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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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): firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Crystal Chandler | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Crystal is a first-generation Barbadian-American (yes! the same island where Rihanna is from). Although she grew up in neighboring West Medford, you could often find her hanging out around Somerville – usually splashing around at Dilboy pool or grabbing ice cream at JP Licks in Davis Sq. Crystal has always had a passion for media – often through a social justice lens. Since childhood, you could find her glued to the TV watching the news from around the world or filming with her iconic red Nikon camera. And her passion only grew from there.
Crystal attended Suffolk University where she majored in broadcast journalism and Spanish. Her love of video production and storytelling landed her a variety of opportunities including covering events with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama (among other dignitaries).
Crystal is a die-hard travelista who LOVES exploring new cultures both domestic and international. But when she’s not on an adventure, Crystal is crafting new ideas for video projects, mentoring young people or fighting for social justice issues. Crystal joined SMC in 2015 working for The Somerville Line show which focuses on community empowerment. Currently as the Assistant Director for the show, she enjoys using her platform to highlight the intersectional stories of often underrepresented communities. You can keep up with this social justice warrior on social media @TheCrystalLens. (And she also has 5 favorite colors – ask her about them!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somerville Neighborhood News Interns
Northeastern University | SNN Intern
Sheena is a senior at Northeastern University, working towards a BA in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. More importantly, she is a proud Indonesian– born and raised in Jakarta– who has worked with a couple of news outlet in her home country. She discovered her love of writing in the 8th grade, however is convinced that she found her calling in broadcast. Most of all, she is excited to be a member of SCATV.
Tufts University | SNN Intern
Laura is a senior at Tufts University, majoring in Film and Media Studies and Political Science. A proud Wisconsinite, Laura is very excited to get more involved in the community of Somerville. Even when she’s not at work, Laura is still busy being an obsessive video editor. That, or she’s re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
UMass Boston | SNN Intern
A senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Kelly studies English with a concentration in Professional and New Media Writing. Her fascination with fiction and poetry throughout her childhood led her to realize a deep appreciation for writing. Since, Kelly has worked with textual, video, audio, and social media storytelling to understand the influence and resilience of writing in its many forms. She hopes to apply these tools to entertain and inspire the SCATV community, and beyond.
Somerville Media Center Interns
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!
Emerson College | SMC Intern
Hello! My name is John DiLoreto, I am 18 years old and I attend Emerson College. I enjoy comedy, action, and science-fiction movies, metal music, and meeting new people to collaborate with.
Emerson College | SMC Intern
I’m a Wisconsin-born Houstonian who has a passion for Film and Studio TV. I am currently at Emerson College studying Visual and Media arts. I am also an ardent fan of all things sports and hope to help SMC’s programming with that in mind!
Emerson College | SMC Intern
Chantal is a junior at Emerson College pursuing a degree in Media Arts Production. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, and window shopping.