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Being Informed is Easy With BCTV

By Elisha Neubauer

In February of 2009, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded Berks County a substantial grant to create a hub for community information. This hub was constructed through the formation of a non-profit community television network, better known as the Berks Community Television or BCTV.

"A community that is actively engaged in open communication is a valuable thing," says Heather Adams, Executive Director of BCTV. "Especially in Berks County, where new hyperlocal initiatives, projects and revitalizations abound, we strive to keep the community 'informed and involved' by maintaining a forum for the sharing of information and the discussion of ideas."

BCTV provides television programs that are completely produced and hosted by Berks County residents. "These volunteers represent countless organizations, events, educational institutions, arts initiatives, cultural groups, and more," says Adams. The content, she explains, is driven by "topics of interest" to the community, including social issues, government, education, and community health.

In an internet age, BCTV also reaches Berks County through its website, www.BCTV.org. The site features a localized archive of on-air programs, online publications of investigative journalism, citizen journalism, and press content from local organizations. "We have heard many times that people who relocate here find BCTV & bctv.org to be a great resource to learn 'all about' Berks County," explains Adams.

BCTV hosts approximately 130 unique, community-driven television shows. The live shows allow for user participation through community phone-ins, and Berks County residents are encouraged to submit stories, videos, photos, and other media about events and activities within the area. Reporters provide thoroughly comprehensive information regarding quality of life issues in Berks County as well as abroad. Citizens reports divided amongst the east, west, north, and south areas of Berks round out the resident-driven news pertaining to the community.

Berks County Television lives by the motto "Be Involved, Be Informed." To become involved with this dedicated nonprofit, check their website for details on how you can become a citizen journalist, member, or simply register to become a website commenter.

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