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Written By Al Jones
I want to start out this week with a little bit of bragging. We want to welcome little ‘Hunter Robert’ to both the Upshaw and Jones families. Born January 13th, he arrived considerably early at a weight of 3 lbs. 13 oz. I always thought being called a grandfather would make me feel old. I now know that nothing makes you feel young and vibrant again like the addition of a child to the family.
Not that anything could possibly top a new baby, but things are getting heated up at work as well. Many of our readers noticed that we changed our masthead on the front page in December. People have been asking us what the QE2 Network is about. Much like ‘Here’s the Scoop’ has been over the past nineteen years… it’s about community.
For about a year now, a group of us have been working on the concept of online community television. We now have the platform in place and have been testing it out with some videos we’ve created as well as a few submitted by folks we know. Now… we need to populate it with content.
I suppose we could buy some television show packages, much like a lot of conventional startups do, but that wouldn’t aid us in having a community feel. Nor would it foster any local talent. Besides, I can already watch the same dozen programs over and over again on the three hundred cable channels already out there. We want different. We want Community. So we’ve decided we want to create our own video personalities. We want local chefs creating cooking shows. We want local artisans showing us how they create. We want local comedians filming their shows. We want local theatrical productions, fashion shows, health and exercise shows, local music acts, music videos, gardening shows, car shows, sporting events and, of course, local community events. In short, we want to create our own video personalities to be recognizable in their own communities.
The QE2 Network will eventually be province wide, but in the meantime, it is our group’s intention to find some homegrown talent. We know that there are some folks out there that would do awesome as a video personality. But they probably don’t have all of the knowledge of how to record and edit their talents. So we’ve decided to host some FREE classes on how to properly record and edit video content. We are looking at January 29th for the first FREE classes.
This is not typical television. This will be a province wide, streaming and on demand entertainment and information network. Content creators retain 100% of their intellectual property rights. Episodes should fit into 20-30 minute clips. Longer productions will be split into series. Don’t know how to do that? Our FREE classes will teach you. Just bring your iPad, tablet and/or smartphones.
For those of you that just want to watch free local content, follow us on Facebook for now and we will update as this exciting new venture grows and builds steam. Just type QE2Network into the Facebook search bar.
If you truly believe in supporting local business, local community, and local performing arts of any kind, we hope you’ll all join us on this new venture.