Get Involved with Tech tAUk!

It’s hard to believe that Tech tAUk started off as a brand-new ATV show less than ten months ago — since then we’ve risen to prominence as one of ATV’s most advanced shows. We were recognized last Spring with awards for Best Show Intro Sequence, Best Website Content, and biggest of all, Best New Show. But if you thought our episodes last year were good, then look out, because we’ve just started.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans to make Tech tAUk better than ever this year. And we want your help.

We want to recruit a lot of students to contribute to Tech tAUk this year, and we’ve got lots of opportunities to get involved with the show. Here’s a quick peek at all the opportunities:

Interested in working on a television crew?
We’re looking for Camera Operators, Tech Directors, Set Managers, Sound Operators, Video Editors, Motion Graphics artists, and much more! And if you have no experience with these roles, don’t worry, we’ll train you and give you some great hands-on experience working on one of ATV’s highest production-value shows.

Interested in sharing your experience and passion with technology?
We want to bring many more voices and perspectives onto Tech tAUk this year. If you’ve done some cool stuff in the tech realm, or want to share your expertise and insights, we’d love to invite you to contribute to the show. Are you really into video games? Or perhaps you really like hacking or modding cool stuff? No matter what you’re interested in, we can certainly find a place for you as an on-camera contributor to Tech tAUk.

Don’t want to be on-camera? We’re also looking for researchers, who help us find the tech stories and topics that make it into our scripts. We also are welcoming anyone who would like to be a contributor to our Tech tAUk blog, which we are going to be making much heavier use of this year, and will be actively promoting on the show. If you really like to write about tech, this is a great opportunity to expose yourself to a growing audience.

Interested in producing freelance viral videos?
We’re starting a new initiative this year on Tech tAUk to provide support and promotion to students producing viral videos. If you’ve had ideas for getting your 15 minutes of fame on YouTube, but have been lacking in access to equipment, editing tools, or simply need help finding an audience, we invite you to participate in our Viral Videos Initiative. We’ll help you bring your ideas to life, and will then actively promote your videos on our show, on our website, and on our YouTube channel, exposing you to a growing audience of students.

I’m interested in joining, what should I do?
We are having a Tech tAUk Interest Meeting/Training this Saturday, September 4, 3:30-5:00 PM. The meeting will take place at the ATV studio in Mary Graydon Center 256, and anyone interested in participating is invited to attend.

Or, if you want more information about joining ATV in general (including information about Tech tAUk, as well as ATV’s other shows and departments), come to ATV’s General Interest Meeting on Tuesday, August 31, at 7:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Co-Producers Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman. Thanks for your interest; we’re looking forward to an awesome 2010-11 season of Tech tAUk!

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.