Your Opinion: JCTV volunteer gains skills

Dear Editor,

I was stunned to read that Jefferson City officials are considering cutting funding to JCTV. This public access station has greatly benefited both Jefferson City and me personally.

JCTV has significantly contributed to the community by covering numerous city events for several years, for example, the Christmas Parade and the Washington Park Ice Arena’s Annual Ice Show, to name just a few. There are also several regular shows that focus on Jefferson City community events, activities and issues.

Anyone can volunteer at the station and, after completing training, is welcome to make their own programs in the studio to air on the JCTV channel. Every year JCTV hosts a film festival that anyone can enter, complete with fantastic prizes and a special awards show.

JCTV offers so much to individuals as well. I am a 17-year old high school senior who is planning to major in journalism. Recently I discovered JCTV and began to volunteer at the studio. I have learned so much and done so many new things there that it feels like I have been volunteering at JCTV all my life. In reality, it has been only a year.

In that year I have learned a vast amount of skills and gained so much experience. The faculty taught me how to operate the video editing program and the professional television studio equipment. After learning to use the cameras, lights and computers, I was allowed to produce several programs myself. They also let me direct my own productions.

Just a few months ago I directed a short film using the studio’s new greenscreen — a piece of equipment I would never normally have had access to.

JCTV’s check-out equipment has been invaluable to me as well. Their video cameras and tripods made it possible for me to film footage on location for a documentary about 4-H’s nationwide MOHOCOLA project. Furthermore, JCTV has put me in touch with professionals who can help me further my career.

All these things have given me a huge boost into the real world of television production. I want others to have the chance to gain those same skills and learning experiences.

JCTV’s shutdown would be a terrible loss to the community. Funding must continue. Without it, JCTV will be forced to stop providing quality television programming, citywide event coverage, studio instruction and valuable career experience opportunities to the community.

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