Friday, 07 January 2022 09:31

2021: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Written by Valerie Cavooris, Marketing & Communications Manager
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With 2021 officially behind us, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. NewTV has undergone a number of changes – from a shift in hours, to new staff members – that made 2021 a year we’ll certainly remember.

Zooming Ahead with Members

TrailblazersBTSCrew members are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing protocols while working behind the scenes on member shows.We started off 2021 in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of us at NewTV were working from home and wondering when things might return to normal. By the time 2021 began, many of our producers had seamlessly pivoted to remote content creation using Zoom alongside our at-home production kits.

With the spring thaw came a reduction in the number of COVID cases nationwide. By the end of May, NewTV was able to reopen to members by appointment only. We welcomed our members back for equipment pick-up and drop-off, editing time, and studio time during select limited hours. All visitors were asked to follow our masking and social distancing protocols.

While Zoom remains the best option for some of our producers, others have slowly but surely returned to film their shows in our HD Studio or edit their content in our Edit Suites. Having our members in the studio again reminds us of the joy we find in our mission to provide our community with a voice and a platform.





Modernizing Government Coverage

Newly installed cameras and other equipment in the Council Chamber of City HallIMG 0274 EDITThe changes to our Community Channel were echoed on our Government and Education channels. Government meetings continued to be held virtually, which allowed NewTV to cover more meetings – including individual committees – than ever before. Newton residents loved the heightened government transparency provided by the additional meeting coverage.

NewTV worked with City Hall to implement a solution to maintain the meeting coverage for when meetings return to hybrid or in-person status. Remotely controlled cameras and monitors, connected directly to NewTV via fiber cable, were installed in the Council Chamber, the Ed Center, and other meeting rooms throughout City Hall.


Welcoming New Staff

2021 brought internal changes to NewTV, as well. Late in May, we welcomed Valerie as our new Marketing and Communications Manager. Soon after, in early September, Alicia joined our team as our new Office Manager. Both Alicia and Valerie have made great additions to NewTV’s team, and they have already begun to make impactful changes as they make their new roles their own.


Cones 'n Cars

2021 08 25 05.54.36 EDITCones 'n Cars was our biggest event to date. Do you think we can beat it in 2022?At the tail end of the summer, on what may well have been the hottest day of the year, we held our first in-person event since the pandemic began. We brought back our annual End-of-Summer Ice Cream Social with a new, unique twist. An ice cream social combined with a classic car show gave us our first ever Cones ‘n Cars event!

Cones ‘n Cars was an instant hit with car enthusiasts and ice cream lovers alike, and it became the single largest event NewTV has ever hosted. With such a large number of attendees, we were sure to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as requiring masks while indoors, providing individually wrapped ice cream spoons, and our ensuring our scoopers wore gloves and masks.



2021 was a great year for NewTV. We overcame a number of obstacles, and we are positioned to launch forward in 2022. With all that we learned over the past year, we are ready for anything in the next 12 months. We are optimistic that 2022, NewTV’s 30th year of operation, will be our best and brightest year yet!

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