Course Catalog

MCM Course Catalog

Introductory Courses

The first and required step toward volunteering or producing at MCM and gaining access to MCM’s broadcast quality professional equipment, is to take Introduction to Video Basics.  This class offers an overview of services and opportunities for community members and prospective volunteers. You’ll learn about our policies and your options for getting involved. In addition, you’ll explore the basics of video production. This class prepares students for all class options offered at MCM.

Studio Production Courses

Technical Director Switching Board

Studio classes teach students the elements of producing in the studio and trains you on all studio and control room equipment.

Studio Director is offered as a 12 week class.  Find out how to call the shots, frame camera shots and build a program in real-time during various types of studio productions.

Studio Producer class teaches students to produce programming using Montgomery Community Media’s two studios.

Studio Technician is 12 week class that teaches students all Studio Basics and Studio Control Room course positions.

Field Production Courses

Field (remote videotaping) classes teach students the essentials of producing programming in the field. It’s flexible and skills learned will help you in Studio classes.  Classes are scheduled to run concurrently so students are working on various components of productions at the same time. Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled class shoots and edits sessions – you must participate in class productions and pass all tests in order to become certified.
Field Camera class teaches students lights, cameras and microphones for remote shooting.

Field Editor is a 5 week class that teaches students the basic operating techniques of Final Cut Pro 7.

Field Producer class teaches students to produce a 4 minute short-form video, directing field technicians and field editors.


Workshops offer training on specialized media topics and equipment.

  • Photoshop for Producers – TBD
  • Studio Lighting – TBD
  • “Smart” Video Workshop  TBD

Video Journalism

Video Journalism is a form of broadcast journalism where the individual is the reporter, camera operator and editor. These individuals have the ability to get into their neighborhoods and communities to get the stories that matter to them. These reporters are vital to getting the word out in Montgomery County.

Backpack Journalism class teaches the basics of Backpack Journalism and is open to Montgomery County High School students (Grades 9-12). Students will learn story composition, shooting and editing. Students will be able to use their segments and MCM’s Backpack Beat TV program and be a part of other programs that air on The Montgomery Channel and Access 19.

Citizen Journalism class teach students to report, film, produce, and edit their own feature news stories that will air on The Montgomery Channel and Access19.

Upcoming Class Schedule

Start DateClass
03/26/2018Spring Break Backpack Journalism
Open to 7th - 12th grade students. During this 5 day intensive course students will learn to shoot and edit a news package. Certification will be given upon completion of the project.
Prerequisites: none
Length: 5 days-8:30a-4p
Fee: $300
04/02/2018Orientation, April 2nd
One three-hour class, includes basic terminology and theory behind video production. The starting point for all classes offered at MCM.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Fee: $10
04/03/2018Studio Technician, April 3rd
Students will rotate through all Studio and Control Room course positions. Successful completion of this course will certify each student as a Studio Technician.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 8 Weeks 7pm-10pm
Fee: $175
04/03/2018Studio Director, April 3rd
Learn to call the shots and build a program in real-time during various types of studio productions. This is the final class of certification for studio technicians.
Prerequisites: Studio Technician
Length: 8 Weeks 7pm-10pm
Fee: $100
04/05/20183in1 Field Production, April 5th
In this hands-on class, students learn the fundamentals of remote productions in an interview style format.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 8 Weeks 7pm-10pm
Fee: $175
04/10/2018Media Relations 101
Are you a small business or solopreneur looking to get media coverage? Work with veteran TV News journalist Cindy Pena and learn how to get media coverage for your business or non-profit. In this two-hour session, you will learn what makes a good news story, how to identify and pitch the media, keep good relationships with reporters and answer reporter's questions.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 2 Hours, 10 AM - 12 PM
Fee: $50
04/14/2018Video Editing – Final Cut Pro X, April 14th
Do you have a collection of videos or even images that you just don’t know how to put together? When the video editing tools you have pre-installed on your computer don’t complete the task, we have the right one for you. Final Cut Pro X is as user friendly as it gets, yet it does the job you need with a remarkable end result.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 3 weeks 9am-12pm
Fee: $175
04/16/2018Studio Producer, April 16th
Students will learn to produce a Studio Program from concept to completion using MCM's facilities.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 5 Weeks 6:30p-9:30p
Fee: $175
04/24/2018Join the Video Revolution 2018
This cutting-edge training will teach even the technologically challenged how to create great marketing videos with a Smartphone, in just 3 hours.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 3 Hours, 10 AM -1 PM
Fee: $299
05/05/2018Video Editing – Adobe Premiere CC, May 5th
Adobe Premiere CC is one of the most advanced video editing platforms in the digital world. Commonly and widely used in the industry, Adobe Premiere CC is capable of creating a video with outstanding transitions, effects, and layering. If you want to upload your clip to YouTube or use it for broadcast on any TV station such as ours, Adobe Premiere CC does it all.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 3 weeks 9am-12pm
Fee: $175