UPDATE October 20, 2008: LiveVideoU has been rebranded to CollegeClickTV so just substitute that throughout this post.
Wofford recently had Tamara Thompson who freelances for LiveVideoU visit Wofford and shoot some video for this new website. Instead of trying to explain LiveVideoU on my own I asked Tamara a few questions and she was kind enough to answer them. I think this new site could be an excellent resource for prospective students to learn about your college. Because Live Video U handles everything, including the cost, it’s a no-brainer to get onboard and because it’s not associated with your school, prospective students can get an unbiased view about what it’s like to be a student.
Onto the interview:
Question - How would you describe T-TV to someone?
Answer - T-TV is the name of my freelance video production business. I shoot broadcast quality video for use on television stations and the internet. I also provide script writing and editing services in order to offer complete video productions. Since it’s inception in 2007, completed productions have aired on WYFF-TV, WSPA-TV, WYCW-TV, WHNS-TV, Charter Cable, and the Internet.
The Pere Partnership, Inc. located in New York City contracts my services to shoot at various colleges and universities from coast to coast in the United States. They are the web designer for LiveVideoU, an online video storehouse for interviews with students, faculty and citizens of many colleges and universities across the nation. T-TV was pleased to shoot at Wofford College earlier this year, and interviews can be viewed at LiveVideoU.com. Glenn Pere, President and CEO of the Pere Partnership, has given Wofford College permission to link to his website.
Q - It looks like the site is designed to help prospective students learn more about colleges, care to elaborate?
A - The LiveVideoU website is a great resource for high school seniors or any prospective students to get a taste of the sights and sounds of college life. By viewing actual interviews with willing individuals who are living, working or attending school at the various sites, viewers can get a real taste of what it’s like to be there. “Real advice from real people”, is how I’d describe the site.
Q - It looks like the site is setup with social bookmarking in mind? Are you seeing a lot of use with that?
A - I don’t know what the figures are for social bookmarking, since I am not the creator of the site, but I’d invite anyone to log on and experience it for themselves.
Q - How would a school go about getting video added to the site? It’s free?
A - If a school is interested in inclusion on the site, they can contact me, or contact the website. I would be glad to offer my services to the Pere Partnership for any school that is interested in getting video made to post. It doesn’t cost the school anything, since the site is not sponsored by the schools. Because of this, I am free to get the real story without being censored by a school’s administration. I think this makes the LiveVideoU site unique, as it shows the genuine attitude that participants have toward their school and their community. I only wish I had thought of it first!
Thank you Tamara for spending the time to talk with me and keep up the great work! From the work that she did for Wofford I can tell you that this is a great service and LiveVideoU is not trying to project your institution in a negative light, just get the real story from the students. It is in your institutions best interest to assist in providing students to talk to, and something that I would recommend. LiveVideoU is fine working under these parameters so it’s a win win for all!