by Jan Goehring
The Ohio Channel, one of 26 state "C-SPANs," started tracking video view counts in July 2011 and has received more than 4 million views since then. “It shows the incredible interest there is in state government,” says Dan Shellenbarger, Executive Director of the Ohio Channel. The channel, a service of the state’s public broadcasting stations combines statehouse and state supreme court coverage with locally produced PBS programs to give a broader statewide perspective on issues.
A new feature on the ohiochannel.org site tracks video view counts. Visitors to the site can search for the most viewed videos by clicking on the search button and then selecting “sort by views.” Court news leads the pack in most-viewed items. The courts have always generated higher numbers, according to Shellenbarger. The Supreme Court of Ohio has a very active and involved civic education program. In addition, those videos that are sent out to a good distribution list are watched more often.