizations to share their stories on our walls! For the past few weeks Emo Kids of Color have been covering our  walls with unique, expressive art! Come check out the opening reception for the You Can't Go Home Again … Read more
  • It’s Showtime!
    For twelve weeks, the participants of our DocuMentorMe program have worked incredibly hard, and now it's time to show the community what they have created! Join us on December 14th at 3Below Theaters as we screen 10 documentaries created by LGBTQ+ community members. RSVP here! Seating is limited! The participants came with an idea and … Read more
  • CreaTV Christmas in the Park
    As you all know we had a pretty spectacular Christmas in the Park display last year! The display consisted of a living room set, a giant tree of monitors displaying content, and a selfie cam! We received a lot of great feedback from park goers and we are excited to announce that we will have … Read more
  • It’s Giving Tuesday!
    Ah, fall…comfy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, cooler weather, and falling leaves. It’s a time for family, friends, reflection, gratitude, and giving back. One of the most rewarding ways you can express your generosity this season is by supporting your favorite nonprofits with a generous gift on #GivingTuesday, December 3. #GivingTuesday is a global day of … Read more
  • Holiday Closures
    Hi Everyone! The holidays are upon us and we want to keep you informed on our upcoming closures. December 6th we will close at 2pm for our annual staff and board holiday party. In November we will be closed Thursday the 28th and will reopen Monday December 2nd. In December we will be closed Monday … Read more
  • DocuMentorMe on Outlook Video!
    DocuMentorMe interviews with Outlook Video at CreaTV. One of the highlights of the DocuMentorMe program was training our participants in the studio. They grasped the basic understanding of what it takes to construct a show and learned the different roles including operating cameras, set design, lighting, and placing mics on talent. We offer this class to … Read more
  • Get in the Game!
    CreaTV Presents will be hosting the second program of the series on Tuesday, November 26 from 6:30 to 8:30. Get in the Game! How people power can impact San Jose's future.                                  Our November conversation will focus on civic engagement and will provide a variety of ways community members can engage in social, political, and … Read more
  • DocuMentorMe: Storytelling is Key
    Arriving from all over Silicon Valley each Saturday morning this Fall, DocuMentorMe participants are greeted warmly by the Community Media team. Each has been chosen based on their suggested video projects and hand-picked to represent a wide range of the South Bay LGBTQI community.  After Vanessa takes great care establishing welcoming ground rules for a culture that … Read more
  • CreaTV Presents: Past and Future
    CreaTV will be hosting genARTS Silicon Valley’s Creative Conversation, an annual program held in conjunction with the national Americans for the Arts program of the same name, on Monday, October 28 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at CreaTV. This special event is the first program being offered in the new CreaTV Presents series. CreaTV Presents will … Read more
  • Join us at The Creatives Celebration!
    Thank you to everyone who submitted content to The Creatives Celebration! The team here at CreaTV are beyond excited to view your work! Now that all entries are submitted it's time to get ready to celebrate! The Creatives Celebration is a new event that recognizes the work of local media makers. This event is unlike … Read more
  • Team Transformation Tuesday
    This week we are dedicating Transformation Tuesday to our amazing staff! CreaTV is a place where not only our members, but also our staff can grow and expand their knowledge of media. The opportunities are endless when you are willing to put in the work and seize opportunities.  I know from personal experience, I started … Read more
  • DocuMentorMe
    CreaTV San Jose is pleased to announce the launch of our new program, DocuMentorMe! This 12 week free program is meant to engage LGBTQ+ members of our community with an opportunity to explore the creative art of storytelling through documentary media production. We hope to empower the stories and experiences of individuals who identify as … Read more
  • Through the Eyes of an Intern
    While I was studying abroad in London this past spring, I looked all over the internet and various employment sites for marketing internships in the Bay Area. I stumbled upon the CreaTV marketing internship and it immediately took my interest because I have a desire to work in entertainment and non-profit environments. After a Skype … Read more
  • SDI Week 5: A Bitter Sweet End
    The final week of the Summer Documentary Institute is now over. We are so sad that we won’t get to see all of our amazing students and interns every day anymore, but we know they learned so much and can’t wait for them to come back and visit! This week consisted of a lot of … Read more
  • SDI Week 4: Crunch Time!
      Its crunch time! The last week of the Summer Documentary Institute bas begun, and the students are working so hard to get their documentaries ready for the screening this Friday! Over the last two weeks, the students went to Somos Mayfair and Veggielution to interview various employees and locals about the organizations and their … Read more
  • New Additions To Our Team!
    CreaTV has been having an incredibly exciting summer so far! We have multiple new members of our team here and we can’t wait to introduce them to you. Shawna is working hard at our front desk. She is the first smiling face you see when you come through our doors! Vanessa is one of our … Read more
  • A New Kind of Creatives Celebration
    This October, CreaTV will be hosting a new event that recognizes the work of our media makers. This is an important event for our members, guests and community to network, learn more about our organization and celebrate our programs’ impact. Various awards will be presented at the event to media makers who submit videos in … Read more
  • SDI Week 3: B-Rolling Along
    We are now half way through the Summer Documentary Institute and our students are working incredibly hard to create their first documentaries. SDI has taught them how to operate camera and audio equipment to capture footage and this week they will be learning how to edit to finish creating their documentaries. Our students have been … Read more
  • SDI Week 2: Getting to work!
    Week 2 is in full swing here at the summer documentary institute. The seven interns (5 from SJ Works and two CreaTV interns) have been incredibly creative and hard working this week. Everyone is becoming more acclimated to their schedule and surroundings as well as bonding with new friends. They have gained a lot of … Read more
  • Welcome Summer Interns!
    Summer is in full swing here at CreaTV. With our Summer Documentary Institute, Make Music Day event, classes, and new programs on our channels, every day is bustling and exciting. Three new interns have recently joined us here at CreaTV. One in the marketing department and two for the Summer Documentary Institute. All three interns … Read more
  • SDI Has Begun!
    On Tuesday, June 25th the Summer Documentary Institute started here at CreaTV. During this program, we are partnering with Work2Future, a foundation that connects youth to employment in San Jose. There are five high school and college aged participants in the program. SDI is an incredibly unique program that encourages the youth participants to build … Read more
  • Lights, Camera, Take Action Recap
    On May 16th, CreaTV held its annual benefit, Lights, Camera, Take Action! More than 70 guests of our board and community were able to enjoy the No Barriers, themed event. Every aspect of the evening catered to our vision that San Jose is a city with no barriers to self-expression through community media. Thanks to … Read more
  • Adding art to our walls
    As some of you may know, recently Chopsticks Alley Art allowed CreaTV to be the venue for some incredible art work by local artist, Ally Spray. We have been so honored to display her work on our walls. The exhibit opened on June 8with over 70 attendees who all felt inspired by the art. The opening … Read more
  • Make Music Day: Thrown-Out Bones
    From sunrise to sunset on June 21, over 32 countries in the world will be celebrating World Music Day. San Jose began celebrating this day in 2017 with their own “Make Music Day”. This event will be hosted all over San Jose and is presented by the NAMM foundation. NAMM or National Association of Music … Read more
  • Summer Documentary Institute
    Our new Summer Documentary Institute will provide meaningful opportunities for youth in our community who are looking for a summer work opportunity! This exciting 6-week program, held at CreaTV, provides documentary production and technology training, and leadership development, at no cost, for 10 under served youth in San Jose, ages 14-18. The Summer Documentary Institute encourages positive self-expression, and social … Read more
  • CreaTV Presents
    CreaTV Presents is a monthly series of  screenings, workshops, and speakers aimed at bringing the San Jose community together to listen to diverse stories and storytellers, and inspire them to tell their own stories. Screenings will be from local filmmakers about community issues. Workshops will provide hands-on trainings to help you tell your story. Speakers … Read more
  • Call To Action
    Help Community Media Centers! Current FCC leadership wants to rewrite the law to take away local power, control of property and rights of way, and local voices. If you haven’t already done so, please contact your US Representative to ask them to express their concern or disapproval at the FCC’s actions concerning PEG and the … Read more
  • April Screening – The Dreamers
    CreaTV Presents, a monthly series of screenings, workshops, and speakers aimed at bringing the various communities of San Jose together to hear diverse stories and storytellers, and inspire them to tell their own, presents three short stories about the Dreamers. For our April screening, we've partnered with NorCal Public Media to present two short films about … Read more
  • Eastside Union Youth Training Wraps with Live Cesar Chavez Ceremony
    This winter, CreaTV Sports partnered with the Eastside Union School District to provide training and job exploration through high school sports coverage. Students from Mt. Pleasant and James Lick took to the court and covered basketball and soccer live on CreaTV and YouTube. Luis Costa, our Programming Manager has been working with the students and … Read more
  • Shedding Light on the Subject
    There are a lot of details that go into making a piece of media compelling and one aspect that’s often overlooked, is the lighting. As part of CreaTV Presents, our very own Media Production Specialist, Jennifer Sitter, will be leading a workshop on the importance and art of lighting. Continuing this month’s theme of women … Read more
  • Sanjana DeSilva
    Join us Tuesday, March 19th, from 6pm to 8pm  for a screening and discussion of Sanjana's power and thought provoking films. She will also be talking about her experience as a female filmmaker and answering questions from the audience! Admission is free, all are welcome! Bio: Sanjana DeSilva is a filmmaker who is committed to … Read more
  • Spoken-word artist McTate Stroman
    As  part of our monthly series of speakers, workshops, and screenings, Thursday, Feb 28 at 6 pm, we're hosting spoken-word artist McTate Stroman in our studio to perform some of his work, and talk about his craft and the importance of storytelling. The event is free and open to the public; complimentary refreshments will also be available. Feel … Read more
  • Interns Share Their Knowledge: Tech Tips
    Our interns were busy this semester! Check out their Tech Tips videos! Interested in an internship? Learn more here.
  • New Lecture Series Starting Jan. 31st
    Taking Control of the Narrative: Why Diverse Voices Matter in Media We are honored to present our first guest speaker of the series, Milton Reynolds! Join us Thursday, January 31st at 6pm for this free event! Milton Reynolds is nationally recognized for his expertise in equity, inclusion, diversity, and communication. He is a strategic thinker, … Read more
  • Learning and innovation go hand in hand…
      This July, CreaTV turned 10 years old. Imagine what was happening with media and technology a decade ago. YouTube was only 2 years old, the iPad didn’t exist and GPS had just become available on our cellphones. A lot has changed since CreaTV first went on the air in July 2008. CreaTV has been … Read more
  • Screening of STAND Documentary
    Save the Date January 9, 2019 Please join us for STAND, the first public screening in a planned CreaTV monthly series. This documentary is about the making of the iconic statue on the San Jose State campus. This is a story about student activism and how the statue actually got made, including interviews with Rigo, … Read more
  • Christmas in the Park
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  • Giving Tuesday
    Thanksgiving weekend gives us time to pause and think about the important people and things in our lives. We are grateful, and perhaps even feel lucky. We strive to extend those warm and fuzzy sentiments all through the holiday season and into the new year. One of the most rewarding ways you can express gratitude … Read more
  • Technology For All
    November 17th CreaTV was thrilled to participate in the San Jose Community Tech Fair, hosted by the San Jose Library Hillview branch in collaboration with Tech Exchange. The event brought over 400 people to the library to explore education technology learning tools with their families, sign-up for low-cost internet, interact with local tech programs & … Read more
  • Civic Engagement
    November is election season and CreaTV sure was busy this year! We saw record turn out and voter registration this mid-term cycle, and while it’s important to keep up on national elections, for us, local is everything. This year, we tried to think about how we could help inform the community about local issues but … Read more
  • Youth Engagement Through Sports
    The past three seasons CreaTV has been working with volunteers to bring you high school sports coverage on our channels! We had tryouts for this season’s sports coverage team early this September. After testing, we came out with 12 amazing volunteers. During tryouts we had them demonstrate basic camera movements & skills, tripod set up … Read more
  • We need you to take action today!
    Supporters of CreaTV, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed policy that could eliminate the major source of funding for CreaTV San Jose and result in media access centers closing their doors in communities across the country. The proposed policy would significantly change the structure in place for “franchise and PEG fees” – a structure … Read more
  • It’s been so long since we’ve talked!
    The summer was a very busy and exciting time for CreaTV, with lots of transitions and implementing a new strategic plan. We hope that you will save the date for October 17th and join us to learn about the forward-looking changes at our Annual Member Celebration! In July, we officially turned 10 years old and … Read more
  • Wee Share Stories
    Children love hearing stories. Bed time stories are crucial, as well as stories throughout the day. The San Jose Public Library took this knowledge and came up with an idea. Early Education Services provides resources and materials for young children. One of their new projects is called Wee Share Stories. This video series is an online story time experience for members … Read more
  • Interns at CreaTV San Jose
    Summer is the time when students of all ages take on jobs and internships. It is that time of year at CreaTV! We offer four different types of internships: marketing, production, programming, and community media. These four categories ensure that each intern is doing something fun and exciting, but also can work with other interns … Read more
  • Doc In, Doc Out
    This spring, CreaTV offered a crash course in documentary filmmaking called Doc In, Doc Out. Anyone in San Jose was encouraged to apply. From the dozens of applications received, five participants were selected. During the 6-week course, they received free training in basic documentary production and they co-produced a mini documentary with the CreaTV crew. The participants selected Red Ladder Theatre Company, a local arts non-profit organization, to be highlighted in their mini-doc. Doc In, Doc … Read more
  • Voting for the Future of the Valley and the State
    Ballots are out for the June 5 primary election, an election that will shape the fate of our region and our state.  We can expect conflict and some nasty campaigns, but it’s unlikely we’ll experience anything as dysfunctional as what’s going on in national politics. The bitter partisan divide in Washington is minimized in California … Read more
  • Announcing Creatives Finalists and Leigh Weimers’ Community Media Champion Awardee
    Purchase Tickets Here. On April 26, CreaTV San Jose celebrates the power of local media by honoring its unique community storytellers at the re-vamped and re-imagined Creatives. This year’s celebration means more than just highlighting the often-hidden talent of San Jose, it’s a reflection of the collective desire to change perspectives and re-frame narratives. Content … Read more
  • News vs. Stories
    Over the last decade or more, local newspapers and media outlets have been faced with continual cuts to staff thus impacting the quality of news we receive. Our own Mercury News is just the latest of trusted local news sources to be down-sized. I’m often asked, “why don’t you start a news program?” My answer … Read more
  • Your generosity helps CreaTV continue to give a voice to the unique storytellers in our community.
    What’s on your list of things to do this week? Shopping, working, going to school, visiting with friends and family, volunteering? I’ll bet I know what isn’t on your list. It’s your will. We are all so busy living our lives that we often forget to think about the unthinkable… Your will or estate plan … Read more
  • Attention CreaTV Members! Help sessions begin on February 12.
    Do you need feedback on your project or help with a new idea? Do you have a technical issue that you just can't figure out? Beginning 2/12, drop-in to our monthly Open Support Lab, from 6:00-8:00pm, for personalized help sessions with Programming Assistant, Adam MacEwen. This is a free form, informal space to get support … Read more
  • Real World Experience Gained Here! Spring Internship Positions Now Open.
    When students ask me what interning with us is really like, I always light up! I tell them, "You’ll learn how the rubber meets the road." You’ll work with other like-minded community members, students and knowledgeable staff. You’ll pick up practical tips of the trade, learn to work effectively in a team setting and put … Read more
  • Calling all Media Makers! Announcing The Creatives “Call for Entries.”
    UPDATE: ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 7! The Creatives, an interactive event celebrating the people and programs of CreaTV, is back and better than ever! The Creatives recognizes our community’s unique and impactful storytellers who inform, engage, entertain, offer fresh perspectives on the world we live in and inspire change. Media Makers of all ages … Read more
  • Let’s change the world together, one story at a time.
    It’s been just over a year since I started my position as CEO of CreaTV and I couldn’t be more excited by the future that lies ahead of us. We’ve learned over the last year that they who hold the power to shape narratives can shape an entire democracy and fuel movements of hate and inequity. As … Read more
  • Every bit of generosity counts.
    What is #GIVINGTUESDAY? It's is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday, on November 28, kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Please take the time now to mark your calendar … Read more
  • Welcome to the newest member of the CreaTV family!
    Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw joins CreaTV as the Director of Fund Development and Engagement. She will be building relationships with donors, corporate and foundation funders, and people in the community—and raising vital funds for programs and general operations. Donalda brings more than 20 years of experience in non-profit fundraising to this new position at CreaTV. Over the … Read more
  • The Intern Experience
    Learning the cameras and equipment at CreaTV is not just a one-time tutorial, it’s a gradual, never stop learning process. Even the pros are learning new tricks-of-the-trade on a daily basis. When I arrived at CreaTV as a production intern, I was somewhat familiar with my own camera, but the many onsite experts have taught … Read more
  • Envisioning Media Justice
    The top of the webpage for the Media Justice Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) reads: There are no voiceless people. Only people who haven’t been heard, yet. This statement rings true to the staff, board and members of CreaTV, as we work to put the tools for media creation into the hands of folks who are often … Read more
  • Googleplex San Jose: What’s Not to Like?
    Downtown San Jose will be transformed in the near future if Google’s plan for 8 million square feet of office space hosting 20,000 employees comes to fruition. And it looks like it will happen.  Google is snapping up property around the Diridon Station (just west of downtown) and San Jose’s leaders are eager to grow … Read more
  • The Creatives Returns to San Jose in 2018
    In these unprecedented and challenging political times, we are reminded daily that narratives are powerful tools that shape our thinking of the world. At CreaTV, we believe that the commercial media and social media don’t often tell the authentic stories of our communities. We believe that when people have the opportunity speak freely through media … Read more
  • Can the Valley Get Any More Liberal?
    The election of Donald Trump unleashed a tsunami of new, liberal activists organized into groups like Indivisible and Swing Left.  Many are Millennials—people born after 1978, who came of age at the turn of the century.  Many are older, experienced activists reenergized but others, like the Millennials, are relatively new to politics. These groups are … Read more
  • When the Valley Was Not Gay-Friendly
    As LGBTQ Pride month comes to an end, CreaTV’s Valley Politics took time to remember when the Valley was not gay friendly and to note how far we’ve come. In 1980, 70% of San Jose voters and 65% of Santa Clara County voters passed referenda overturning city and county ordinances prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment … Read more
  • Take Action to Save Net Neutrality
    On July 12, CreaTV will join the national day of action for net neutrality. Alongside hundreds of tech companies like Amazon, Okcupid and Netflix, and thousands of public interest organizations like the Center for Media Justice, the ACLU and Mozilla, CreaTV will let our voice be heard for a fair and open Internet. If you … Read more
  • Make Music San Jose
    If you didn’t get a chance to participate in Make Music San Jose, which took place on June 21, don’t despair.  Staff producer Ana Zavala shares her experiences in this six-minute vlog, which captures some of the highlights of the day.
  • San Jose’s “Mayor-Manager” System
    Can San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo truly lead our city with limited powers given the mayor by the city charter? San Jose’s form of government is unique among large cities.  Most, like San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego, operate under what’s called the “strong mayor” form of government.  The mayor appoints department heads, … Read more
  • Storytelling Just Got Easier
    The path of least resistance… Have a story to tell? A neighborhood issue you wish more people would care about? A hobby or network of like-minded individuals who want to expand but doesn’t know how to find others with the same interests? Well then, CreaTV has you covered! This summer, we’re launching the first round … Read more
  • Access to CreaTV through August 31
    Due to construction, resulting in road closures, access to CreaTV has changed. Please click on the link below to view a large map with the most updated routes that will bring you to our building's parking area. Please park in the slots closest to the building marked “Visitor.” If you are having difficulty getting to … Read more
  • Changing Campaigns
    What’s changing about political campaigns? Lots, and not just because of Donald Trump. With no campaigns currently underway, Valley Politics has been contemplating how campaigns are changing at the local level with recently-elected Councilmember Sergio Jimenez in our March episode and with nationally-renowned political consultant Joe Trippi—who got his start in San Jose—in our May … Read more
  • Walk in a Student, Walk out a Media Maker
    Centered in the heart of Silicon Valley, CreaTV San Jose is a community hub for exploring media and technology. Join us for our annual Summer Media Camps. Increasingly, advancements in technology are leveling the playing field in media. As young people begin to master the tech they already own, and start looking for ways they … Read more
  • The Trump Presidency and Valley Politics
    Although Valley Politics focuses on local politics and public policy, the election of President Donald Trump has us talking more and more about national politics. In January, tech columnist Michelle Quinn joined us to discuss the engagement of tech leaders in the presidential campaign and the potential impact of Trump's policies on the tech industry. … Read more
  • Step Up and Power Down
    CreaTV is currently making videos for PG&E’s Step Up and Power Down project. All the footage has been shot and the project is now in post production with the Project Leader, Jason Riles. Step Up and Power Down is a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and five California cities, including San Jose, … Read more
  • Hello San Jose!
    I am so thrilled to introduce myself to the San Jose community as the new CEO of CreaTV. I first stepped into a public access center in 1990 as a teenager and could not have imagined that it would eventually lead me here. To me, there is nothing more important than someone having the ability … Read more
  • Calling All Engaged Citizens!
    You are invited to attend the 2016 San Jose City Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 29, featuring moderator Terry Christensen and the runoff candidates for Districts 2, 6 & 8. The Forum will be held at San Jose City Hall Council Chambers at 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Doors open … Read more
  • Attention Educators! Groundbreaking Documentary Now Available for the Classroom
    CreaTV San Jose is pleased to announce that the groundbreaking documentary Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose is now available for free viewing and download on our website at  http://www.creatvsj.org/watch/changing-boundaries/. From the beginning, it was the intention of executive producer, Norm Kline, to make the film available to the widest audience possible including for … Read more
  • The Creatives “Call for Entries”
    On October 14, 2015, CreaTV San Jose announced that after five successful years, its CreaTiVe Awards, a Bay Area-wide competition for videomakers, is evolving to The Creatives, an interactive event celebrating the people and programs of CreaTV. The Creatives will recognize videomakers who produce content for CreaTV’s television and internet channels in the following five … Read more
  • Announcing “Bay Voice” Education Channel
    First-of-its-Kind Regional Channel Serves 400,000 Comcast Cable Households in 15 Bay Area Cities. CreaTV San Jose, KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media (Mountain View) and Midpeninsula Community Media Center (Palo Alto) proudly announce the launch of BAY VOICE, a first-of-its-kind regional community education channel, serving 400,000 Comcast Cable households in 15 cities in Santa Clara … Read more
  • Call to Action: Write your representative!
    Last week, Suzanne St. John-Crane, CreaTV CEO and Alliance for Community Media National Board Member, met with Senator Feinstein’s staff, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren to address lifting the restrictions on how community media centers, like CreaTV, can spend Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) fees. In 2014, the California legislature passed Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, … Read more
  • 2014 CreaTiVe Awards Recap
    On January 10, 2015, more than 500 media makers and community leaders walked the red carpet at the California Theatre for our 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, presented by TiVo. VIP ticket holders were treated to a hosted reception followed by the awards ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, Michael Mulcahy and special guests Jeff “Chunk” Cohen from … Read more
  • CreaTV’s Video Share Project
    From concept to post-production, we work with non-profits, schools and businesses to create powerful videos. Take a moment to watch a few of our recent videos pulled from our vault that you may have missed. We encourage you to share them with your friends and followers on social media! Housing Trust The Guardino Affordable Housing … Read more
  • Youth Media Day, October 2014
    We had so much fun back in August – we decided to do it again! This month we held our second Youth Media Day. We opened our studios to youths of all ages and gave them the opportunity to learn about digital media and what it is like to create videos in a professional studio … Read more
  • MAP Grant Success Stories
    On the heels of our MAP Survey results, we have even more wonderful news to share! Mt. Pleasant High School MAP student graduate, Oscar Candelas, who received an award from the Global Block Foundation, for his video on immigration, Transversing Walls, made on CreaTV equipment! Oscar and other youth video-makers from around the world will … Read more
  • Don’t Miss Latino Focus!
    Have you had a chance to watch one of our newest Silicon Valley Channel 30 series, Latino Focus? Latino Focus, is the show that honors the presence of the Latino community in San Jose. Each episode features an interview with a community leader, a cultural performance, an exploration into a local restaurant’s cuisine, an arts … Read more
  • Following Up with our Media Access Project (MAP) Grant Schools
    Author: Jennifer Bullock, CreaTV Marketing Coordinator A little bit about our MAP Grant program – On April 29, 2013, CreaTV awarded fourteen San Jose schools—five elementary, four middle and five high schools—with digital media equipment that will be delivered to the schools in time for the fall 2013 school term. The winning middle and high … Read more
  • 2014 National Alliance for Community Media Conference
    Author: Suzanne St. John-Crane, CEO Last week I attended the National Alliance for Community Media Conference in Philadelphia, where for the first time they joined forces with the NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture) conference, making for interesting and diverse panelists and deeper conversations. At a time when big telecom media mergers are … Read more
  • NBC Bay Area Opens New Round of Grant Funding for Local Non-Profits
    NBCUniversal’s 21st Century Solutions Grant Program Will Award $100,000 to Help Non-Profits Advance Innovative Solutions in the Bay Area. CreaTV is proud to be one of the recipients of NBC Bay Area’s 21st Century Solutions grants for 2014, for our innovative MAP program for San Jose schools. NBC Bay Area just launched its 3rd annual … Read more
  • Youth Media Day – An Opportunity to Explore our Studios
    Touching on one of our goals from our strategic plan, we want to get the community more interested in our community media center. With Youth Media Day, we’re looking for a more hands-on approach, letting those youths interested in media production to come in and check out our studios. Youth Media Day is on August 2, … Read more
  • Marketing Intern – Interview with Sharnel Ross
    Name: Sharnel Ross Date of Internship: February ~ April 2014 Why did you become a CreaTV intern? I thought it would be interesting to be apart of a media production facility. My degree was in music business so entertainment is definitely something I want to get into. I felt that I could gain the marketing … Read more
  • History of San Jose Documentary: A Peek into the Process
    We’re in the midst of production for the upcoming History of San Jose documentary. We thought we’d check in with producer Tricia Creason-Valencia, on how things were going. CreaTV: Give us a quick rundown of how much of the documentary has been filmed — who have you interviewed so far? Tricia Creason-Valencia: We’ve had 6 … Read more
  • What’s Happening: May 2014
    May is warming up to be a very busy month for CreaTV San Jose! Here’s a rundown of what we’re looking forward to: Our final classes of our Spring Class schedule are happening this month. It’s not too late to sign up to them. May 3: Field Production Get certified in Field Production and check … Read more
  • Marketing Internships – Interview with Kurt Wang
    Name: Kurt Wang Date of Internship: February ~ April 2014 Why did you become a CreaTV intern? To learn more about San Jose’s community media center, develop experience in marketing, and look behind-the-scenes of TV/media projects. What was your favorite project? What did you learn from it? My favorite project would be creating, conducting, and … Read more
  • How to: Host Your TV Show
    Get insider tips from award-winning talk show host and producer, Janice Edwards. Topics include booking talent, reading teleprompters, taking floor direction and interviewing guests on-air. To register, call (408) 295-8815 ext. 301 or email hello(at)creatvsj.org. Friday, April 18 5:00-9:00pm Cost: $30 Members / $50 Non-members Janice Edwards is a published writer, talk show host, executive … Read more
  • CreaTV and Assembly Joint Resolution 39
    Access to a community media center may appear easy if you live in San Jose, but in other areas of the state and across the country, you might not even know what a community media center is or does because they no longer exist there. In California alone, 51 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) centers … Read more
  • 2014 Film Arts Academy for Middle & High School Students
    We’ve brought back a fun program for middle and high school students. Starting in April, we’ll be running our 2014 Film Arts Academy program. This is a special program designed to teach middle and high school students the art of TV show and video production from experts. The Academy will feature two tracks for students … Read more
  • SPOTLIGHT: The 2013 CreaTiVe Awards
    Another year, another exciting CreaTiVe Awards. We are still reminiscencing about our fourth year saluting Bay Area videomakers; the evening was amazing! The evening began with the VIP reception at the beautiful California Theatre in Downtown San Jose. We’re so lucky to have such a gorgeous venue to host our event. The architecture and décor … Read more
  • Learn How to Edit From A Pro
    Editing: Adobe Premiere Take CreaTV's Adobe Premiere Editing Class from instructor Mark Boscacci on Sat. February 15, from 10:30am-5:30pm. Cost: CreaTV members $90 / $120 Non-members. To register, call (408) 295-8815 ext. 301 or email hello@creatvsj.org. For 20+ years, Mark Boscacci has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area film, video and web … Read more
  • Support Access to Community Media for All!
    Please consider making a donation to CreaTV during our pledge drive, which ends on February 7. Your pledge allows us to continue to fulfill our mission to make local media accessible to all members of our diverse community. Text the word CREATV and your pledge to 56512. You will not be charged until we contact … Read more
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