Articles by Merlyn Reineke

November 14, 2015

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Challenges Thailand Faces to Launch Community Media

Even halfway around the world, the issues around community media are largely the same. Following five days of meetings, presentation and conversations in Thailand about how to set up Community TV channels across their country, I’m struck as how we have the very same challenges in the U.S.: how to build the right governing structure; […]

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November 13, 2015

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Mindset is More Important than Money (PHOTOS)

“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” That line, written 2500 years ago by Confucius, is one of my favorite quotes… and was my opening slide during the third and final day of Thailand’s first public conference on Community Media. While Confucius didn’t know […]

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November 12, 2015


Thailand Community Media in the Year 2561 (PHOTO)

Imagine this future: the year is 2561, and your country has switched off all analog transmitters, leaving only digital over-the-air broadcast services. You’re a resident of an area of roughly one million people who has never run a community media center before, but you have a great passion about the region in which you live […]

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November 11, 2015


Community Media in Thailand (PHOTOS)

In a country that’s suffered through 19 coups d’état, the latest one just last year, you may expect the future leaders of Thailand’s community media movement to be nervous about including politicians in their television programs. And that’s exactly where they focused their questioning of me during day one of Thailand’s first three-day public conference […]

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November 9, 2015


Brainstorming Community Media in Thailand (PHOTOS)

So what am I doing in Thailand, besides trying to avoid the REALLY spicy Thai food? I’m here for the next five days advising that country’s version of the Federal Communications Commission (it’s called the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission) to figure out the ins and outs of setting up Community Media across Thailand. Specifically, […]

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November 4, 2015

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Community Media: Here at Home and On The Other Side of the World

This past Sunday, we celebrated MCM’s community media contributors with our annual Monty Awards. It was an event that attracted nearly 200 volunteers, community producers & technicians along with MCM staff and board members to recognize the wonderful work of those from across Montgomery County who create TV programs and other media content. The vast […]

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October 29, 2015


Vietnam and The Greatest Generation (VIDEO)

Tom Brokaw called them “The Greatest Generation.” Those brave World War II veterans who saved the world from fascism. While we can never take away from those who fought and died defending our freedom during that four-year conflict, I would contend that the men & women who served during the decade-long Vietnam War are TRULY […]

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September 10, 2015


9.11 and the Rise of Social Media

Where were you on 9.11? Like generations before who asked “Where were you when Pearl Harbor was attacked”, or “…JFK was shot”, September 11, 2001 is that date when many of us pose that same question. And like generations before, it is a tragic day when everything changed. 9.11 is also a day that changed […]

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September 4, 2015


Act Now to Insist FCC Ensure Cable Operators Support Local PEGs

This could be the biggest threat to public access in history. The cable television industry is facing huge competition, not just from the likes of DirecTV but from rapidly-deploying new technologies that threaten to suck customers away in droves. Subscribers are ‘cutting the cord’, dumping their cable TV packages and looking for other news & […]

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June 15, 2015

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Digital Disruption and the Loss of the Gazette

No one can replace the Gazette. With the sudden announcement that the Montgomery County’s newspaper of record will print its last edition this week, there has been an understandable amount of shock and loss. The skilled staff of nearly 70 individuals (greatly downsized over the years of nearly-constant cutbacks) is the biggest loss of all. […]

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