From the 124th Annual Meeting column of the November 2009 issue of Perspectives on History

HistoriansTV at the 124th Annual Meeting

AHA Staff, November 2009

During the 124th Annual Meeting, the American Historical Association will continue its partnership with WebsEdge of London to produce a daily television program, HistoriansTV, a production that began earnestly last year at the 123rd Annual Meeting in New York City and was a rousing success.

Each day of the meeting a new 30-minute news program will be broadcast which will include interviews with key speakers, news from the meeting floor, and several five-minute, prerecorded “thought leadership films” that will highlight programs, policies, technologies, best practices, and institutions that advance the goal of historical research, collections, historical scholarship, public history, and education. These feature segments will profile historical research centers, government agencies, libraries and archives, colleges and universities, museums, historical attractions, and institutions from around the country.

The daily news will be broadcast each day on a dedicated TV channel in the hotel rooms of meeting attendees at no charge and on several plasma screens placed in the meeting hotels, the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina. Portions of the recorded shows will also be available on a designated web site after the meeting and on HistoriansTV DVDs to be made available to members after the meeting.

The daily news programs will include prefilmed material to bring key issues, programs, and interviews to attendees and will be recorded by reporters with experience on BBC and CNN (the head of production has served as the BBC Evening News Producer for over a decade). Major speeches and reactions to the day at the meeting itself are filmed and included as part of the evening news show. At the meeting there will be a HistoriansTV reporter reporting from the meeting, as well as a HistoriansTV news desk. Television cameras will be on site at the meeting each day, interviewing attendees, visiting the exhibit hall, and taping major daily events. The daily program will be edited onsite to ensure that up-to-the minute news is covered. Each day a new 30- to 45-minute show is produced. The programming is supported by a TV Program Guide which will be included in attendee registration packs distributed at the meeting with badges.

Check the AHA’s web site at www.historians.org/annual for more information. To view program footage from last year’s annual meeting, go to the HistoriansTV web site at: www.historianstv.com.

HistoriansTV—be sure to look out for it at the 124th Annual Meeting!