Posts Tagged ‘pctv’

New Workshop: Social Media

April 13, 2010

The birth of social networking and social media has presented an entirely new way to communicate with one another. Since it’s internet-based, it is a phenomenon that allows itself to constantly change and improve. And though it’s a relatively new technology, such a staggering number of people use social media tools that it almost seems alternative to not jump on the bandwagon.

A lot of people and businesses are now using the internet to connect with loyal consumers, other businesses, and old friends. In fact, there are an estimated 400 million people who use Facebook alone, according to Facebook’s official stats, which includes approximately 1/3 of the U.S. population1. This is important to know for those who have an idea, product, brand, show, etc that they seek to promote; the people that you want to reach are very, or extremely, likely to use sites such as Facebook or Twitter. And the best way to reach them is by meeting them where they already are.

These are major reasons why PCTV is offering a workshop about social media entitled Social Media as a Promotional Tool. It is mainly tailored to producers of the station who want to promote their PCTV program, but producers or partners wanting to use the knowledge to promote their non-profit organization are also welcome. In the workshop we will be discussing Twitter, multiple facets of Facebook, and information gathering tools such as RSS, bookmarks, and alerts. In addition to a PowerPoint presentation, workshop participants will receive a hand-out that will include more detailed instructions on how to use the technology that will be taught.

The first workshop will take place at the station next week–Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00pm. There is a $5 fee that will be used to reserve your spot, and the whole session shouldn’t take more than 2 hours. Contact Christie at 412-322-7570 or christie@pctv21.org for more information.

1 Source: “By the Numbers: Facebook vs the United States” by Muhammed Saleem for Mashable http://mashable.com/2010/04/05/facebook-us-infographic/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Mashable+(Mashable)

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Community Producers Meeting

March 23, 2010

If you produce a show on PCTV then you have probably heard that there have been and will continue to be some changes taking place in regard to programming. On March 29th you can learn about all of these updates, as well as what’s going on with:

Facilities and Equipment
Youth Programming
Training
the Organization
Financial Resources
the Website

Producers, please join us for a Community Producers Meeting this Monday, March 29th at 6:30pm in the PCTV Studio. PCTV Executive Director John Patterson will be discussing the future of PCTV and will also address any questions or concerns brought up at January’s Annual Open Meeting.

If you plan to attend, give us a call (412-322-7570) or send an e-mail (info@pctv21.org). Hope to see you there!

Join Us for an Evening at Heinz Hall

March 1, 2010

We’re pleased to announce that Pittsburgh Community Television has become a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Community Partner! In the past, the Community Partners’ concert has showcased names such as Isaac Hayes and Chaka Khan.

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We ask you to join PCTV for this special event. This June, disco icon Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”) will grace the stage with her presence and performance for the Community Partners’ concert. When you use our code to purchase tickets, all of the proceeds go directly to PCTV! What a great way to support community television and enjoy a night out at the same time!

Here are the important details:

Check out more information about this year’s PSO Community Partners event. For more information about the PSO Community Partners program, click here. Hope to see you there!

PJ’s for Haiti

February 4, 2010

In light of the recent tragic earthquake, it’s been amazing to see so many people from all different walks of life come together to help the people of Haiti as best they could. Community Producer Shirley Douglas and the girls from PJ Talk are also doing their part, and they ask you to join them in their endeavor.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/ / CC BY 2.0)

Shirley is asking for donations of baby and children’s sized pajamas (new or in good condition) to be given to Haitian kids who were victims of the earthquake. In the lobby of the Pittsburgh Community Television station there is a big green bin in which the pajamas may be dropped off. If you have any pajamas that you can donate, please come by to our building at 1300 Western Avenue in Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 412-322-7570 or send an email (info@pctv21.org). Thank you in advance for your donation!

Annual Open Meeting and New Programming

January 19, 2010

If you plan to come to our Annual Open Meeting this Friday at 6:30pm, today is the last day to RSVP. If you’re interested in knowing PCTV’s goals for the year and beyond, asking questions, or meeting the board and fellow producers, then this is the meeting you should sign up for! It’s free, and refreshments are included. Let us know TODAY via phone (412-322-7570) or e-mail (info@pctv21.org) if you are going to come.

Just last week Monica, our Special Projects Director, taped the Spirit of King Awards at the Kingsley Association to air on PCTV. Here’s a preview of the ceremony:

This premieres on January 28th at 7:00pm and the replay dates are:
Saturday 1/30/2010, 10:00 PM
Monday 2/1/2010, 12:00 PM
Friday 2/5/2010, 6:00 PM
Tuesday 2/9/2010, 1:00 PM
Friday 2/12/2010, 3:00 PM

And of course, if you don’t get Pittsburgh Community TV on your television, you can watch the Spirit of King Awards via our live stream on http://www.pctv21.org .

Finally, we are excited to announce PCTV’s new partnership with Saturday Light Brigade, a family radio show. Along with participating radio stations in the area, PCTV channel 21 will now broadcast SLB’s radio feed accompanied by a photo montage. You can catch the program on Saturdays at 6am-9am. For more information about the Saturday Light Brigade, visit their website: http://www.slbradio.org

Happy 2010!

December 31, 2009

It’s amazing to think about how fast this year–and this decade(!)–has gone by, and how much PCTV has experienced throughout 2009. We had the Cable Advisory Group Meetings, acquired a new Executive Director, mobilized our supporters and went to city council meetings during the final stages of the Verizon cable franchise process, attended outreach events, produced various special projects (including our G-20 show), and conducted our annual fundraising campaign. We accomplished many tasks that will enable us to make positive changes for 2010.

My personal goal for PCTV in the new year is to expand and enhance our presence on the web through community social media tools. For example, our location is now added on the geolocation (and game!) site Foursquare! We’ll have to think of some fun incentives for people to “check in” during their visits to our building. You can locate us on Foursquare by searching for “Pittsburgh Community Television”. We have a couple other social media ideas up our sleeve as well, but what other social network platforms would you like PCTV to implement? If you work for a non-profit, what tools have worked well for your business or charity?

Thank you for the help you have given PCTV throughout the year. Happy New Year from everyone here at Pittsburgh Community Television!

PCTV’s G-20 Footage

October 7, 2009

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What is the G-20?

G-20: How it Affected Pittsburgh

G-20: Impact on Pittsburgh

G-20 Demonstrations—Highlights

The Viewfinder

October 7, 2009

We just sent out a new issue of The Viewfinder—Pittsburgh Community Television’s e-newsletter. This current issue includes information about the Verizon Franchise Agreement“Inside the Outside of G-20”, a Producer Spotlight, and an introduction from John Patterson, our Executive Director. Are you signed up for The Viewfinder? If not, just send an e-mail requesting to be on the PCTV to info@pctv21.org.

It’s that time once again to apply for a series time slot for the January 2010-June 2010 season! The deadline for applying is October 31st at 5pm, and you can download the application form from our website.

Were you able to catch our live call-in program “Inside the Outside of G-20”? If so, what did you think? Do you think we should produce programs that are similar in their format to this in the future? Go ahead and leave us a message in the comments. If you haven’t gotten the chance to watch it on PCTV, you can view clips from the program on our YouTube page.

Final Vote Sept 15th

September 10, 2009

Quick update about the Verizon Cable Franchise Agreement:

Yesterday during their Standing Committees Meeting, City Council gave tentative approval to the current Verizon franchise agreement (3 for the agreement, 4 abstentions, 2 not present). Pittsburgh Community Television is asking for your help in this process one last time.

Before City Council approves this contract, it needs to take PCTV concerns into consideration and work to resolve them. In order to do this, we need to make sure PCTV remains on the top of their priority list. You can help by contacting your city council representative by phone or e-mail (even if you’ve done so already) and giving them the same message we have been relaying to them for weeks: Pittsburgh Community Television is important to me and the community; give Pittsburgh and PCTV the best deal possible in this franchise agreement.

We are almost at the end of this Verizon process, and we thank you for all of your support.

District 1 Darlene M. Harris
darlene.harris@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2135

District 2 Theresa Kail-Smith
theresa.kail-smith@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-8963

District 3 Bruce Kraus
bruce.kraus@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2130

District 4 James Motznik
jim.motznik@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2131

District 5 Doug Shields
doug.shields@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-8965

District 6 Tonya Payne
tonya.payne@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2134

District 7 Patrick Dowd
patrick.dowd@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2140

District 8 William Peduto
william.peduto@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2133

District 9 Pastor Ricky Burgess
ricky.burgess@city.pittsburgh.pa.us
412-255-2137

It’s Not Over Yet

September 1, 2009

A HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who were able to make it to the City-County Building for the public hearing!!

Over 90 people registered to speak in front of city council for the hearing that lasted about 4 1/2 hours. Even though a lot of those people had to leave before their names were called, PCTV had a strong presence in the room–about 70 of the registered speakers were PCTV supporters who shared stories about the impact of the station on the community, demanded more funding and resources, and stressed the importance of their 1st Amendment rights and a level playing field to express themselves. The battle, as they say, was certainly a victory for Pittsburgh Community Television but we have not yet won the war. City Council still has to vote yea or nay on the agreement within 30 days, though due to the city government’s preoccupation with the G-20, the vote could be cast as early as next week.

We still need your help in order to influence city council to vote AGAINST the current Verizon Franchise Agreement. We urge you to contact your city council representative and let them know that the provisions in the current agreement are inadequate to meet the needs of Pittsburgh Community Television for the next 10 years.

The turn-out and eloquence of yesterday certainly made an impact on some council members’ thoughts toward our station, but some will need more persuasion to even consider voting against this agreement. Click here (or here) for a list of the city council members and their contact information, and, as always, if you have any questions for PCTV you can reach us at 412-322-7570. The future of Pittsburgh Community Television is in your hands!

Related news articles:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Verizon tells City Council it will open center for FiOS customers
WDUQ: Public Hearing held in City on Verizon Cable Agreement