Community Media for Change Workshops


Environmental Sound Walkabout and Composition

Capturing environmental sounds in field recording can add mood to the backdrop of any feature interview or story while sparking the emotions of listeners and viewers.  Learn from Wendel Patrick how to discover and record the sounds of human-environment interactions as well as the audio "b-roll" of any piece. Finally, think about how to edit and compose from those recordings in a manner that adds heart and life.

Media integrity in world news

National Public Radio and it's international correspondents such as Anthony Kuhn are expected to abide to a code of journalistic ethics that creates a more informed publicone challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of eventsideasand culture across the globeThis workshop will examine the importance of this level of integrity for the future of journalism and in participants' next stories and beyond.

No Wrong Answers: Media Ethics in the Newsroom

Through years of work with the BBC and CCTV, Marcus Ryder has faced scenarios that place ethical questions at the forefront of producing news. As the author of the introduction to BBC Editorial Policy for new joiners in 2014, he has thought deeply on ethical newscasting. In this workshop, participant will face tough, real-world scenarios and be asked to discuss and determine whether the news should be "fit to publish."

PhotoVoice: Photojournalism for positive change

How do pictures affect people's lives, feelings, and actions? Photojournalism is a powerful journalism medium that captures more than words. With photos and 3-line captions, Sandy, Ellie, Alicia, Amanda of FPR will help you create a motivational picture or montage that links to Sustainable Development Goals and inspires people to create positive change in a challenging world. 

Cinematography: Inside the Frame

Led by Shawn Q of FPR and Filmism, this workshop educates young filmmakers about how lighting, camera, and lens technologies can help them achieve their artistic, storytelling, and journalistic intentions.  

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Editing to Cut, Color, Mix, Master, & Deliver a Story

Led by Jason Moran of Moran Creative in Los Angeles and FPR's Paul B, this editing workshop is a great introduction to the basics and a practical exploration of editing software. Learners will acquire necessary skills to edit with a professional software and a theoretical toolset for approaching different projects. Participants will be provided footage to give them a short glimpse of editing various types of projects. Additionally, students will learn to employ good editing habits along with understanding the role of editing in the storytelling process.

Kickstart a Media Platform at Your School

Learn how you can design your own platform or join the Citizens Public Media Network led by Aaron Moniz and Steve Sostak. Empower your students through media literacy design thinking and real-world, local and global investigations that build seekers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers who impact communities.

Dive into media tech tools

Lights! Camera! Action! In this hands on workshop Lyn and Lin of FPR will take you through the technology that will help you film and record a feature story. These tools you will be learning about ranges from a smart phone, to an H6 Zoom, to a high-end Lumix. Mastering tech tools takes time and effort, and this is a great chance to level up your skill. No matter your skill level, you are welcomed to join in this active workshop!

Journalism of empathy

This workshop, led by Christina L of FPR, is inspired by the Transom Podcast of the same name and from this quote from the great To Kill A Mockingbird:

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his or her point of view … until you climb inside of his or her skin and walk around in it.”

That notion is a central tenet of this workshop where participants will examine and then have hands-on practice in how to create perspective and the notion that everybody has a story, and everybody has a voice worth listening to.

Copy Editing in a Chinese Newsroom

Media literacy and storytelling depends greatly on the ability to edit wisely based on context, audience, and purpose of a story. Cutting a story down from a large amount of copy can be a difficult but crucial task where reporters and editors have to make tough decisions on what is truly important.  Participants will practice and debate outcomes of this unappreciated media art with ISB Communications guru Nick Yates.

How to run and capture a Multi-microphone event

You probably have seen debates or town-hall meetings on television before. Government's Q&A, presidential candidates debating, media press conferences... The spotlights of these discussions usually go to the speakers and debaters. Nevertheless, the role of the moderator and the tech team is not small. In this workshop, FPR's Judy P will lead you through how to run and film discussions such as town-hall meetings and debates. Technology, developing relevant questions, and collaborative skills will be the main focus as we prepare for our own town hall!

Designing an Impactful Interview

The Futures Public Radio interview planner has become a crucial document in the success of young journalists building intentional choices into their interviews and feature stories. Hannah and Jeff from FPR will shed light upon intentional choices ranging from research focus, to set design, to leveled questioning that creates a purposeful mood and tone. Participants will collaborate in dissecting the FPR planner and co-create an interview to be given by the end of the workshop.

join the out of the blocks, global youth edition!

In collaboration with WYPR's Out of the Blocks podcast and Inspire Citizens, Steve Sostak will invite schools on how to become a contributor to the worldwide project along with other schools in Kosovo, Seoul, Nigeria, and Italy.  In your own community, explore themes of the project, most notably the idea that everybody has a story, especially the stories hidden in plain sight.