"The image that you make of yourself, which may not be perfect, is better than the well-designed image made by someone else."
—Anthony Riddle, Director of Community Media
Brooklyn Free Speech is a New York Emmy-nominated community television network that provides Brooklyn residents with the opportunity to voice their hopes, dreams, ideas, and aspirations to their community.
Every week, on its four Public Access channels—which is cablecast to over 550,000 households—you can watch no limits content ranging from sports, to civic affairs, comedy, politics, spirituality, cooking, home improvement, self-help, and so much more.
6 Easy Steps To Get Your Own TV Show/Podcast
In order to use the media center's state-of-the-art television and podcast studios, production equipment, editing suites, and facilities—at no cost—you will need to become a Certified Community Producer.
Step 1: Orientation
In order to use the media center's state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, you will need to become a Certified Community Producer.
What is a Certified Community Producer?
A Certified Community Producer is anyone who has completed one of the nine (9) media education certification courses we offer: Television Studio Production @ The Media Center, Television Studio Production @ Coney Island Library, Video Production in the Field, Video Editing with Premiere, Mini-Studio Production, the Documentary Intensive, Initimate Eye: Capturing Theatrical Performance, Intro to Radio Podcasting, and Studio Podcasting..
Orientation is a pre-requisite for all individuals and organizations wishing to take our certification courses in order to use The Media Center's facilities and equipment to produce their program, regardless of production experience.
Attend a free orientation session and learn all about the free and low-cost, high-quality courses we offer at The Media Center in Fort Greene as well as five Brooklyn Public Library branches in Coney Island, East New York, Midwood, Park Slope, and Bushwick.
Step 2: Map
You're an artist! Think of the below as your blank canvas to map the film, TV, or podcast journey that you want to take at The Media Center. Happy mapping!
Step 3: Learn
After attending an orientation session, you can make a reservation to participate in one or more of our media education certification courses. To become a Certified Community Producer, complete one, or all of our media education certification courses.
If you have dreams about [television & film] production, you can come here and make it happen— that’s the way I feel.
You know what Brooklyn Free Speech represents to me?
It represents the open door.” — Robb Gilmore
Step 4: Become a TV/Web Series/Podcast Star
Congratulations! You've completed a certification course with our media education program and reached Certified Community Producer (CP) Status! Go you! You now have full access (in your particular area of certification) to use Brooklyn Free Speech's state-of-the-art media center—at no cost—to produce your own show on Brooklyn Free Speech.
Now that you're at CP Status, get your own TV show on Brooklyn Free Speech by filling out the new series application below AND calling or emailing Kareem Bland or Tyrone Gorin in our programming department at 718.683.5643 / 718.683.5644 / programming@BRICartsmedia.org to schedule an in-person appointment.
Step 5: Watch/Listen
Watch on Brooklyn Free Speech Television
Brooklyn Free Speech provides Brooklyn residents with an opportunity to voice their hopes, dreams, ideas, and aspirations to their community through its three Public Access television channels which is cablecast to over 550,000 households on Verizon FiOS, Spectrum, Optimum, and RCN— and worldwide via online streaming.
Listen on Brooklyn Free Speech Radio
Brooklyn Free Speech Radio is the borough's first community podcast network with content produced and edited by New York City's most diverse audio makers.
Step 6: Marketing
Okay, so you've completed steps one through five. You have this great content, but now how do you get the word out about what you've created? Marketing is sometimes the last thing that people think about but it's really the most important.
A few things to think about:
- Who is your audience? Quick hint: The answer is not everyone. Everything is not for everyone. Targeting is key. This Forbes article on decoding your target audience should help!
- If someone asked you about your show or web series, would you be able to tell them exactly what it is in a clear, concise way in under 60 seconds that actually makes them want to watch?
Practice your pitch, people. It matters!
- Do you have a logline/short description about your film, TV show, or short already written that would draw someone in and make them want to watch? Here's an article we love that gives you tips on how to write a great logline!
- Do you have consistent naming across your website and social channels? For example: Brooklyn Free Speech uses @BFreeBK for everything. If you want your not everyone audience to be able to find you, make it easy for them.
Your success is our goal. The Brooklyn Free Speech marketing team is here to ensure that you succeed. We'll be scheduling marketing workshops in the coming months, but for now if you have a question about how to market your Brooklyn Free Speech show please feel free to reach out.
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