Former television producer leads session on thinking visually in style of video news; encourages youth to learn, produce engaging media

Former television producer leads session on thinking visually in style of video news; encourages youth to learn, produce engaging media

By Rob Melton
Former television producer Cece Hughley Noel will lead the session “Thinking Visually: The Style of Video News” at Fall Press Day Oct. 24 at University of Oregon in Eugene.

The session will introduce the important visual elements that make a story compelling, provocative and newsworthy. The primary difference between the print and broadcast mediums lies in the visual capabilities of television and this difference affects the structure, context, and content of the news.

Noel is Executive Director of Portland Community Media (PCM) and on the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.

Portland Community Media administers six cable channels in the greater Portland metro area. On PCM channels you will find gavel-to-gavel coverage of city, county and state municipal meetings, coverage of local community events, programs designed to encourage citizens to participate in the social and political life of their city, and lots of shows produced by your friends and neighbors on every topic you can imagine.

PCM also offers a comprehensive range of low-cost media workshops to enable community members to produce community media programming for PCM’s cable channels, the internet, and live public events. Workshops are available on a first come, first serve basis.

As PCM Executive Director, Noel is responsible for overseeing all operations of the organization, including fiscal management, human resources, board governance and staff supervision. In 2009, Noel came to PCM and successfully managed the launch of PCM’s SmartAccess program. Prior to accepting the role as Executive Director in October of 2010, Noel served as the Chief Operations Officer and the Interim Executive Director for PCM.

A Portland native, Noel became involved with PCM after helping produce a talk show for former Portland Commissioner Dick Bogle in 1992 when she was a member of his staff.

Noel served on the NW regional board of the NFLCP (now the ACM) in the late 1980’s and has remained actively involved in advocacy and political action around issues of access, engagement and democracy. She holds a BA in Human Resources Management and a minor in Communications from George Fox University. She also earned a technical degree in Cable and Community Television from Mt. Hood Community College.

For more about Noel, check out this Q&A from 2011 with the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture:

Portland Youth Media

The session will also introduce to attendees to PCM’s Portland Youth Media opportunities to obtain training and experience needed to produce programming for cable television, the internet, and live public events.

Portland Youth Media has focused on developing programs that engage students in the latest technology transforming youth from being passive media consumers to active producers facilitating community engagement, knowledge of media, youth empowerment and  individual transformation.

Every time a youth participates in one of PCM’s programs he or she works intensively with a crew of youth and media professionals to create and produce videos that focus on community issues that later will be distribute through PCM channels and the internet.

Noel believes a well-informed community is the bedrock of civil society. With the decline of traditional media to report on government and democracy, people are increasingly turning to community media, social media and the web, Noel said. PCM and its Portland Youth Media program are beginning to focus, train and produce more documentaries that fill the void.

Through Portland Youth Media, youth can learn real life skills such as team building, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. Furthermore, youth learn these skills, utilizing professional multimedia equipment such as cameras, laptops, lighting, and software such as editing, adobe and basic Microsoft platforms.

“Our mission is to educate Portland youth in media arts and digital technologies for use in self-expression, creativity, leadership, communication, and social change,” Noel said.

The expanded program also includes an opportunity for youth participants to experience working in a real live television studio located at PCM! Essentially, youth will learn the basics of digital media with a goal to develop programming for PCM’s Comcast Cable Channel POP29 (Pulse of Portland), which can also be seen on the PCM website.

Hands-on training at PCM includes pre-production such as script writing, copy editing, and storyboarding; in-studio and field camera angles, framing and composition; recording and laying audio for video programs, and digital editing and digital storytelling, utilizing the latest in Final Cut Pro. Examples of work done by students through Portland Youth Media can be viewed here:

Additionally, PYM offers career development and a job readiness training program. Once students have completed the introductory program, the instructor will identify those youth interested in pursuing multimedia as a career and part-time employment. Youth selected will have a chance to enter the PYM career and job ready track, usually as soon as the next term, or when space is available, which is limited.

Youth Media Club

This club is a school-year duration program that focuses on learning and practicing more advance production and writing skills. The goals of the program are to stimulate in a positive environment the values of civic engagement, community participation, youth empowerment, and media skills development.

Through becoming active producers of media, students will have the opportunity to acquire a host of skills for success in college or in a career, including teamwork and collaborative skills, critical and innovative thinking, reflective learning and creative risk taking.

Introduction to Multimedia

18 hours program where students learn elements of video Production from pre-production planning, production, to post-production editing with Final Cut PRO Software.

Career Readiness

The Youth Media Career and Development program provides a concentrated media training and media internship for Portland Metro youth.  The program curriculum focuses on those skills most needed in media careers. Participants practice their new skills during the program internship segment.

Video Camp

During summer and spring break PCM offers an intensive video production immersion. From Monday through Friday students meet for a half or a full day workshop to learn aspects of video production like – documentary, narrative, music video and the like.

Customized Workshops

PCM partners with non profits organization to provide concentrated media training.

Come learn more about these exciting opportunities and how to get started producing your own videos for your website, video channel, blog, or community access channel.