Mexican Food Connoisseur, Retired Hula-Hoop Champion, and member of the Professional Organization of English Majors, Brian Zipp has many interests. After hanging up his hula-hoop for good at the ripe old age of 7 after placing 2nd place in the El Paso, Texas, city-wide event Zippy continued his quest for fulfillment. Decades later, he has found that in community media production.
Zipp is a story-teller at heart and relishes the opportunity to work in a profession and in an environment devoted to encouraging and empowering people to share their voices–their stories, pursuits, passions, their messages and calls to action–with the larger community.
Getting his start in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at Public Media Network, Zipp has been involved in community media for more than a decade. Activities have ranged from television and radio production in all facets, to organizing and hosting regional film festivals, to connecting and partnering with members of the community and area non-profits to promote and encourage the use of the community asset that is access television.
Now at the old fire house in Union Square, Zipp continues to celebrate, remind and educate the public about the continued relevance of community media and importance of having a place where one can take advantage of the training, technology and transmission avenues available to them. Somerville is home to Massachusetts’ oldest access center, and Zipp fully intends to lead SCATV into a successful navigation through and evolution of the rapidly changing media landscape and the media needs of the community SCATV is committed to serve. You can reach him at email@example.com.
A native to Upstate NY, Erica has created a home here in the ‘Ville and has grown extremely enthusiastic with her work at SCATV. Since beginning her career in 2009 with community media, she has developed a better understanding of grassroots, community media and its significant role in our technologically-driven society. She believes through the use of media, social change can take place, which can offer a glimpse into the injustices and uniqueness of many communities. As the Membership and Outreach Director, some primary responsibilities include marketing & communications, event coordination, partnership & community building, member engagement and support, intern supervision & mentorship, facilitating community media productions including Hello Neighbor, Duck Village Stage Sessions, SCOUTV, Somerville: the Good Ole Days, Aging Well, Legacies: a Journey through the Interesting Lives of Elders and Maker Space as well as founding the Cinema Somerville Film Screening series, Rough Cut Media Series & Potluck & Lecture Series. Erica also enjoys collaborating on digital storytelling programs which increases awareness about issue-based topics impacting the Somerville community. Erica serves as the Vice Chair on the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region board of directors. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam has been involved in Public Access TV since his High School when a friend dragged him into Peabody TV. After interning at many different stations around the state and graduating in 2012 from Champlain College in Burlington VT, he went on to start up the PEG Access Stations at West Newbury and Middleton Massachusetts. After leaving West Newbury, he became the Operations Coordinator at Framingham Access TV. At Framingham, he was instrumental in Studio Operations, repairing equipment and teaching members about new tech that would be the future of creating video. As the Studio and Technical Manager for SCATV he hopes to bring new ideas and implementations to help make members shooting and editing experiences easer and faster. He is also a member of the Boston chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, being on the forefront of new ideas and changes in the broadcast world. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Dave Ortega has called Somerville home for 15 years. He believes that storytelling is intrinsic to being human and he loves that he works in a place that connects people and their stories with the means to tell them. He was previously involved with SCATV as a show cast and crew member and at Boston Free Radio where he co-hosted a radio show combining skit comedy, music and comics. He comes to SCATV from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University where for 12 years he worked as a Project Associate in film distribution. He has also taught comics as Visiting Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2016, he created an interactive educational comics project in collaboration with the Art Lab at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston. Through the years, his award-winning comics have been featured at the Small Press Expo, Comic Arts Brooklyn, New York Art Book Fair, Latino Comics Expo, Grand Comics Expo, Brooklyn Zine Fest among other places. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter began his career at age 6 with a groundbreaking documentary about his family’s Thanksgiving rituals. Met with forced enthusiasm from his parents, his passion was cemented and he’s never looked back. A Pittsburgh native, Peter moved to Somerville and was immediately struck by its vibrant, diverse community.
He is grateful to be in a position to both help share the stories of the community and to help members develop their skills and interests. If you are interested in getting involved in Somerville Neighborhood News, please get in touch with him (shameless plug): email@example.com. When not producing SNN, Peter spends his time as a cellist, a low-fi animator, and freelance videographer.
Heather McCormack is a 6 year resident of Somerville who is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented, in telling their stories in ways that are empowering, accessible, and active in promoting social change. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a BA in Communication and a Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latin@ studies. After graduation she began working at the Mystic Learning Center in Somerville, where she worked with youth age 5-21 in the Mystic Housing Development and developed a number of media and creative arts programs, including co-directing the Wild Tales youth theater program, collaborating with SCATV in creating a Film Production summer workshop series, and much more. In 2015 she received her M. Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Prevention Science and Practice program, winning the coveted Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute award. Additionally, she has been involved in radio since the age of 14, when she got her first radio show at WHAB in Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. More recently she co-hosted a local politics and activism talk show on UNRegular Radio, and is thrilled to be able to unite her multiple passions into her new role at SCATV as the Youth Media Coordinator and Boston Free Radio manager. You can reach her at HMack@scatvsomerville.org.
Jason is a Somerville native & Somerville High School alumni. He has been involved with SCATV for many years, being introduced via Next Generation Producers during his freshman year at Somerville High. Since then, Jason has developed a passion for all aspects of media. He has attended the University of Rhode Island for Film/Media & is an avid photographer. When Jason isn’t manning the front desk at SCATV, he’s running & maintaining his wedding photography business. Find him at the front desk or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hans Elmidor | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Hans has been involved in the videography field since the age of 16 as a Somerville High School student. He quickly learned that video was his career of choice. In 2011, he formed a video production company called Vision to Images Productions. Under this production company he began a new TV/web show called The Entertainer’s Show which provides a platform for underground performers who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts. Hans is eager to take these skills to next level into the commercial video world through his production company and is happy to be a creative sounding board for SCATV members. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Somerville Media Center Interns
Temi Adeleye | Emerson College | SNN Intern
Temi Adeleye is a multimedia reporter who enjoys telling the stories of others. She enjoys all multimedia elements but photography is her favorite. As a graduate student in Emerson’s journalism program, she has learned about the importance of in-depth research. She strives for objective reporting and has realized that this element resides in both text and visuals. In the future, she hopes to be an on-air reporter at a local news station. However, she is open to applying her knowledge of journalism in other areas.
Arden Jurskis | Emerson College | SMC Intern
Arden is a rising senior BA Writing For Film and Television student at Emerson College with a minor in Comedy Writing and Performance. Over the course of his time at Emerson, he’s written a myriad of pilots, comedy sketches, feature-length scripts, as well as contributing to the writing staff of over 15 college television shows. He has also executive produced two major television studio special productions: a live teleplay (Daddy?) and an absurdist sitcom (It’s Cool To Be A Yule). In his spare time, Arden likes to see great regional theatre, write plays and make strange jokes and videos on the internet. Most of all though, Arden is super excited to be spending his summer helping make cool stuff for the Somerville Media Center!
Edward Fitzgerald | Endicott College | SMC Intern
A lifelong Medford Massachusetts native, Eddie is entering his third year as a Communications major at Endicott College. Television and film have been a passion for Eddie for as long as he can remember, from watching Clifford the Big Red Dog with his grandmother in the morning before preschool, to binge watching practically everything Netflix has released in his dorm room. Before finding SCATV Eddie completed an internship with Danvers Community Access Television where he was able to learn about writing, filming, and editing. He’s excited to use these skills, and develop more, while at SCATV!
John David Mazzarella | Emerson College | SMC Intern
A rising Sophomore at Emerson College, John is a Visual Media Arts major. John’s goal in life is simply to tell stories and he’s done so by making movies since he was old enough to hold a camera. John’s skills in filmmaking grew considerably when he participated in a precollege summer program at Emerson College. The experience at this program proved to be instrumental in his being accepted into Emerson College for the class of 2020. John is excited to become a member of this community at Somerville Media Center, and get more experience with collaboration in the process.
Olivia Whitaker | Northeastern University | Youth Media Intern
Olivia is a second-year Scorpio at Northeastern University studying Communication/Media Production and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her obsession with television started on her living room couch in middle school when her dad insisted on watching Sportscenter while the two ate breakfast together each morning. Before long, she was hooked, and determined to be the one calling the shots one day. Throughout high school and three semesters at Northeastern, she developed her skills as an editor, producer, director, and writer, finding her true passion in the director’s chair, working to ensure the best possible production. Now at SCATV, Olivia is excited and delighted to be surrounded by talented, passionate, creative people who support each other to make community media of all kinds. Working with the Youth Media Program, she hopes to pass on some of her excitement about all things media to the next generation. She believes that children are the future and love is the why.
Victoria is a second year Media and Screen Studies major at Northeastern University. Her love for stories began when she was 6 years old, when her dad would tell her bedtime stories. A few years later she learned how to craft her own fairy tales, and soon she became the primary story teller at home. After discovering film and screenwriting in the her senior year of high school she knew that was the industry for her. Her passions led to her SCATV and she now interns here, where she can use and improve her storytelling skills.