NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY TELEVISION

aka NCTV17   |   Naperville, IL   |  www.nctv17.com

Mission

To create an informed, connected and engaged community by telling local stories on TV (Channel 17) and online (NCTV17.com)!

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth Spencer

Main address

127 Ambassador Dr Ste 103

Naperville, IL 60540 USA

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EIN

36-3460409

NTEE code info

Television (A32)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With today's 24-hour news cycle, politically influenced media conglomerates, and social media, it is hard for people to discern credible news sources. NCTV17 is dedicated to informing not influencing the residents of Naperville so they can make informed decisions at a local level about matters of importance. What’s important to note, and separates us from other local print media sources, is that all of our content is available for free and does not sit behind a paywall. This commitment to ‘accessibility’ goes back to NCTV17’s roots, beginning with public access to media via Channel 17. We believe the bedrock of a healthy democracy is freedom of the press and providing ALL residents with access to the local news they need to make informed decisions at a very local level. Our newsroom is staffed by professional journalists who adhere to a Code of Ethics.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Naperville News 17

Naperville News 17 is the Naperville area’s only weekly television news program. From the local perspective on national news, to city news that matters to you, to an in-depth look at the people and places of our neighborhoods, Naperville News 17 is committed to building and celebrating community.

NCTV17 News Update delivers the latest news for Naperville and the surrounding area in a free two minute video delivered right to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Spotlight is a half hour talk show featuring three local not-for-profit organizations each episode. Spotlight provides Naperville’s not-for-profits an opportunity to present their mission to the community, discuss the programs and services they deliver, and announce new events – all within a lively interview format.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Keep a pulse on today's business scene by watching Business Connection, Naperville's only television business talk show! This 30-minute show features all types of businesses, from small pet grooming stores to major hospitals. In a free-flowing conversational interview, The host sits down in-studio with local business leaders and entrepreneurs who share their unique story - everything from what makes their business successful, to their involvement in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Hosted by Joe Chura, this monthly show features engaging people, local places, and advice from experts, all to keep you connected in the 630! The goal of this program is to put our community on television: https://www.nctv17.com/c/630-naperville/

Population(s) Served
Adults

Weekly sports program focused on both the boys' and girls' varsity sports from all six Naperville area high schools. From the opening kick-off in football to the finish line in track this fast-paced half-hour show brings fans the highlights, scores and in-depth stories not seen anywhere else.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our following on Facebook has grown significantly due to the amount of local news we have provided our community since the onset of the pandemic; both in terms of live coverage and news stories.

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of website sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the fourth largest city in Illinois with over 149,000 residents, Naperville has grown very quickly in the 35 years NCTV17 has been in existence.

On a daily basis, NCTV17's goal is to provide impartial, fact-based, in-depth reporting on issues that affect the quality of life in Naperville, such as safety, education, recreation, housing, the cost of living, etc.

Our vision is to create an informed, connected and engaged community by telling local stories on TV and online.

As the only TV station completely focused on the Naperville area, the station is committed to providing residents with fact-based and timely news coverage of what is happening in all sectors of their city. We attend and report on the outcomes of City Council meetings, Planning & Zoning, Liquor Commission, School Boards, etc.

We produce a daily news e-blast that highlights the top 5-7 news stories of the day that is sent to 4,800+ subscribers and posted to our website and Facebook page so residents can view it for free in a number of ways.

We also produce 12-18 news stories a week that air on Channel 17, our website, YouTube and social media channels.

Residents are welcome to share any of our content with friends, family or on their own social media.

Importantly, we have a news tips email so residents can share their news tips and story ideas with our news team.

By staying true to our guiding principles NCTV17 will meet its goals.

* We tell local stories of significance that inform, connect and engage our community while simultaneously preserving Naperville's history for generations to come.

* We distribute stories in the format and on the platforms that meet the needs of the community and ensure the information is available to anyone who wants it.

* We engage the community in their local public-access channel by providing a means for residents to submit news tips, request event coverage, become an intern, and tour the station.

NCTV17 has been broadcasting in Naperville for 35 years and has grown into a premier source of information for this community.

As the pandemic began, our community looked to NCTV17 to provide them with relevant information at a very local level. And, we responded with televised messages from our mayor, police chief, hospital staff and more.

We delivered information about our local positivity rates, where to get tested, when and where the vaccine would be available. Our website visits grew from 75K/month in February 2020 to more than 300K/month in March 2020. Additionally due to live news coverage throughout 2020 of local BLM protests, an EF3 tornado, our Facebook followers also went from 10K to 40K.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY TELEVISION

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kader Sakkaria

Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Term: 2021 - 2023

Tom Belgio

Belgio's Catering

Sachin Gandhi

BPA & Associates, CPA

Leah Margulies

Self-employed

Alexis Rago

Marketing Mana

Kevin Peterson

K. Peterson Architects

Kevin Tyschper

DeEtta's Bakery

Dawn Hershik

Supporting Strategies

John Risvold

Collins Law Firm

Leah Setzen

Grunyk Law Firm

Carol Simler

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data