Two Organizations, One Home
Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) and the Regional Educational Television Network (RETN) – now merged into the Media Factory – co-located in 2007 at 208 Flynn Avenue in Burlington's South End. During that time RETN and VCAM together successfully built a state-of-the-art media education classroom, a low power FM radio station (99.3 WBTV-LP), a new server room in partnership with CCTV/Town Meeting Television to house all of our technical channel operations, and rebranded our shared facility as the Media Factory.
In 2018, our boards entered a joint strategic planning process and assessment of community needs. The resulting plan called for RETN and VCAM to officially combine forces as the Media Factory to create a vibrant, 21st century community media center - ensuring that the Media Factory remains an essential community resource well into the future. The Media Factory merger was made official in April 2021.
Shared Vision and Values
We work tirelessly to advance free and open media, civic engagement and government transparency so that our communities are informed, connected and resilient. These values guide our collective efforts at the Media Factory:
Community Engagement The Media Factory will foster engagement in the community to engender more active participation in the public discourse, with an emphasis on the local community.
Diversity of Voices The Media Factory will encourage the participation of a diverse spectrum of the community, embracing a broad palette of ideas and perspectives without discrimination.
Free Speech The Media Factory will provide channels that serve as a platform for the free exchange of ideas and public dialogue, without censoring unpopular or controversial perspectives.
Teaching & Learning The Media Factory will be a place where learning happens, open to educators and learners of all ages, types, abilities, and skill levels.
Board of Directors
The Media Factory leadership team consists of an RETN Board of Directors, a VCAM Board of Directors, and a Media Factory Steering Committee.
The Media Factory staff is a dedicated team of media professionals who work every day to support community producers and share local stories.
Media Factory producers are the heart of our mediamaking community. Whether you're an experienced filmmaker, an aspiring radio DJ, or are just learning the ropes, we can help you take your craft further.