Burnt Islands Community Media Workshops 2002 (Phase 1)

(Please note the tutorial links at the bottom of the page.)

The sixth workshop (July) introduces design and production of websites, newsletters, posters and brochures. The underlying concept is to demonstrate implementation of design without using specialized or expensive software.

The website component focuses on handcoding simple html and shareware processing of digital photos. FTP utilizes "drag and drop" shareware. There is an emphasis on updating websites at least once a week.

The focus of desktop publishing is using simple templates in word processing software and, again, shareware processing of digital photos. Leadin activities include updating the intro page of the Burnt Islands site and producing newsletters for Burnt Islands.

Leadout activities include weekly updating of the Burnt Islands website and monthly production of the newsletter.

The fifth workshop (May 31, June 1,2) introduced FM radio as a community development tool. It also relates to the continuation of community television in the community. The prime focus is the importance of community communications to community groups. The main activities are preparing and publicizing a three day program while concentrating on the importance of audio production values.

Leadin activities include publicity and contacting people to develop a program featuring community groups and cultural celebration.

Leadout activities include editing an audio summary of the program and reporting on the website.

The next workshop focuses on website production and desktop publishing of newsletters and brochures.

The fourth workshop (May 11, 12) introduced the computer as a communication tool in a community media studio. We focused on digital video editing and digital photography. Activities will also include community interviews as well as preparing and implementing a community event.

Leadin activities included editing taped components for the show using camcorder to VCR editing; reviewing the online tutorials on video editing, and producing a TV show with the Burgeo students.

Leadout components included preparing a two day schedule for the June community radio broadcast, conceptualizing cultural celebration and editing taped programs for the broadcast.

The next volunteers' workshop (June 1/2) focuses on community radio as a tool for community discussion and cultural celebration.

The third community media workshop was on April 6 and 7.

Activities included setting up the new television studio; in studio practice on the new equipment; preparing and implementing a community television event.

Leadin activities were selecting and dubbing previously recorded 8 mm tape to VHS; reviewing the diagrams on framing a shot; reading the guide to community television (see the link in the list at the bottom of this page); and arranging for live participation from the community in the April 7 event.

Workshop leadout components were practice editing of tape using the analog video editor loaned by Ryakuga and implementing a community television program in May with the Burgeo students.

The next workshop introduces the computer and digital editing.

The second community media workshop was on March 18. This workshop is designed for the facilitators; the intent is it will be an opportunity for the facilitators to discuss issues after several months on the job.

Technical: A brief introduction to the new digital camcorders as electronic news gathering tools and suggestions for editing interviews.

Workshop leadin components include revisiting the Community Communication Needs, Skills and Resources Assessment Map, and reviewing the Community Media Facilitator job description, as well as the community and facilitator assessments.

We will also focus on the practical implementation of the development of public awareness; gaining support through networking, and a popular education learning mthodology.

Outcomes of the workshop should include preparation for a community television event; preparing tapes; completing the workshop forms as hard copies; completing an inventory of the new equipment (serial numbers), and networking with other communication faciliators.

The next volunteers workshop focuses on on-camera performance in the studio and facilitating a community television event.

The first workshop, Community Reporting, was on Feb. 9 and 10.

Workshop leadin components include completion of a Community Communication Needs, Skills and Resources Assessment Map.

The second step is to familiarize the community media volunteers with the concept of community reporting. Basically, think community - where you're from.

If you have time, you could facilitate some of the interview exercises with the volunteers.

Please schedule interviews in the community and in the studio on Feb. 9. This can include musicians as well.

On the morning of Feb. 10 we can meet to debrief the experience and set goals until our next volunteers workshop on April 6 and 7.

Outcomes of the workshop should include new ideas for community interviews; interviewing people in the community; cataloging the tapes already shot, and identifying community issues and cultural events.

The next workshop focuses on the role of the Community Communications Facilitator; Networking; Public Awareness; Income Generation Potential, and Popular Education Methodology.


A Guide to producing a community television event

Some studio tips

Community television jobs

Video editing

An introduction to community media and community news

A sample assignment sheet

Gathering news and writing for community television

Interviewing for community television

Framing: previsualizing what the camera sees.

A really quick guide to video

An introduction to iMovie

Digital cameras and iMacs

Writing a press release

A Guide to Grassroots Community Radio

Posters and Brochures:
Communication Tools for Community Groups

Simple Web Page Production

Ryakuga Community Communications Needs, Skills and Resources Mapping Assessments

Community Media Facilitator: job description and assessments


Developing Community Awareness A Guide for Participatory Evaluation Developing a learning-focused popular education environment