True Media Foundation is the vision of Christopher Tribble of Versatile Productions, Inc. (www.versatileproductions.com ), a “New Media” production company established in 1980 in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. After many years of working in the television broadcast industry, his work being featured on all of the major networks.
Tribble realized the need for a shift in programming away from mindlessness and violence and towards media with positive messaging. True Media Foundation mindfully cultivates media — whether it is television, radio, or print — that educates, enlightens, and honors the human experience.
In 2000, Tribble produced BE HEARD! America’s Youth Forum, a series offering young people a respectful and supportive program in which to voice their opinions on a broad range of topics. The six-part series was broadcast on thirty PBS stations nation-wide. Efforts to seek grants and raise funds for the continuation of BE HEARD! led Tribble to the realization that there was truly a need for a non-profit foundation that would support and develop “Media with Positive Social Value.”
True Media Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) designation in January, 2005. The True Media philosophy includes providing direction to enhance the missions of other non-profits and to provide authentic learning experiences for students. True Media educates and mentors youth while leading them through the process of video integration into new media and social networking.
BE HEARD! is a social media mobile production tour. The crew behind the scenes and in front of the camera are all millennials. The program introduces real-life, real time social media applications creating and a two way street of communication on the road.
BE HEARD! aims to empower millennials to constructively voice their opinions that will encourage on-going dialog that crosses generational lines.