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Democracy Now! Schedule

Democracy Now! will expand to two daily hour broadcasts during the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! crew will travel to Cleveland and Philadelphia to report from the streets, to the suites, to the convention floor.

Available satellite schedules for the live coverage are splitting the broadcast up, which means DCTV cannot air the back-to-back coverage live. We will air it as follows.

At 5am PST the first hour of coverage will be broadcast LIVE.

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 1:30pm

Basic Camera Orientation - Canon XA-25

Recently DMA hosted a camera orientation workshop for our Canon XA-25s.  During the hands-on workshop, the following slide presentation was used.  As promised, we have posted it so workshop participants can review it at their leisure. 

Canon XA-25 Basic Camera Orientation Slideshow.pdf

The file can also be found at>About>Forms

A full manual can be found here

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 (although DMA makes no guarantees as to its accuracy)

Lastly, below is a summary pdf of what we covered.

*Please note that all this material was supplementary to the workshop and is not a complete course in and of itself.

PS> It has been noted that the XLR cord release mechanism on the XA-25 audio handle can be tricky to operate.  Some XLR cords have a different style of rim latch which (when inserted) makes it seem like the XLR port release lever on the camera is loose or broken.  You simply have to firmly press the latch all the way towards the XLR cord housing to withdraw the cord.  After cord removal, you'll see the release lever is firm and springy again. This was noted with the long, blue taped XLR cord but may happen with others. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:45pm

Meet The Candidates 2012

The various candidates statements for the June 5th, 2012 elections.  Each candidate was invited to make a presentation in the DMA studios under identical conditions. Statements are up to 5 minutes in length, not edited & presented in random order.

Davis City Council Candidates

Yolo County Supervisor District 5

Yolo Superior Court Judge

Assembly 4th District

Freespeech, Cable and Telecom Companies, and the Internet

There is always a lot going on that threatens, sometimes in subtle ways, either your rights or your ability to exercise them.  In this interconnected age, we are also seeing in greater detail how other governments deal with the same rights we take for granted here in the US.  From communications access to freedom of speech keeping abreast of these issues isn't always easy, but failure to speak out about whatever concerns you will only lead to further erosion of the core freedoms this nation was founded on. So in that vein...