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. 

Producers: We are having a 24-hour telethon to celebrate our first anniversary as Open Signal and we want you to be a part of it!

The telethon is a fundraiser and a friend raiser for Open Signal. For 24 straight hours between noon on February 24 and noon on February 25, we will broadcast live telethon programming as well as pre-recorded content on our cable channels, online through live-streaming and on our social media networks. On-site events will make this a fun-filled loveathon right here at Open Signal that reflects and celebrates our community.

Help us ensure that Open Signal will be here to support media makers for many decades into the future by becoming a part of our first-ever telethon. 

We will select two producers to host 60-minute live shows at peak hours during the telethon. If selected, you will have access to production services staff to assist you and your crew, professional development opportunities, and marketing. You will also have access to three Open Signal media services staff members to assist with set changes, sound, lighting, cameras and general crew tasks. 

Whether it's a performance, an interview, something educational, or an entirely new concept—if it represents your connection to community media, we'd love to hear from you! Please send ideas that you feel represent the best of Open Signal and the Portland Community Media family.  

By October 30—Use this form to submit a proposal for a live 60-minute show that will broadcast during our telethon. 


Details

  • All submissions are due October 30. We will announce our selections by December 15.
  • We're accepting submissions from certified Open Signal producers only.
  • Work will air during the telethon and may be re-run at later dates. 
  • If you are selected to do a live show, you will be required to attend planning meetings and rehearse the live show in the studio in the month before telethon. 
  • We may edit the program for time and themes, and we will be running graphics over some or all of the program.
  • You will retain copyright for your live on-air work.  
  • We are also accepting submissions for pre-recorded work to air during the telethon. You can submit proposals for either live or pre-recorded work, but not both. 
  • If your proposal is selected, you will receive two all-access passes to the telethon and all associated events, as well as $110 in class credit for one class. 

Need help completing your submission or becoming a certified Open Signal producer? 

Come by Open Signal during our normal operating hours (Tuesday-Friday 10am-10pm and Saturdays & Sundays Noon-8pm), and we'll be happy to help you out!


Do you have other questions?

Contact Art Santana, Open Signal’s Operations & Special Projects Manager, at art@opensignalpdx.org.

Open Signal is committed to equity.

Open Signal does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

Producers: We are having a 24-hour telethon to celebrate our first anniversary as Open Signal and we want you to be a part of it!

The telethon is a fundraiser and a friend raiser for Open Signal. For 24 straight hours between noon on February 24 and noon on February 25, we will broadcast live programming as well as pre-recorded content on our cable channels, online through live-streaming and on our social media networks. On-site events will make this a fun-filled loveathon right here at Open Signal that reflects and celebrates our community.

Help us ensure that this organization will be here to support media makers for many decades into the future by becoming a part of our first-ever 24-hour program! 

We will select a series of pre-recorded works no longer than 30-minutes in length from Open Signal producers to be broadcast during the telethon. 

By October 30—Use this form to submit work for potential broadcast during our telethon. Please send us content that you feel represents the best of Open Signal and the Portland Community Media family.  


A few details:

  • All submissions are due October 30. We will announce our selections by December 15.
  • Submissions must be less than 30 minutes in length. You can upload files directly to us via this form or link to an existing video (on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). 
  • We're accepting submissions from certified Open Signal producers only.
  • We are also accepting submissions for 60-minute live shows for our telethon. You can submit proposals for either live telethon programming or pre-recorded work, but not both.
  • Accepted work will air during the telethon and may be re-run at later dates. 
  • We may edit the program for time, and we will be running graphics over some or all of the program.
  • You will retain copyright for your pre-recorded work. 
  • If your footage is selected to air on the telethon, you will receive two all-access passes to the telethon and all associated events. 


Need help submitting your video or becoming a certified Open Signal producer? 

Come by Open Signal during our normal operating hours (Tuesday-Friday 10am-10pm and Saturdays & Sundays Noon-8pm), and we'll be happy to help you out!


Do you have other questions?

Contact Art Santana, Open Signal’s Operations & Special Projects Manager, at art@opensignalpdx.org.


Open Signal is committed to equity.

Open Signal does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

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: November 6th & 8th

Project proposal due date: October 23rd

If your show is selected, we'll notify you by October 30.

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:


Editing Help:

Editing experience a must, shifts typically last 3-5 hours.

We need help editing some content together from our great programs. Ideally the content will be edited into individual timelines for upload to our channels. Editors should have past experience editing for TV and can use either their own editing computers/hard drives or can work on site using Open Signal’s. 

Workshop Volunteer
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 processors, to name a few. 

Workshop and Event Photographer
Photography experience preferred. Shifts can last from 5-3 hours depending on the event.

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.


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.

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. 1.

  • March — April
    Early Bird Deadline: Nov. 1.
    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 December 17, 2017

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 interested in filmmaking, lighting, sound, directing, writing, set/prop building, visual fx or animation are encouraged to apply. 


Timeline:

Teens will meet weekly (excluding holidays) on Mondays at Open Signal from 4pm-6pm 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. 


Screening:

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 December 17, 2017Teens will be notified if they have been selected on January 2, 2018. 


 Questions?

Please contact Taylor Neitzke, Open Signal Director of Programs, taylor@opensignalpdx.org, (503) 673-8652.