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Fall 2023 Media Shift Cohort Screening

Join to see what the current cohort has been working on!

December 16th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Register here to save your spot!


Media Shift

A narrative storytelling project
Media Activism - Documentary - Storytelling


Media Shift is an 15 week intensive hands-on training and production program to work with you to produce a 5 to 10 minute documentary video. The program is designed to help people use their voice for impactful storytelling with visual media.

You receive hands-on training in all aspects of the production process including pre-production, production and post production. We'll provide mentorship, training, and production equipment for you to produce your documentary video.


Time Requirements

Participants meet weekly on Saturdays from 1PM - 5 PM from August 26 - December 9, 2023 (excluding September 2 and November 25). A final public screening will be held on December 16, time TBD. You will also be expected to work on your documentary outside of class.

Media Shift Participants will commit to an average of 7-12 hours per week of instruction and production work to complete their short documentary.

A $750 stipend is provided to media shift producers upon completion of the program to offset time and travel costs.

Application Process

Application deadline is Friday, August 11 at 11:59 PM ET. The application is available online. Contact us at if you need a pdf version of the application.

Optional interviews with applicants will be held August 15, 16, and 17 to help clarify any questions on your application and for you to ask any questions.

Applicants chosen to participate will be notified on or before August 18, 2023.

Applicants who live in the City of Kalamazoo, City of Parchment, City of Galesburg, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo Township, or Oshtemo Township, and who are underrepresented in mainstream media, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), people living with low incomes, and people of other systemically excluded communities will be prioritized.


Information Sessions

Want to learn more about Media Shift and the application process. Sign-up and attend one of the upcoming Information Sessions to learn more.

Saturday, July 29, 12 - 1 pm,   Register

Wednesday, August 2, 7 - 8 pm,   Register

Saturday, August 5, 3 - 4 pm,  Register


Special Thanks

Media Shift is made possible in part by the support of our community partners, including the Stryker Johnston Foundation, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation, the Suzanne Parish Foundation, the Dorothy U Dalton Foundation, the Grace and Harold Upjohn Foundation, the City of Kalamazoo, City of Parchment, City of Galesburg, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo Township,  Oshtemo Township, and community members like you.