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1 The Civil Engineering Today TV Show A simple and cheap way to communicate ideas to both membership and the broader community

2 The most recent episode: the Good Samaritan Bill in Massachusetts Legislature The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

3 TYPES OF TOPICS Local infrastructure projects Recent event affecting infrastructure Individuals doing fascinating work Basic information the public should know about a civil engineering topic Active legislation K-12 STEM Outreach

4 The Civil Engineering Today TV Show May sound intimidating, but it is SIMPLE! 1.Get a show. 2.Get a Host. 3.Get a Guest. 4.Make a show.

5 Heres why it is so easy to get started… As part of community cable deals, Towns get TV studios Cable companies required to spend significant $ keeping studios running and state-of-the-art There is almost never enough programming The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

6 IS IT EXPENSIVE? No. $250 BNN Membership Fee $50 per show We do one show per month, so the total cost is only $850/year The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

7 Where do you get the $850? We hold a sponsorship campaign. One of the benefits is getting listed in the credits as a sponsor. The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

8 Who watches it? Good question. Live, who knows… But online or on DVD… Create an audience. Stream the show on YouTube. Make copies on DVD. Make episodes geared towards: engineers, colleges, K-12 and the public. The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

9 Is it scary? Its live… Yeah, but if a show airs and nobody sees it… The Civil Engineering Today TV Show Seriously, it is just plain old fun. Everybody pictures civil engineers as being so introverted, but so many of us just LOVE to talk about what we do. The show is just a 22 minute conversation.

10 Is it time consuming? At first, we spent a ton of time on it. In no time, we were spending very little time preparing – the episodes come out better when not rehearsed. We only do the show once per month. The toughest part is finding the guests. The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

11 How the Show Gets Online At the end of each show we receive a DVD. Some studios have the ability to post the shows online for you – ours does not. Buy video editing software like NERO Import the dvd, edit it, and export it as an MP4 Open a YouTube account and upload the MP4s The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

12 Getting people to view online Add lots of search tags Tell schools and universities about it. Put the link in numerous social site postings. Find people to like or retweet the link. Upload videos in a timely manner. Let membership know any way you can. The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

13 Getting people to view online The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

14 Getting people to view online The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

15 Some No-nos… Do not advertise a product and never state product prices. Do not use copyrighted music for the opening and closing credits. Do not wear bright white clothing or make white background powerpoints Do not put text in Powerpoints near edges The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

16 Helpful Hints Always have fun with it. If the host is not having fun, the show is miserable to watch. Just do it live. Imperfections make the show better. Perfection takes time. Get the agencies etc. involved, but do not be dependent on them. If a show is on a particular project, get client permission. Sit up straight and comb your hair. The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

17 Feel free to ask for help The Civil Engineering Today TV Show

18 Questions? The Civil Engineering Today TV Show


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