Malden News

Focus groups will shape the future of Malden Access TV

The Malden community is invited to participate in a series of focus groups that will explore the future of cable service, community media and technology. The four focus groups will be held March 1-2 at various locations in Malden.

These focus groups are part of the city of Malden and Malden Access TV’s cable franchise renewal process with Comcast. They provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and share their opinions about future services that could be available to the community through the Comcast cable system.

By participating in the focus groups, community members can learn how the cable system works — and opportunities for the future; hear more about community media and public, educational and government access television in Malden; see examples of how schools, community organizations, local government and businesses throughout the country are using modern media technology to communicate, educate and distribute information in this digital age; and provide their own ideas through brainstorming and completing a questionnaire.

The focus groups will be conducted by The Buske Group, a consulting firm assisting the MATV and the city during the cable franchise renewal process. In addition to the focus groups, residents will be able to provide feedback through telephone surveys and online surveys in the coming months.

The focus groups are free of charge, and refreshments will be served.

People interested in attending should select the one that is most appropriate or convenient (even if the focus group is not their constituency) and RSVP online by visiting matv.org.

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The schedule of the focus groups is as follows:

— Focus group for local government and business representatives: 10 a.m. to noon March 1 at Malden City Hall, 6th floor, 200 Pleasant St.

— Focus group for representatives of arts, culture, media and heritage organizations, patrons, volunteers and supporters: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 1 at the former firehouse station, 4 Laurel St.

— Focus group for school representatives, including teachers, administrators, parents and students: 1-2:30 p.m. March 2 at Salemwood School cafeteria, 529 Salem St. This focus group will take place during a teacher professional day in the Malden schools.

— Focus group for community, nonprofit, civic and faith-based organization representatives: 7-9 p.m. March 2 at Malden Senior Community Center, 7 Washington St.

For more information and to RSVP, visit matv.org.

About Sam Baltrusis (95 Articles)
Sam Baltrusis, author of "Ghosts of Boston," "Ghosts of Salem" and "13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts," is the former editor-in-chief of several regional publications including Spare Change News, Scout Somerville and Scout Cambridge. He has been featured as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's Haunted Encounters and has been a featured speaker at various local venues, including the Massachusetts State House.

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