CommUnity Conversations is a TV series dedicated to connecting people with their community or to big ideas through informing conversation. This is not an interview talk show. Each show is a conversation in the public interest. It is a conversation between two people we call Contributors. Each conversation taps into the Contributor’s personal stories and knowledge; thereby, making a personal and possibly local connection to a universal topic.
After the video is made it becomes TV:
CommUnity Conversations plays on WPAA-TV at 6:30 PM Tuesday/Wednesday and 8:30 PM Monday, Thursday, Sunday and 1 PM Sunday. CommUnity Conversations can also be viewed online.
Who can be a Contributor?
Anyone can partner in public conversation with someone with a related or divergent interest. Contributors may be solicited by, or suggested by WPAA-TV staff; however, community members self-selection is preferred. A Wallingford,CT affiliation is desirable, but not required, for at least one of the participating Contributors.
Show Content is …
Contributors control the conversation and approve the program before it is released as TV. They identify talking points, show title and determine how they are referred to in the graphics. Contributors represent their own opinions. They can be total strangers to each other, peers or adversaries. Contributors lock down the plan of conversation in the 30 minutes prior to video capture. Contributors decide who among them will facilitate the on-camera chat. Essentially, Contributors are Producers of the content who do not have responsibility for technical aspects of video production.
To learn more read this (blog post).
To become a Contributor contact us at
wpaatv at gmail dot com
What does WPAA-TV do? WPAA-TV has created a predefined set and format for this program. It is a conversation between two people. WPAA-TV staff facilitates the scheduling, provides video production support including in-studio capture & post production with graphics. Video editing or post-production can take a few weeks. Each show averages about 12 hours of editing. Technically the videos are produced at WPAA-TV not ‘by’ WPAA-TV because WPAA-TV does not have editorial control. Contributors review the video rough-cut and make final edit decisions.
How It Works at the Studio?
On Tuesdays, WPAA-TV staff arrives at studioW (28 S Orchard St) at 5 pm to support the video capture. Contributors arrive between 5:15 and 5:30 PM.
The 1st 1/2 hour is typically a time to chat and go over the key conversation points. Collectively we get sound levels, confirm titles that identify the topic and Contributors and do other technical readiness tasks. One Contributor is identified as conversation facilitator. This individual will open the show “Welcome to CommUnity Conversations” with Contributor introductions and does the wrap up – thank you for joining us. The recorded conversation is 26 to 30 minutes in duration.The video capture session is done by 7 PM. Contributors can invite an audience or use the Internet stream. Ask about it.
Alternate evenings or times may be available to accommodate Contributor schedules.
What if something does not feel right?
There can be do-overs. Any section that the Contributors feel they want to retake can be done again. Anything Contributors identify to remove will be edited out in post-production.
Tell us what Tuesday you want to schedule.
|TBD||7 pm only|
|TBD||5:30 and 7 pm|
This program was inspired by the many social service providers, local foundations and other community support organizations in Wallingford that meet approximately eight times a year to foster collaboration and provide service related updates to each other. Much of what they share is information that can benefit our viewers.
If you are involved with a civic group or social service agency you can get more information about the Wallingford Community Resource Alliance (formerly Wallingford Forum) contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org
At a glance (as of 02/24/17) to be confirmed Contributors & Conversations:
- Add your topic … and Join Us in CommUnity Conversations
- Bottle Bill Legacy and Future – M&M Redemption (taped but circumstances changed)
- Youth At-Risk – Christina Nieves with Love146
- Veterans: Disabilities Advocacy The Empowering stretch! Lauren Murphy Alpha Veterans Disability Advocates & WLFD Veteran Services Officer: George Messier
- Hearing: Innovation and Cost Rebecca Champagne Disabilities Job Coach,Gaylord Hearing Center Audiologist TBD or Annie Bulger-Macdonald
- Local Media: Transforming with us — Dundee Benson Record-Journal TBD
- Literacy: Help comes in many forms — Literacy Volunteers & TBD (Planned for March 14th)
- Adult Education: How is it it’s own thing — Wallingford Adult Education with TBD
- What Preschool Teachers Want on Weekends – We Care Nonprofit
- Teen Programs Megan Lenzoo Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club
- Community & Policing: Chief of Police: William J. Wright with TBD
- Financial Literacy Local Bank Representatives