ERIC Number: ED118305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
What Happened to the "Public" in Public Television? A Study of Public Television and Popular Participation in Cattaraugus County, New York.
Odell, Malcolm Jamieson, Jr.
Focusing on introducing a participatory public television system which would actively serve the specific needs and interests of the community by directly involving the citizens in the station's decision-making process, the experiment examined the relationship of Cattaraugus County, a rural depressed county, to the new public television station introduced specifically to serve the area. Begun when the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA) responded to a notice that funds were available through a national "Mobilization of Resources Program", the experiment sought to "eliminate the deficiency of knowledge among the low-income and the community-at-large by mobilizing the local resources to make use of a local Educational Television network". This paper outlines the development of the participatory television experiment in Cattaraugus County, examining in particular the efforts to generate local participation during the project's initial phase. The project's origins and assumptions, objectives, and strategies used to involve the communities are discussed. The efforts to generate local involvement are described, with in-depth analysis of the activities in the small towns of Cuba and Springville. An overview and analysis of the findings and their potential application to other such efforts at developing feedback mechanisms for public television are presented. (Author/NQ)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Television, Financial Support, Low Income Groups, Organizations (Groups), Public Television, Rural Areas, Rural Population
Inter-Library Loan, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York