If you find technology daunting but are passionate about a topic, CommUnity Conversations may be a perfect opportunity for you to be a contibutor.

Beth Tremaglio 2018 Contibutor, Race In Relations

CommUnity Conversations is a local television show designed to empower and connect people through authentic & informed 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 selected by the Contributors. The CommUnity Conversations TV show can also be viewed [ online ].


Our plug-n-play two-person format (set, graphic, capture method) is the same from production-to-production simplifying the overall process used by a variety of Contributors.

The key is that the two Contributors are in control of the message. This disclaimer is to appear at the end of each CommUnity Conversation


Who can be a Contributor?
Anyone can partner in conversation with someone with a related or divergent interest. Contributors may be solicited, or suggested, by WPAA-TV staff. However, community member self-selection is preferred. At least one of the participating Contributors is required to be affiliated with Wallingford. Affiliation is broadly interpreted as having roots, business, or service interests in our community. This includes organizations serving our state or nation. Excluded are faith-based organizations.

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Contributors control the conversation and approve the produced program before released on TV. They identify talking points, and the episode title, and confirm how they are referred to in the graphics. The two Contributors can be total strangers, peers, or adversaries. Each represents their expertise, interests, and opinions. Contributors lock down the plan of conversation in the 30 minutes before video capture. They 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 provide pictures and graphics (b-roll) that amplify the conversation’s exploration of facts and fiction. In summary, a Contributor is not required to be trained in video production. However, we promise that you will painlessly learn along the way.

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To become a Contributor contact us at our reservations Email

What is the role of WPAA-TV in this show?  WPAA-TV created the format for two people in conversation. After recording the conversation in studioW, a WPAA-TV volunteer provides post-production video editing support. Post-production is when images and text are added to make improvements upon the ‘as it happened’ recording. Post-production can take a few weeks. Each show requires a minimum of 10-12 hours of editing. Technically, the videos are produced at WPAA-TV not by WPAA-TV. WPAA-TV does not have editorial control. Contributors review the video rough-cut and make final editorial decisions. Post-production can be done by a college intern or someone interested in a Community Service opportunity.

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How does It work at the studio?
Contributors arrive at WPAA-TV studioW (28 S Orchard St) for the day and time reserved. Most often it will 6 p.m. on a Tuesday.

The first 1/2 hour on site is when the Contributors go over the key conversation points. Collectively, Contributors and the production support team handle the following: sound levels, confirming the topic captions and contributor titles, and 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 to observe the conversation.

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. This can happen during or after the recording session. Anything Contributors identify to remove will be edited out in post-production.

During the session: Take a breath. Count to 5 in your head. Start your answer or question again.

SEEKING VOLUNTEER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER(S): The individual in this Make-TV role has the following responsibilities: promote the use of this program format to potential Contributors, manage the scheduling of Contributors, and promote produced episodes. On studio dates, the Executive Producer prepares the set and attends to details such as the accurate spelling of the Contributor names in the lower-3rd graphics.

The 1st conversation was recorded in December 2015. The topics range from race relations, neighbors, guns, politics, domestic violence, and drug use. The opportunity is ideal for nonprofits. Conversation excerpts are also produced to highlight key ideas and/or promote the conversation. Shows can be viewed here [ online ].