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The Creatives Returns to San Jose in 2018
Sep 07, 2017
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
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Can the Valley Get Any More Liberal?
Aug 16, 2017
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
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When the Valley Was Not Gay-Friendly
Jul 18, 2017
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
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Take Action to Save Net Neutrality
Jul 10, 2017
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,
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Make Music San Jose
Jul 06, 2017
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.
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San Jose's "Mayor-Manager" System
Jun 20, 2017
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,
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Storytelling Just Got Easier
Jun 16, 2017
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
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Access to CreaTV through August 31
Jun 12, 2017
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
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Changing Campaigns
May 17, 2017
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
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Walk in a Student, Walk out a Media Maker
May 08, 2017
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
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The Trump Presidency and Valley Politics
Mar 01, 2017
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
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Step Up and Power Down
Jan 12, 2017
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
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Hello San Jose!
Nov 03, 2016
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
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Calling All Engaged Citizens!
Sep 19, 2016
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
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Attention Educators! Groundbreaking Documentary Now Available for the Classroom
Mar 28, 2016
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
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The Creatives "Call for Entries"
Nov 04, 2015
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
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Announcing "Bay Voice" Education Channel
May 27, 2015
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
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Call to Action: Write your representative!
Apr 22, 2015
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,
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2014 CreaTiVe Awards Recap
Feb 18, 2015
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
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CreaTV's Video Share Project
Nov 26, 2014
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
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Youth Media Day, October 2014
Oct 29, 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
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MAP Grant Success Stories
Oct 09, 2014
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
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Don't Miss Latino Focus!
Oct 02, 2014
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
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Following Up with our Media Access Project (MAP) Grant Schools
Sep 17, 2014
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
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2014 National Alliance for Community Media Conference
Aug 14, 2014
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
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NBC Bay Area Opens New Round of Grant Funding for Local Non-Profits
Jul 14, 2014
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
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Youth Media Day - An Opportunity to Explore our Studios
Jul 10, 2014
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
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Marketing Intern – Interview with Sharnel Ross
Jul 02, 2014
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
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History of San Jose Documentary: A Peek into the Process
Jun 04, 2014
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
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What's Happening: May 2014
May 01, 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
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Marketing Internships - Interview with Kurt Wang
Apr 24, 2014
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
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How to: Host Your TV Show
Apr 15, 2014
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:
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CreaTV and Assembly Joint Resolution 39
Mar 27, 2014
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
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2014 Film Arts Academy for Middle & High School Students
Mar 11, 2014
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
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SPOTLIGHT: The 2013 CreaTiVe Awards
Feb 12, 2014
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
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Learn How to Edit From A Pro
Feb 01, 2014
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
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Support Access to Community Media for All!
Jan 29, 2014
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
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So You Think You Can Be Mayor?
Jan 02, 2014
Recently, CreaTV held auditions for Mayor and some of San Jose’s finest elected officials showed up to give it a try. The audition? Sing a line from “Welcome to Valleywood” inviting viewers to “walk the red carpet” in honor of
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Changing of the Guard
Dec 17, 2013
On November 20, CreaTV San Jose held its 5th Annual Meeting, where our board typically celebrates new members and a new board chair is named. For the last several years, Former City Councilwoman Charlotte Powers has been at the helm
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CreaTV at Santana Row Tree Lighting
Dec 17, 2013
What a fun night we had at Santana Row filming the tree lighting ceremony. There was a big crowd of parents and kids, some all dressed up in cool costumes, plus shoppers, diners and club goers who stopped in their
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CreaTV Holiday Party 2013
Dec 17, 2013
On Thursday, December 5, CreaTV celebrated the holidays at the Blackbird Tavern in downtown San Jose. CreaTV staff and board had a great time stealing white elephant gifts and enjoying Blackbird Tavern\’s delicious food and drinks.        
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By Creative Mileage