Thursday, January 28, 2015
Pictured: RVTV Producer Parker Mills puts his set design skills to use.
Putting Proper Policies In Place
We'll be keeping the bloviating brief this week, as I have an eight-page document linked here that I'd really like for you to read. It's not a page-turner, admittedly, but it is an important roadmap for how we go forward here at RVTV.
This new Community Access Policy is, as of today, the law of the land for Public Access here at the DMC, and it incorporates the Series Status, Underwriting and other ad-hoc policies adopted over the last two years, as well as finally laying to rest the old programming guidelines that had fallen significantly out of date.
Your Public Access Advisory Board spent over a year reviewing, rehashing and deliberating over the items in the CAP, including making some changes in response to your feedback. All of us at RVTV hope that it will provide for clarity and consistency going forward, but that's not all it's for.
This new policy also includes, perhaps for the first time, a very succinct statement of what the Mission of RVTV is: "To promote free speech and community media by and for the people of the Rogue Valley in order to increase meaningful participation in civic life."
The CAP goes on to delineate the purposes of Community Access:
The RVTV Community Access program exists to support the production and distribution of non-commercial, community based images, audio and video generated by the people of Southern Oregon. Towards these ends, RVTV shall, to the greatest extent feasible:
A. Provide the citizens, organizations and institutions of Southern Oregon access to digital media tools such as a high-definition production studio, audio and video field equipment and computer editing equipment;
B. Design and offer community education programs to train local residents in the use of media production equipment and facilities;
C. Promote non-commercial, community-based media programs and programming blocs;
D. Encourage the use of community access amongst a diverse range of individuals, organizations and institutions in order to promote cross-cultural education and understanding;
E. Assure that no censorship over program content on community access channels exist aside from the minimum necessary to comply with applicable laws against obscenity, gambling or commercial advertising.
F. Solicit community support for the public, education and government access activities provided by RVTV at the Southern Oregon Digital Media Center.
We hope that you share our mission and will join us in making it come to as best a fruition as our community is able to accomplish. Please support your Public Access Advisory Board in the months to come as they help gear up these efforts.