XR260u-training-1100x345MATV 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.


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, February 1 6:30 – 8:00pm
Thursday, March 30 6:30 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 31 6:30 – 8:00pm

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

Portable Camera Basics

Learn how to professionally use a portable video camera. The class will cover set-up and operation of two types of digital cameras, tripod set-up, and shooting techniques. Participants will learn the basics of how to cover an event, storyboarding, pre-production planning; interviewing techniques; and basic lighting & sound recording concepts. After the first class, all students must sign out a camera and shoot footage on their own before the second class. The footage will be reviewed and critiqued as part of the second class.
PREREQUISITE: Orientation.
Wednesdays, March 15 & 22 6:30 – 9:00pm

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

Intro to Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut X is the powerful Macintosh-based editing software used in industrial, commercial, and many independent creative productions. In this basic-level class, participants will learn how to set up files, import footage, make basic cuts for editing, and add titles and transitions. Participants must complete a 2 – 5 minute certification tape before moving to the Intermediate level of the class. PREREQUISITE: Orientation. Basic computer skills are a must.
Monday & Tuesday, January 30 & 31 6:30 – 9:00pm
Monday & Tuesday, March 13 & 14 6:30 – 9:00pm

$30          Instructor: James Mudge, Programming & Production Administrator


Intro to Studio Production

Quiet on the set…and ACTION!  Learn the ins and outs of studio production in this four-part class that covers both the technical use of our state-of-the-art digital studio and the production planning needed to put together a studio-based program.  Students will learn all the various positions: camera, floor directing, audio, switching, media tech, lighting, graphics, and directing.  In the last session, students will put together and shoot a program to be shown on the channel.  By attending all four, you will become certified as an MATV Studio Producer and are encouraged to help out on ay studio production held at MATV.
Mondays & Thursdays,  April 24, 27, May 1 & 4 6:30 – 9:00pm

$35          Instructors: MATV staff


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, Programming & Production Administrator

Journalism 101: Neighborhood View

Neighborhood View is MATV’s online citizen journalism program. In this introductory class, learn the basics of journalism and what it means to be a reporter in today’s multimedia world. This intensive three-session workshop will review the nuts and bolts of reporting, elements of a good story, differences between hard news and features, finding and quoting sources, and how to write good ledes and headlines. This will also be the chance to meet other journalists starting out in the program, find out how to get your story uploaded to Neighborhood View, and how to promote the stories you cover. Join journalist and author Sam Baltrusis as he gives you the lowdown. Be sure to visit www.neighborhoodview.org.


Wednesdays, February 15, 22 & March 8 6:30 – 8:30pm

Fee: $25          Instructor: Alex Gentile, Neighborhood View Coordinator

Writing Local History

Do you have a story to tell about your community? Explore best practices for researching, writing and publishing articles on local history in an intensive, hands-on class that will help you produce an article ready to submit for publication in MATV’s Neighborhood View. We will cover interviewing styles, writing techniques and fact-checking with lectures, discussions, assignments and in-class exercises. The three-session course is structured to allow students to complete assignments and workshop articles so as to receive valuable feedback from classmates and the instructor.

Prerequisite: Journalism 101

About the Instructor: Stephanie Schorow (www.stephanieschorow.com) is the author, co-author or editor of seven nonfiction books focusing on Boston history. She is a former reporter and editor for the Boston Herald and currently a freelance writer for the Boston Globe. She teaches professional writing at the graduate and undergraduate level at Regis College and other schools. She is working on her eighth project: a history of Boston’s infamous Combat Zone.


Tuesdays, February 28, March 14 & March 28 7:00 – 9:00pm

Fee: $30          Instructor: Stephanie Schorow, writer/journalist


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