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Clarkson University-Produced North Country Matters TV Series Wins Program Award

The St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of New York State won a 21st Century Platinum Program Award this spring for the North Country Matters television program.

NCMNorth Country Matters is a local public affairs video magazine produced at the WCKN studio at Clarkson University under the direction of Director of Media Creation & Production Dan Dullea. Students in his Mass Media and Society course help produce the show as part of their class project.

"Students do the filming, and community groups come up with topics and the guests," said Donna Seymour, AAUW-St. Lawrence County communications chairwoman and North Country Matters host. "It's a nice community and college partnership in terms of giving students experience and leveraging the capacity to explore issues."

North Country Matters focuses on topics of local interest, such as environmental issues, poverty and education. The program features community members sharing expertise, public officials explaining local budgetary and policy matters, and agencies highlighting their services.

"Conversations with Candidates," a voter education series designed to introduce voters to some of the candidates running for public office that year, airs each fall as part of North Country Matters. The non-partisan series invites candidates to explain their positions, records and ideas without talking about their opponents or negative campaigning.

"We developed a program style that we call civic journalism, and it is about enlightening people about problems in the area and about the great things going on," Dullea said.

Dullea, who has worked on North Country Matters for more than a decade, said he is happy Clarkson has allowed him to develop the program over the years and that the community has been so supportive.

"I'm humbled in a way because there are so many people who make this happen, and nobody was making money out of it," Dullea said. "Everyone was doing it out of a desire to make a better community when there aren't a lot of local video opportunities for people to understand what's going on."

The League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County also won the Thinking Outside the Box Award for North Country Matters and "Conversations with Candidates" this spring from the League of Women Voters of New York State.

North Country Matters is broadcast on WCKN Television, the public access channel for St. Lawrence County, on Time Warner digital cable channel 30.

Shows also are available on YouTube at .

The North Country Matters civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region include AAUW-St. Lawrence County, the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, and Clarkson University Media and Mass Communication students, who provide the technical expertise for the productions.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University students help produce the North Country Matters television program as part of their Mass Media and Society course. The St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women of New York State won a 21st Century Platinum Program Award this spring for North Country Matters.

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