MANHATTAN COMMUNITY ACCESS CORPORATION

aka Manhattan Neighborhood Network   |   New York, NY   |  www.mnn.org

Mission

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is a media learning, production, and distribution hub that promotes creative expression, independent voices, and community engagement. MNN is the largest cablecaster of original video programs in the country and the largest media education institution in the City of New York, offering Manhattan residents low-cost access to state-of-the-art media production and education As Manhattan's free, public access cable network, MNN provides community access to local video production, distribution, and educational services that inform, entertain, and enrich the lives of all New Yorkers. We actively strive to empower Manhattan residents to exercise their First Amendment rights in an open, uncensored and equitable forum.

Ruling year info

1993

President & CEO

Dan Coughlin

Main address

537 W 59th St

New York, NY 10019 USA

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EIN

13-3625426

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Media Education

Manhattan Neighborhood Network is the largest media education center in New York City. We offer hands-on classes in studio and field television production, basic editing, and more. Whether you want to learn how to create a TV program in our multi-camera studios, how to go into the field to capture a great story, how to edit your footage, or how to promote your TV program on social media, Manhattan Neighborhood Network has a TV production class for you.

MNN offers three types of classes: certification, advanced and workshop.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

MNN provides five public access channels for community use. We broadcast over 10,000 hours of originally created content on these channels annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

MNN provides studio space, cameras and editing stations to our community producers.

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Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pre-recorded hours of broadcast

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Holding steady

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9,600 hours of original local programming produced.

Number of organizational partners

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Holding steady

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125 NYC community organization partners

Number of studio shoots by community producers

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Holding steady

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4,946 studio shoots

Number of community producers

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Holding steady

Total number of classes offered

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Increasing

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177 free and paid classes, in-person and online. Does not include orientation sessions.

Number of paid registrants to classes

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Increasing

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1,075 registrations for paid classes. (Students may register for more than one class.)

Number of free registrants to classes

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Increasing

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524 registrations for free classes. (Students may register for more than one class.)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MNN's Vision: Empowering local voices and diverse views.

At MNN, we value:
* Access - providing community members with access to the media education, production and distribution resources available at MNN.
* Collaboration - working with community producers, nonprofits, and other independent media organizations to bring original stories and perspectives to local and global audiences.
* Community - participating as an organic part of the community we serve and supporting the work of local nonprofits, civic groups, and independent content creators.
* Empowerment - building the media knowledge and skills of MNN's constituents– particularly those whose voices are underrepresented in the media – to allow them to be heard in the public sphere.
* Freedom of Expression - the right of all people to freely express their opinions, views, and ideas in an equitable, respectful and safe environment.
* Diversity & Inclusion - celebrating differences, and respecting and serving people of all backgrounds and personal identities.
* Quality Programming - authentic voices and quality programming that expresses the lived experiences, unique perspectives and interests of each person.
* Sustainability - Ensuring sustainable practices in all programs and services so that future generations will benefit from having access to high-quality media education, production and distribution services and facilities.

For 30 years, MNN has provided community access to local video production, distribution, and educational services that inform, entertain, and enrich the lives of all New Yorkers. MNN is the largest cablecaster of original video programs in the country and the largest media education institution in the City of New York, offering Manhattan residents low cost access to state-of-the-art media production and education services at our two facilities.

In 2019 alone, MNN aired for free more than 9,600 hours of original local programming, produced by 549 Manhattan media makers, on seven cable TV channels to more than 500,000 Manhattan households. In addition, MNN programming is carried by our national program partner, Free Speech TV, to more than 20 million households nationwide carrying Dish and Directv satellite TV.

Workshops
MNN’s involvement with local organizations allows us to host events ranging from candidate debates with the League of Women Voters, the Amsterdam News, and the Gotham Gazette, to services like our NYXT.NYC cable and digital platform that partners with more than 125 NYC community-based organizations.

In East Harlem, MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center partners with dozens of community-based organizations such as George Washington High School, Catholic Charities, Union Settlement, and affordable housing group Operation Fightback. We also offer a Summer Youth Employment Program with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development that has enrolled hundreds of youth high school students over the last five years.

Media Education
MNN’s 59th Street facility welcomes 30,000 students, media makers, audience members, and guests every year, with MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse counting over 8,000 more participants. Our professional media education workshop saw more than 1,000 attendees in 2019.

Once certified, all students can use MNN’s media production facilities across Manhattan for free. Last year, MNN saw a stunning 4,946 shoots by 534 producers in our seven HD production studios that lasted on average 2.5 hours. The commercial value of such HD studio time is more than $18 million a year.

MNN is just one of five community media organizations in NYC producing high-quality local programming for cable TV subscribers and providing unique access to tens of thousands of residents every year. Independently and collectively, these dynamic media centers have become integral parts of their local communities, enhancing the quality of life of all New Yorkers.

Financials

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MANHATTAN COMMUNITY ACCESS CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Frank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
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Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

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