Newburyport Community Media Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the designated Public, Education, and Government (PEG) cable access provider serving Newburyport, Massachusetts. We cablecast local, regional, and national programming on Newburyport’s Comcast Cable Channel 8 (Public programming) and Comcast Cable Channel 9 (Government and Education programming). Channels 8 & 9 reach 7,200 households, as well as all of the nursing homes, schools, Anna Jaques Hospital, and numerous businesses in Newburyport. Much of our programming is not available from any other media outlet. We stream our live programming on our website.
Newburyport Community Media Center, Inc., also holds the license for Joppa Radio -WJOP 96.3 FM. This low power community radio is transmitted from Newburyport High School and can reach listeners within a 3-10 mile radius.
Newburyport Community Media Center, Inc. has been d/b/a PortMedia and has recently changed our d/b/a name to Greater Newburyport Community Media Hub. We are relocating to 331 High Street, Suite 2, which is adjacent to the Newburyport Senior/Community Center. We have much reorganizing to do including learning new equipment. We always welcome new members, but until we are back in full operation our training will be limited to the following options:
- Basic One Camera Field Production – 1-1 training on Camera & Editing for producing content for Public Channel 8,
- Multi-Camera Live Sports Production – on location training on Camera & Directing,
- School & Government Meetings – on location training
- Podcasting for producing content.
Membership is open to individuals who are interested in producing media content for distribution to the citizens in the Greater Newburyport area. Individual memberships are $55/year for adults, $45 for Newburyport residents and $35/year for students and senior citizens age 65 +, $25 for Newburyport residents. Organizational memberships are available. Please call for details. Currently membership includes:
- free training to learn how to use the media equipment mentioned above,
- access to equipment to film or record local events that will air on Comcast’s local cable Channel 8 or WJOP,
- hands-on training for producing live high school sports programming, City Council meetings or School Committee meetings that will air on Comcast’s local cable Channel 9,
- guidance in how to produce your own television or radio show on location.
We often receive calls from people who would like us to come shoot a particular event. Although most of these events would make great local programs, with our small staff, we just can’t accommodate these requests. But, if you are a member, you can produce the program yourself.
PortMedia programming can be seen on Newburyport's Comcast Channels 8 & 9
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