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Amoshaun Phynn Toft
BISMCS 402
Bothell Campus

Community Media Practice

Provides an opportunity to undertake practice-based work in community media organizing and media production. Students gain skills initiating and maintaining community-based efforts in the context of media. They also gain experience using relevant media hardware and software, developing programming ideas, and recording, editing, and distributing media content.

Class description

Community Media Practice is a workshop in organizing student-driven digital and streaming media at UW Bothell. You will work with other students in the course and in the UWave Club, UWB staff in IT and Student Life, a faculty adviser, and community partners to support the organizing and running of a campus/community radio station called ‘UWave: Your Voice, Your Vibe’ at http://UWave.fm. The course revolves around this collaborative media project, and participants have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience helping to build a vibrant and dynamic resource for community-building at UW Bothell.

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

Learn how to work effectively in small groups, collaborate across teams, and work professionally with multiple constituents in a collaborative setting

Learn how to work in an applied media environment in the areas of media production and/or community media organizing

Increase their understanding of how community media practices can facilitate dialog across difference using digital media tools

General method of instruction

This class is almost entirely directed by you and your fellow UWave participants. This is quite unlike most other kinds of college courses. You need to do work to help the station succeed, but it is up to you to decide what your unique contribution will be. The course structure is set up to help you be an effective organizer and team-player, focusing on project design and implementation, meeting and team-work skills, and to build topical expertise in the area of your focus.

This class is part of a co-curricular community media project, and students work directly with other participants in planning and running the radio station. Class meetings overlap with the UWave Radio general meetings on Fridays, and you will work alongside students, alumni, and community members in helping to run the radio station. You are asked to participate in two of 4 working groups: Programming, Promotions, Technology and Business. You will work together to identify Goals for UWave Radio, take on a Project in support of that Goal, and then collaborate with your peers in planning and carrying out all the smaller Tasks that actually make those projects happen. What projects you work on are almost entirely up to you.

Recommended preparation

Experience with collaboration in small groups, project-based learning, and attention to detail are all suggested. Additional topical knowledge or experience a plus in diverse areas such as community organizing, business and budgeting, promotions and volunteer coordination, program planning and scheduling, broadcast sound engineering, audio and video production, news writing and aggregating, DJ'ing/music, the arts, student clubs, politics and social justice.

Class assignments and grading

Projects (60%) - Project Goals and Tasks (50%) Due on a rolling basis - Project Portfolio (10%) Due Week 11 Reflection (20%) - Mid-Quarter Review (8%) Due Week 4 - Final Reflection Essay (12%) Due Week 11 Participation (20%) - Project Engagement (10%) - Meeting Participation (10%)

This course is CREDIT/NO CREDIT. Your success in this course will be based on your ability to work toward self- and peer-directed goals and on solo and small-group projects. It is up to you to tell us what you want to do, tell us how it is going while you are doing it, and document what happened and why at the end.


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: 12/11/2013