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Media Maker Day, TOMORROW 5/16

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:51pm

Special for Access Members who refer a friend new to CCTV: we'll add $25 to your class voucher. Check out this creative video made by our intern for more details.

Make it happen at CCTV's Media Maker Day. Come sample and work in a wide variety of different media, from creating on the fly journalist broadcasts to the art of Photoshop image manipulation.

Walk into an interactive video feedback experiment in CCTV’s main studio, making use of cameras and sound equipment to provide a heady sensory experience.

Drop into our computer lab, where speedy demonstrations of Photoshop image manipulation and Vine video creation will help you experiment with images and short video.

Step in to the storytelling booth, where you can explore memory and nostalgia, record a story, and make use of some special props.

Step right up onto the BeLive set, where citizen journalists will interview you live on the air.

If you’re not feeling camera ready, watch recent, cutting edge video work from local Cambridge filmmakers on monitors throughout the facility.

Or simply enjoy some free snacks and chat with staff about the many ways you can use CCTV as a resource to realize your vision or idea for a project.

2015 Business Breakfast, May 14th (free)

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:13pm
Join us at CCTV's Business Breakfast: Small is Agile: Increasing Local Businesses' Marketing Reach

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 8AM
CCTV, 438 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square

Small businesses in Cambridge face unique challenges in reaching local customers.

Join us to learn about strategies for building a lean, mean marketing machine for your local business. This breakfast presentation will feature Curt Fennell of Google, who will introduce Google's economical suite of Google for Work products. He will also discuss ways to reach local customers through the use of Google AdWords. You'll have a rare chance to learn directly from Google employees how Adwords can help step up your game and build local awareness and business leads.

You will also learn about CCTV's opportunities for business partnerships. Stretch your business exposure into 32,000 homes in Cambridge, while strengthening community initiatives, including the Youth Media Program, a media skill building work program for local teens, and NeighborMedia, a citizen journalism program that amplifies Cambridge's voices and promotes vibrant local discourse. A small investment will give you high visibility now, and a stronger future for Cambridge.

A continental breakfast, sponsored by Harvest Co-op Markets, will be served.

To sign up, call Susan Fleischmann at 617-401-4004

CCTV's Media Maker Day - Special

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:11am

CCTV's Media Maker Day is Saturday, May 16th from 1PM - 4PM. Drop in for some fun, community, and new media experiences. CCTV Access Members will receive $25 on their class voucher for referring a friend new to CCTV to attend Media Maker Day.

Education

NPO Lunchtime Lecture: Social Media Strategy

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 4:02pm
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

In this lecture we will explore the myriad ways in which nonprofits are using social media to raise awareness, solicit funds, and steward donors. We will review examples of stellar campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube from the nonprofit sector. Instructor: Molly Akin

Date:

  • Thursday, 05/07/2015, 12PM - 1PM (optional 30 minute conversation at 1PM)

Registration is required. Contact Clodagh Drummey at clodagh@cctvcambridge.org or 617 401 4005 to register.

Lunchtime Lectures are paired with corresponding Workshops.

Lunchtime Lectures are free one hour sessions that offer nonprofit professionals a chance to learn about technology tools that will enhance your nonprofit communications. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Workshops are two hour, hands-on classes in which attendees will be able to apply the skills they’ve learned at the Lunchtime Lectures to their own nonprofit goals. Instructors will lead attendees on a deeper dive into the material, workshopping individuals’ drafted collateral as a group to strengthen skills and tighten communications. There is a $25 registration fee for CCTV Organizational Members, and a $50 registration fee for non-members.

All regular classes have two rates: one for Access Members and one for non-members. Advance registration is required and is accepted on a first-come basis. Early registration is advised since courses may fill up or be canceled due to low enrollment. Members with sufficient voucher balance may register over the phone (617) 661-6900; all others must provide full payment at the time of registration. Schedules are subject to change.

EducationClasses$0.00Member Cost: $0.00

Public Service Announcement Class

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

Do you have a socially relevant message to get out? Do you want to raise awareness, or attempt to shift public consciousness, about a particular issue? This PSA video production class will help you to do so. Whether it’s for yourself or an organization, you will learn how to craft a short, effective and creative video to convey your message. Students will learn what make a PSA successful, get a chance to review each others’ work, and analyze well known PSAs. Students will walk away with a hand crafted PSA that can be used on the web, in their portfolios, and will be cablecast on CCTV. Instructor: Richard Hawke

Pre-requisites: Edit I & Field Camera I

Dates:

  • Wed, 05/06/2015, 6:00 PM
  • Wed, 05/13/2015, 6:00 PM
  • Wed, 05/20/2015, 6:00 PM
  • Wed, 05/27/2015, 6:00 PM
  • Wed, 06/03/2015, 6:00 PM
  • All regular classes have two rates: one for Access Members and one for non-members. Advance registration is required and is accepted on a first-come basis. Early registration is advised since courses may fill up or be canceled due to low enrollment. Members with sufficient voucher balance may register over the phone (617) 661-6900; all others must provide full payment at the time of registration. Schedules are subject to change.

    EducationClasses$260.00Member Cost: $70.00

    Why You Should Support CCTV

    Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:11pm

    CCTV relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support our educational programs. Computer classes for seniors and job seekers, media training and support for non-profits, technology training for our youth are all supported by generous individuals like you and our local business community.

    Please consider donating to CCTV today. CCTV is a non-profit organization with 501 (C) (3) status and all contributions are tax deductible. Peruse our 2014 annual report to learn more about the impact CCTV has helped make on the community.

    For 27 years CCTV has provided a platform for members of our community to produce thousands of hours of programming that reflect the city’s ethnic, economic and political diversity. There is more to our community than what the networks show us each day and CCTV provides the tools and training to support the free speech that strengthens our society.

    CCTV's Annual Meeting!

    Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:51pm
    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 18:00

    CCTV's Annual Meeting is an opportunity to connect with other members and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. Awards are bestowed, nominees for the Board of Directors are voted on, and food and drink will be enjoyed.

    The business part of the meeting will include the elections; all current Access Members may vote. You can read about the nominees
    here, and proposed amendments to the By-Laws here.

    Neighborhood & CommunityMeetings$0.00Member Cost: $0.00

    CCTV is a Knight News Challenge Semi Finalist!

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:32pm

    CCTV's proposal, Vote Strong: The Cambridge Voter Portal, has been chosen as one of 45 semi-finalists in the 2015 Knight News Challenge. There were over 1000 entries in the challenge, which asks the question "How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections?"

    We have until Monday, April 20 at 5pm to refine the proposal - the Knight team will then review each of the 45 semi-finalists, choose finalists and conduct interviews.....

    Please read our proposal here; if you have questions or suggestions, please create an account and post your comments publicly. We hope that the Cambridge Voter Portal will encourage more people to get involved and get out to vote!

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    Free Nonprofit Lunchtime Lecture This Thursday: Writing Compelling Press Releases

    Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:51pm
    Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

    In this lecture we will review the key elements of a press release – who, what, where, why and when -– and then dive deeper to discuss what makes a pitch compelling. We’ll discuss what makes a story newsworthy, an essential element for getting coverage of your nonprofit. Instructor: Molly Akin

    Date:

    • Thursday, 04/02/2015, 12PM - 1PM (optional 30 minute conversation at 1PM)

    Registration is required. Contact Clodagh Drummey at clodagh@cctvcambridge.org or 617 401 4005 to register.

    Lunchtime Lectures are paired with corresponding Workshops.

    Lunchtime Lectures are free one hour sessions that offer nonprofit professionals a chance to learn about technology tools that will enhance your nonprofit communications. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

    Workshops are two hour, hands-on classes in which attendees will be able to apply the skills they’ve learned at the Lunchtime Lectures to their own nonprofit goals. Instructors will lead attendees on a deeper dive into the material, workshopping individuals’ drafted collateral as a group to strengthen skills and tighten communications. There is a $25 registration fee for CCTV Organizational Members, and a $50 registration fee for non-members.

    All regular classes have two rates: one for Access Members and one for non-members. Advance registration is required and is accepted on a first-come basis. Early registration is advised since courses may fill up or be canceled due to low enrollment. Members with sufficient voucher balance may register over the phone (617) 661-6900; all others must provide full payment at the time of registration. Schedules are subject to change.

    EducationClasses$0.00Member Cost: $0.00

    Voices of Cambridge: New Works

    Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:53am
    Voices of Cambridge: New Works

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00PM
    Cambridge Community Television
    438 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Cambridge Community TV will host a free evening screening of video work made by local filmmakers in Cambridge. These videos are raw and unexpected, telling a wildly varied story of the real Cambridge. They are as diverse and unique from each other as their makers. Each video was created by a student in this season’s media classes.


    Screening work from CCTV’s media production classes including:
    Music Video Production
    Rogue Documentarian
    Documentary Production: Zip Docs
    DSLR Filmmaking
    Time Lapse Video
    Primetime! Beginning Studio Production


    A Q&A with the student producers will follow the screening. Come learn about CCTV’s broad range of media classes and see the amazing work that is being produced by our students on March 26th.

    Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


    For additional information, please contact Allison at allison@cctvcambridge.org or 617-661-6900 or visit www.cctvcambridge.org

    Lunchtime Lecture and Workshop Series

    Sun, 03/22/2015 - 7:49pm

    Lunchtime Lectures are free one hour sessions that offer nonprofit professionals a chance to learn about technology tools that will enhance their nonprofit communications. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

    Workshops are two hour, hands-on classes in which attendees will be able to apply the skills they’ve learned at the Lunchtime Lectures to their own nonprofit goals. Instructors will lead attendees on a deeper dive into the material, workshopping individuals’ drafted collateral as a group to strengthen skills and tighten communications. There is a $25 registration fee for CCTV Organizational Members, and a $50 registration fee for non-members.

    Registration is required. Contact Clodagh Drummey at clodagh@cctvcambridge.org or 617 401 4005 to register.

    April

    Lunchtime Lecture: Writing Compelling Press Releases
    Thursday, April 2nd, 12:00PM - 1:00PM (optional 30 minute conversation at 1PM)
    Free
    In this lecture we will review the key elements of a press release – who, what, where, why and when -– and then dive deeper to discuss what makes a pitch compelling. We’ll discuss what makes a story newsworthy, an essential element for getting coverage of your nonprofit.

    Workshop: Press Release Writing Workshop
    Thursday, April 16th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM (optional 30 minute conversation at 12PM)
    $25 for CCTV organizational members, $50 for non-members
    In this hands-on workshop you will write a professional and engaging press release for your nonprofit. Each participant will bring a story idea and rough outline to work on in class, which the group will then workshop together, giving feedback and learning from each others’ suggestions.

    May

    Lunchtime Lecture: Social Media Strategy
    Thursday, May 7th, 12:00PM - 1:00PM (optional 30 minute conversation at 1PM)
    Free
    In this lecture we will explore the myriad ways in which nonprofits are using social media to raise awareness, solicit funds, and steward donors. We will review examples of stellar campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube from the nonprofit sector.

    Workshop: Building a Buzz: Storytelling for Social Media
    Thursday,, May 21st, 10:00AM - 12:00PM (optional 30 minute open assistance at 12PM)
    $25 for CCTV organizational members, $50 for non-members
    In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to tailor your organization’s story to social media platforms. All participants will bring a copy of their mission statements and ‘about us’ page from their websites and we will work as a group to draft a social media campaign for each organization.

    Instructor Bio

    The April and May Lunchtime Lecture and Workshop Series will be taught by Molly Akin. Molly is an artist and communications professional. Molly directs marketing and PR for the Cambridge Arts Council, a city agency and public non-profit dedicated to nurturing arts and culture across Cambridge. Prior to joining the Arts Council, she managed external communications at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. Molly is an instructor at Cambridge Community Television and Suffolk University where she teaches workshops on social media, digital media applications, web development, and professional practice. Through her business, Molly Akin Web Communications + Photo, she has been providing communications guidance and expertise to individuals and organizations since 2007. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard University Extension School. Molly and her family live in Cambridge.

    History of Video Formats

    Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:42pm
    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

    This class will survey the artistic and technological developments that have steered the evolution of visual media since the earliest days of cinema. From the Zoopraxiscope to the celluloid movie camera, from the Portapak to the DSLR, we will trace the history of film and video formats to the present day, noting how the design and limitations of a given format may affect the technological as well as the aesthetic. We will also examine how increased access and affordability of media-making tools has historically affected the form and content of much of the media produced. Instructor: Brad Glanden

    Date:

    • Wed, 03/11/2015, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

    All regular classes have two rates: one for Access Members and one for non-members. Advance registration is required and is accepted on a first-come basis. Early registration is advised since courses may fill up or be canceled due to low enrollment. Members with sufficient voucher balance may register over the phone (617) 661-6900; all others must provide full payment at the time of registration. Schedules are subject to change.

    EducationClasses$15.00Member Cost: $10.00

    Build Smarter Digital Strategies: A Breakfast Gathering with Google, Nonprofits & City Departments

    Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:21pm
    Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:00 to 11:30

    Agenda
    9:00-9:30am: Breakfast and Networking, Sponsored by Whole Foods Market
    9:30-11:00am: Google For Nonprofits Presentation by Curt Fennell of Google
    11:00-11:30am: An Overview of CCTV’s Nonprofit Resource Center

    Staff members from nonprofits and city departments serving Cambridge can register here: www.cctvnpobreakfast.eventbrite.com.

    Google for Nonprofits
    This seminar, taught by Google team member Curt Fennell, will cover Google products and services that are free for nonprofit organizations, through Google for Nonprofits. Learn how to communicate your agency’s mission, impact and solicitations in the clearest and most powerful way, using these free digital tools.

    Google for Nonprofits provides organizations with:

    • Free access to the Google Apps suite including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive
    • Storage in the cloud: 30GB of storage across Gmail and Google Drive
    • The ability to stay connected from anywhere; and securely access data anywhere
    • 24/7 support; no hardware, no updates

    You will learn how to reach and engage supporters with Google Adwords. With Google Ad Grants (AdWords for nonprofits), you can:

    • Promote your organization’s website on Google with in-kind AdWords advertising
    • Raise awareness by choosing relevant keywords and creating unique ads to highlight your work
    • Track online donations, newsletter sign-ups, volunteer registrations and more, so you can craft more effective communications

    CCTV’s Nonprofit Resource Center
    Using media and technology to promote your nonprofit can be an expensive investment, and it can be a nerve wracking one if you can’t guarantee results. We know the feeling – CCTV is a nonprofit, too. Unlike many media options, we are tailored specifically to nonprofits. We will train you to produce your own content, or produce it for you, cost-effectively. CCTV’s Nonprofit Resource Center offers training and production services for Cambridge nonprofits and organizations. Learn more about how your organization can better reach and engage members of the community through CCTV.

    Questions? Contact Clodagh Drummey at 617 401 4005 or clodagh@cctvcambridge.org.

    Neighborhood & CommunityLectures$0.00Member Cost: $0.00Phone Number: 617 401 4005

    Intro to Storyboarding

    Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:36am
    Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

    Ever wanted to learn how to take a story and adapt it to the screen? In this class we will go over storyboarding and how to organize, plan, and prepare to film your very own stories! Creating storyboards will help you and others on your crew visualize for the screen and fully develop your stories.
    Instructor: Brad Glanden

    Date:

    • Sun, 02/22/2014, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

    All regular classes have two rates: one for Access Members and one for non-members. Advance registration is required and is accepted on a first-come basis. Early registration is advised since courses may fill up or be canceled due to low enrollment. Members with sufficient voucher balance may register over the phone (617) 661-6900; all others must provide full payment at the time of registration. Schedules are subject to change.

    EducationClasses$30.00Member Cost: $15.00

    Green Alewife Produced by Mon Tiwari and D'Mathew Ferreira

    Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:48pm

    Mon Tiwari and D'Mathew Ferreira talk to Lesley University professor David Morimoto and the president of Green Cambridge Quinton Zondervan about the fight to save the silver maple forest in the Alewife Reservation and the importance of green spaces to urban areas. This documentary was produced during the fall semester of the 2014 School Year Production Program.

    Science & Technology

    Technology Training for People Over 50

    Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:20pm

    CCTV offers a variety of training programs that offer computer training to people over 50.

    Each week on Monday from 1 pm- 3 pm, CCTV hosts Computers for People Over 50, which provides computer training and support from patient and knowledgeable volunteers. This program is designed to meet the needs and interests of each participant. People with varying levels of computer experience are welcome to attend. During each session at 2 pm, we offer a short 15-30 minute mini-lesson. Click here to see the schedule of mini lessons for the winter. No registration is required. In addition, this winter, CCTV has organized an assortment of classes for people over 50. Read on for class descriptions.

    Internet Security and Privacy for Seniors ($10 member price, $15 non-member price)
    Friday, February 27th 1PM - 3PM
    In this class you’ll learn tips for safeguarding your privacy online. We’ll discuss password best practices and how to navigate privacy settings on popular sites. We’ll also explore the ways companies track you online and how to limit data collected about you. To register, contact Allison Rodriguez at 617 401 4009 or allison@cctvcambridge.org.

    Getting Started with Gmail ($10 member price, $15 non-member price)
    Wednesday, March 11th 1PM - 3PM
    This class is an introduction to gmail for those with little to no experience with email. In this class you will create your account and learn about basic account settings. You will learn how to write, send and reply to emails, as well as basic inbox management. You will also learn about the primary folders that exist within gmail (inbox/sent/trash). To register, contact Allison Rodriguez at 617 401 4009 or allison@cctvcambridge.org.

    Intermediate Gmail ($10 member price, $15 non-member price)
    Thursday, March 26th 1PM - 3PM
    This class is for those who already have a gmail account, know how to send emails, and want to learn about all the features gmail offers. This class will go into file management by learning how to create various folders and contact lists. You will also learn about email filters, vacation responders, creating a signature, and how to use gmail in your native language. To register, contact Allison Rodriguez at 617 401 4009 or allison@cctvcambridge.org.

    Education