Monday, April 27, 2009

Videos by RWU Students Propel Planet Forward on Thursday


PLANET FORWARD is an innovative, viewer-driven program that debuted first on the Web and then moves to television in a primetime special that airs on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, April 30 at 8 PM, and then moves back to the Web. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning CNN veteran Frank Sesno, PLANET FORWARD is driven by the power of ideas, as citizens make their case for what they think about the nation's energy future.

The online discussion builds to a new kind of television show, which in turn drives the online conversation. It's Web to TV to Web; an ongoing conversation driven by issues, and made possible by new and creative media technologies.

The PLANET FORWARD Web site revolves around citizen and expert submissions, reflecting a wide range of interests, expertise, and opinion.

The television show features the best online submissions, which will be discussed and debated by a diverse panel of experts, scientists, business leaders and policymakers taped in front of a live audience at The George Washington University. The special features A-list experts, scientists, policymakers, and business leaders, as well as citizen journalists selected from the PLANET FORWARD Web site.

Four of those "best online submissions" originate in Rhode Island

PLANET FORWARD includes four videos created by a small group of undergraduate students at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Part of a video journalism project with RWU instructor Michael Scully, the eight seniors and one junior planned, researched, wrote, filmed, edited, and submitted a total of 13 videos on a variety of environmental subjects, including bio-diesel, commuter rail, green buildings, and wind power.

Congratulations, Roger Williams University students!

PLANET FORWARD wants new submissions at

Frank Sesno challenges the viewing audience to go online and join the discussion - by viewing, rating, and commenting on videos – and submitting their own viewpoint. Rhode Island PBS viewers have the opportunity to join the virtual public square as they make their case for what they think about the nation’s energy future.

The new content is eligible to become part of a PLANET FORWARD Web sequel that will be taped May 19 at The George Washington University and then streamed online. Frank Sesno will be joined by Van Jones, White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, to discuss the new content.

Tune in on Thursday at 8 PM.