Community audio – Metawelle Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:03:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community audio – Metawelle 32 32 Remembering Leroy’s Front Step: Mural Project Honors Longtime Member of Portland’s Homeless Community Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:03:51 +0000

If you look at the corner of Southeast 34th Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street in Portland on Google Street View, you’ll see a man sitting on a stoop outside Belmont Market. He wears khakis and a blue jacket with a white button-up shirt underneath. His face is blurry, but it looks like he’s just perked up, looking at the camera mounted on the car in front of him.

This is Leroy Sly Scott. For more than 30 years, he and his wife Henrietta have been members of the Sunnyside community in Portland. He was homeless, but you could often find him, right there on that porch. Scott died of cancer in 2020, but you can still find him on this block today. The Portland Street Art Alliance recently commissioned a mural there, honoring the homeless community of Scott and Portland.

Mural commemorating Leroy Sly Scott, a longtime member of Portland’s Sunnyside homeless community. This is part of a series of murals honoring the homeless community organized by the Portland Street Art Alliance.

Portland Street Arts Alliance

“It was Leroy’s neighborhood,” says Tony Boone, Street Roots newsboy and close friend of Scott’s.

“He was just the friendliest guy and he could befriend you in 5 minutes,” Boone said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, he didn’t care about color, race, gender, none of that.”

Caleb Ruecker with his friend Leroy Sly Scott, a homeless Portlander who died in 2020. For years Scott could be found in the Sunnyside neighborhood.  A new Portland Street Art Alliance mural commemorates his life.

Caleb Ruecker with his friend Leroy Sly Scott, a homeless Portlander who died in 2020. For years Scott could be found in the Sunnyside neighborhood. A new Portland Street Art Alliance mural commemorates his life.

Caleb Ruecker

“Leroy was a very colorful person,” says Caleb Ruecker, an artist and friend of Scott’s. “He was just loving, caring and cheerful. He always greeted people on the street. We wanted a mural to pay homage to his life and bring his porch to life. Ruecker worked to bring the mural to life with artists Kyra Watkins, Sarah Farahat and Tammy MacKinnon. It’s a colorful portrait of Scott, along with his informal catchphrase – “everywhere in the world, same song” – from the early 90s Digital Underground Song.

“Our favorite thing was the outdoor TV,” Boone says. “That’s what we would call it when we sat on that front porch and watched everything that was going on around us. You know, you’d see an argument, or someone yelling, or honking at a passing car, and Leroy would say, ‘All over the world, same song!’

Tony Boone and Caleb Ruecker (with Boone's dog, Frank Sinatra) with a portrait of their late friend, Leroy Sly Scott, in Portland's Sunnyside neighborhood on June 4, 2022.

Tony Boone and Caleb Ruecker (with Boone’s dog, Frank Sinatra) with a portrait of their late friend, Leroy Sly Scott, in Portland’s Sunnyside neighborhood on June 4, 2022.

John Notarianni/OPB

The mural is part of a larger project that the Portland Street Art Alliance calls the Leroy Blocks. They’re raising money for a second mural a block away with the message “house keys, not handcuffs.”

“Part of it is just to feel like part of the community,” says Boone. He’s lived in his van for ten years, but like Scott, Boone says he’s part of everyday life in Sunnyside. “I’m treated like I’m part of the community,” he says, “and I also treat it like part of the community: I don’t steal it, I don’t throw it away, I don’t throw it away.” He has appointed himself the de facto guardian of Scott’s memory on the block, and now that the mural is up, he helps the business owners keep the block clean and hunts down would-be taggers.

Still, Boone says he doesn’t always get the respect of people on Belmont Street.

“The homeless population is more harassed than…sometimes it feels like the last boogeyman,” he says. “I’ve heard groups of people in these bars sitting around and bashing homeless people.”

Boone says he hopes the Leroy blocks will help raise awareness about the plight of people like him and Scott.

“Don’t treat us like criminals just because we don’t have a normal home,” he says.

Listen to Ruecker and Boone’s interview with OPB Weekend Edition host John Notarianni using the audio player above

Waves takes its first steps in migrating digital audio delivery to the cloud Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000

Focusing more on streaming, the company recently announced a cloud-based audio mixer

Audio manufacturers whose origins lie in music production form the bedrock of broadcast audio’s historic foundations. From reference transducers from Sennheiser and Shure to the battleship SSL audio consoles on which entire classic recording studios were built, these products were as much instruments as they were technology platforms.

In the most virtual version of this universe, these manufacturers are joined by Waves, the Israeli developer and supplier of professional digital audio signal processing systems, which won a technical Grammy Award in 2011. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Waves has become as synonymous with digital audio processing as names like Fairchild and Teletronix were to mid-century music lovers.

Setting the stage for its next inflection point, Waves has moved to the cloud. In late May, the company announced its Cloud MX cloud-based audio mixer, which is powered by a cloud-based version of Waves’ 32-bit floating-point eMotion LV1 hardware mixing engine and augmented by Waves’ audio arsenal. . plugins.

Enter the broadcast

While music production remains a key vertical market, Waves has been a growing force in broadcast audio, including sports, where sound quality is increasingly critical.

“The obvious thing most people think of when they think of Waves is producing Grammy-winning records,” says Greg Kopchinski, Product Manager, Live & Install, Waves. “But what people don’t realize is that there is a whole collection of processing plugins out there that do everything from noise reduction to improving the sonic clarity of individual channels or the entire mix. himself. Whether it’s a talking head or a group of commentators, we have a number of tools that help an engineer deliver a flawless audio program. And we also partnered and integrated the Dugan Speech Automixer capabilities that are already used in broadcast today. Broadcast sports and live event engineers have a lot of the same requirements in that you have commentators in noisy environments who need to be able to have their broadcast audio processed to make it look as good as if they were sitting there in the piece talking to you. From equalizing and filtering to actually applying AI-based noise reduction, Waves has met the needs of the broadcast sports market.

Greg Kopchinski of Waves: “What we’ve done is take a classic live mixer and create a cloud-based version that allows operators working literally anywhere in the world to access this cloud audio mixer. “

Kopchinski argues that sports broadcasting has been a pioneer in transforming workflows and workforces from centralized to remote and distributed. “Sport was forced into this very quickly by the pandemic, but sports broadcasters adapted quickly and took on leadership roles in the evolution of new workflows. Waves is one of them.

Regarding the shift to cloud-based operations, he says Cloud MX is a logical next step from what has already become largely virtual workflows.

“What we’ve learned from the broadcasters we’re doing pre-testing with is that in their cloud workflows they’re already using NDI as the primary transport protocol between all production tools,” he explains. . “What we can do is route the audio in a way that [allows them to] choose the specific audio channels they want in their NDI streams and make them available for all audio processing in the mixer. What we’ve done is take a classic live mixer and create a cloud-based version that allows operators working literally anywhere in the world to access this cloud-based audio mixer, running on AWS. And, as long as their workflows are also in the cloud, they can take full advantage of the mixer as if they were using it right in their own backyard. »

From virtual to cloud

It’s part of a larger trend in streaming: hardware makers like Calrec and Lawo have created virtual versions of their own hardware platforms that are compatible with cloud-based workflows. What sets Waves’ initiatives apart are the company’s capabilities to integrate advanced audio processing into virtual and cloud-based workflows.

“What’s a first here,” says Kopchinski, “is the wide processing capability via plugins. Other options on the market have the basic channel strip functionality for audio – EQ compression, gates, filters, etc. – but being able to do things like automatic mic mixing; advanced neural-based noise reduction; and multiband sound enhancement, the kinds of capabilities that Waves processing brings to the process, is unique. It provides broadcasters with capabilities beyond basic mixing and routing functions, plus it’s a fully cloud-based solution—there’s no need for a mixing engine or any part of it. from the console located onsite or in the main broadcast facility, in which case all audio is sent and processed entirely in the cloud All broadcast workflows take place in the cloud You can literally connect and mix with nothing but u no mouse or touch screen. [And] we fully support multiple touch screens; you can set up your mixer to have your channel strip window on one touchscreen and a fader bank of the most critical channels on the other, on up to four touchscreens.

Plugins can also be used to create virtual custom signal chains that can be saved and applied as needed, as well as shared via the cloud.

“Take the broadcaster working in a ballpark where they’ve already set up their plugin chain,” he explains. “They could actually take that same plugin chain and put it in the cloud to get the same results as in the control room miles away and not have to rebuild a signal chain they’re already working with.”

Kopchinski cites Waves’ FIT controller, which provides up to 16 hardware channels and can be interfaced remotely to Cloud MX via RTP MIDI, as another element of changing workflows and workforce roles. work in the cloud.

“For example,” he says, “the A1 can set up the audio infrastructure, but it’s actually the producer who does the snapshot callbacks, because once everything is set up in the cloud, they don’t these are often just minor adjustments. And one of the great things about cloud staffing is that you might not want to pay an A1 to be there just to move the fader around a bit. You don’t always have to have a system engineer online somewhere else to mix up the program flow.

Kopchinski summarizes: “We look forward to hearing from the sports community. We hope to be integrated into these productions and understand what broadcast sports audio needs next, as this is a rapidly evolving space, especially when it comes to the cloud production environment. We want to bring our expertise in audio processing – specifically, processing an incredible audio experience in the cloud – where it will bring the most benefit to broadcasters delivering live sporting events to their audiences.

“We’ve been on the sidelines of that for a while,” he continues. “Now we are in the game.”

Movie Review Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (2022) Wed, 08 Jun 2022 19:02:43 +0000

A multitude of former FLDS members paint a disturbing picture of the church’s way of life; interviews with talking heads help us more or less understand the groupthink brainwashing that gave meaning to this way of life, their experiences then sometimes being recreated with grainy film re-enactments. We hear about one of Warren Jeffs’ brothers (of the over 30 brothers Jeffs has) and husbands who participated in polygamy and now sit in armchairs with one of their wives. The heroes of the series are undoubtedly the brave women like Elissa, Rebecca, Alison and Ruby, among others, who helped expose the church, after experiencing their own devastating realizations about what was really happening to them at such a young age. age. As one person put it, words like “rape” weren’t even part of their vocabulary, even though that was what they were experiencing.

It’s all horrible, sickening and monstrously traumatic. And “Keep Sweet” repeats that trifecta of feelings throughout, all with a story that’s not about an elaborate plan, but about maintaining so many institutions and ideologies, taken to their extremes. And that trifecta is also what makes the series seem limited in its specific focus; it’s the main and constant course, even when it details something new, like an enigmatic video about how women have to braid their hair in an ornate way, or watching children sing some type of hymn that extols the idea of ​​”keeping it smooth” (a creeping motto of Warren’s father, Rulon, for his followers and his line of wives).

The series’ tone, its most complex feature, helps show that this saga has a more complicated presence of light than just the stark darkness of such horror. In Jeffs’ stories of insidious acts, the series also instills a sense of loving bonds between parents and their children, or romantic relationships that began alongside other relationships of abuse and statutory rape. Some people really found love, even though the community and the kids were still manipulated by whatever Jeffs wanted. He adds a more uplifting air to his never-before-seen home photos and videos, where the many smiling faces and pastel dresses of young FLDS girls are never ominous and cult. But you believe that at those times the promise of salvation filled their souls and gave meaning to everything else.

Apple announces the winners of the 2022 Apple Design Awards Tue, 07 Jun 2022 00:35:40 +0000

June 6, 2022


Apple announces the winners of the 2022 Apple Design Awards

Twelve developers from around the world are recognized for design excellence in inclusivity, fun and enjoyment, interaction, social impact, visuals and graphics, and innovation at WWDC22

Apple hosted its annual Apple Design Awards today, celebrating 12 best-in-class apps and games. This year’s winners include developers from around the world who have been selected for delivering innovative, creative and beautifully designed experiences through apps that have inspired users with vision, purpose and brilliance.

For the second year, six different categories each award an app and game for inclusiveness, fun and enjoyment, interaction, social impact, visuals and graphics, and innovation. Winners were chosen from 36 finalists, all of whom demonstrated outstanding technical performance.

“While apps and games remain an essential part of our lives, we’re excited about how developers continue to use our technologies to create great apps for people around the world,” said Susan Prescott, vice president. -President of Apple’s Global Developer Relations. “The work of this year’s Apple Design Awards winners epitomizes how apps can be transformative, uplifting, or even provide escapism through creative gameplay – and we commend each developer for all they have accomplished.”


Winners in this category provide a great experience for everyone by supporting people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and languages.

Application : procreate
Developer: Savage Interactive (Australia)

Procreate, a world-class tool for artists and designers, gives people more creative power than ever through its iPad app. With new accessibility features – such as shake and motion filtering, an in-app assistive touch menu, audio feedback and color blindness settings – to increase its support for VoiceOver, Dynamic Type , etc., the application allows more artists to create, interact, and express themselves.

Game: Wild flowers
Developer: Studio Drydock (Australia)

An Apple Arcade original, Wylde Flowers brings players a refreshingly diverse storyline and a cast of LGBTQIA+ representative characters with a twist of wizardry. The narrative evolves to represent all ages, cultures, and sexualities, as users explore a wholesome world of magical realms with storylines that implore users to examine identity, accept others, and support their community – ultimately to tell a much bigger story.

Finalists in this category include Letter Rooms by Klemens Strasser, Navi by Good Snooze, Noted. by Digital Workroom, and tint. by Lykkegaard Europe Limited.

Pleasure and Pleasure

Winners in this category deliver memorable, engaging, and satisfying experiences that are enhanced by Apple technologies.

Application : Habits (not boring)
Developer: Andy Works LLC (USA)

As its (grammatically inventive) name suggests, (Not Boring) Habits adds some flair to the mild-mannered habit tracker. With its sensational designs, playful haptics and stylish gamification, this life hacking adventure presents itself as an inspiring journey through forests and mountains – it turns habit tracking into a true artistic experience.

Game: At the sea!
Developer: inkle (UK)

At the sea! is a whodunit with a twist: You Did It. In this delightfully devious murder mystery game, players take on the role not of the detective but of the culprit who, through quick conversations with unsuspecting teammates, attempts to get away with a splashy crime. And with an engaging narrative design, concise dialogue, and multiple endings, it’s a case to be opened up again and again.

Finalists in this category include Chineasy; Moncage by Optillusion; Please touch the artwork by Studio Waterzooi; and Waterllama by Vitalii Mogylevets.


The winners of this category offer intuitive interfaces and effortless controls perfectly suited to their platform.

Application : Tracks
Developer: Breakpoint Studio (USA)

Slopes, a slick ski tracking app, offers users an intuitive ski and snowboard log, using GPS on iPhone or Apple Watch to track distance and speed. Its best-in-class social features gamify the experience by connecting with friends and family, all at the push of a single button. The app is filled with a mountain of data but designed to be as easy to navigate as a race on the bunny tracks.

Game: A musical story
Developer: Glee-Cheese Studio (France)

A harmonious blend of song, story and artistic creation, A Musical Story remixes the idea of ​​what a mobile game can be. The game’s narrative unfolds with richly animated minimalism, the gameplay puts a new spin on rhythm gaming, and the end result illustrates how seemingly disparate design elements can work in perfect harmony.

Finalists in this category include Gibbon: Beyond the Trees by Broken Rules; Transit by Transit, Inc.; Vectornator: design of vectors by linearity; and What Remains of Edith Finch from Giant Sparrow.

Social impact

Winners in this category are improving lives in meaningful ways and bringing critical issues to light.

Application : rebel girls
Developer: Rebel Girls Inc. (USA)

Rebel Girls shares the stories of the world’s most influential women – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Simone Biles and Frida Kahlo, to name a few – through rich sound and beautiful original artwork. The subjects span careers, cultures, and decades, and the accompanying voices and artwork — all perfectly matched to the stories and interface — are provided by female and non-binary artists from around the world.

Game: Gibbon: Beyond the Trees
Developer: Broken Rules (Austria)

An Apple Arcade original, Gibbon is an eco-adventure in which players swing, toss, and glide through beautiful hand-drawn landscapes in search of family. The game’s unique mechanic provides plenty of free-flying fun, but its eco-friendly storyline – and the subtle empathy involved in playing as another living being – teaches a crucial lesson.

Finalists in this category include Active Arcade from Nex, Empathy from The Empathy Project, Headspace from Headspace Health, and Wylde Flowers from Studio Drydock.

Visuals and graphics

Winners in this category feature stunning visuals, skillfully drawn interfaces, and high-quality animations that lend themselves to a distinctive and cohesive theme.

Application : Halide Mark II
Developer: Lux Optics (USA)

The brilliant Halide Mark II photo app focuses on the essentials. This sleek tool packs tons of features into a remarkably easy-to-navigate interface; its sleek and smartly organized interface mimics a film camera. Every gesture will feel familiar to long-time photographers while remaining clear to those familiar with focus and exposure settings. It’s a great iPhone camera — and now there’s a version designed specifically for iPad to help users create some truly amazing visuals.

Game: LEGO® Star Wars™: Castaways
Developer: Gameloft (Canada)

With its cinematic feel, sizzling visual effects, and tactile gameplay, Castaways is a force to be reckoned with. Set on a long-abandoned planet, the game’s respectfully rendered environments and smooth animations instantly immerse players in a galaxy of action, mystery, and the occasional dance party. And with endless customizations and characters to meet, the adventure continues to build.

Finalists in this category include Feral Interactive’s Alien: Isolation; Behind the Frame by Silver Lining Studio under Akatsuki Taiwan; Hangzhou Midi Technology Co., Ltd. MD Clock; and Andy Works (Not Boring) Habits.


Winners in this category deliver a cutting-edge experience through innovative use of Apple technologies that set them apart in their genre.

Application : Odio
Developer: Volst (Netherlands)

The Odio audio app offers incredibly realistic ambient sounds – waterfalls, rushing rivers, lush electronic washes – made even more realistic with Spatial Audio and head tracking. Soundscapes can be customized by manipulating their mixes through an engaging circular interface, and each is accompanied by futuristic fluid animations that unfold in perfect sync with the sound. It’s a truly amplified view of the audiovisual experience.

Game: MARVEL Future Revolution
Developer: Netmarble Corp. (South Korea)

MARVEL Future Revolution is a technological feat worthy of Stark Industries. This 2021 iPad Game of the Year winner brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life with an open-world action-RPG and a blend of fluid combat, lavish cutscenes and a multiverse of models beautifully detailed characters.

Finalists in this category include Nex’s Active Arcade; Focus Noodles by ideaTiny Co., Ltd.; Procreate by Savage Interactive; and Oskar Stålberg’s Townscaper.

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Leave Your Message: The Lafayette Woman Brings the Audio Guestbook Trend to Acadiana Weddings and Events | Company Sat, 04 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

“Leave your message after the beep” has taken on a whole new meaning for Lafayette resident Shayla Lange, whose new business Ring-A-Ding Ding Audio Guestbook turns voicemail’s mundane method of communication into an opportunity for fun memories. and sentimental for major life events.

The Ring-A-Ding Ding audio guest book, which launched in mid-May, will offer bride and groom an alternative to the traditional paper guest book for their wedding. When guests arrive, they are greeted with a vintage-style rotary phone designed to act as a stand-alone check-in device.

Guests will pick up the phone, hear a personalized voice message, and then have the option to leave the happy couple words of wisdom, good wishes, comedic banter or stories of favorite memories throughout the night, said Lange.

Two USB key necklaces that Ring-a-Ding Ding Audio Guestbook offers for storing keepsake voicemail messages after a wedding or event.

Customers have several plan options for renting depending on how many hours they would like the phone to be available. Ring-A-Ding Ding’s service includes delivery, installation and pick-up of the phone, with Lange aiming to deliver voicemail messages within 48 hours of the event for delivery to the customer. Messages can be delivered via the cloud, on a personalized USB drive or pressed onto a vinyl record, she said.

“I capture this moment for you. Whoever listens to it is transported to this moment and it feels like being there again. Imagine you are 70 years old and you pull out your audio guestbook and you listen to it with your husband. It’s something like a time capsule with voices,” Shayla Lange said.

While the audio guest book concept is a growing trend in the bridal market, in part due to brides sharing the product on social media, Lange said she sees a range of events for which her service could be used including baby showers, birthdays, retirement parties and milestone birthday gatherings.


This isn’t Lange’s first time starting a business.

Since graduating with a degree in mass communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2019, Lange has started his own marketing business, now a partnership business called The Social Mavens, and a luxury picnic business. called The Picnic Chick.

The 27-year-old’s businesses are now profitable enough that she can quit her full-time job as a marketing and sales associate to focus solely on running and growing her businesses. Lange said she cherishes being a freelancer because it gives her the freedom to embrace her creativity and act quickly when a new idea develops that she thinks might stand out in the landscape. local business.

“I think I like that it’s a bit of an adventure. There’s adrenaline and a feeling of what’s going to happen next and who can I serve next,” Lange said.

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The entrepreneur said she has already drawn up a growth plan for Ring-A-Ding Ding and hopes that if demand meets expectations, she can acquire a second phone in a new color within the first few months of operation for serve more customers.

Lange came across the audio guestbook concept while browsing TikTok for new ideas for the entertainment side of The Picnic Chick. She was immediately intrigued, attracted by the new concept and the interactive opportunity that the telephone can bring to events, but also by the sentimental quality of the product.

“I think a voice is so valuable. You can’t replace that,” Lange said.

The warmth of a voice

Rhonda Lange, Shayla’s mother, said she and her daughter love the concept because they know firsthand what it’s like to wish a loved one a keepsake after they die.

In 2013, Shayla’s godmother, Chantell Autin, a cousin of Rhonda, died. The women had no retained videos or clips of her voice; After digging online, Shayla managed to find an old clip of Austin on YouTube that she plays when she wants to feel close to her, her mother said.

“The person who sparked her interest in throwing parties and things like that, her nanny, has died… She has grandchildren she has never met. Wouldn’t it be nice for them to hear his voice and know the warmth of his voice? Rhonda Lange said.

With the usual threat of hurricanes and the need for evacuation in South Louisiana, Rhonda Lange said there’s also something comforting about voicemails being stored in the cloud, at the sheltered from the ravages of flood waters. The New Orleans-area native said her family lost many photos and memories during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Rhonda Lange raised Shayla as a single mother with the help of Shayla’s grandparents and said she was proud to see the independent, educated and dynamic young woman she has become.

Rhonda Lange says she makes it a point to support her daughter’s efforts 100%. Although initially skeptical of the concept’s success, she said she knew Shayla had the vision and the drive to make it happen. As transplants to the area, Rhonda Lange said she was touched to see how the community has embraced her daughter’s businesses.

“I’m glad she’s starting in Lafayette because she believes in the community here. We are not from here. She attended UL and after graduating I said move out and she said no, I love the community and the camaraderie here and I want to stay here and grow my businesses,” Rhonda Lange said.

Multnomah County District Attorney Seeks Funding for New District Attorney Program Thu, 02 Jun 2022 21:37:46 +0000

Multnomah County voters elected District Attorney Mike Schmidt in 2020. Schmidt has campaigned to shrink the criminal justice system, but his latest move is to hire more prosecutors to join his team. As first reported by the Portland Mercury, Schmidt wants to spend $2.7 million on a program to hire eight new prosecutors who would be assigned to four geographic areas.

Schmidt says the Multnomah County Attorney Access Program (MAAP) would partner with community centers and neighborhood nonprofits in an effort to build relationships and better understand the needs of the community.

Michael Schmidt

Courtesy of Chris Mueller

“I go to a lot of community meetings and one of the things I hear over and over again is that leaders and government and everybody should actually be working with the community all the time,” Schmidt said. to OPB’s “Think Out Loud”. “Right now we are doing our best, but basically we are sitting behind the walls of the courthouse and waiting for the police reports to come to us. It breaks that. It gets us out and in fact with the people we serve.

Schmidt cited Unite Oregon, the Coalition of Communities of Color and Basic Rights Oregon as examples of progressive organizations that agree with his new proposal. He said MAAP also has support from law enforcement and business groups. One organization that remains skeptical is the ACLU of Oregon.

In a statement to the OPB, the group said, “The ACLU of Oregon continues to be concerned that DA Schmidt’s MAAP program, while well-intentioned, will have adverse effects on the same communities that prosecutors have harmed. for generations. At a time when courts and public defenders are caving under the weight of prosecutors’ workloads, it is disheartening to see efforts to increase the state’s prosecutorial capacity. »

According to Schmidt, adding more prosecutors to his team won’t necessarily lead to more prosecutions.

Although we would have more prosecutors, what happens when you have more assistant district attorneys to do this job is that they can spend more time on cases and they can do a better job in terms of time to find creative resolutions, for example, exploring restorative justice options in our community,” he said.

The Portland Mercury likened MAAP to a neighborhood-focused initiative created in 1990 by former Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk.

When asked how he would avoid disproportionately criminalizing people of color and low-income people for nonviolent offenses, Schmidt was quick to point out that he had made victim demographics public. of criminal acts and the accused in order to hold himself and his office accountable.

UNC Hussman students win national college journalism championships Wed, 01 Jun 2022 13:37:23 +0000

Four students and recent graduates of UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media have won national championships in the prestigious 2022 Hearst Journalism Awards competition, leading the school to its seventh National Collegiate Journalism Championship in eight years and its 11th all time.

Maddie Ellis ’22 is the national champion in writing; rising senior Angelina Katsanis is the National Photojournalism Champion; Lucas Pruitt ’22 is the National Multimedia Champion; and rising senior Jayda Williams is the National Audio Champion.

Chris Ocana ’22 and rising senior Angelica Edwards placed second and third respectively in the Multimedia Championship, giving UNC Hussman a sweep in that category. Ocana also won “Best Story of the Year” in Multimedia, and up-and-coming senior Lauren Cmiel was a Multimedia Championship runner-up.

Audio Championship runner-up Daniel Myrick ’22 won “Best Use of Audio for News Coverage,” while Elizabeth Moore ’22 was a National Writing Contest runner-up.

In all, nine Hussman students have earned their spot to compete for the national championships in San Francisco May 20-25. The nine students — four of whom are the University’s Carolina Covenant Scholars — represented nearly a third of the students nationwide who were invited to compete.

“Our students have established a long track record of success in Hearst competitions, and their performance this year is the school’s best performance to date,” said Heidi Hennink-Kaminski, acting dean of UNC Hussman. “We are proud of their accomplishments and how they have represented the strength of all our students and rewarded the commitment of our faculty and staff on the national stage.

The championship finals were the culmination of monthly competitions between more than 100 journalism and media schools in writing, photojournalism, audio, television and multimedia throughout the year. year. Students participating in the final were given an assignment to complete and submit for judging.

Multimedia finalists were asked to produce a video of no more than seven minutes on “the new social distance”. The finalists were tasked with exploring how people are transforming after COVID-19 with regards to safety, psychology and identity.

Pruitt focused on the restaurant industry in his hometown of West Jefferson, North Carolina, where his father owns two restaurants and his brother works as a chef. He said he could hardly believe it when they called his name at the awards ceremony on May 25, 2022. Pride filled his voice as he described his winning entry ‘Saving the Thing You Love “. “It’s probably the most informative video I’ve done,” he said. “And there were some interesting graphics that made good use of the media medium.”

Look at Pruitt’s winning work.

Photojournalism finalists were tasked with portraying individual expression and the “California Dream” in 10-15 photographs. National Photojournalism Champion Katsanis called her win for portraying a California dancer who is also a mother “a dream come true.”

“Since entering [Hussman’s] photojournalism program, I heard and saw of seniors and alumni who were on their way to becoming “real” journalists and winning real awards for their work. I never expected that one day I would be there with them,” Katsanis said. “It really is so empowering, and I don’t know where I would be without the support of everyone who has come before me and guided me along the way.”

View Katsanis’ winning photos

Writing finalists were asked to write two articles: a feature from an interview with psychiatrist Matthew State and an article about the impact of the pandemic on the Class of 2022. Ellis wrote about students using video TikTok to diagnose themselves with ADHD during the pandemic.

“I’ve always wanted to report on this growing awareness of ADHD on social media,” Ellis said. “To win was an amazing way to end my senior year and I owe it all to the Hussman school.”

See Ellis’ winning work

Moore was a writing finalist for work that included an article about how COVID-19 caused college students to rethink how they accessed sexual assault support. Audio finalists received a story about inflation and the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Williams knew she wanted to focus her winning stories on parents navigating inflation.

“For me, this victory means everything. I am the first in my family to be a journalist, the first to go to university. It almost makes me feel like a trailblazer,” Williams said.

Hear Williams’ story

Ocana’s “Best Story of the Year” multimedia award went to a video explaining NFTs he created as a fellow in the school’s Reese Innovation Lab – “Innovation Insight: What Are NFTs?” “Winning is a very humbling experience, and I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of Hussman’s visual communications community,” Ocana said.

Edwards placed third in the multimedia category for a video examining a Bay Area business owner’s struggles during COVID-19.

Cmiel was named a multimedia finalist for his article about how a man’s hobby exploring Japanese culture helped him cope with the realities of the pandemic.

Watch “Innovation Insight: What are NFTs?” from Ocana

Myrick’s Carolina Connection story about UNC’s Dean Dome arena host “B Daht” won the award for “Best Use of Audio for News Coverage.”

He said the recognition was a validation of his work in a media form he loves for its immediacy, intimacy and authenticity. “When you go up and interview someone, you don’t just hear their words, you hear their voice inflection and you hear their emotions,” Myrick said. “You really hear what they’re going through.”

Listen to Myrick’s story

UNC Hussman Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Distinguished Professor John H. Stembler Jr. Charlie Tuggle attributed Hussman’s Hearst victories to excellence that spans across the school’s disciplines , its students and its faculty. “We have some really, really good students here at Hussman, and we emphasize how important the Hearst Championship is to them as soon as they start school,” Tuggle said. “Having a strong showing at Hearst means you’re part of an exceptionally strong program.”

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation awards the school $25,000 for the overall championship. Students win $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. Finalists receive $1,500. The “Best of the Year” awards come with a $1,000 prize.

Charitable endowment provides more grants for St. Petersburg projects Wed, 25 May 2022 18:04:47 +0000
St. Petersburg shooting range on the Mitkof Highway (Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)

The Petersburg Community Foundation this week announced $32,910 in grants for projects and programs in Petersburg. The foundation’s endowment fund has now donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars to nonprofits since residents established it in 2008.

The endowment fund relies on charitable donations from the community. This money is invested under the aegis of the Alaska Community Foundation and the proceeds pay annual grants. This spring, ten organizations will receive payments ranging from one thousand to $8,500.

The chair of the foundation’s advisory board, Liz Cabrera, said the board has tried to award grants to applicants who partner with other organizations to meet significant needs.

“So we tried to highlight those and also support those where it made sense,” Cabrera said. “And just as an example, there’s a new partnership between Petersburg Medical Center and Kinder Skog to establish a once-a-week after-school program for 8-12-year-olds. And as you know, child care children has been a big issue for the foundation and we’ve really tried to raise awareness of that by working with the SHARE Coalition child care task force and now there’s a task force set up at the So we think that this partnership that is forming there is one of the good avenues to really solve the problem in the whole community.

This grant is $5,450 for the Petersburg Medical Center to provide a summer camp for children ages 8-12 as well as Kinder Skog, an outdoor program for children.

Another grant of $2,370 will support the continuation of a summer camp in St. Petersburg offered by the Girl Scouts of America. And the Petersburg Children’s Center will use a thousand-dollar grant to upgrade the center’s sandbox.

During the early years of the COVID pandemic, the foundation had an ongoing grantmaking cycle designed to meet emergency community needs. Cabrera said they return to their grant cycle once a year.

“It was good not to feel like you just had to deal with an emergency this time around, we could actually look a bit longer term and look at more projects in broader areas than we don’t. ‘we’ve been able to do that for the past two years,” says Cabrera.

Cabrera said the foundation has 16 applicants seeking more than $75,000 this grant cycle and they were unable to fund all of the applications. The largest prize, an $8,500 payout, goes to the youth shooting sports club, Devils Thumb Shooters. This group plans to build a new covered training area with five stands on the shooting range of the Mitkof highway. There is also a five thousand dollar grant to the Clausen Museum for interpretive exhibits. The school district will use $4,500 for a new greenhouse for the community garden behind Stedman Elementary. The existing greenhouse was damaged by heavy snowfall last winter.

The Petersburg Arts Council will partner with the school district to replace some audio equipment in the Wright Auditorium using another thousand dollar grant. The public library is receiving $1,780 for a LEGO educational program that will allow high school students to mentor younger children. The Rainforest Festival is receiving $1,310 to bring birds from the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka to several locations in Petersburg.

There is also a $2,000 grant for the Sons of Norway to upgrade the hardware on its front doors. The foundation’s board vice-chair, Glorianne Wollen, didn’t propose the grant, but she’s thrilled to see it funded for another organization she’s a part of.

“As a historic landmark in our community, we became a non-profit organization here last spring and we hope this will help keep the Sons of Norway going forever,” Wollen said. “So that was a really neat and successful first attempt!”

Since the foundation launched the endowment fund, proceeds from the fund have disbursed more than 120 grants totaling $241,000 to 36 organizations. Wollen called it exciting.

“A quarter of a million dollars,” she said. “It’s so exciting for me. We are, we make a difference and it’s all from within and it really follows our independent nature here in Petersburg and I’m very proud of that.

Wollen said the foundation’s board also decided to recognize a longtime volunteer, one of the many people who donate their time.

“There are certainly some remarkable personalities in our community, people who rise to the occasion, whatever the occasion, whatever the issue,” she said. “So we named Dave Berg to our band and thought he would be a stellar first-time winner. Dave has given decades and decades of his time, energy and intellect to so many different bands and we really wanted to recognize this first volunteer of the year with Dave Berg.

Berg has worked with the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department for decades and helps set up community fireworks every year. He has also volunteered with the student-run theater, the Lutheran Church, the Rotary Club, and other groups.

JCC Entrepreneurship Center project seen as a key cog in downtown development | Business Tue, 24 May 2022 00:51:26 +0000

WATERTOWN — For years, people have talked about the impact Jefferson Community College would have if it had a downtown presence.

In about 15 months, this long-held goal is about to become a reality.

JCC is partnering with Neighbors of Watertown to open an education center in the former Strand Theater and an adjacent building containing six storefronts on Franklin Street.

On Monday morning, JCC and Neighbors kicked off their project to transform the 120-year-old building and adjacent storefronts into Jefferson Community College‘s downtown entrepreneurship hub.

“We are thrilled for the college campus and the community,” said Megan Stadler, CCG’s vice president of strategic initiatives.

The college’s Small Business Development Center is now located on the JCC campus.

The partners will use $2.5 million of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding to retrofit buildings to support entrepreneurs and provide workforce development training and employment opportunities. applied learning.

At a press conference on Monday, the JCC and state economic development officials gave tours of the old buildings and described how they will be converted into an educational center.

They also expressed their enthusiasm for JCC’s continued downtown revitalization. The center will also attract students and entrepreneurs to the city‘s business district.

Neighbors executive director Reginald J. Schweitzer Jr. plans to turn lower Franklin Street into a downtown location.

“It’s going to make a big difference downtown,” he said, pointing out that neighboring buildings will also soon benefit from an exterior facelift.

The former Strand Theater will be the centerpiece of the facility, with a large meeting room that can accommodate 150 people, an audiovisual room and a conference room.

A mezzanine atrium will also lead to a rooftop patio and garden. The center will also provide workspaces for colleagues.

Additionally, the new center will help revitalize a section of Franklin Street that was previously neglected.

The storefronts were previously going to undergo extensive facade renovations as part of the DRI program, but these were never completed. Now they will be.

Work on “base construction” is expected to begin in about 60 days, Schweitzer said.

The project is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months.

The State Department oversees the city’s $10 million DRI program, while Empire Statement Development has also been involved in the project.

The college plans to release a survey to gather local feedback on a name for the new space.

JCC originally planned a different project with DRI funding, but the pandemic and declining enrollment put those efforts on hold.

“Neighbours’ involvement is the raison d’être of the project,” said Ms. Stadler.

Neighbors, a local housing and redevelopment organization, bought the old theater and storefronts last year.

During their tour, Donald Foote recalled when he owned a hair and tanning salon, The Oasis, in two of the 1970s storefronts.

“I think it’s great to see these two old buildings coming back to life,” he said.

The Strand was the first theater in Watertown to offer movies. It closed in the 1950s and was then used as a series of restaurants and bars.

More recently, the building housed the Club Rio nightclub until it closed following a shooting.

Neighbors hope to find tenants for two of the storefronts, Mr. Schweitzer said.

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Joe Hawke, leader of the Takaparawhau occupation, has died Sun, 22 May 2022 03:44:17 +0000

Joe Hawke – the prominent kaumātua and activist who led the long-running Takaparawhau occupation of Auckland’s Bastion Point in the late 1970s – has died aged 82.

Joe Hawke at Ihumatao in 2019
Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Born in Tāmaki Makaurau in 1940, Joseph Parata Hohepa Hawke of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei, led his people in their efforts to reclaim their lands and became an MP.

He had been involved in land issues in his role as secretary of Te Matakite o Aotearoa, in the land march led by Dame Whina Cooper in 1975, before Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei marched on their ancestral land on the Auckland waterfront in January 1977 and began an occupation that lasted 506 days.

He was among 222 people arrested in May 1978 when the police, backed by the military, evicted protesters from their whenua.


In archival audio recorded during the protest]he showed his relentless commitment to the recovery and return of whenua Māori – the land of his people – and to equality.

“We are landless in our own land, Takaparawha means a lot to our people. The struggle to hold this land is the biggest struggle our people have faced in many years. To lose this last piece of land would be a mortal blow to the mana, honor and dignity of the Ngāti Whātua people.

“We’re ready to go all the way because we have the legal right to do so,” Hawke said in 1977.

In 1987 he took the Bastion Point claim to the Waitangi Tribunal and had the satisfaction of seeing the Tribunal rule in favor of Ngāti Whātua and the whenua returned.

He was a louse for the protests and demonstrations afterwards – an important pillar of the Maori movements.

In the 1990s Hawke became a director of companies involved in Maori development, and in 1996 he entered Parliament as a Labor Party list MP, before retiring from politics in 2002.

In 2008 he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his service to Maori and the community.

And will range you, moe mai rā.