The CAPS Media crews are staying very busy and socially distanced during the current COVID-19 crisis producing educational and information videos for the City and County. As one example, CAPS crews facilitated an informative countywide community forum with government, law enforcement and agency officials with the topic “The intersection of race and law enforcement in our community.”
Days before the event, CAPS crews collaborated side-by-side with county staff to set up the logistics for the elaborate livestreamed, zoom meeting. The night of the meeting, CAPS covered the event with a four camera set-up, and documented the online forum which was livestreamed via social media on the County’s Facebook and Spanish pages.
The socially-distanced discussion took place in a conference room at the county government center for online viewers and included questions and comments from the “virtual” audience. The engaging and extremely topical and vital roundtable discussion was open to all members of the public who were invited to submit questions to the panelists that included Bill Ayub, Ventura County Sheriff; Claudia Bautista, Assistant Ventura County Public Defender; Regina Hatcher-Crawford, President, Ventura County NAACP; Sevet Johnson, Director, Ventura County Behavioral Health; Marcus Mitchell, Director, Ventura County Department of Child Support Services; Mike Powers, Ventura County Executive Officer; Greg Totten, Ventura County District Attorney; and Roslynn Wilfert, Representative, Black Lawyers of Ventura County. The forum was moderated by Monique Nowlin, County of Ventura Diversity and Inclusion Task Force representative and Deputy Director of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging.
The community wide forum on race and law enforcement was the final production of the day for the tireless CAPS Media crews that started with an early morning production in the CAPS Media studio with Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere and Heather Sumagaysay, the City’s Public Information Officer (PIO), then the production day continued with CAPS crews covering the midday weekly COVID-19 County update staged at the Foodshare Center in Oxnard with numerous county officials including coverage, documentation and live streaming of the press conferences by the County, and editing including Spanish language translations of the messages found at vcemergency.com.
The day continued with production returning to the CAPS studio for a special message by city councilmember Erik Nasarenko, while at the same time, the CAPS staff covered back-to-back meetings of the Historic Preservation and Design Review committees at City Hall.
The one day activity was only a segment of production activity for the week that included a morning studio recording with Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, evening coverage of the Ventura city council meeting on Monday night, and on Tuesday, a full day of production with colorful and engaging docents acting out historic reenactments, in period wardrobe, at the Olivas Adobe. Plus, hours of post-production editing by the CAPS crews.
All the City and County informational videos are distributed on multiple platforms including City and County websites, CAPS Media outlets; television, streaming, radio, and social media. Rest assured; CAPS Crew members are taking every precaution to stay safe during these productions.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency the CAPS Media Center is closed to Members and the public until further notice. CAPS Member/Producers can submit programming via the online portal at capsmedia.org for broadcast and streaming on CAPS public access television Channel 6 and on CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.1FM. All of us at CAPS Media hope everyone is Staying Safe and Healthy during this challenging time.