GNAT’s ray of sunshine in the Northshire: Nonprofit hopes its real-time commitment to government coverage will yield more fans | Business

In this article, you will get all the information regarding GNAT’s ray of sunshine in the Northshire: Nonprofit hopes its real-time commitment to government coverage will yield more fans | Business

SUNDERLAND – From her office in Sunderland on Thursday, Greater Northshire Access Television executive director Tammie Reilly notes that it’s Sunshine Week – a news industry event promoting openness and transparency within the government.

The timing is right, as the paid part-timers of his organization have just done their part by helping to broadcast six area town meetings — not only on GNAT-TV’s cable channels, but also on its website, its YouTube channel, on social media platforms and streaming services. There were plans to broadcast a seventh town meeting, but technical problems relegated footage from Londonderry to tape delay rather than a live broadcast.

“Our goal is more community engagement,” Reilly said. “The more places we can make available the more we can promote our provision and in real time the hope is that this will increase civic engagement.”

“We covered 189 government meetings last fiscal year and 185 the year before, or just under 200 meetings a year,” Reilly said. “Most of them choose school boards and commissions. We are seeing an increased interest in planning advice. As we try to meet this need, we are looking for volunteers to help us.

“The bigger picture is that most of this work is done throughout the year,” she added.

That said, Reilly is thrilled that GNAT was able to invest in the human resources and technology that allowed it to broadcast Town Meeting live across multiple platforms.

“We streamed meetings on our cable channel and our website on Facebook and social platforms, as well as over-the-top services like Apple, Roku and Fire,” Reilly said. Thanks to this investment — made possible by donors, as well as fees from Comcast — “we can make meetings accessible to more people and in more places in real time.”

“We broadcast six of the seven meetings live for the first time,” Reilly said. “We are super excited and the citizens are super excited. We plan to continue to build this capacity throughout this year.

GNAT’s improved technical capability has served the Manchester Journal well. Last Saturday, when a snowstorm made travel difficult, the live broadcast of the Manchester ground meeting allowed a reporter to take notes in real time. On the day of the town meeting, when in-person attendance at the Winhall town meeting was not possible, footage of the meeting was available online for review.

The not-for-profit media station is also trying to overcome limitations in Londonderry, Reilly said.

“Live streaming is always an adventure,” she said

According to Reilly, about 245 people were watching on GNAT’s YouTube channel and another 312 on its Facebook page, for a total of 567. “It’s not bad not having a lot of promotion,” she said.

GNAT switched to paid staff instead of volunteers 10 years ago, Reilly says, to ensure government meetings were followed and filmed. That said, demand for meeting coverage is only growing, and she hopes additional volunteers and staff — especially in mountain towns — will help the public hotspot meet the demands of its mission.

The network plans to attend a job fair scheduled for Burr and Burton Academy next month, hoping to attract more part-time cameramen. Two current BBA students already work for the station, Reilly said.

.

GNAT’s ray of sunshine in the Northshire: Nonprofit hopes its real-time commitment to government coverage will yield more fans | Business

For more visit ReportedCrime.com

Latest News by ReportedCrime.com

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: