Youth Channel All-City: Building a Municipal Infrastructure for Media Education, Production, and Distribution
The Manhattan Neighborhood Network Youth Channel (YC) is currently developing the nation’s first municipal infrastructure to bring a new youth cable TV channel to all five boroughs of New York City. Called “YC All-City”, this channel will bring high-quality television “made by youth, for youth” into more than two million NYC homes. It will also be the first TV channel in the U.S. to work with teams of youth to program, produce, and promote youth programming. In preparation for the creation of YC All-City, the research team is designing a citywide, participatory Community Needs Assessment to gauge the interests and needs of the communities that YC All-City aims to serve. This participatory research project will involve young people, media educators, and school representatives in the development and implementation of the CNA. Findings will inform the development of YC All-City as well as other national youth media networks such as National Youth Media Access. The project will culminate with a Youth Media Networking Summit that will include representatives from YC All-City, YVXN, NYMAP, the New York Youth Media Collective, NYC public schools, and other allies.