CAPS media ECTV crew are stars

Fire Chief David Endaya being interviewed on CAPS.

The talented ECTV crew from El Camino High School recently interviewed City Fire Chief David Endaya , City Police Chief Ken Corney and Councilmember Erik Nasarenko in the CAPS Media Studio. The production was profiled in an extensive weekend feature article in the VC Star. The interviews are part of ECTV’s ongoing series of programs on the Thomas Fire. Throughout the year the students will explore a wide range of stories featuring people impacted by the fire.

The recognition for the ECTV students continue with the crew’s unprecedented five nominations as finalists for the Alliance for Community Media WAVE Awards (Western Alliance Video Excellence). Categories include Community Issues, Informational Culture, Informational Lifestyle, Informational Talk Show and Educational Access. The ECTV nominations are part of an impressive twelve nominations for the entire CAPS Media producers. The ECTV and CAPS Media producers are in competition with video producers from across the western United States.

CAPS Media is collaborating with the Ventura City Fire and Police, Ventura County Fire and Sheriff, the Museum of Ventura County, other community agencies on the Thomas Fire Stories Project. The project will feature personal stories of individuals and families whose lives were dramatically changed the night of December 4th and include extraordinary accounts of heroism, sacrifice, tragedy and healing.

CAPS Media is recording interviews with members of the public, fire fighters, first responders, officials and others who want to share their story. Everyone in the community impacted by the fire is invited to contribute to the archive of our common experience. Radio and television interviews will be conducted in Santa Paula, Ventura’s Westside, Northside and Ojai. Each interview is expected to last 15-20 minutes and will be conducted by CAPS Media producers. Selected stories will air on CAPS Television and Radio KPPQ 104.1 FM, and stream on Visit to find a convenient day and time to record your story and add it to the museum’s historic archive.

CAPS Media has set up an easy process for the public to share stories, photos and video for the historic project. Go to the CAPS Media website homepage (, on the Thomas Fires Stories image click on the Read More arrow in the lower right corner. The page presents more details on the project and step-by-step instructions on how to contribute photos, video and other media. If you have a story to tell or a tribute or thank you to share, send an email to or call the CAPS Media Center at 658.0500.

CAPS Media’s mission is to create an engaged and informed community through participation in electronic media. Join our community of enthusiastic engaged member/producers. To find out more come to orientation on the first Thursday of every month and learn how to become a member of CAPS. Member classes include HD videography/camera class held on the 2nd Thursday, Final Cut postproduction editing class on the 3rd Thursday, and CAPS Radio (KPPQ, FM 104.1) two-part classes on the 4th week. In every training session Member/Producers receive hands-on instruction in videography, video editing, radio production and more. All classes begin at 6pm at the CAPS Media Center, 65 Day Road. Once trained, member/producers may check out CAPS Media’s video cameras, tripods, audio gear and other production equipment to record their story and then book postproduction editing suites to craft the story they want to tell. Go to for information or call 658-0500.

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