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NEWSLETTER : RVTV Public Access Newsletter for 10 January 2014

RVTV Public Access Newsletter for 10 January 2014

Photo by Binuri Ranasinghe, licensed via Creative Commons


We’re proud to announce a new advanced workshop series for field producers who are looking to develop a literary script, storyboard or shooting script and bring their dream to the screen!

The Creative Process is a three-part series to help producers develop their documentary or short story with the intent of turning their concept into a video. While completion of the basic Field Production Certification series is recommended, The Creative Process is open to any resident of Southern Oregon – though space is limited to ten participants.

Just as with our Field course, RVTV Mentor David Bruce is presenting this series as his gift to the artists and filmmakers of the Rogue Valley. He’s even put together some promos for cablecast & streaming on RVTV to let the community know about this opportunity:

The Creative Process workshops will take place on successive Saturdays – January 25, February 8 and February 22 from 12-2 p.m. – with your writing/sketching homework in between! Reserve your seat now in the first-ever workshop for just $40 by e-mailing or calling (541) 552-6898.


We also wish to provide a shot at taking our new Intermediate Directing pair of workshops before launching into the expert-level studio courses (which starts with Advanced Green Screen on Feb. 19 & 26).

Braving the winter weather last month, Michael Ball, Peggy Siders and Dean Walker joined the ranks of certified Intermediate Directors who are eligible for advanced workshops – and we want to make sure all of you have this same opportunity!

Please join us on Wednesday, January 22 and again on January 29 from 6-8 p.m. as we dive into Production Design followed by Production Process, team-taught by RVTV production coordinator Brandon Givens and studio certification instructor Charles Douglas

In these workshops you’ll get tips on how to coordinate your sound, graphic and music elements, develop more dynamic shot progressions and camera movements and improve communications between your team. Take your studio show to the next level and learn about the tricks the pros use to get ‘that look’ you’ve been looking to emulate.

Please drop a line to Charles at or call (541) 552-6898 to get your space reserved – seating is limited and we already have some reservations lined up.


The studio schedule has been laid out after the fifth-consecutive lottery draft system held for producers who are kicking off brand-new public access TV series or continuing their ongoing efforts. Special recognition goes to Denise Ross as the latest recipient of the Awesome Award as the top volunteer of Fall Quarter 2013 – she set a new record with 75 volunteer hours donated to other public access producers in just three months!

Along with other leading volunteers Dean Walker, Joseph Kauth, David Wilson and Peggy Siders, they received ‘off the top’ production timeslot picks to recognize their efforts in helping others; it’s ‘Producers Helping Producers’ that has contributed so much to the rebirth of community access TV in Southern Oregon!

Here’s the layout of studio times for the rest of new quarter – mark your calendars for the next Studio Producers Meeting on March 5, and make your best efforts to help others and learn more about the art of TV production at the same time!

Fri. Jan. 17 5-8pm LIVE Oscar Rodriguez – Tiempo De Negocio

Sat. Jan. 18 9am-12pm David Wilson – In The Circle
12-3pm Peggy Siders – Southern Oregon Music
3-6pm Michael Ball – Southern Oregon Music

Sat. Jan. 25 9am-12pm Moon Dust – The Moon-Dust Story Hour
12-3pm Nancy Bloom – Life Passages
3-6pm Britt Ivy – Passion

Sat. Feb. 1 9am-12pm Bob Schropp – Animals Impacting Our Health
12-3pm Denise Ross – Grow Your Small Business On-Line
3-6pm Therese Swenson – Tough Times

Fri. Feb. 7 5-8pm LIVE Jason Houk – On The Media

Sat. Feb. 8 9am-12pm Britt Ivy – Passion
12-3pm Denise Ross – Grow Your Small Business On-Line
3-6pm Dean Walker – Presence

Sat. Feb. 15 9am-12pm Nancy Bloom – Life Passages
12-3pm Joseph Kauth – Cooking With Kumud
3-6pm Dean Walker – Presence

Fri. Feb. 21 5-8pm LIVE Joseph Kauth – Meditation, The Art Of Loving

Sat. Feb. 22 9am-12pm Joseph Kauth – The Art & Awareness Of…
12-3pm Peggy Siders – Southern Oregon Music
3-6pm Michael Ball – Southern Oregon Music

Sat. Mar. 1 9am-12pm Bob Schropp – Staying Connected
12-3pm Dean Walker – Presence
3-6pm Joseph Kauth – Cooking With Kumud

Fri. Mar. 7 5-8pm LIVE Jason Houk – On The Media

Sat. Mar. 8 9am-12pm Therese Swenson – Tough Times
12-3pm Denise Ross – Grow Your Small Business On-Line
3-6pm Moon Dust – The Moon-Dust Story Hour

Sat. Mar. 15 9am-12pm Denise Ross – Grow Your Small Business On-Line
12-3pm Dean Walker – Presence
3-6pm Britt Ivy – Passion

Fri. Mar. 21 5-8pm LIVE Joseph Kauth – The Art & Awareness Of…

Sat. Mar. 22 9am-12pm Joseph Kauth – Meditation, The Art Of Loving
12-3pm Peggy Siders – Southern Oregon Music
3-6pm Michael Ball – Southern Oregon Music

Sat. Mar. 29 9am-12pm Denise Ross – Grow Your Small Business On-Line
12-3pm Dean Walker – Presence
3-6pm David Wilson – Animals Matter

Please remember that our Cancellation Notice policy is now strictly enforced – don’t find out the hard way what this means, and please have a Plan B in place for any of your planned timeslot uses.


Due to staffing issues at the DMC, we are asking producers to submit their field productions, promos and any other programs to Brandon or Charles during these particular hours:

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Fridays 5-8pm
Saturdays 9am-6pm

This also applies to “walk-in consultations” – while we want to be open to inquires at all hours, the realities of limited staffing hours and increased operational demands make this a regrettable, but necessary request. If at all possible, make it a habit to call or preferably e-mail in advance to make an appointment. This will hopefully make for more efficient and successful outcomes for all concerned.

Please note that these program submission hours do not apply to any special appointments you’ve set up with RVTV staff – another incentive for pre-planned meetings – and your reservations to use the Public Access Edit Lab can be accomplished during any time of day that the lights are on at the DMC.


Due to budgetary issues (which are beyond our immediate control), RVTV must announce with immediate effect that we will not supply either SD cards for our Panasonic HD cameras or mini-DV tapes for our Canon Vixia HD cameras & our other standard definition cameras.

SD Cards are available at the SOU Bookstore as well as at many reputable vendors in local storefronts as well as at Internet-based outlets. Tapes are not available at the Bookstore but are also available at a variety of brick-and-mortar and virtual stores.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes…but on the bright side, this means you can retain your own recording media for future use!


Save money save the environment! Quit using plastic DVDs and get a re-usable thumbdrive to give us your program. You won’t have to pay for submitting local programs (a charge still applied on imports) and we’ll off-load your programs while you wait. It’s good for the Earth and good for your pocketbook, as well as saving RVTV staff a significant amount of time spent ripping DVDs.


We’re just going to keep belaboring the point: Social media tools are a key way for you to get the word out about YOUR programs to build YOUR audience on the Internet, which is quickly becoming the most important mass media platform in the world.

Those are our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please, ‘like’ in the former case and ‘follow’ in the later one. If you don’t have accounts on either or both, take five minutes each and set them up; you don’t have to give out personal information if you don’t want to in the process.

We’re counting on you to help us get the word out about your programs!


Our normal weekly equipment checkout time is on Wednesday between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Producers are highly encouraged to reserve the equipment they need IN ADVANCE. To do so, please e-mail Brandon Givens at or call (541) 552-6892. Please turn in equipment during this time and notify us in advance of any time conflicts – do NOT leave equipment at the front desk, the back counter, or with anyone other than Charles or Brandon.

News & schedules for studio production




One Way (“Un Solo Camino”)

Producer: Oscar Rodriguez
Director: Michael Rhoades
Graphics Manager: Joseph Kauth
Floor Manager: John Letz
Audio Engineer: TBA



Tough Times

Producer: Therese Swenson
Director: Michael Rhoades
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Floor Manager: Joseph Kauth
Camera Operator: Jack Lanni



Passion/Rogue Valley Solar Homes

Producer: Britt Ivy/Denise Ross
Director: Bob Scropp
Graphics Manager: Peggy Siders
Floor Manager: Gabriele Fellows
Audio Engineer: Michael Ball
Camera Operator: TBA

As you may have noticed, we are expanding our advance listing of crewmembers to make sure producers have lined up sufficient support from our RVTV Public Access crew pool; if you are having trouble finding volunteers, that probably means you need to be volunteering more yourself on other people’s shows!

If you would like to be contacted to Direct or crew for any programs, please contact Charles ( so that we can put Producers in contact with you. We always need capable Directors and crewmembers wanting to hone their skills!

New Dawn For Public Access: Part 6 – Building Blocs

A new programming bloc system looks to bring new viewers

By: Charles Douglas

As you heard about at our Quarterly Producers Meeting and noticed in these last few newsletters, Rogue Valley Community Television is quickly coming up to the expected ‘reboot’ date when we put a Programming Bloc system into effect.

What this new ‘master calendar’ for Community Access Channel 15 will look like in detail is still an open question – your input is still being gathered via e-mail and will be included in discussions with RVTV staff and with your Public Access Advisory Board.

What’s no longer in doubt is that this change is needed, and this change is coming. Just as we’ve gone through a re-envisioning process for our Digital Media Center facility and our strategies for on-demand Internet content and social media outreach, we’re similarly overhauling the way we schedule and program all of our public, education and government access channels.

Currently what the average viewer experiences on Channel 15 is rich with quality local programming…left unsaid in that happy remark is that they also have to sift through a rather chaotic timeslot scheme to find this programming. This is the result of a series schedule cobbled together over many, many years – like the layers of the ancient City of Troy.

We want to honor producers who’ve stuck with their programs for years or even decades in the same timeslots…but at the same time, most prime-time television schedules do go through necessary evolutions as the years pass to better meet viewer interest. RVTV must also honor its own policy, which states clearly that new local programming should be accorded the highest possible priority, since we are all about giving voice to underserved communities and previously silenced local perspectives.

So the new programing blocs will result in changes to when some of our series are aired; this is not only unavoidable, but desirable when considering the total viewer experience. What the proposed draft, as well as its alternatives generated by your feedback, also provides is a new way to present local content. RVTV will now be able to promise viewers a fairly sensible description of what they’re going to see on a given evening – which will include both our ongoing local series and those one-off special programs that are just as important (but which have little space to air in the current crowded schedule).

As we pledged to studio producers at the beginning of the month, RVTV staff will work with you to develop promos for your series, whether the airtimes are changing or not. You can see some examples by visiting the Public Access Archive at and typing “RVTV promo” in the search tool.

RVTV staff are also kicking around some creative proposals for ‘branding’ some of these blocs to gear them to particular sociopolitical subcultures. What about an early-morning health & exercise hour, or a late-night ‘conspiracy zone?’ We welcome your innovative, even zany ideas for how we can hook those short attention-spans out there, so please write to and let’s brainstorm together!

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