FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                Date:  May 25, 2001

                                                                        Contact:  Lezli Austen

Access 4 public television wins award in national video contest

SPRINGFIELD – Access 4, Springfield’s public access television channel operated by the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been selected as the winner in the category of Overall Excellence in Public Access Television in the national Hometown Video Festival contest for the second consecutive year.

The contest, sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, recognizes outstanding local cable programs that are produced by or for public, educational, and governmental access channels and local origination channels. This year’s Video Festival, the twenty-fourth, received more than 1,700 entries.

          The Video Festival is unique in that judging is not limited to technical quality and execution. Entries are also rated according to how they address community concerns, challenge traditional television formats, and use creative ways to approach their subjects.  Jan Morrow, Access 4 coordinator, will accept the award at the Alliance’s national conference on July 11 in Washington, D.C.

Springfield’s access channel was established in March 1985 with a goal to provide a forum for groups and individuals to address community needs and concerns. UIS maintains the channel by agreement with the city of Springfield and Insight Communications and  it is funded by a grant from Insight Communications. The university provides professional staffing and gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to utilize skills they are learning in their classes.

Community volunteers have been responsible for creating more than 5,000 programs in the last 16 years. Local programs are aired Monday through Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and on weekends from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Morrow at 206-6799.