MATV Member Ose Schwab wins Hometown USA Media Award.
Ose Schwab, a community producer at MATV, Malden's Media Center, won first place in the "Audio Programming" category for the 2017 Hometown USA Media Awards, for the podcast version of her show Inside Malden: Ideas and Stories that Inspire. The Hometown Media Awards is the nation's largest festival honoring the work of local cable access and community media producers. The festival is administered through the foundation for the Alliance for Community Media, the national organization that promotes, protects and nurtures local access channels and community media centers throughout the United States. Inside Malden, which is also presented as a video program and has an online blog component at insidemalden.com, was launched in January 2016. It features in-depth conversations with Malden change-makers-thought leaders, artists, musicians, scientists, activists, writers, and so forth, who live or work in Malden. Former guests have included Souad Akib, president of the American Association of Arab Women; Mei Hung, Executive Director of the Chinese Culture Connection; Mai Du, Sifu/Owner of Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy; Chris and Grace Tkach, owners of Idle Hands Craft Ales; Yelena Beriyeva, world class pianist; Dr. Charles Grandson IV, former interim superintendent of Malden Public Schools and more. The program was conceived during Schwab's involvement with the citizen journalism program at MATV known as Neighborhood View. It was modelled on the award-winning public radio program On Being, produced and hosted by Krista Tippett who is known for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." Inside Malden received a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
An episode of "Inside Malden" features an intimate conversation with Sifu Mai Du, community resident, business owner, educator, activist and Kung Fu master. Schwab describes Inside Malden as a "show that introduces Malden to itself." She is inspired by the many individuals who live out their passions and beliefs and whose lives have intersected here in this community. Schwab likes to quote Nigerian writer, Chris Abani, who said, "what we know about how to be who we are" comes from stories. Through her intimate conversations with her guests on the show, she brings forth inspiring stories that give hope not only for our Malden community, but for the larger world. The latest episode is a special edition of the show, an edited recording of "Arts, Culture & Community," a panel discussion held during MATV Week and hosted by Schwab. It brought together arts activists from neighboring communities that were successful in raising funds, building sustainable enterprises and making an impact in the arts. The engaging and thought-provoking discussion helped participants to envision possibilities for nurturing the growth of arts and culture here in Malden. Members of the panel discussion for "Arts, Culture & Community". From left: Alvin Colon, Artist Co-founder & Director of Paris Street Gallery in Everett; Ose Schwab, host; Farah Mihoubi, Writer, Entrepreneur & Business Researcher; Jean Appolon, Choreographer, Master Teacher & Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions; Peter Ng, Artist, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; and Andy Jacobson, Board Chair of Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and Owner of Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus.
To listen to this and all of the "ideas and stories that inspire," you can stream or download the podcast by searching "Inside Malden" on your portable device. Visit the website at insidemalden.com to learn about the show, view or listen to individual episodes, find links and related reading, and engage with the material through online interaction. A video version of the show is cablecast on MATV (Comcast 3, Verizon 28) Sundays at 7:00pm and Thursdays at noon.