Get Started

MCM is a community of multimedia creatives, supporting the production of original content by volunteers and businesses. Want to produce your own short film or tv show? Interested in blogging through our site? Are you already producing content and want to share it through our distribution channels? Are you a techie that likes to learn and use new media technologies? Montgomery Community Media is the place for you to be! Here’s how you get started:

Step 1 – “Orientation”

This is the first step toward learning about content creation at Montgomery Community Media. In this online interactive class, meet MCM staff and find out how the Education & Community Engagement department works with volunteers to provide educational training and support services for creating media content (video, podcast, etc.). Sign-up for MCM’s next Virtual Orientation

Step 2 – Join MCM & Pay Annual Membership Fee

Membership allows you to take advantage of all the classes, events and opportunities that MCM provides for its members. Membership provides access to volunteer opportunities and channel time for your noncommercial videos to air on the station.

Step 3 – Sign up for Classes & Get Certified

Get started! Sign up for one of our classes and learn new skills for being a multimedia creative. Some classes lead to certification that gives you access to virtual tools, MCM facilities & equipment.

Learn the nuts & bolts for starting your own podcast. Currently, classes are geared for at home podcast production.

Producing classes teach students the essentials of what it means to be a producer. The producer is the creative mind behind a television show. Producing classes cover video basics and walks through the preparatory work for production. Students will produce a short video during class. Classes include Developing a TV/Web Series, Virtual Producing and Multimedia Producing.

Learn how to take video and assemble it into final product. Topics include mixing audio, video transitions and basic effects. Classes include Mobile Video Production, Intro. to Adobe Premiere Pro, Intro. to Final Cut Pro, and Intro. to After Effects.

In light of current events, Montgomery Community Media is not offering any in-person classes. If you would like to be notified when in-person classes resume, please use the contact form.

Step 4 – Volunteer

Once you take a class and pass the exam, you become certified to use MCM’s virtual tools, equipment and studios. You are now ready to produce your own show or volunteer on a show.

MCM staff will continue to be available with ongoing technical help and further training from the beginning of your project to the completed program. When your show is completed, MCM will provide you free air time for airing your show.

*MCM also offers equivalency exams to individuals who have a background in television production and would like to bypass the classes.*

Training FAQ

What class should I take?

First, take Orientation. To get started at Montgomery Community Media, you must first attend the Orientation. It is designed to give community members a better understanding of Montgomery Community Media services and will help you figure out what class would be best to take next. It is also the prerequisite for all Core Classes.

I already have a background in television production. Do I still need to take the classes?

Not necessarily. Some classes may be skipped by taking an equivalency exam.

Do I have to be a Montgomery County resident?

No, you do need to be a Montgomery County resident to take our classes. HOWEVER, only Montgomery County residents are allowed to produce a show. Non-residents are allowed to volunteer on any production.

Is there an age requirement for classes?

MCM offers adult, mixed-ages and youth programs. Make sure to take note of age requirements listed on each class. Mixed-age classes are for ages 15 and up. MCM Youth Media Academy are for ages 13 to 17.