TVW Update April 2022
Letter from the President
Dear Friends of TVW:
Welcome to spring! While the cherry blossoms and tulips bloom, TVW is hard at work producing interim programming and building our capacity to serve you even better. Be sure to check out this TVW Update for everything going on…
2022 Q1 Programming. Yes, we covered the Legislative Session, and so much more! Take a look at that, along with an inside view of what’s coming up.
The Chief Justice Gerry Alexander Endowment for TVW. In May 2021, TVW seed funded an endowment to secure our long-term sustainability. Most people don’t know that our contract with the state of Washington only accounts from roughly 15 percent of our annual budget. As we plan for our future, the establishment of an endowment is a key component in ensuring TVW is around to serve as your lens into Washington state government for many, many years to come. Take a look to find out how you can be a part of this important work.
The FOREth Annual TVW Open. Quickly becoming the social event of the fall, learn how you can participate through a sponsorship or as a player while supporting the important work of TVW.
WSU Murrow College of Communication 46th Annual Symposium. TVW was pleased to partner with the Murrow College to sponsor and present at the state’s premier communications event. This is the second year we have been a part of this program and I foresee the partnership continuing.
Sunshine Week. Happening in mid-March, Sunshine Week is always a great opportunity to showcase the work of TVW in opening the world of state government to you! Check out this year’s activity right in this newsletter.
Thanks for reading and watching,
The Changing Seasons of TVW Programming
By Mike Bay, Vice President for Programming
We’re all familiar with the change of seasons: summer to fall, winter to spring.
When it comes to coverage, TVW has just two seasons: legislative season, and the interim season. We cover many of the same topics, but in other ways these two seasons are quite different. One is characterized by an intense focus on the State Capitol, and covering everything that happens in and around that big domed building; the other, by covering state government on the ground around Washington state, away from the Capitol.
During the interim season, like during the legislative season, we cover state boards and commissions dealing with issues from parks, to transportation planning, to policing and sentencing policy, to foster care, to public school issues, to fish and wildlife management, to mental health policy, to campaign finance oversight, to building codes, to child care, to college and workforce development, to cannabis policy, to state financial investments, to the judiciary and the courts, and much more.
The big differences? During the interim season, unlike the legislative season, we have the available air time to put these meetings on TV! And during the interim season, we tend to cover more meetings hosted by non-governmental organizations, but that still deal with public policy topics. Two examples: We recently took our cameras to Seattle to cover a conversation about Taiwan, also a “Future of Carbon Forum” featuring state legislators, state elected officials and congressional reps.
During the interim season, we also get back out on the road to produce programs that we temporarily put on the shelf during the legislative season:
Last year we covered the threat of a coast-inundating title wave with Tsunami Escape. This year’s topic? To be determined.
So check out TVW’s programming during this interim season – you might find something that you may not see during our prime-time legislative season. You can find out what we’re covering via TVW’s website, https://tvw.org/. You can always see what’s on TVW right now by checking out the online version of our 24/7 air signal at https://tvw.org/tvchannels/air.
Another Illuminating Sunshine Week
This year the nation celebrated the Freedom of Information Act and open government during Sunshine
Week, March 13 through 19, and TVW participated in this annual initiative by
providing unfiltered access to state government on television and online. Sunshine Week Resources.
“TVW consistently delivers nonpartisan, gavel-to-gavel coverage of state government activities for the
public to view and judge for themselves,” said Renee Radcliff-Sinclair, President and CEO of TVW.
It’s also a perfect time for TVW to partner with other media sources around Washington and share our
mission promoting open and equitable access. During Sunshine Week this year, Sinclair was invited to
participate in radio interviews, write Op-Ed articles for several newspapers and inspired other news
departments to write their own editorials and “shine a light” on this foundational aspect of our
TVW will continue our important work of covering all three branches of state government and
promoting transparency in government and the media and look forward to sharing Sunshine Week with
all of you again next March.
TVW launches new website in January
The new site features a consistent and intuitive design for easy navigation and finding relevant information fast. Viewers can watch live events, easily search archives, enjoy quick access to award winning programming and much more! This website is dedicated to the memory of Ron Main and is supported by our corporate and individual sponsors who want to make sure TVW remains your lens on state government.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie
The day includes: a round of golf, contests, team awards, and lots of socializing on and off the course.
We have reserved the entire course for the TVW Open. Learn more: https://tvw.org/tvw-open/
TVW Update January 2022
Welcome to the 2022 Legislative Session
Letter from TVW President and CEO, Renee Radcliff Sinclair
Once again, 2022 brings with it virtual sessions of the Legislature and Supreme Court reminding us that access to our state government —and the ways we work within it — will be a little different this year, but more important than ever.
We learned in 2020 and 2021 that flexibility is key. Through those years of virtual coverage, TVW adapted our workflows and systems to manage the information needs of our audience while still providing you with top-notch access to the work of your state government.
As we move into the heart of the 2022 Legislative Session, I hope you’ve had a few minutes to review the new resources available at TVW.org, featuring a new look and functionality reminiscent of the television applications we’ve all come to know in the last two years. In addition to accessing the work of your state government, spend a few moments perusing TVW’s engaging shows Inside Olympia, The Impact, Legislative Review, Field Report, The Decision, and Washington to Washington along with our many award-winning documentaries. It’s good stuff that will make you smarter about the policies addressed every day within the walls of your state government.
We look forward to continuing to be your lens into state government during this short, 60-day session and, as always, if you have thoughts about how we can serve you better, we are eager to hear from you.
2022 Legislative Session Off and Running!
Programming Highlights, by Vice President for Programming Mike Bay
Convened Monday Jan. 10. Scheduled to adjourn Thursday March 10. And TVW will cover all of it. Every floor debate. Every hearing of every legislative committee (the House has 20 committees, the Senate 15, and most meet multiple times per week). Weekly press conferences from legislative leaders, and the governor. And more. It’s a crazy-busy time of year!
When the Legislature convenes, it’s always a good reminder that this is why TVW was created: to give Washingtonians direct, unedited access to their state government. It’s all about transparency and access. Which has been doubly important during COVID, when most meetings happen virtually rather than in person.
If you’re going to follow the Washington Legislature, and TVW’s coverage of it, there are a few of web pages you need to get to know:
TVW’s Schedule Page will show you all our coverage on a given day: what’s live right now, what’s upcoming, and what’s already happened.
Speaking of what’s already happened, you can watch all our coverage afterward, on-demand, via our Video Archives. Maintaining an historical archive of legislative debates has always been part of TVW’s mission.
The State Legislature Web Page provides detailed information on bills, legislators, committees, how to testify, and much much more. Using this website in conjunction with the tvw.org web pages listed above, will give you a complete look at any issue the Legislature is considering. You’ll find links to TVW coverage on the Legislative website as well.
Comprehensive coverage of the State Legislature is nothing new for TVW. What is new, to a greater degree even than last year, is our coverage of state agencies, boards and commissions during the legislative session. Which is made possible, ironically enough, by COVID, which has pushed most meetings to virtual platforms, so TVW can cover without needing to be physically present with camera and crew. Just like our legislative coverage, links to non-legislative coverage are always available at tvw.org/schedule/.
TVW Welcomes New Staff
Aidan Torp – Production Technician – Aidan helps deliver content through TVW Master Control, routing camera feeds from the Capital Campus and virtual environments.
Kiyoshi Kubota – Streaming Technician – Kiyoshi provides support for TVW’s streaming services to make a smooth experience for our online viewers.
Nicole Grane – Office Administrator / Events Manager – Nicole is responsible for the day to day running of the office, President’s scheduling and TVW events including the Annual Gala and TVW Open Golf Tournament.
We’re Here to Help!
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