QPTV offers opportunity to learn production skills
by Salvatore Isola
Oct 23, 2019 | 6752 views | 0 0 comments | 325 325 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For over 30 years, Queens Public Television (QPTV) has been a staple to the borough, and while its programming is familiar to thousands of residents, a less-publicized but equally essential service comes on the learning front.

QPTV is making greater efforts to highlight its services that can help residents adapt to the changing media landscape. This involves three informative courses that offer hands-on experience in studio production, field production, and editing.

The courses teach how to produce programs in a three-camera production studio, in remote locations with portable equipment, and in the editing room with Adobe Premiere software.

Roslyn Nieves, community development manager at QPTV, highlighted that the major benefit of the courses is how concise they are. Each course takes place over ten weeks for three hours a week and cost just $85, which she says is a far more affordable when compared to college courses.

Additionally, trainees can borrow cameras for free to create completely original programs.

“Once you take a course with us, we also teach you the importance of the type of content that you want to produce,” Nieves said. “The content is only as good as what effort you put into it, so it's up to the individual.”

For those producers with enough experience under their belt and finished programs at the ready but no place to broadcast, QPTV can help.

“A lot of people today, especially young people doing podcasts and doing videos, uploading to YouTube, Vimeo, some of them do know what they're doing,” Nieves informed. “If you have stuff right now, as long as it doesn't have commercial content, you can cut it up and put it on our channel.”

QPTV also rebranded recently with a new logo. James Faber, creative operations and strategy director at QPTV, said creating it took more thought than might initially appear.

Finalized in July, the logo took Faber one year to develop. It features the letter “Q” and a speech bubble representing QPTV’s commitment to free speech.

“Our main thing is that we are focused on free speech,” Faber said.

Learn more about the QPTV’s production courses and programming.

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