Do you have an idea for a TV or Web show but don’t have the resources to make your program a reality? Now, you may produce your very own program, thanks to a new broadcast media center, provided by the Akronist and the Akron Digital Media Center.
Through using a series of networked mobile devices — like iPads, iPods and iPhones — any resident can quickly learn to broadcast interviews, talk shows and public discussions, which may then be aired via YouTube or through the channel of your choice.
Our media training program has focused on storytelling and journalism since 2010, but the new broadcast media center will open new doors of accessibility for residents, nonprofits, schools, advocacy groups and whoever else has a message they’d like to share with the Akron area.
Unlike our current video program, which involves on-location filming and post-production editing, our new broadcast media center eliminates the editing work and setup time and offers a finished show as soon as the filming wraps. Also, by using mobile devices, the system is simple to learn and works to further remove technical barriers faced by some community members when accessing digital media.
Because of the mobility of the equipment, we’ll also be able to livecast events throughout the city.
We’d like to thank our local funders Akron Community Foundation and GAR Foundation for making this idea a reality for residents. And of course, we’re thankful for the support of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.
The broadcast media center is located next door to the Akron Digital Media Center’s training and computer lab, on the first floor of the Main Library in downtown Akron. To learn more, e-mail the editor.