Welcome to Scout, a new – and free – public information web service from TVW.

Scout transforms public access to the State Legislature, state government and Supreme Court – all to keep you better informed about state politics and the public policy debate.

With Scout, you can now track, save, manage and distribute public affairs information and TVW video:

  • Follow specific legislation, policy issues or state government entities you care most about
  • Watch video pushed to your account based upon your search agent preferences
  • Save video, legislative documents or highlighted video clips in your account library
  • Share video, documents or highlighted video clips via e-mail, social media like Facebook and Twitter, or formal reports

Keep track of what interests you most in the public policy debate

Utilizing Scout, you control what TVW video you want to see. Just make a list of what you wish to track (bills, issue keywords, court cases, etc.) and TVW will deliver to your account all of the TVW video and related content associated with your preferences.

Save time and don't miss anything you care about

TVW broadcasts or webcasts every public meeting held by the Washington State Legislature and State Supreme Court. TVW also covers many public meetings held by state agencies, boards or commissions, as well as many public policy events year-round across the state. If the legislation or issue keyword you are tracking is discussed in any event covered by TVW, Scout will deliver it to your personal account ready to view.

Use the powerful new Scout Video Player

The new Scout Video Player, developed exclusively by TVW, is a powerful tool that allows you to search, view, highlight, save, and share event video and related documentation. The video player functions are clearly identified and simple and intuitive to use. We invite you to take it for a test drive!

Create, manage and share video "clips" with Scout

The “clips” function within the Scout Video Player is a tool for finding, highlighting, saving and sharing portions of a video event. By simply marking a start and end point within the video, you can share this clip immediately via email or social media like Facebook or Twitter, or embed it to another website. You can also save video clips in your account for later distribution or review, along with other clips in your own personal library of “cliplists".

Deploy the Scout Scheduler

Scout automatically creates event schedules around the targets you are tracking, for viewing within Scout or for populating your calendar via iCalc.

Create Distribution Lists

Scout allows you to create a global distribution email list or smaller individual agent distribution lists. Distribution lists are simple to manage and easy to use.

Create and Share Reports

Scout allows you to create regular reports, like weekly legislative reports during the session, adding general or specific comments. The report is generated automatically from the targets within a Search Agent and includes bill numbers, titles and summaries of all legislation being tracked. Each target also includes your position on the bill and a bill priority level that you assign. You can also attach video clips from your “cliplist” library to the report. A report can then be distributed to an individual, or a distribution list.

Manage Daily Bill Introductions

This is the first tab on the upper left you’ll see when you log-in to your Scout page. You can quickly review the list of new bill introductions for the day (or enter a date range to check for bills you might have missed) and assign them to one or more of your Agents.

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Overview

Welcome to Scout, a new web service from TVW that transforms public access to the State Legislature, state government and Supreme Court – all to keep you better informed about state politics and the public policy debate.
 
  With Scout, you can now track, save, manage and distribute public affairs information and TVW video based upon your preferences.
 
  This step-by-step tutorial will help you learn how to make Scout work for you by tracking the legislation and issues you care most about.

Agents

Agents are your digital 'boots on the ground' - they take a set of Targets that you wish to track and then research every event covered by TVW to find the information you're looking for.

On your home screen you will find a list of your Agents and a summary of recent Target activity. This tells you in a glance which Targets have discovered new items since your last visit.

To create an Agent, click 'Add an Agent' in the sidebar. To visit an Agent's Dashboard, click the Agent's name in the sidebar.

Agent Dashboard

An Agent's Dashboard is the place to create and manage the Agent's Targets, browse queued Programs and Documents, send Reports and more.

To create a new Target, click 'Add a Target' in the sidebar. To manage Targets, create Reports, or delete the Agent use the links at the base of the sidebar Target list.

Targets & Queue

Targets operate continuously in the background, searching for new Programs and Documents that match your search criteria and adding them to their Queue on the Agent's Dashboard.

By default, the Dashboard will display all Programs and Documents queued by all of the Agent's Targets. If you wish to filter down to a specific Target's queue, click the Target name in the sidebar.

Managing Targets

An Agent's Target management screen is the place to create Targets, modify their properties, and order them as you see fit.

To create a new Target from this screen, click the 'Add Target' button below the Target list.

To edit or delete a Target, click the appropriate icon to the right. Once a Target was created only it's position, priority, or filters may be modified.

To reorder your Targets, click a Target's name in the list and drag it to it's new position within the priority group.

Player

The Scout Player is a powerful web viewer that allows you to search, view, highlight, save, and share event video and related documents. Player functions are clearly identified, simple and intuitive.

Clips

The "clips" function within the player is a tool for finding, highlighting, saving and sharing portions of a video event. When you've found and viewed a section of the event, mark the beginning and end of that section, share it immediately via email or social media like Facebook or Twitter or embed it to another website - and then save it to an "agent cliplist" with a name and summary description for later distribution or review with other "clips" in your "cliplist".

Schedule

With the Schedule tool you can browse all of the programs TVW covers and queue programs in your Agents for future viewing.

Reports

SCOUT allows you to create regular reports, like weekly legislative reports during the session. You can generate global remarks to the summary header. The report is generated automatically from the targets within a search Agent and includes bill number, title and summary. Each target also includes your position on the bill and a bill priority level that you assign. You can also drag and drop a "clip" from the agent "cliplist" and attach it to the target summary or drag and drop a group of clips to the bottom of the report. A report can then be distributed to a distribution list or lists.

Distribution Lists

You can create a global distribution email list or smaller individual agent distribution lists. Managing these lists is a simple click function.

My Account

This page contains all of your account information including distribution lists, subscriptions, account users and other account details. You can quickly change or update your account information on this page.