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The application is now closed.

Please join us for the screening on May 20th, 2023



Media Shift

A narrative storytelling project

Media Activism - Documentary - Storytelling


Media Shift is an 16 week intensive hands-on training and production program to work with you to produce a short documentary video.

The program is designed to help people use their voice for impactful storytelling with visual media.

$750 stipend for participants for completion of the program

Hands-on training in all aspects of the production process will be provided including pre-production, production and post production.

Receive mentorship, training, and production equipment to produce a three to five minute documentary video.

Participants meet weekly on Saturdays from 1PM - 5 PM from February 4 - May 20, 2023

A public screening of all documentaries will be held May 20, 2023

Participants will be chosen through an application process. 

Spaces are prioritized for Black, Indigenious, and People of Color (BIPOC) creators, and all the intersectional identies entailed, who live in our six partner municipalities.


Application deadline is Saturday January 21, 11:59 PM

Application is now closed

Applicants chosen to participate will be notified on or before January 28th

Participants will receive a $750 stipend for completing their documentary.

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

Program is funded in part by support from the Stryker Johnston Foundation, the City of Kalamazoo, the City of Galesburg, The City of Parchment, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo Township, and Oshtemo Township.


Looking for some help with your short documentary topic?

We are excited to offer Story Refinement Workshops to help you to hone the focus of your story and strengthen your applications.

Story Refinement Workshops are optional, free and will be held at Public Media Network on:

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Our agenda includes activities to help you explore different aspects related to your topic, then to narrow down which focus area is best for your short-form documentary.