SEEKING VOLUNTEER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: This role promotes the use of this program format to potential Contributors and manages the scheduling of Contributors. On recording days the set is prepped by this volunteer and fine details like accurate spelling of the names in the graphics are verified. After the show is produced, this volunteer helps contributors bring their conversations to the public with promotion in social media and conversion of content to podcast.

CommUnity Conversations is local television designed to empower and connect people through authentic, informing conversation. It is not an interview talk show. Each independently crafted conversation is in the public interest. Each conversation taps into Contributors’ personal stories and knowledge; thereby, making a personal and local connection to a topic determined by the Contributors. CommUnity Conversations can also be viewed online.

If you find technology daunting but are passionate about a topic in the public interest kind of way, this Make TV show opportunity may be for you. The plug-n-play format (set, graphic, capture method) is the same from production-to-production to simplify the overall process used by a variety of Contributors. The key is that the two Contributors are in control of the message.

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, a community member’s self-selection is preferred. A Wallingford, CT affiliation for at least one of the participating Contributors is required. Affiliation is broadly interpreted as having roots, or business or service interests in the community.

Disclaimer for CuC
This disclaimer is to appear at the end of each CommUnity Conversation (8/2016)

Conversations about … the content of the show?
Contributors control the conversation and approve the produced program before it is released as TV. They identify talking points, show title and determine how they are referred to in the graphics. The two Contributors can be total strangers, peers or adversaries each representing their own opinions. Contributors lock down the plan of conversation in the 30 minutes prior to video capture and decide who between them will facilitate the on-camera chat. Essentially, Contributors are producers of the content. They do not have responsibility for any technical aspects of video production. They can help find graphics and pictures (b-roll) that help tell the facts and fiction being explored. In summary, a Contributor is not required to be trained in video production but we promise you, you will painlessly learn along the way. They are responsible for the final editorial review of the video.

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To learn more read this (blog post).
To become a Contributor contact us at
wpaatv at gmail dot com

What is the role of WPAA-TV for this show?  WPAA-TV created the format for two people in conversation. After recording the conversation in studioW a volunteer provides post-production video editing support. This is when additional graphics are added and the video is tightened up to improve viewer engagement. 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 editorial decisions. Post-production is a college intern or HS Community Service opportunity.

Help is available: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Free help is available to prepare and file taxes: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

How It Works at the Studio?
Contributors arrive at WPAA-TV studioW (28 S Orchard St) for the day and time reserved (most often on a Tuesday).

The first 1/2 hour on site is typically a time for Contributors to go over the key conversation points. Collectively, Contributors and production support volunteers get sound levels, confirm captions that will represent the topic and do other technical readiness tasks. One Contributor is identified as the 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 in about 45 minutes. Contributors can invite an audience to the studio or use the Internet stream to share the RAW version of the conversation. Ask about it!

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.

Prospective Contributors & Conversations pre Covid that were never recorded. Is 2022 the year?

          • Add your topic … and Join Us in CommUnity Conversations
          • Wills, Trusts, and Probate with Atty. Steve Allinson and Lou Czerwinski
          • Teen Programs Carlos Collazo Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club
          • a conservative agenda’s impact on LGBTQ youth Nick D’Agostino with True Colors Executive Director
          • Mental Health in Community Kristin Crane with TBD
          • Adult Education: Its own thing — Wallingford Adult Education with TBD
          • What Preschool Teachers Want to Happen on Weekends – We Care Nonprofit (regrets that prospective contributor passed away, need time to regroup)
          • Financial Literacy Local Bank Representatives
          • Bottle Bill Legacy and Future – M&M Redemption (New legislation in 2021 – time for an update?)

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        Wallingford Community Resource Alliance
        CommUnity Conversations 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 with each other 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) at this email address wallingfordforum at gmail dot com

    • Feature Stories about Wallingford People Places and things is handled under Local Lens. Interview style. Guest hosts have been Ed McCarver and Georgian Lussier. You can guest host but this role requires the host do a pre-interview.