Media Literacy Month 2017

Check out this year's lineup below!

For a printable calendar of events, check out our public Google Calendar. Otherwise, feel free to browse the programs below for our month of learning and creating!



All workshops are free and start at 6:30pm in our studio at 158 Main Street! We have both Tuesday and Thursday night sessions this year. 

9/5 - Tech 101

Learn some tech bascis and bring your questions! This open format workshop will help you learn to love your devices.

9/7 - Media Literacy Basics


Start with the basics of Media Literacy to help become a more informed and conscientious consumer.

*Join us as we also live-stream this workshop on YouTube and get ready to type in your comments if you're joining us digitally!

9/12 - Know Your Source: Net Neutrality in the Information Age

Enhance your sleuthing skills by learning how to challenge media messages by sourcing information and learn a bit about why net neutrality is so important. 

*Join us as we also live-stream this workshop on YouTube and get ready to type in your comments if you're joining us digitally!

9/19 - Film Discussion Group

This month's topic will analyze the representation of gender in film. 

9/26 - Screenwriting Group

This month, we'll consider a variety of perspectives and why it is important in filmmaking. 

9/28 - Internet Safety: Scams and Social Media


Stay on top of internet safety by learning about online scams and social media share settings.



We are hosting four screenings this year on Wednesday afternoons at our studio! All of the films were created by the Media Education Foundation in Northampton, MA. MEF is a nonprofit documentary production company that seeks to inspire critical thinking. For more info about MEF, visit


For a description of the film, click on the title to be directed to MEF's webpage. 

9/6 at 12pm - Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
9/13 at 2pm - The Mean World Syndrome: Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear *May not suitable for kids based on images of violence*
9/20 at 12pm - Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs
9/27 at 2pm - Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity




PSA DAY: This year, we’re holding two separate days/times for PSA Day to try to accommodate for varying schedules. Just like years before, PSA Day is for nonprofits to come in and talk about their organizations and annual events! Each organization can sign up online or via phone/email/in-person for a 30-minute slot where they’ll record a 30 second - 2 min PSA about their organization. Check out past years for some ideas!

GROUP TRAINING: New to the lineup this year, we’re offering two Saturday blocks dedicated to group training sessions on our consumer cameras. Nonprofit groups can sign up for 1-hour blocks with either Katy (9/9) or Jen (9/16) to learn how to use the cameras in order to film future events for your group! This is a great chance to gather some interested volunteers who will be ready to go when your events come around each year. 

PSA DAY: 9/14 from 3pm - 8pm

PSA DAY: 9/25 from 11am - 4pm

GROUP CAMERA TRAINING: 9/9 from 9am - 2pm

GROUP CAMERA TRAINING: 9/16 from 12pm - 5pm

To sign up for a PSA Day slot, Group Camera Training Session, or both, click the button below and seek to your preferred day and time. Click on the slot and fill out the information. Alternatively, you can e-mail Katy ( or call the station (508-520-2780) to schedule.



While we’re not offering dedicated walk-in tech help hours this year, we want to remind everyone that we’re always happy to schedule one-on-one appointments with community members to help with tech related questions! Stop by or give us a call at (508) 520-2780 to schedule a 30-minute or 1-hour block during our open hours to go over any questions that might come up. We’re happy to help our community work through computer/phone/tablet issues!

All of our programs are free of charge and open to all unless otherwise noted. We offer these free services to fill a void in our community and hope to continue to do so for years to come! It is certainly not required or expected, but if you’d like to donate to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, please click the button below.