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Collection Scope and Content Notes

Corporate Records are comprised of the establishing instruments and operational documents of Community Media, Inc. Fact Sheets include the official corporate history and organizational departmental/personnel tree. The Articles of Incorporation file contains the corporate seal.

Personnel records are included in the series. Community Media employed one full time staff member who served as a grant writer, administrative assistant, and office manager, and shared accounting, marketing, and PR duties with Jackson; these responsibilities were delegated to separate paid positions only in the last couple of years of CM’s operation. Program Director Billy Jackson and Board President Major Mason, III, Ph.D., were awarded nominal salaries, and student intern Darnell “Werm” Grisham was eventually employed as coordinator of the VDS program. Professional freelance videographers were hired on a per-event basis as needed. All other CM members of the board volunteered their time. Student interns, managing A/V operations for VDS, and producing documentary films through the Community Eye program, were compensated by various programs, mainly by grants from YouthWorks, an Allegheny County franchise of a national youth employment initiative. Technical and career training were also covered under this program; detailed student personnel files are found in Series V., YouthWorks Programs.

Executive Personnel Records include personnel listings for the Executive Board and Executive Committees, as well as correspondence regarding the hire and retirement of individual board members. Employment Records include staff and volunteer personnel listings, correspondence with staff and volunteers regarding employment status, and documents relating to candidate interview procedures and initial employee evaluations practices.

Executive Correspondence, including e-mail print-outs, relates to CM operations, management, and community partners, and documents the administrative changes and dissolution of Community Media during a period from 2001-2002.

Awards and citations include certificates of recognition from the African-American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh City Council, Allegheny County Chief Executive James Roddey, and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, as well as U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA).

Records of Corporate Development document management-level educational initiatives and community partnerships. Documents relating to executive retreats, seminars, and workshops include corporate consulting by the Washington Group of Pittsburgh, which resulted in a detailed three-year strategic plan, and a restructuring of Community Media’s Board of Directors.

Jackson eventually participated on the advisory boards for several community-driven and non-profit concerns, such as an African-American Cultural Committee advising Pittsburgh City Council, and the plans for development of an African-American Cultural Heritage Center in Pittsburgh, developing partnerships that would tangibly further CM’s mission; filed correspondence documents relationships with Tony Buba, producer of the film “Struggles in Steel,” the City Cultural Committee, the Allegheny Policy Council, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and PCTV, among others. Formal meeting minutes and related correspondence are filed by organization title.

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