B Media teaches a series of workshops for unions, organizations, and community groups designed to make them better equipped to share stories, campaigns, or histories. While we no longer offer these directly, we donated all of our curriculum to the Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education (NAAME), who currently offers similar courses. Listed below are workshops, presentations and courses we have taught over the years.
What Does a 21st Century Newsroom Need, Cascade Media Convergence (2014): What does a 21st century newsroom need? Lessons from a three month experiment with the San Francisco Chronicle and the U of O Multimedia Journalism department to see whether video can drive viewership and revenue while reinvigorating the traditional print newsroom. Efficacy and importance of video, integration issues, and ways to make video link up with a community of viewership will be discussed.
Ripping, Remix, and Reel Revolution, OROR Fest (2013): A series of low-cost remix workshops held in conjunction with the OROR Fest , an experimental unfestival celebrating independent art and technology made in Portland, OR. Topics include how to search through and download archival footage, DIY filming tips and tricks, and advanced editing for videos.
Art+ Activism, Open Engagement Conference (2013): A participatory workshop about the transversal connecting art and activism. What is the purpose of film? Can it actually change society? Does the process matter as much as the final product? This introduction to different artist collectives, critical theory, and short films explores the role of film in movements for social justice. Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art.
Media Mashup (Six-week course at Portland Community Media, 2013): In this six-session class, participants will learn to tell stories using found footage, including how to manipulate images and sounds, and juxtapose content. Topics covered include editing with Final Cut Pro 7, utilizing video archives, culture jamming, media literacy, and creative commons law. The completed videos will play on PCM’s cable channels.
Video Remix (Four-session course at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2013): In this course, students create a short film remixing found footage on a topic you are passionate about using video archives, culture jamming techniques, and creative commons resources.
How to Be a Video Ninja (Continuing Education Course at Portland Community College, 2012): The course covers the nuts and bolts of becoming a community media maker: by the end, participants will be versed in media literacy, develop basic interview and camera skills, and the ability to edit. Our explicit goal is to empower participants with technological skills and practically apply them.
B Media members have taught presentations, lectures, and one-day workshops on multimedia production at the following universities:
- Portland State University (PSU)
- Pacific University
- University of Oregon
- Puget Sound Community College
- Evergreen State College
- Lewis and Clark
- University of Maryland -Baltimore Campus
- American University
- Bucknell University