GCTV has enjoyed the privilege of serving you for the past 40+ years, being a vehicle of freedom speech and helping you to create and share community programs. At this time we, as an organization, find ourselves at a crossroads. We are aware many people are cutting the cord to cable in favor of internet based content platforms. At this juncture, GCTV is seeking input from the community as to how we can best serve you in this changing landscape of content production and broadcast while we also consider our options for financial viability going forward.
This is where you come in. GCTV will be emailing out surveys to the community, as well as making them available on our website and social media. We are looking for community input as to your needs for community media services. We recognize that what we have done in the past may not be relevant in the present or future. We want to know what a relevant community access station of today looks like to you. Please take 20 minutes to fill out the online survey. It will help us better serve you.
Thank you for your continued support. The surveys will be available sometime in the next two weeks. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
This first annual Peace Education Day gathers peace advocates and educators, officials and dignitaries, scholars and scientists, civic leaders and clergy, artists and entertainers to showcase practical approaches to sharing peace skills.
As another local election cycle is upon us I would like to take this opportunity to provide all interested parties with information about our political programming policy as well as reiterate our mask policy.
Political Programming Policy
GCTV Policies and Procedures Manual has a section written for political programming. Section 126.96.36.199 of the policy makes the distinction between political advocacyprogramming and non-partisan political programming and how these programs are scheduled. We encourage all producers of political programming to read this section carefully and contact GCTV staff with any questions you may have. Please note that it can take up to 7 days from the time we receive a finished video and signed User Access Agreement to broadcast the video. Please plan your productions accordingly.
For the protection of our staff, volunteers and producers GCTV is requiring both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear masks at all times when in the studio, accept for those actively on stage in the studio for a recorded show. Anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask should contact GCTV staff to arrange for remote assistance in the production of your video. You will not be permitted in the studio facility without a mask.
The Unknown with Covid-19
As infection rates increase we may be faced with a decision to close the studio again for the safety of staff and producers. In that event we will work to help producers create and send their programming to us remotely. This is a link to a video produced to show how a mobile device can be used to create programming for broadcast. https://youtu.be/NILEs3RZLog
For now, our studio facilities are open to the public, by appointment only and limited to 5 people plus staff. It is recommended that you schedule your production time in advance as scheduling is on a first come first served basis.
If you have any questions please contact Shannon Gale, Station Manager at email@example.com. Email is the best way to communicate, especially in the event GCTV must go remote.
GCTV will be closed the following days this summer.
July 25, 26, 27 & 29
September 5, 6, 7
We will otherwise be open for regular office hours as listed on our website. If you think you will need field equipment during the time we are closed please contact us so we can arrange for you to pick it up during our open hours.
Open hours are by appointment only and limited to 5 people at any given time.
GCTV would like to thank the Guilford Foundation for their generous support of our technology upgrade to our studio! Over the summer GCTV was awarded a grant to replace 3 of our studio cameras as well as our video switcher. Our new Tricaster Mini HD records HiDef video and now has the capability to stream a studio program LIVE to social media platforms such Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The studio is now fully operational and ready to welcome new shows for the holiday season and the New Year!
Please join us in thanking the Guilford Foundation for making this upgrade possible. GCTV is a non-profit organization that supports freedom of speech & community journalism by providing equipment & training to Guilford community members & other non-profit organizations looking to produce non-commercial programs for our cable channels. When you support The Guilford Foundation you support community organizations like GCTV.
Contact us today to schedule a training session or book your next studio shoot.
With a new school year underway GCTV has openings for student interns. While students of all ages are welcome at our studio we are looking for students who are currently in middle school and high school and have an interest in media production.
Interns have the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of production at GCTV. Training is provided in camera work, audio, directing, scripting and editing. If graphic design and animation is your thing we have a place for you here too! Let’s not forget about opportunities to be in front of the camera. If your interests are in acting, sportscasting, being an anchor for the 6pm news, or performing arts then GCTV is the place to start. Interns assist on various community programs and are given time to work on their own project ideas with state of the art technology.
No experience is necessary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a tour and see what we have to offer.
We are very excited to announce our first studio equipment upgrade in almost 10 years. Thanks to the generous support of the Guilford Foundation we will be replacing our studio cameras, and our video switcher. The new video switcher will give us the ability to broadcast Live from the studio to internet based channels such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Periscope. GCTV will also be replacing our 30+ year old intercom system that links camera crew and control room to each other during shoots.
We will be working on the upgrade during the month of August and early September and will be ready to produce new programs toward mid September. While our studio is under construction we will still be open for regular office hours for those who want to edit, sign out field equipment or discuss an upcoming project.
GCTV is Media You Create and now is the time to talk to us about your next project!
June is half over but we have a lot going on here at GCTV. Look for new episodes of Spiritual Invitation with Carla Augustyn and Expedition Earth with Scott Tucker. Also, new segments from The Florence Griswold House will also be coming to broadcast as they highlight their upcoming Fragile Earth exhibit. Of note, GCTV intern, Sam Stark is also interning with the Florence Griswold House. We are so pleased to have him share his video production skills with other organizations and have that content shared on our channels.
On June 26th at 6:30pm GCTV Board Member, Al DiMarzio, will give a presentation at the Library entitled “Ready, Set, Go…Make Your Video”. This free, 1 hour presentation will give an overview of the different types of cameras available for video production. Point and shoot cameras, pro cameras, cell phones and DSLRs will be covered and the pros and cons of each will be discussed. We hope you can join us for this informative presentation. Please register at the Guilford Free Library.
Later this month we will be filming the 4th Annual Student Video Contest Awards Ceremony. This will be held June 29th, 10am at the Guilford Free Library. We hope you will join us as we introduce the producers of the top 3 videos, debut their work and announce the contest winner. Please RSVP to email@example.com
GCTV will kick off it’s 2019 lecture series at the Guilford Free Library on Wednesday, May 8th with a presentation about using your mobile devices to make videos. This is a topic that was addressed briefly as part of another presentation last year, but we wanted to create a dedicated presentation. Mobile devices are used for so much more than just “talking on the phone” and their image capturing capabilities improve with each new release.
Mobile devices are a wonderful tool for community journalism and many of the standard practices of video composition apply when recording on mobile. There are some things that are unique to working with mobile which this lecture will address. Check out this clip from last year. We will revisit some of the things covered here in the upcoming lecture but invite you to come with questions of your own. You can register for this free lecture at the Guilford Free Library.
On May 29th we will return to the library with another lecture geared toward filming public events. We will cover logistics, shot composition, securing permission of the speaker and also have a question and answer section.
The May broadcast schedule is active with new shows from The Traveling Epicurean, Women and Family Life Center, Guilford Rotary and CT Shoreline Indivisible. We look forward to adding your show to the lineup soon! Contact us to learn more about becoming a community producer.