City of Quincy looks to put student-produced school news on city's public access channel

Posted: Feb. 5, 2013 10:26 am Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The city of Quincy is looking to add news from area schools to its public access channel.

The city's Technology Committee on Monday agreed to move forward with a pilot program to see whether the city Information Technology Department has the time to upload news broadcasts for Quincy schools.

Alderman Dan Brink, R-6, said the hope is that students will be able to broadcast school-related news on Comcast Channel 15. Berrian School and Blessed Sacrament School will be the first two schools to broadcast.

"One of the requirements is that the schools will have to provide the video in a format that is compatible to plug right into Channel 15," Brink said. "There won't be any expense to the city, with the exception of a staff member plugging it in to the system."

If uploading the videos takes too much time, the city would not move forward with the program.

The committee also learned that an iPad application for aldermen's devices will allow speedier submission of work orders. IT Director Jim Murphy said the app will allow aldermen to submit requests directly to departments from anywhere in the city.

"Once you hit submit, it will send you guys an email and it will send the department an email," he said.

Murphy said the app can be programmed to allow notices to be sent to the resident who made the complaint leading to a work order so they know one had been filed.

Aldermen will also be able to attach a picture of the issue before sending the request.

The committee will test the program before it is rolled out to all aldermen.

All 14 aldermen have iPads provided by the city, which are used to conduct meetings without paper packets. The iPads were delivered to aldermen in July.

The committee also was shown what the city's new website will look like. The city's website has not been redesigned in more than five years, but Murphy said a new site should launch in March.