With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment, inspiration and we amplify local voices on five cable channels.
Open Signal builds upon the legacy of Portland Community Media (PCM), an organization that empowered thousands of Portlanders to access video and television technology during its 35-year history.
Open Signal's cable TV platform can be used as a tool to agitate for and inspire social change. This class gets you started!
Do you have an idea for a show that would inspire compelling community dialogue? Sign up for Open Signal's project-based studio class, "We ARE the Media," and submit a proposal that explains what your idea is, how many people you'd need, how you'd shoot it and other logistics.
If your proposal is chosen, you'll get to work with a crew of certified producers to make your idea a reality.
Even if your proposal is not chosen, you'll have the opportunity to create a short program, practicing hands-on studio skills like video switcher operation, graphics, advanced lighting, audio mixer operation and more.
This class is intended for certified Open Signal producers only. If your proposal is chosen, you get to take the class for free.
Class dates: August 22, August 24
Project Proposal due date: July 1
If your show is selected, we'll notify you by July 7.
Volunteering for Open Signal is a great way to network with like-minded media producers, make new friends, learn new skills and express yourself via your favorite medium. We offer $10 an hour in class credit which volunteers can apply towards any Open Signal workshop or summer camp.
Please complete as much information as possible on this form. These details will help us connect you with a volunteering opportunity in our Programming Department.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:
Media arts experience preferred, shifts typically last 3-5 hours.
Help set up, break down, and move equipment during an evening or Saturday workshop. Workshop volunteers should have some familiarity with the workshop they are applying to assist with. We currently offer workshops on video production, editing, TV studio production, animation, video installation and video synthesizers, to name a few.
Workshop and Event Photographer
Photography experience preferred. Shifts typically last 3-5 hours depending on the workshop.
We need photographers to cover the activities of our evening and weekend workshops. Images will potentially be used on our website, social media platforms and in promotional materials. All photos/videos that are used will be credited.
Photographers should have past experience shooting special events and can use either their own digital cameras or Open Signal’s. There is scheduling flexibility with this position; you can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you want.
No media arts experience required, PT or FT.
Throughout the week, you will be called upon to help with daily morning set up, camper check in/out, serving lunch, camper lunch supervision/presence, moving gear and other tasks that help make Open Signal camps run more smoothly.
Photography experience preferred. Flexible scheduling.
During camp sessions, photographers and videographers are asked to shoot all aspects of camp in a respectful and non-intrusive way. Immediately following the session, they are asked to deliver edited materials.
All photos/videos that are used will be credited. Photographers and videographers should have past experience shooting special events and can use either their own digital cameras or Open Signal’s. There is scheduling flexibility with this position; you can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you want.
Guest Artist Event Volunteer:
Audio/ Visual production skills preferred. Shifts typically last 3-5 hours on weekday evenings.
Help set up, break down, and move equipment during an evening Guest Artist event. Production may include access to sound board, lighting grid, projectors, and media management. Volunteers may also be asked to manage crowds, or prepare food.
About Open Signal:
Open Signal is a community-driven media arts center located in Portland, Oregon. With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, we make media production possible for everyone.
Information about Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Fund For Media Education
Bob Hedlund, Independent Producer’s Advocate
Bob Hedlund is known for his commitment to the role of community media in society. Hedlund was more than a volunteer; he was a leader at Portland Community Media, now known as Open Signal.
For the past ten years Bob had been an important member of the PCM family. He created the Independent Producers’ Organization (IPO) and produced the IPO series, which continues to address topics such as media reform and legislation. He attended PCM board meetings to ensure the needs and views of independent producers were always included in discussion, and volunteered on numerous programs in support of other PCM producers.
Bob greeted everyone with a beaming, infectious smile and a warm hug. His presence will be missed very much by PCM staff and producers.
In honor of Bob and his commitment to producers, PCM named its Media Education Scholarship, the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund enables area residents to participate in Open Signal’s media education program at reduced rates or no charge.
How to Apply
To apply for the scholarship, please complete the application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Please clearly specify your priority of first, second and third workshop choice and workshop dates on the application. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Scholarship applications that demonstrate a desire to create media work that will inspire, educate or bring awareness to the greater community, will be strongly considered. Submission of application does not guarantee a scholarship or enrollment in the class. If your application is approved and registration is full, you will be offered enrollment in the next available class. Applicants may be considered for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.
Guidelines and Criteria
The following conditions must apply to be eligible for scholarship funds:
· Scholarships are open to area residents within the city of Portland. Underserved or underrepresented populations can be considered in the greater Portland area.
· Applicant must demonstrate financial need by supplying documentation that supports his/her low-income status. Accepted documents include: Pay Stubs, Income Tax Return, statement of benefits, documentation from DHS, etc. For your privacy please exercise caution when uploading sensitive documents. Social Security numbers should be blacked out. If documentation cannot be supplied, applicants must complete the application section explaining their financial situation.
Applications missing documentation will not be considered.
· All current Operating Policies, Rules, and Procedures apply.
Applicants must agree to the following in order to be approved for a scholarship:
· Must participate in Open Signal’s workshops with the intent to produce programming for Open Signal channels.
About Open Signal
With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment and inspiration, amplifying local voices on five cable channels.
Deadlines and Review Process
We award partnerships based on alignment with our mission, available in-kind resources and overall capacity. There are 6-partnership sessions available to apply to a year. Applications are due 60 days prior to the proposed partnership start date.
Early Bird Deadlines
In order to accommodate partners that require advanced scheduling we have created early bird deadlines. Early applications will be reviewed 1-session in advanced.
Proposals are reviewed by Open Signal staff and community producers. Applicants will be notified within 7-business days of session review dates.
Open Signal is proud to partner with the following organizations, which give under-served groups access to media technology: