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Amoshaun Phynn Toft
BISMCS 472
Bothell Campus

Advanced Media Production Workshop

Provides focused study and production in a specific area of media arts and practice. Recommended: BISMCS 343.

Class description

BISMCS 472 Advanced Media Production Workshop: Community Media Practice.

Community Media Practice is a workshop in organizing digital and streaming media at UWB. Students in the course work with each other, a faculty advisor, and community partners to support the organizing and running of campus/community radio station ‘KUWB.’ Coursework will fall into two complementary areas of practice: Media Production and Community Media

Media Production Opportunities for practice-based work in media production include recording and editing broadcast programming; working with broadcast engineering hardware and software; program scheduling; website design and digital media syndication (audio, video, news, blogs, social media).

Community Media Opportunities for practice-based work in community media organizing include initiating and maintaining community outreach efforts with students, faculty and staff at UWB, as well as local area clubs, groups and businesses; facilitating participatory governance; volunteer coordination and program management; budgeting, fundraising and grant writing; FM licensing and FCC application processes.

Student learning goals

• The ability to work effectively in small groups, collaborate across teams, and work professionally with multiple constituents in a collaborative setting

• First-hand experience working in an applied media environment, including skill development in the areas of media production and/or community media organizing

• An understanding of how community media practices can facilitate dialog across difference using digital media tools

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignment tasks will draw on these two areas of emphasis based on project goals and needs, and may shift during the quarter. Class time will function more as a meeting than as a lecture hall, with a combination of project team meetings and topical discussion of shared readings and/or digital media objects. Participants will write short reflection papers in the middle, and at the end of the quarter, offering opportunity for self-reflection on goals and process. Student success will be based on the ability to work toward self- and peer-directed goals on solo and small group projects.

Grading will be based on the following considerations: Participation 20% Project Tasks 50% Reflection Papers 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Amoshaun Phynn Toft
Date: 10/25/2012