Through the Annual Trainings, CMOP aims to engage with staff and members around hands-on, participatory media production workshops and collaborative communications development support, as determined by those in the room.
Multi-day workshops with media specialists, organizational members and staff.
Community Media Organizing Project:
The CMOP Annual Training is a three-day series of sessions that feature presentations by member groups on campaigns they have conducted, both the successes and the lessons learned. These sessions include intensive question-answer sessions and brainstorming for new approaches to obstacles encountered. The presentations have ranged in subject matter from utilizing talk radio and working with city government, to such topics as working in coalitions, getting coverage in rural media markets, and strategies for using magazine coverage.
The Annual Training provides two training tracks: Core Media Skills and Advanced Media Skills.
The Core introduces strategic approaches to media work as an organizing tool. The Advanced track focuses on developing training skills, organizational development, and strategic planning. As a result of offering this scope of sessions, groups can bring members and staff for specific levels of training and plan for how to incorporate that training into their ongoing work after they return home.
For example, at the 2009 Training, The Community Farm Alliance (CFA) brought their newly formed Media Committee and had participants in every track; upon returning home the committee immediately incorporated what they had learned into their coverage of the CFA Annual Meeting to practice their skills. This enabled their media committee to steer the formation of the CFA Annual Media Plan.