The Ashtabula County Newsnet
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The Ashtabula County Newsnet is the first local web-based news and information service dedicated to covering the people and issues affecting Ashtabula County. It’s as local as local gets… taking the news down to the microlocal level for people living in the 27 townships, municipalities and villages of Ashtabula County and is produced by Media Magic Productions, of Jefferson, Ohio. Our programming is now available online on our YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/AshtabulaCountyNews
Why ACN? Residents of Ashtabula County are hungry for news… news about their community, their local government, issues that affect their families and friends. They want a local news and information outlet that will listen to their concerns and let them voice their opinions.
Through daily news coverage, news magazines and special reports, the Ashtabula County Newsnet provides unparalleled coverage and in-depth analysis of the issues that are of most concern to the people and business leaders of Ashtabula County. From education and the arts, to agriculture and the environment, to healthcare and government concerns, and of course, local safety and business information, the ACN news magazines and programming are full service programs providing viewers in Ashtabula County with important local news and information that they can't get anywhere else.
Through the use of our state of the art cameras and editing technologies, and through social media and other web sites, such as ACN's YouTube channel, the staff at ACN covers the events that mean the most to Ashtabula County residents. We have experienced videographers, audio engineers, editors, producers/writers and reporters, available to work with other local news journalists. As a news journalist, News Director Cheryl Dickson-Walker is the winner of four Cleveland Emmy awards for newscasts and public affairs shows produced at WEWS-TV, in Cleveland, Ohio.
its inception in 2003, ACN ihas become an indispensable community asset.
By combining innovative technology, Emmy award-winning journalists, and a local
news team with a strong commitment to reporting, ACN puts the power of the
Internet to use and presents our online viewers with the
most comprehensive Ashtabula County news, health, business, arts and sports
Dickson-Walker is the founder and news director of the Ashtabula County Newsnet
and creative director of Media Magic
Productions, L.L.C. She brings to the business more than twenty years experience in
television and radio broadcasting and journalism, video production, marketing
A 1979 graduate of Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, Dickson-Walker has 18 years experience producing television and radio newscasts at WJW-TV and WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania and WFUN/WREO radio in Ashtabula, Ohio. Her background includes almost all facets of TV and video production, including scriptwriting, video and audio editing, line producing, reporting, assignment planning and crew management, news and special event videography, graphic production and using newsroom computer systems. She has also worked as a freelance newspaper feature writer and photographer for the Gazette Publications in Ashtabula County, Ohio.
has many years of experience in training new television producers, reporters,
college and high school interns and other young journalists, and has written
several training manuals for new employees.
She also worked closely with television broadcast consultants from Frank
Magid and Associates, Audience Research and Development and Media and Marketing.
While at WJW, Dickson-Walker worked with its parent company, Gillett
Communications, as a minority recruiter at national broadcast job fairs.
the past 20 years, Cheryl Dickson-Walker has been the recipient of many major
awards for journalism. In 1987, Dickson won the national Radio-Television News
Director's Association's Michele Clark Fellowship.
Since that time, she has won four Cleveland Emmy awards and ten Emmy
nominations for shows she's written and produced, and a national award from the
National Association of Black Journalists for International News Coverage.
David Grant Walker is the
operations manager and chief technical director of Media Magic Productions,
L.L.C. David brings to the business
more than fifteen years experience in computer technology, and audio and video
An accomplished musician
and composer, Walker designed and constructed Media Magic’s Black Cloud
Studios, a 24-track audio recording facility, along with Media Magic’s
computerized broadcast video editing facility, in New Lyme Township, Ohio.
His background includes computerized and analog audio and video
production, including video and audio editing, broadcast, corporate, graphic layout and production, and composing music
for video and radio and television commercial production.
David’s talents with his
Panasonic HVX-200 and Sony DXC D-30 broadcast video cameras have been put to use, locally and
nationally. His camerawork has aired on newscasts and specials on WUAB-TV and
WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, WJET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, and nationwide, on
the syndicated “Montel Williams” show.
Walker is responsible for
building and maintaining all of the AMD and Intel-based digital audio, video and
graphic computer systems used by Media Magic for its broadcasts. He also
installs and maintains Media Magic’s analog broadcast
video editing stations and mobile audio and video equipment.
An avid computer user
since his youth, David has become familiar with numerous computer software
programs in many areas. Walker’s software expertise includes audio programs
such as Sonar, Sonic Foundry’s Sound Forge, Acid and Vegas; video programs,
including Avid HD DV Express Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro2, Adobe After Effects; and
Encore DVD Authoring software and graphic
production programs, including Adobe Photoshop and Pagemaker. He also has an extensive background in traditional printing press
layout and design, having worked at Gowe Printing, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He
also designed newspaper ads and customer flyers for local businesses in
Prior to his work at Media
Magic, David indulged his love for computers and technology by working in
software sales for Micro Electronics Incorporated’s Micro Center computer
department stores, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
David Walker has received
recognition in the Ashtabula community for his efforts to help educate and train
local youth, including his work with the Growth Partnership’s, Ashtabula
County Mentorship Program. He is a member of the Cleveland Chapter of the
National Academy of Television, the Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce, and
works with the Northeast Ohio Videographers Association.
Your can reach the Ashtabula County Newsnet by contacting us at the following:
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