If you are a registered Naperville-based 501(c)(3) organization you are eligible to appear on the show. Your are also eligible if you are a registered 501(c)(3) organization located within DuPage County or Will County and Naperville is one of your primary service areas and an organization doesn’t currently exist within the City of Naperville that provides those same services.
Spotlight tapes once a month on the second Wednesday of the month, at the NCTV17 studio (127 Ambassador Drive, Suite 103, Naperville, IL 60540).
NCTV17’s Community Development Director Jane Wernette.
We tape two shows each month; one right after each other. Each show has three organizations as guests.
The first three organizations need to arrive at the studio by 5 PM for a pre-show chat with the host to go over interview questions. This way there are no surprises when the cameras start rolling! Then the actual interview is about 7 minutes in length. This show ends around 6 PM.
The second three organizations need to arrive at the studio by 6 PM for their pre-show chat with the host. We conclude taping around 7 PM.
Please plan to spend a total of about an hour in our studio.
This interview is your open forum to share your mission and key messaging with the community, so YOU decide what to talk about. We encourage you to take this opportunity to tell the viewer about the positive impact your organization is having in the community. How is your organization changing lives, helping make Naperville a better place for our residents to live, learn and thrive? Do you have new programs or services you are launching, or have you moved locations or are opening another location to better serve the community? Please take some time to think about the key points you wish to convey to viewers. Once you are confirmed for a show, the producer will email you a link to a form to complete which provides a space to include a bullet-point list of topics/questions you would like to cover during your interview. These will then be shared with the host ahead of time so she is better prepared. As a reminder, you will also have time during your “pre-chat” to discuss these points with the host before your interview tapes. Typical interview topics include: history/background of your organization, description of the mission and services your organization offers, what sets your organization apart, how you specifically help clients, how can the viewers get involved with your organization, etc.
Each organization is required to have two representatives for the interview. This can be any combination of people you feel will best be able to enthusiastically speak about the topics you want to discuss. Often it is an Executive Director or Program Manager accompanied by a client who receives services from your organization. A volunteer can often speak passionately, and help inspire viewers to also get involved. A member of your Board is another option – as long as they are representing your organization and not the company they work for.
Keep in mind you will be seated during your interview, so clothes should look comfortable and fit nicely in a seated position. Also, you will be shown from head to toe within the wide-shot (not just waist-up), so keep in mind your footwear!
A few additional helpful hints to maximize your on-camera appearance:
- Don’t wear white. It glows and washes you out.
- Bright colors work best on TV (coral, blue, burgundy, green). Guys – a nice blue shirt looks great with a suit!
- Stay away from checkered, striped, or busy prints, as they are distracting and may appear pixilated on-air.
- Dress appropriately for your every day line of work (yoga instructors should wear yoga pants, a chef can wear a chef jacket, a banker would be most appropriate in a suit).
- Ladies: Don’t be afraid to wear more makeup than usual, as the bright lights may wash you out a little. Also, keep your neckline in mind as you select your outfit and avoid large jewelry that is distracting or makes a noise with movement that the microphone will pick up.
Much like network television stations, NCTV17’s station policy does not permit guests to preview their interview prior to airing. Rest assured you are in the capable hands of professionals, so NCTV17 is committed to presenting you in the best way possible in the final product. When your interview debuts, the Producer of Spotlight will provide you with a link to view your interview so you can use your interview to further extend your exposure in the community.
During the interview, try not to think about the cameras; instead, focus on the host. There is no need for you to use notes because you are just having a comfortable conversation. The more natural and conversational, the more GENUINE you appear to viewers. Speak up, speak slowly, and speak with energy. Remember: You are the best salesperson for your organization. Nobody knows your organization better than you. Now relax and have fun. We are here to make you look good!