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NCTV invites community to event Monday

NCTV is a community media center — what once was called a public access television station — headquartered on Elm Street in Northampton.

Al Williams, executive director of NCTV, said the event will be fun, casual and informational. “Some people know of us but don’t know who we are or what we do,” he said in a telephone interview. “We’re sort of an unusual organization in the city, so people often have a lot of questions about how we exist and why we exist.”

NCTV typically hosts events at least once a year which give community members opportunities to meet the organization’s staff and volunteers, ask questions and learn how to become involved with the center.

At Monday night’s event, NCTV also plans to announce a grant project that will provide opportunities for local filmmakers, Williams said.

An independent nonprofit, NCTV receives funding through the city of Northampton but is not a city organization. The center’s mission, Williams said, is “to enable people to create media in a wide array of forms.”

NCTV offers the public access to resources and equipment to learn multimedia production, shoot video and create stories. The center also produces free public service announcements for local nonprofit organizations and content for people doing crowdfunding campaigns through Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

NCTV recently won an award from the Alliance for Community Media for its citizen journalism project, Paradise City Press. The award announced in April named Paradise City Press best website for an access center in the United States with a budget under $300,000.

Monday’s Community Nite Out will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. downstairs at Spoleto, 1 Bridge St., Northampton. Appetizers will be provided. NCTV is online at www.northamptontv.org.

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