Community Communications Living and Learning Programs

Community Communications

The Center for Community Communications offers trainings, events and co-production opportunities for community journalists, producers, activists and artists.

Current Projects:

Community communications is the study and practice of "media created to allow individuals to tell the stories and have the conversations necessary for their own self directed development as citizens." (Johnson and Menichelli, 2007). 

Open Journalism Initiative

Open Media Centers Network

Open Media Working Group:
Community communications media collaborative.

Sustainability Design /Media Synergy
Ecovillage Design Education: Local-Global Design/Media Centers Networks.
Living and Learning Networks, Centers and Partnerships for Villages, Neighborhoods, and Communities.

Past Projects:

Community Communications Living and Learning Series:

Certification in Community Communications
The Adena Center offers Certification in Community Communications through a variety of learning opportunities.

Social Networks, Social Media, & Social Change: Creating Sustainable Community Media - A Lunch and Learn Event: Monday, April 14, 2008 12 - 2 pm

Social Networks, Social Media, and
Social Change:
Collaborating to Create Sustainable Community Media

Monday, April 14, 2008
12 - 2 pm

A Lunch and Learn Event

  • Erik Hungerbuhler, E-Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: "Grassroots organizing tools for democracy: Reflections on the 2008 Kentucky Legislative session and next steps for social media."
  • Aaron Marshall, Director of Sales and Marketing, Digital Business Solutions: " Selling Social Media"
  • David Silverman, Adena Center and the Open Journalism Project. "Opportunities for Open Journalism: Social Media, Social Change and the Locus of Community Communications, Power and Collaboration"

Where: Adena Center, Galen Building, Zorn & River Rd, Louisville, KY USA (Directions)

Free and Open to the Public - $5 Lunch Buffet Donation Requested.
Please rsvp and for more information: 502 410 2786 or

Continuing Education credit is available for these events through the Community Communications Program of the Adena Center,
If you would like to participate in the continuing education program, contact 502 410 2786 or

Sponsored by Adena Center, Community Communications Working Group, Sustainable Business Networks and participating organizations.

Also: Please join us for a followup event April 21, 6:30-8:30 pm:

Legislative Debrief: A gathering of area grassroots leadership allies from many organizations.

At the Fairness Campaign office, 2263 Frankfort Avenue 40206
Contact: KFTC
502-500-8082 for more info.

Science Cafe: Cancer Predictors and Beyond: Friday Mar 28, 5:30 - 7:30

An INVITATION to Louisville’s
[Science Cafe]

BETWEEN 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM


400 E. Main [opposite Slugger Field]

Speaker: Dr. LaCreis Kidd., Ph.D.

[Assistant Professor of Pharmacology &
Toxicology, UofL School of Medicine]

Topic: “Integrative Approach to Finding
Predicators of Prostate Cancer Risk”

Time: 6:00 PM
[20 minute presentation]

Date: March 28, 2008

Admission: No Charge

[Cafe Scientifique] IN KENTUCKY!

Science Cafe is sponsored by Sigma Xi and Blue Mountain Coffee, with collaborative support from Nova/ WGBH, the Adena Center and WXBH-FM.

Continuing Education credit is available for these events through the Adena Center.
If you would like to participate in the continuing education program, contact 502 410 2786 or

Science Cafe is broadcast locally on WXBH -FM,
Podcasts are available through Open Media,

What is a Science Cafe?

For the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context. One branch of this trend began in Great Britain and is called Cafe Scientifique. ‘

Blue Mountain’ has joined this worldwide network in its attempt to advance science, to move discussion into the public arena–academics going to the public, not the public going to academics. Science Cafe's have no brief to defend science at all cost. People are therefore welcomed to debate and ask awkward questions in a face-to-face contact with scientists at a community level in a ‘bottom up’ non-organizational manner.

The Cafe Scientifique Network does not have a narrow purpose, be it political, educational or scientific, rather it is helping bring science back in culture. A typical evening is spent in a cultural examination of science, from which each member of the audience draws their own conclusion and from which such discussion are an end in itself.

The previous sessions, involved Dr. Ben Jenson on the Cervical Cancer Vaccine, Dr. Roy Burns on Modern Zoos and Species Preservation, Dr. Lee Dugatkin on Altruism and Dr. Robert Esterhay on Electronic Medical records and Health Information
Exchange and Dr. Paul Cappiello on the evolution of natural and planned ecosystems.

These are discussion and dialogue centered events that we hope to facilitate at least once per month. We are actively seeking sponsorship and hope that in the not too distant future the top downs will meet with our bottom up approach and see the benefits of science cafes.

Become the Media: Sustainability, Politics and Community Journalism 2008

Become the Media:
Sustainability, Politics and Community Journalism 2008
The Legislative Session and Beyond

  • Tom Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Kentucky Resources Council
  • Jerry Hardt, Communications Director, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
  • John Hicks, Station Manager, WXBH 92.7 FM

6 - 8 pm
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications

Directions: I-71 Exit 2, Zorn Ave. @ River Rd behind BP to the Galen Building, 2nd Floor. (Map)
Free and open to the public. Donations welcome. A light buffet will be available.
Please RSVP to 502 896-1835 or
  • What are the issues facing our communities in 2008?
  • How can community organizations and citizens collaborate to produce our own media ?
  • What are the stories in this legislative session that will make a difference for our lives, families and neighborhoods?
Join us for an evening of "hands-on" learning with leading community advocates and media producers.

In this workshop you'll learn:

1) Some of the key legislative, media, and other issues facing our communities as we transition to a sustainable society.

2) How citizen lobbyists and community journalists can make a difference in local politics and the State Legislature.

3) How you and your neighborhood or community organizations can cover the legislature and local politics on-line and on radio and television.

The workshop is offered through the Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course and be eligible for CEU's towards the Certificate in Community Communications. Participants will also gain training towards radio, television and multimedia journalism with WXBH-FM / Brick House and the Open Journalism project.


Please EMAIL and forward this page to people who you'd like to invite to the event by clicking on the envelope icon below or forward it yourself. Thanks.

Community Journalism Brunch and Learn December 8, 2007

News Crafting and the Art of the Interview for
Radio and Other Community Media

with Jim St. Clair, Jennifer Oladipo and John Hicks
9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday, December 8, 2007

Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications
Directions: I-71 Exit 2, Zorn Ave. @ River Rd behind BP to the Galen Building, 2nd Floor. (Map)
Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.
A light brunch buffet will be available.
Please RSVP to 502 896-1835 or
For More information:

Community journalism is one way community organizations and active citizens can make a difference. Citizen journalists help give voice to the voiceless, pursuing news from the community's point of view, and changing the media landscape.

About the Workshop:

In this workshop we will cover community journalism from story origins through interviewing, research, writing and media production. Participants will have the chance to learn about the basics of community journalism and craft their own stories, radio and media pieces in a hands-on setting.

Click here to see curriculum details.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in writing and producing community journalism, or learning about how New Media works. Community journalists, students, newsletter editors, public access producers, web bloggers, neighborhood leaders, community organizers, community relations staffers, and media professionals -- and anyone else with an interest in "Doing the Media."

For Participants:
  • Please bring paper and pen or pencil.
  • If you have a digital recording device (recorder, digital camcorder, laptop computer) please bring that as well.
  • Please also go to "Do-It-Yourself Radio," download the Audacity software and take a look at WXBH-FM.
  • If you or your organization have stories or issues you would like to develop in this workshop series, please bring your notes or outline.
Coverage Opportunities for Community Journalists:

If you are interested in covering the State Legislative session or other community issues for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, WXBH- FM, Open Journalism or other community organizations, please send an email to with "Community Coverage" in the subject line.

The workshop is offered as part of the Community Communications and Open Journalism initiatives to train community journalists to cover State and local community stories for community organizations and newswires, web, radio and television services.

About the instructors:
Jim St. Clair, a veteran journalist, editor and publisher, is Professor of Journalism at Indiana University Southeast.

Jennifer Oladipo is a freelance web and print journalist and consultant who has worked for a variety of media, including LEO Weekly, Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal, Dow Jones and others.

John Hicks
is Station Manager for WXBH-FM 92.87 Community Radio, a web services consultant and a former newspaper publisher and editor.

The workshop is offered through the Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course and be eligible for CEU's towards the Certificate in Community Communications. Participants will also gain training towards radio, television and multimedia journalism with WXBH-FM / Brick House and the Open Journalism project.

An Evening With Jan Carew

An evening with Jan Carew:

A celebration of writing and reading

Thursday, December 6, 2007
5 - 7 P.M.

Blue Mountain Coffeehouse

400 E. Main, Louisville, KY, USA - corner of Main and Preston (
Map )
(502) 582-3220

Announcing: The Guyanese Wanderer
Inaugural edition, the Linda Bruckheimer Series in KY Literature of
Sarabande Books

Jan Carew sets a fabulist eye and elegant hand to both old world and new. Combining Caribbean folklore, ghost story, adventure tale, and the literature of European exile, these narratives contain a spirited dialect and colloquial voice that startles and delights. The journey begins in Carew's homeland, among the gaudy parrots, jaguars, and six o'clock bees of Guyana, and then shifts to the boulevards of London and Paris. Carew's characters--hunters and seers, buffoons and book-people--defy convention, especially the strong-willed women.

Betina puts her husband in his place with a prospecting knife. Belfon comes of age with the help, and seduction, of Couvade, a preacher-woman. A tagalong hunter named Tonic gets in over his head in a stampede of hogs. And in London, a black man called Caesar, prefers a landlord who puts his racism up front.

Carew has lived a long life, in countries all over the world. He's comfortable taking on just about anything, whether racial prejudice or whimsical fable, the fierce natural world or city slum. These are the brilliant songs of a learned man.

About Jan Carew

Jan Rynveld Carew has led a rich and varied life as a writer, educator, philosopher, and advisor to several nation states. He was born and educated in Guyana, and studied at Howard University, Western Reserve University, Charles University in Prague, and the Sorbonne in Paris. In London he worked as broadcaster, writer, and editor with the BBC, and lectured on race. His novels and nonfiction include Black Midas, A Touch of Midas, The Wild Coast, Green Winter, Ghosts in our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean, The Last Barbarian, The Guyanese Wanderer, The Rape of Paradise, Children of the Sun, The Sisters and Manco's Stories, Fulcrums of Change, Black America, The Third Gift, The Caribbean Writer and Exile and a multitude of plays, poetry, articles, and stories. He has resided in Mexico, England, France, Spain, Ghana, Canada, and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


To Learn More About Jan Carew, go to News and Works of Jan Carew

This event qualifies for Continuing Education Credit in Literature and the Spoken Word through the Program in Community Communications of the Adena Center. For more information or to register for CEU credit, please email

Digital Storytelling Comes of Age: Lunch and Learn with Michael Caporale


Thursday, November 1, 2007
12 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Learn:

Technology, Community, Opportunity: Digital Storytelling Comes of Age

Michael Caporale with Louisville Community Media Practitioners

Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications
1031 Zorn Ave, #200, Louisville, KY, USA 40207
Zorn at River Road, I 71 exit 2, Galen Building behind BP
502 896 1835

Free and open to the public -- Donations Welcome.

In this Lunch and Learn Seminar, world class cinematographer Michael Caporale joins local community media producers to discuss the opportunities for community media based in the newest digital video technologies. In this workshop, Caporale explains features and uses of cutting edge, affordable digital technology for community media centers, stations, networks and producers.

This is the first presentation of the Community Communications program for Louisville area community media producers and citizen journalists. To learn more, and to enroll, go to:

Now that broadcast and film quality video is available and affordable for almost any producer, what sort of mix of technology and vision is driving new community media services and businesses ?

Where are the new opportunities and challenges for documentarians, community journalists, independent film producers, tv stations, corporate technology and communications leaders and commercial media providers?

How can community journalists and independent filmmakers take advantage of cross-platform opportunities to produce for film, video, radio, print and web simultaneously?

Join us for an afternoon of good food and conversation as we explore the new world of community and global media technology.

You'll have a chance to get checked out on the basics of community media production, and to enroll as a producer with the OpenJournalism Project of the Community Communications Working Group and the Brick House Open Media Center.

This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits towards the Certification in Community Communications through Adena Center.

About the presenter:

Michael Caporale
24P Digital Cinema

Michael Caporale, renowned cinematographer, has been on the cutting-edge of motion picture technology.

He is the founder of Caporale Studios and 24P Digital Cinema, which produces national and regional television commercials, audio and post production, photography, documentaries, and web design.

As early as 1989, as cofounder of "Finis" Caporale was one of the original seven Avid editing system beta test sites. Today he is a consultant to Panasonic Broadcast. His work for them has included coverage of the world's most extreme sports event, the two-week long Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome, and for three years he was a VariCam instructor for HD Expo. As part of the HD Expo team he trained National Geographic on their VariCams at their Washington headquarters. Now, through 24P Digital Cinema, he trains corporate clients such as the Mayo Clinic.

Recently, working alongside Katsuyuki Taguchi, who headed the design team for VariCam, he was chosen as the DIT by Panasonic in Auckland, New Zealand to prepare their Varicam for a shootout with Sony’s CineAlta for the Screen Director’s Guild of New Zealand.

Michael Caporale was the first Director of Photography to embrace the VariCam in feature film production shooting :"Tattered Angel" in August and September of 2001. Feature films he has been director of photography on include: "Tattered Angel", " Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass", "Los Duros", "Ball of Wax" , and "That's How You Look To Me", shot in Louisville under the working title "Sweet William".

He has been the subject of numerous articles on digital production in magazines such as “DV Magazine”, “Digital Cinema”, “American Cinematographer”, “TV Technology”, “HD.Org.” Caporale writes for “Broadcast Engineering” and is a columnist and editor for “Film Festival Reporter.”

With over thirty years experience as a commercial photographer and film-maker to draw from, Michael bridges both worlds in his explanation of the new technology and effortlessly defines the path for those who to desire to investigate the coming changes.

More Information: or

Do-It-Yourself Radio:

WXBH-FM 92.7
Louisville's Community Radio Station
Brick House Open Media Center

Community Communications Training:

Do-It-Yourself Radio:

Hands On Trainings in November, 2007: Wednesdays, 6 - 8 PM (Except Thanksgiving Eve 11/21/07) at the Brick House, 1103 S. 2nd St.,. Louisville, KY at the Corner of 2nd and St. Catherine Streets.
This course qualifies for Community Communication Certification CEU credit through The Adena Center.

RSVP to if you would like to attend this introductory course.

Online tutorials and software downloads from WXBH-FM!
If you'd like to produce a show on Louisville's Community Radio station, go to Get Involved to learn more!

To make a quality show:
Download Audacity Software for free, click here

To learn the software through the written tutorials, click here

To learn to download and install Audacity software through online video tutorials, click here

To learn to use Audacity software for editing through online video tutorials, click here for video 1,
video 2,
and video 3

WXBH is uploading all programming to the transmitter and antennae location in Fern Creek using Campcaster Software. Once you are accepted as a WXBH programmer, you will be able to upload/FTP your show to the site for broadcast using this program through your browser.

More Information:
WXBH 92.7 FM:
Community Communications Training: or

DRAFT Community Communications Learning and Certification

DRAFT Community Communications Learning and Certification

The Program in Community Communications is offered through the Adena Center as part of the Open Living and Learning Network.

What is community communications ?

Community communications is the study and practice of "media created to allow individuals to tell the stories and have the conversations necessary for their own self directed development as citizens." (Johnson and Menichelli, 2007). Key to the successful transition to sustainable, self-directed individual and community development is the capacity to tell our own stories. Through the conduct of open community research, learning, journalism, dialogue and deliberation, community communications can help us find our way to participatory solutions which reflect local and global diversity while empowering thoughtful and creative action.

The Program in Community Communications promotes individual and organizational learning and action through the experiential and classroom practices of media democracy. The proposed Community Communications Certification program is deliberately experiential, inter-disciplinary and grounded in community practice as well as communications theory and professional development. Collaborative self-organization with community partners in learning and production is central to the program.

Certificate in Community Communications

The Certificate in Community Communications is a new program for community members as well as traditional and distance learners. We are working with the Open Media Initiative and Open Community Media Centers Networks development partners to create a program which can meet a wide range of professional and community certification standards. In addition, we are developing community based participatory study and action approaches in conjunction with the Community Communications programs of numerous community partners.

The proposed full Certificate in Community Communications will be awarded for completion of 120 contact hours, with a minimum of 20 contact hours in each of the four Dimensions of learning.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit will be awarded on the basis of one credit for every 10 contact hours.

Certificates of Completion will be offered to any learner who wishes for each individual course.

We hope you'll join us in this adventure in creating new community based models for learning and development for community communications.

Fees: A basic processing fee of $10 per event will apply, though many community events are free and open to the public and low-income scholarships are available. Additional course tuition and fees may apply, depending on the particular course.

Dimensions of Community Communications:

Course work and community practice focus in the following four Dimensions of Community Communications. Working groups and community collaborations contribute to the development of content and participation in each Dimension:

Skills and Perspectives: Hands on technology and production training,

Journalism and the Arts: Community journalism, media literacy, storytelling and creative arts

Organization and Policy: Community and media collaboratives, business, policy and reform

Community and Global Systems: Sustainable development and local/global community media systems

Courses and workshops offered or in development:

* Do-It-Yourself Radio Production

* Digital Storytelling

* Creaing & Capturing Spoken Word and Performance

* Community Myths & Narrative

* Media Democracy

* Media Ethics

* Media Literacy

* Learning Multimedia

* Video Editing

* Animation

* Web and pod casting

* Community Multimedia Newspapers, journals and newsletters

* Community and Advocacy Journalism

* Investigative Journalism

* Reporting on State and Local Governments

* Sustainability and Environmental Reporting

* Participatory Media

* Search Engine Optimization

* The Art of the Interview

* Audio Production Engineering

* Live Event and Call in Production

* Television Production

* Media for Community Organizations

* The Business of Community Media and Collaboratives

* Beyond Blogging

* Community Media Centers & Networks

* Incubating Community Media

* Satellite, Cable and Broadcast Networks

* Media Law for Community Practitioner

* Political Economy of Media

* Independent Film and Media Making

You are invited:

Community Learners are encouraged to participate in any of the courses which might meet your learning needs. Please let us know what courses or learning opportunities might be useful to you or your organization, business or community.

Educators and Community Resource Partners: In addition, we are sincerely interested in developing courses and learning partnerships which go beyond those outlined here. We welcome submissions of proposals for courses, certifications, internships, service / learning or other learning opportunities and partnerships.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at or use the "comment" button below to learn share your thoughts.

Thank you.