Cape Ann TV brings home coveted ACM awards

Samantha interviews Mayor Kirk

The Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region has announced the winners of the Fall Video Festival, and this year, Cape Ann TV is taking home two awards. Cape Ann TV won a Second Place award in the Children and Youth category for the Cape Ann TV Youth Productions Club “Interview with Mayor Kirk,” and a Third Place award in the General Talk Show category for “Cape Ann Profiles: Egypt Revolution” produced by Rich Sagall.

“All credit for the award belongs to Samantha and Cape Ann TV,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “She asked thoughtful questions and made me feel comfortable during the interview — not something that can always be said of professional news organizations!”

“The students who participate in our after school video club created a professional looking program, they do a fabulous job!” said Lisa Smith who coordinates the youth program. “This show was interesting to watch because Samantha Delaney-Burke, who was only in eight-grade at the time, had a great rapport with the Mayor. She interviewed the mayor from a teen perspective, and the viewer could learn about some of the influences that shaped the Mayor as a young person.”

Cape Ann TV Youth Productions landed another coveted award earlier this year winning the top award for “Bad Day at Good Harbor,” from among all of the high school entries for the Gloucester Education Foundation Video Contest. The Youth Productions After School program has weekly meetings this fall on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m.

The other award recipient, Rich Sagall, producer of Cape Ann Profiles, was equally honored to receive recognition. “We are so pleased to win this award,” said Rich Sagall,” producer, “Our show is a great platform to interview a wealth of interesting people and topics in Cape Ann.” Cape Ann Profiles is a new interview program was started last fall and features local people in the community and many diverse local and international subjects of interest. Some of Sagall’s recent guests have covered topics from the NOAA and the fishing industry to the Egyptian Revolution. The program is cablecast on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

“Cape Ann TV is working to help members to develop high quality programming skills and for our center to become a leader in providing valuable local content to the Cape Ann communities. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our members and producers,” said Donna L. Gacek, the executive director of Cape Ann TV. Cape Ann TV is on Facebook and Twitter and you can find much more information on www.capeanntv.org and capeanntv.wordpress.com.

The ACM-NE Region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The ACM-NE Video Festival honors and promotes community communications and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO) cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way.            

The ACM-NE mission is to foster the belief that in order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express himself or herself.  The Mission of the Alliance for Community Media is to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media. For more information about the ACM-NE, view http://www.acm-ne.org.

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