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Students learn how to edit their sample productions at a recent North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) Camera and Oral History workshop; September 2102. More information about the training center can be found at http://www.npmtc.com


1st Annual Film Festival


"Life in Vanport"


Record your community's oral history before it's too late!
Record stories by and about the people who lived them,
then enter your film in the festival contest
Monthly entries and prizes -- Grand prize $1000

If you don't have equipment, NPMTC will loan it to you.
NPMTC will train you on the equipment if you need training
For more information click here or email: npmtc@comcast.net  
Or call 503-285-5555, x521 and leave your name and phone number.
Your call will be returned within 48 hours
The world is waiting to be watched by you!

The NPMTC Film Festival is a project of The Skanner Foundation sponsored by Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and The Skanner Newsgroup


Learn digital video production and Editing


Digital video production training classes are at
The North Portland Multimedia Training Center

The Skanner Newsgroup
415 N. Killingsworth, Portland OR 97217

Come and learn multimedia production in your neighborhood.




Training at the Center

Students and Trainers enjoy a break at a class session of the North Portland Multimedia Training Center


From L to R: Marcus Woods, Donna Montague, Darien West (Trainer), Jarrett Matthews, David Kidd, Stephanie Potter, Casey Kostman, Eric Stewart, Miae Kim (Trainer), Dustin Morgan, Vernell Carter, Sean Brown (Trainer). Quincy Whitfield, Vo McBurney (Trainer), and Kenny Wagner.

The North Portland Multimedia Training Center trains individuals to use digital video production and editing equipment and the cable television system as a means of communication and community development.  In the first phase of training, students work as part of a team to develop community media productions. Students learn to tell a story using the materials of television: basic storyboarding and scripting; conducting an interview in the field; learning the fundamentals of field lighting, audio, and camcorder operation; editing and the fundamental principals of journalism. Together they determine production topics, develop a plan, shoot, and edit a complete field segment to be aired on Portland Community TV. Interested participants who demonstrate an aptitude in video production and exhibit the qualities of a team member and leader may qualify to be trained as lead facilitators in the second phase of training.
Training at The Center provides hands-on experience in an active and engaging teaching environment. Issues are discussed, support is available, and success is achievable.



The North Portland Multimedia Training Center


Applicant's Name (Last, First, Middle)

Mailing address: 



  City                                                                           State                               Zip



Telephone:    ______________________________________        E-mail: __________________________________-_______________


Date of birth
(day, month, year)    _____________________________________ Highest education grade: _________

Emergency Contact: ___________________________________________     Tel: _________________________________________


Please enter name exactly as it should appear on training certificate:


Where did you hear about the training?  ____________________________________________________________________

Please answer supplemental questions and submit the answers and completed application by e-mail to: NPMTC@comcast.net  Resumes and work samples optional.

Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an in-person interview.  If you are accepted as a student, a $25 administrative fee may be charged. However, there is no charge for tuition.

Supplemental Questions

Please answer questions on separate sheet. No more than three pages total. Submit with application.

1.    Give an example of anytime in your life when you exhibited openness to learning. What was the outcome?

2.    What do you hope to achieve by taking the multimedia training class at NPMTC?

3.    Describe your most creative experience and what did you produce?

4.    How do you envision using the skills gained through these classes to benefit your community?

5.    Do you work best in a structured or unstructured environment?

6.    Do you have any media (video, TV, radio, or print journalism) or production (video or audio) experience?

7.    Describe your technology experience and skills: Hardware, Software

8.    Describe a situation where you had a leadership role and were responsible for the results of the group. Please describe your strengths and challenges in a leadership role.
9.   Additional comments.

 Submit the answers and completed application to: NPMTC@comcast.net





A Visit From the FCC Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein (top left) toured the North Portland Multimedia Training Center in October 2007 while attending the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) conference in Portland. Also on the tour at The Skanner were representatives from Portland Community Media, Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, NE Business Association and former training center students.




Student Filmmakers Celebrate Graduation reception in their honor



L-R: Students Ron Brown, Elise Dahan, Sean Brown; Training Center Administrator, Naomi Pierce, Director Bernie Foster, Students Vo Minh McBurney, Utomi Odum, Tyrone Hines. Bottom row: PCM Trainers Tim Rooney and Peter Poire'-Odegard. Not pictured: Students Darien West and K. Shawn Edgar. Student

Filmmakers Celebrate at a graduation reception in their honor June 13, 2007 at The Skanner News Group. Nine graduates finished Phase I of the Train the Trainer program in Multimedia, an educational project of The Skanner Foundation's North Portland Multimedia Training Center. Trainees participated in nine weeks of classes learning journalism principles and how to tell a story using digital video and audio recording equipment. The reception included screening of students' productions, "Cleaning up the Boulevard" and "101 and Still Counting."





Students and Portland Community Media trainers participate in teaching and learning the process of "storytelling" through digital video production. Upon successful completion of Phase 1 training, students will be eligible to continue an apprenticeship with PCM and a third "train the trainer" phase of classes.






The Skanner Newsgroup is partnering with The Skanner Foundation, Oregon Economic & Community Development Department, Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Portland Community Media to create the production training center.

The center was conceived to address the lack of access to video equipment and training opportunities in North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods and will help to balance the disparities found in every African American community in the United States.

The training center will follow Portland Community Media's model and will extend PCM's outreach efforts. The center's founders hope that the technology training it will provide can increase participants' earning potential, provide a voice for North and Northeast Portland and instill a sense of unity in the community.

The project's initial trainees will be made up of its partners' organizational staff and volunteers from the community. All aspects of digital production will be taught, from production planing to screening a final product. Trainees also will be taught journalistic principles and ethics to use as a production guide. The resulting productions will be available for use on PCM and community access TV channels throughout the area, as well as on The Skanner Newsgroup's Web site.

For more information on involvement call The Skanner at 503 285 5555 extension 519.









Governor Kulongoski approves Strategic Reserve Fund Grant of $147,250 for Skills Training in Video Production and Technology   SALEM, OR—Today Governor Kulongoski awarded the Skanner Foundation an Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) grant for the development of a neighborhood multi-media training center in North Portland.  In partnership with Portland Community Media, Portland Community College, and several local media companies, the Skanner Foundation will use the $147,250 grant from the Governor's strategic reserve fund to train individuals in video production and journalism. 

"One of the most important investments we can make in Oregon's economy is in the skills of our citizens," Governor Ted Kulongoski said.  "This partnership is a model for communities across Oregon because by collaborating across the public and private sectors, we not only help Oregon employers access the skilled employees they need, but we help Oregonians access the skills training they need to compete in a global workforce."

With video, technology, media and other skills learned at the center, graduates will be able to access job opportunities in Oregon's growing film, video and multimedia industry that would otherwise not be available to them.  The training center will be modeled after Portland Community Media's facility, and will train students in working with cable television broadcast systems.  It will also create a program with a 'train-the-trainer' component, adding to the number of qualified video production and cable access trainers available at the center and in the broader community. 

"Providing accessible and meaningful technology training is critical for economic growth, especially with the technology industry we have here in Oregon," said Bob Repine, Director of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.  "Oregon companies depend on a talented workforce to grow our economy."

Total project costs are estimated at $463,000 over three years.  The project is a public-private partnership, with private funding already secured by The Skanner Foundation to contribute to the state's strategic reserve fund grant. The North Portland Multimedia Training Center 


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