MATV offers a range of classes in media production for all ages and levels of experience. (For youth classes, visit our Youth Programs.) The starting point for all workshops is the MATV orientation which is offered monthly and is free of charge. Orientation includes a tour of MATV and a review of our history, programs, and services. After Orientation, MATV members can sign up for classes in portable video camera production, studio production, editing and journalism.

Workshop Schedule

September – December 2017


An overview of our history, structure, services, and programs.  This presentation is open to anyone in the Malden community who wishes to be involved with MATV in any capacity.  The orientation is also a prerequisite for all of the MATV production courses.
Wednesday, Sept. 2o 6:30 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Oct. 18 6:30 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 15 6:30 – 8:00pm

Fee: $0          Presenter: Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director

Basic Portable Production (Camera & Editing)

Learn how to professionally shoot and edit your own videos. This class will cover the basics of portable camera operation using our professional Sony NX70U cameras, shooting technique and general pre-production planning. After each participant practices shooting their own footage, they will learn the basics of nonlinear editing with Final Cut Pro X software, including importing and organizing footage, selecting clips, timeline management, and adding transitions and titles.

PREREQUISITE: Orientation.

Class is limited to 4 participants.

Wed. Oct. 25, Wed. Nov. 1, & Thurs. Nov. 2 6:30 – 9:00pm
Wed. Nov. 29, Tues. Dec. 5, & Wed. Dec. 6 6:30 – 9:00pm

$20          Instructor: Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director



Intermediate – Final Cut X

The next in the editing workshop series, this two-session class will instruct participants in organizing clips and information; adding music and editing sound clips; using keyframes for motions such as zooming into clips; and other “beyond the basics” exploration of Final Cut X.  Participants will work on a guided project during the class and on their own time.

PREREQUISITE: Basic Final Cut X (including certification)

Currently being scheduled on demand for individuals & small groups Flexible dates & times: Contact james@matv.org

Fee: $30          Instructor: James Mudge, Director of Programming & Production




Citizen Journalism 101 – Neighborhood View

The demand for quality citizen journalism has never been greater. With the newspaper business struggling and new forms of digital media emerging, local writers and reporters are stepping forward. Would you like to join their ranks? In this course, we will review and practice principles of journalism and basic reporting; we will explore traditional and trusted forms of newsgathering as it applies to the new digital landscape. Students will improve their writing and reporting skills and see their work published. This is a very hands-on course with in-classes exercises and feedback from both instructor and classmates. The class is structured both for the beginner and more advanced students.
Tuesdays, September 26, October 3, 17 & 24 7:00 – 8:30pm

Fee: $40          Instructor: Stephanie Schorow, Neighborhood View Coordinator

Instructor Stephanie Schorow is a veteran journalist who has worked for the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press and numerous publications, both print and online. She is a professional writing teacher at Regis College and is finishing her eighth book on local Boston-area history.


Podcasting Primer

Audio-based programming known as podcasting has exploded in recent years as a way of communicating stories. Learn how you can create podcasts in this introductory course.  We’ll review the difference between podcasting and broadcasting, explore different types of content and discuss how to curate an interesting podcast. Basic use of our podcasting recording set-up will be demonstrated. Students will be asked to record a podcast interview before the second class, which will then cover the use of Audacity (free downloadable software) and basic audio editing, including adding copyright-free music. The course will end with notes on regulation, distribution and syndication.
Thursdays, November 9 & 16 7:00 – 9:00pm

Fee: $25          Instructor: Heather McCormack

Instructor Heather McCormack is the Boston Free Radio Manager & the Youth Media Coordinator at Somerville Media Center. She is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people in telling their stories, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented.

 Click here to download a pdf version of the Workshop Schedule.
Sign up for classes in person or by emailing anne@matv.org.