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Award winners, clockwise from top: Allan and Sally Seymour of the Harris Hill Ski Jump; BCTV producer Brian Bashaw; Wendy O’Connell, host of BCTV’s “Here We Are”; JoEllen Tarallo of the Center for Health and Learning; and Reuben Schottland of The Inclusion Center.

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Organizations win 2020 video awards for material broadcast on BCTV

BRATTLEBORO—Brattleboro Community TV recently received five awards from the Alliance for Community Media — Northeast Region 2020 “Nor’easters” Video Awards contest for programming aired in 2019.

BCTV received two of the awards on behalf of local organizations that created or submitted videos.

“The videos awarded reflect the excellent quality and diversity of programming created by community members and staff and shared on BCTV’s channels over the past year,” said BCTV Executive Director Cor Trowbridge in a news release. “We appreciate the recognition by our fellow community media stations here in the Northeast."

• In the PSA/Short Program category, Reuben Schottland and Julie Tamlen of the Inclusion Center won first place for their video “Wheelchair Accessibility in Downtown Brattleboro” ( The short video describes a wheelchair user’s experience navigating the entrance to various establishments in downtown Brattleboro and gives tips for improving accessibility.

• In the Community Impact category, The Center for Health and Learning won first place for its video “What Is Umatter YYA?” (, produced in partnership with BCTV. The four-minute video describes CHL’s Umatter for Youth and Young Adults program, a youth leadership initiative that promotes mental-health wellness.

• In the Profile Talk Show category, volunteer producer Wendy O’Connell’s weekly interview show, “Here We Are — Brattleboro’s Community Talk Show” (, won third place. The award submission contained excerpts from her interviews with Tom Bodett, HB Lozito, and youth members of the Jerusalem Peacebuilders.

• In the Event Coverage — Multiple Cameras category, BCTV’s production of the 2019 Harris Hill Ski Jump competition won first place. The production featured four-camera coverage of the international sports event, including instant replay. BCTV staff and volunteers worked in close partnership with USA Nordic, along with Allan and Sally Seymour of Harris Hill Skip Jump, to produce the two-day livestream that had thousands of views on Facebook.

• In the About Access and Community Media category, BCTV production manager Brian Bashaw’s video “Every Day is Community Media Day at BCTV” ( won first place. The video describes how BCTV serves the community and features U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) speaking about the importance of public-access television.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #607 (Wednesday, April 7, 2021). This story appeared on page B4.

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