COTR 2.0 – We Need Your Input
I hate the term 2.0 but figured it reflects my hipness. (Is 2.0 still hip?) We are in the process of revamping Columbus on the Record and I’d like to get opinions on what we can do to improve the show and as a result improve your understanding of the issues that affect Central Ohio.
We are updating the look of the show. With the help of the fine folks at Ozone Studios we are creating new graphics. As much as I have become fond of our Ford F-150 bedliner motif backgrounds and stealth bomber shaped table, we’ll also improve the set. And we’re updating the theme music.
While the look of the show is important, it’s just the frosting. What lies beneath, the content, the thoughtful discussion, is the real reason for watching.
The basic format of the show has not changed since we began in 2006. We have two journalists / columnists and two political activist types – one conservative and one liberal. I have a pool of about 30 professionals from diverse backgrounds who volunteer their time to prepare and appear. The five of us discuss four or five stories in the news that week. We focus on Central Ohio issues, touching on national topics only when they have true Central Ohio impact. While we sometimes have heated arguments, for the most part our debates are civil.
We try to have fun. Public TV public affairs shows have the reputation of being a bit stiff. We try to lighten the mood and poke fun at ourselves and others with sometimes irreverent writing and analysis. Our closing “Off the Record” comments often are the best venue for this.
That’s where we are, but we’d like to mix things up a bit. So give us your feedback. Should we cover more topics or fewer topics, even one topic each week? What topics haven’t we adequately covered? What topics have we bled dry? Should we interview newsmakers regularly?
We welcome your thoughts – on or off the record.