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!

The theme of Open Signal’s Winter / Spring session is .::Radiate::.

To radiate is to project goodwill, to glow, to direct energy, to emit light. For this next session, we will continue to explore how ideas can spark action and inspire change by radiating outwards from the core of your creativity. 

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 and the extended community. If your proposal is chosen, you can participate at no additional cost.

Class dates: February 13th & 15th

Project proposal due date: January 24th

If your show is selected, we'll notify you by January 31st .

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.

Partnerships and Resource Sharing

Partnerships with nearby schools, fellow non-profits and community organizations make up the heart of Open Signal and vary depending on the needs and goals of each organization. We believe in sharing resources for the greater good with partners that further our mission. We offer in-school, after-school and weekend instruction on digital storytelling, equipment lending, discounted trainings and more! 

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. In order to accommodate partners that require advanced scheduling we have created early bird deadlines. Early applications will be reviewed 1-session in advanced if submitted by the early bird deadline listed below.

Request Deadlines:

  • September — October
    Early Bird Deadline: June 1.
    Deadline: Aug. 1.

  • November — December
    Early Bird Deadline: July 30.
    Deadline: Sept. 1.

  • January — February
    Early Bird Deadline: Sept. 1.
    Deadline: Nov. 5.

  • March — April
    Early Bird Deadline: Nov. 5.
    Deadline: Jan. 1.

  • May — June
    Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 1.
    Deadline: March 1.

  • July — August
    Early Bird Deadline: March 1.
    Final Deadline: May 1.

Review Process

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:

Open Signal offers Test-Out Certification for experienced filmmakers to access our resources without having to complete a certification course. Filmmakers who meet one of the follow qualifications are welcome to apply: a.) an advanced degree; b.) a certification with another access facility; or c.) more than two years work experience in the video, television or media production industry.

Available Test-Outs:

Intro to Video Production (includes standard JVC 600 cameras and field production gear - (audio and lighting) - $160
Canon C100 - $90
Sony FS7 - $90
JVC 850 - $50
Editing (Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere) - $135
Field Production gear (audio and lighting) - $50
iPad Activist Filmmaking Kit (includes iPad, two lenses, light, two mics)
- $45

We have a staff member available by appointment for test-outs on the Sony FS7.

NOTE: Canon C100 and Sony FS7 test-outs do not include certification for field production gear such as audio recording equipment and lighting. If you need access to field equipment, you can add on the Field Production test-out for $50. 

Test-Out Certification Guidelines:
  • Selected based on qualifications and ability to submit content within 2-month period. 
  • Attend an in-person test-out and new producer orientation.
  • If failure to pass, the full fee will be offered in workshop credit to be used within 1 year of test-out date. 
  • Content created with gear must be completed and submitted within 2-months. 
  • Equipment reservation rights will be revoked if you fail to submit content within 2-month time period and you will be asked to take an Independent Video Producer, Level 1 certification course if you wish to continue accessing Open Signal's equipment library and producer amenities. 
Ends on January 15, 2018

Echo AiR is a free after-school program that connects Portland area teens with the local film and video community. 

During this nine week program, 15 teen artists and makers will collaborate on a short film while developing a creative portfolio and the technical skills needed to apply for internships, jobs and education in the media arts field. Their collaborative film will be debuted at a public screening and aired on Open Signal channels. At the end of the program teens will be supported in applying for summer internships with Open Signal and fellow media arts organizations. 

Teens ages 14-18 interested in filmmaking, acting, lighting, sound, directing, writing, set/prop building, visual fx or animation are encouraged to apply. 


Teens will meet weekly (excluding holidays) on Mondays at Open Signal from 4:30pm-6:30pm on the following dates:

·       February 5th

·       February 12th

·       February 26th

·       March 5th

·       March 12th

·       March 19th

·       April 2nd

·       April 9th

·       April 16th

Equipment Training and Certification:

There will be 2-day video production training held over the weekend of February 17th and 18th from 1pm-5pm. Completion of this training will result in certification on Open Signal’s MacBook Pro laptops with Adobe Creative Suite, Canon C100 MKII video camera and field production equipment. 


A public screening and celebration will be held on May 10th, 2017 to debut the final film created by Echo teens. 

Application Deadline:

Applications are due by 12:00 a.m. on January 15, 2018Teens will be notified if they have been selected on January 20, 2018. 


Please contact Open Signal's Media Education Department, education@opensignalpdx.org, (503) 288–1515.