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 communitybiz@yahoo.com or use the "comment" button below to learn share your thoughts.

Thank you.