Ways to become involved in People-Powered Media!

1.  Volunteer for Specific Projects

In order to volunteer as a Civic Reporter, Neighborhood Journalist or Crew Member, you need to first sign-up to join our community volunteer team and attend a Volunteer Orientation.  Once you sign up with PMN, be sure to create your login and password because that makes signing up for volunteer opportunities MUCH easier! Some Volunteer positions may required additional training.

Information about creating or contributing content can be found below. If you want to volunteer as a Civic Reporter, Neighborhood Journalist, or Production Crew, click the link below.


I'm Ready To Volunteer!



2.  Contributing or Creating Content

You can create your own television show, community story, documentary, or podcast as a member of our network.

Volunteers who create or contribute media content for exclusive distribution on Public Media Network's channels and streaming for the first 90 days are given priority. After 90 days you are free to distribute your content on other platforms and social media.

Here are some ways residents contribute as a Volunteer:

You might be a Content Contributor

  • You share your voice and non-commercial content with the community.

  • You do not have to live in one of our partner communities to share your content, however priority in distribution is provided to people living in these partner communities: City of Kalamazoo, City of Parchment, City of Galesburg, Kalamazoo Township, Comstock Township, and Oshtemo Township.

  • Only content from people living in partner communities or Greater Kalamazoo is hosted in an on-demand format.

  • You have no need to use Public Media Network’s production facility or resources.

  • Create a PMN account and indicate you want to submit content here.

You might be a Media Maker

  • You share others' voices, skills, talents, or knowledge with the community and help others in the production of content but may not necessarily have specific content you want to produce.

  • You participate in collaboratives and volunteer to assist as a crew member for a variety of media projects.

  • Create a PMN account and indicate you want to produce content here.

You might be a Producer

  • You use Public Media Network’s facilities and equipment to produce non-commercial content for primary distribution for the first 90 days through Public Media Network.

  • You are self-organized and coordinate all aspects of production work to reach a final project.

  • You intend to “own” the content to use on other platforms after the first 90-day primary distribution period ends.

  • You intend to contribute to the network of local media producers.

  • Create a PMN account and indicate you want to produce content here.

You might be a Reporter

  • You want to tell the stories of our community through a journalistic format for exclusive distribution through Public Media Network.

  • You want to share community-focused stories (Neighborhood Voices Network) or create accessible stories on government action (Civic Reporters Network).

  • You are interested in a multimedia and multiplatform approach to journalistic storytelling.

  • You want to use Public Media Network’s facilities and equipment resources.

  • Click here to apply to be a part of the Neighborhood Voices Network.

  • Click here to apply to a part of the Civic Reporters Network.


3.  Supporting Free Speech and Local Voices

Many people and companies support people-powered media behind the scenes with their tax-deductible contributions.  Public Media Network is a charitable nonprofit that operates through support from people like you.  Contributors receive a complimentary Membership with benefits depending on their level of contribution.

If you are an individual ready to support the people-powered media community, click here!

If you are a company and interested in an Organizational Membership, click here!


4.  Creating Content for your own Distribution - Production Passes

Individuals who want to use Public Media Network facilities and equipment without a requirement for primary distribution of noncommercial content on Public Media Network may purchase a production pass. Content must be provided to Public Media Network at the same time as being released on other platforms.

  • Municipal Partner Residents: $60/year (Municipal Partners: City of Kalamazoo, City of Galesburg, City of Parchment, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo Township, and Oshtemo Township)

  • Non-residents:  $180/year

Join the Production Pass Program. Your annual fee will automatically renew, but you can cancel at any time by creating a login & password for your account. If you need assistance at any time, please contact us at info@publicmedianet.org


5. Sign Up for Emails

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