With little less than a month to go before the Connecticut Democratic and Republican primaries on August 10, the CPBN (Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network) Media Lab’s original web series, (I)NTERVIEW, offers a special collection of candidate interviews that present the candidates’ political positions as well as personal insights into their candidacies. The series of in-depth interviews allows the candidates to reveal more about their personalities, childhood ambitions, and enthusiasm – items sometimes overlooked in the name of deadline-driven journalism and campaign expediency.
The (I)NTERVIEW online series includes the following candidates for Connecticut governor:
- Tom Foley (R), Former Ambassador to Ireland
- Michael Fedele (R), LieutenantGovernor, Connecticut
- Oz Griebel (R), President & CEO, MetroHartford Alliance
- Dan Malloy (D), Former Mayor of Stamford
- Ned Lamont (D), Former member of the Greenwich Board of Selectman
“Hopefully you will learn more about the people who have placed their names and careers in your hands,” said Anna Nalitov, the CPBN Media Lab intern who served as producer and interviewer for the series. “The first chance to put your mark on the future of Connecticut is to vote in the primaries, and the best way to prepare is to watch how the candidates perform on (I)NTERVIEW.”
With participation from all five gubernatorial candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties, the series provides an informative look beyond their campaigns, and into the lives of the candidates.
When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Democratic candidate Ned Lamont from Greenwich expressed his desire to be “a newspaper man.” Democratic candidate Dan Malloy from Stamford recalled growing up with learning disabilities and shared stories of how his mother “would drive him to nursing homes” to teach Malloy empathy. Republican candidate Michael Fedele recalled his father’s advice that people who shared their gifts have had the fullest lives. Republican candidate Oz Griebel remembered how, as a young student, a nun took him by the hand to help him learn how to walk down the steps in his school. Republican candidate Tom Foley admitted that his morning starts with a “very strong cup of coffee.”
Candidates also shared their secret talents: Lamont described his various musical abilities; Malloy showed his double-jointed thumb; Fedele disclosed that he is a “closet guitar player”; Griebel admitted to knowing a “smattering of French and Spanish”; and Foley said he “loves flying airplanes.”
Along with their lighthearted answers, all candidates stressed the need for leadership and their abilities to serve the state of Connecticut at this critical time of economic and political uncertainty.
CPBN’s Media Lab interns, undergraduate and postgraduate college students perform all the tasks in this original web series, including producing, scheduling, researching and conducting interviews, as well as shooting, editing and posting video for the show. The interviews were shot in HD using a Sony EX-3 camera in the CPBN Media Lab’s Studio B at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network headquarters, located at 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. CPBN Media Lab intern Sam Hockaday created the original title animation and logo. Post production was completed using Adobe CS4 and Final Cut Pro.
“We run a very competitive intern program,” said Paul Pfeffer, manager of online content for CPBN, speaking about the CPBN Media Lab. “We benefit from the bright, talented and hardworking college students who call Connecticut home. This semester we have students from ConnecticutCollege, NYU, University of Hartford, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EasternConnecticutStateUniversity, CentralConnecticutStateUniversity, Hofstra, Ithaca, Carleton, and EmersonCollege.”
The (I)NTERVIEW series can be found online at www.cpbn.org, keyword: interview.
About the CPBN Media Lab
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab’s goal is to create 21st century journalists. It is a service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Over the past two years, the CPBN Media Lab has provided real world technical and journalism training for over 200 Connecticut students, from undergraduate and postgraduate college students in our internship program and through seminars, workshops and Media 101 courses for high school students and the FutureProducersAcademy for middle school students. The CPBN Media Lab has produced a multi-part web original series on metal bats in Little League baseball, Foul Play; the history, facts and the promise of young voters participating in the democratic process, Youth Vote; and the history and effects of political corruption in Connecticut, Corrupticut. Online features include profiles of the Newington Children's Theatre Company and the UConn Pep Band. The Media Lab also completed a documentary airing on the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN) about four Connecticut based high school teams and their efforts in the FIRSTS robotics competition called RoboNation: CT FIRST. Current projects include the Outdoor Enthusiast and (I)NTERVIEW, a series of conversations with Connecticut’s most recognizable people – literally, “names you know, stories you don’t.” The CPBN Media Lab has entered the Pepsi Refresh competition with a proposal to help Connecticut schools produce 21st century journalists. Voting begins August 1.
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentariesand educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.