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Access Fort Wayne is a multimedia center that enables the Allen County community to produce television programs with free access to studio space, edit suites, camera equipment, and training. Programs are then shared on Access Television channels: Comcast 55, 57, 58, and Frontier 25, 27, 28.

Frontier

Access One: Channel 25
Access Two: Channel 27
City TV: Channel 28

Comcast

Access One: Channel 55
Access Two: Channel 57
City TV: Channel 58

Contact

(260) 421-1250

access@acpl.info

Address

900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Interested in Becoming a Producer?

To become a television producer, please call Access Fort Wayne at (260) 421-1250 and sign up for our new producer orientation. This orientation is conducted on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. at Access TV in the Main Library. It may also be scheduled individually on a Wednesday or Thursday morning.

  • During the orientation, new producers will be required to read our Rules and Policies and sign our producer contact form.

  • To schedule a TV studio or editing space, please call (260) 421-1250 and an Access Fort Wayne staff member will assist you. An Access producer has the right to reserve studio space three times per month.

  • To utilize one of our television studio spaces, a producer is required to organize a crew. Access TV can provide the producers with a list of trained volunteers to contact for their scheduled production. A studio space should be reserved at least twenty-four hours in advance of the production.

  • Once the production has been completed, the producer must sign the program playback contract to allow the program to be broadcast on our channels. Please speak with the Access Fort Wayne TV program director to find when and what channel the program will be aired.

How to Become a Volunteer

To become an Access Fort Wayne television volunteer, please visit the Volunteering at ACPL webpage and complete an application.

The ACPL Volunteer Services Manager, Danielle Gleason will contact you to schedule an interview and discuss interests, skills, availability and other aspects of volunteering at Allen County Public Library. You will then be scheduled for the next AFW Studio Workshop.

Contact Access Fort Wayne at (260) 421-1250 or access@acpl.info if you wish to tour the facility before the day of the workshop or if you have any further questions.

Entry Level Workshops

Camera training is given in two separate introductory workshops: Studio Camera Workshop and Camcorder Workshop.

The Studio Camera Workshop covers basic camera skills and introduces volunteers to the fundamentals of television productions.

The Camcorder Workshop builds on studio skills training by acquainting volunteers with field production which includes basic audio and technical support. Trained Access TV producers or volunteers are able to checkout a camcorder and other video production equipment with an ACPL library card.

Advanced Workshops

A volunteer can take two advanced workshops once they have accrued enough volunteering hours: Audio Operator Workshop and Assistant Director Workshop. After a volunteer has spent twenty hours volunteering as a Studio Camera Operator, they may take the Audio Operator Workshop, which teaches volunteers how to operate the audio board in master control during a television production. Once a volunteer has worked for twenty hours as an audio operator, they are eligible to take the Assistant Director Workshop. This workshop instructs volunteers to become an Access TV director and prepares them to oversee a studio production. These workshops are voluntary and are based on expressed interest.

Community Calendar

The Community Calendar airs on both Access 1 and Access 2 between programs throughout the day. It also airs every day at 4 p.m. on Access 1 (Comcast cable channel 55, Verizon FiOS channel 25) and at 3 p.m. on Access 2 (Comcast cable channel 57, Verizon FiOs channel 27). The messages within this service run on continuous loop with soft jazz music, available for the 80 thousand-plus Comcast cable and Verizon FiOS subscribers in Allen County. Cable subscribers outside of Allen County and satellite dish users will receive public access channels.

Guidelines for Submitting Community Calendar Messages:

  • Message text must be submitted on a Message Request Form. An authorizing signature is required.

  • The Community Calendar is for non-profit purposes ONLY. We do not list job openings or prices of tickets/admission for non-profit events. We can, however, indicate "free" or "for ticket information…"

  • Early message submission is encouraged. Those utilizing this service will need to allow at least one week before their intended to run timeframe.

  • Example of acceptable messaging

    • "Bake Sale at 1st Church of God (123 Main St.) – Sunday 01/01/01 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 123-456-7890 or visit us on the web at…"

Studio Production Times

Access Fort Wayne's Studio A and Studio B are available for production on a first come, first serve basis at no charge to Allen County residents. Equipment can be reserved up to 60 days in advance of the production date. To schedule time, call the office at (260) 421-1250. The current hours for production are:

Monday, Tuesday, 
Wednesday & Thursday
:

10 am – 1 pm
2 pm – 5 pm
5 pm – 8 pm
 

Friday & Saturday

10 am – 1 pm
2 pm – 5 pm

Producers are allowed 3 studio production times per month.  

What Information Should I Include in My Community Calendar Message?

 

Space is limited to the size of the television screen, which means you may be required to leave out select supporting information. We encourage you to stick to the basics. If there is too much information, your message will be edited down. Basic information includes:

  • What is taking place? (this can be the official name of the event or the type of event)

  • Where is the event taking place at? (name of facility with its physical address)

  • What is the date of the event?

  • Who does it benefit?

  • Who is invited? What audience is this event intended for?

  • How can the public find out more information? (Phone number, website, social media, etc.)

Can I Include a Picture?

 

Yes! You may email your chosen photo or send it through the mail – we ask that you DO NOT fax it. Please make it no larger than 8x11 and no smaller than 4x4. If you intend to send your photo via email, please send it as a JPEG, GIF or BMP that is no larger than 800x600 pixels and no smaller than 200x200 at 72 DPI.

How Long Will My Message Air?

 

Our guidelines state that Community Calendar messages will air for thirty days. If you would like your message to run longer, please contact our Operations Assistant

Please email additional questions to access@acpl.info or call Access Fort Wayne at (260) 421-1250.

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