Wednesday, January 21, 2014
Pictured: Scenes from "Martin Luther King Day Celebration: January 19, 2015" broadcast live on RVTV from the Historic Ashland Armory.
Produced & Directed by Paul Collins.
Coming Together In 2015
As your faithful newsletter author completes a second full year here at Rogue Valley Community Television, it's humbling to look back at these remarkable years of rebirth and ramping up of efforts by an entire community of producers who have come together to revitalize independent digital media here in Southern Oregon.
We now have a fully-scheduled 24/7 cablecast and stream of predominantly local series and stand-alone shows from every corner of the Rogue Valley. Beyond mere hours of TV time, our Programming Bloc system has brought coherence and reliability to viewers who know that they'll be seeing Arts & Culture on Tuesday evenings, Education programming on weekday mornings, News & Politics in the afternoons and our increasingly impressive student film efforts on SOUP TV over 20 hours a week.
The Public Access Archive has become a vital companion to our live cable & streaming channels, with 71,208 views & downloads of 888 locally produced shows in 2013-14 (and our friends at Archive.org are rolling out a snazzy 'beta' version of our collection for us to preview). Our incoming generation of cord-cutters can still access hyper-local information, inspiration and culture that they're just not going to find with the usual suspects, so long as content creators take on the crucial task of being their own best outreach team.
Our producers have access to an impressive array of studio and field equipment, and they are well-represented by a Public Access Advisory Board which is working to protect their rights to film on the streets of Ashland just as much as it labors to raise the funds needed to obtain improved media gear. (Incidentally, the PAAB will be considering the final draft of a new Community Access Policy this week if you'd still like to get your comment in.)
My request to producers in this new year, especially the ones we haven't seen around the DMC in a while, is to renew your spirit in the community we're building every day here at RVTV -- pitch in and help out on somebody else's studio show, offer to lend a hand the next time you read or hear about a production out in the field, or just follow through and edit that next episode you've had 'in the can' for far too long.
If you need help on any of the above, let us know -- we're offering advanced workshops precisely because it's producers who let us know, over and over, that they want to learn more about green screen use, graphic design or wiring up that laptop & display. These are advanced skills that working professionals want to hand you the keys to -- the decision is yours to follow through.