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A summary of the idea, the needs it serves, and a description of a possible pilot program
The eclectic immigrant history of Pittsburgh should be celebrated. A locally produced and publicly broadcast documentary series would investigate the histories of Pittsburgh families old and new, as well as give context to the changing composition of Pittsburgh's population by interviewing multi-generational families, new transplants to Pittsburgh, and recent immigrants.
The hosts should be young people and the target audience should range, but be family friendly.
It should be multi-cast: radio, TV, and web.
These ideals are integral to a successful project design
Priorities include highlighting the multicultural environment of Pittsburgh, its history and continuing importance, educating young Pittsburghers about their community, and documenting the city's changing population.
Possible difficulties, pitfalls, and obstacles to consider
Concerns include soliciting interviews, research, production and distribution schedules and costs.
Learn more about the idea, from genesis to dialogue
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These important questions are asked of each idea. Try your hand at answering them as a way to explore the idea and how to make it happen. Answers to these questions help to demonstrate the Idea's strength and potential for success.
- What level is the idea at? (Research, Planning, Fundraising, Advocacy, Deployment, other (explain))
- What is a reasonable next step/phase for the concept? How can investment move the idea forward?
- What other resources or opportunities are available or necessary to make the idea happen?
- What existing activities or organizations in Pittsburgh duplicate some or all of the program components? How can this idea compete with, complement, and/or learn from these other activities?
- Who should be included in this discussion? Does the concept call for outside consultation or assistance from other organizations?
- How should the idea be promoted?
- How should project success be measured?
- What questions should be asked of a proposal for this project?
These questions address some of the anticipated programmatic concerns that come with administering small projects. Consider them test questions for model projects-- responses should be incorporated into the project's design.
- What will the scope of the documentary be? A feature? A short? A series? A mini-series?
- Who will produce the program?
- How will interview subjects be sought and compensated?
- What is the target audience for this documentary?