RTM hires Americorps CTC Vista position for Digital Media Literacy project

Reclaim the Media has AmeriCorps CTC VISTA opening

UPDATE: Applications now closed. Reclaim the Media has an exciting opportunity for a qualified candidate to help coordinate our Digital Media Literacy project, producing an innovative digital expansion curriculum to be used by community technology centers and media educators in Seattle and nationwide. As part of your year of national service, you'll work with a leading media justice organization to expand and enrich digital access, and help ensure that low-income, immigrant, youth and other underserved communities have full command of current digital media opportunities for civic engagement, creating online content, building social networks, and interacting with community institutions and government.

About the CTC Vista Program

Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member through the CTC VISTA Project is both rewarding and challenging. Each year the CTC VISTA Project places 45 AmeriCorps VISTA members with community media organizations who are using media and information technologies to improve low-income and at-risk communities and the nonprofit organizations that serve them. AmeriCorps VISTA members are not volunteers instead, you will be charged with a broad responsibility for meeting goals and successfully bringing important community projects to completion. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full-time for one year (July 2009-July 2010).

Benefits of Service

In return for your service, AmeriCorps VISTA and the CTC VISTA Project has many benefits:

* $10,500-$11,000/year living allowance.
* $4,725 Education Award (for college tuition or loan repayment) or $1,200 cash stipend paid at the successful completion of your year of service. * Student loan deferment.
* Health benefits, prescription drug coverage and childcare allowance
* Serve as part of a national team, facilitated by the CTC VISTA Project, to share resources, experience and advice.
* The opportunity to gain high-level experience, skills and access within the nonprofit sector. Many AmeriCorps alumni have gone on to full-time employment within their organization or another as a result of their service within the CTC VISTA Project.


AmeriCorps VISTA candidates must be at least 18 years old and a U.S.
citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident. There is no upper age limit, and many AmeriCorps VISTA members bring significant work and life experiences to their assignment. Also, you must be available to serve full-time for one year and are prohibited from outside employment or attending college during your year of service.

The Project

RTM will develop Digital Media Literacy curriculum for use in local area Community Technology Centers (CTCs) and by other community groups regionally and nationwide working on Digital Inclusion concerns.

"Digital media literacy" (DML) refers to a set of skills allowing everyday residents to fully access and participate in the increasingly digitized realms of civic life. Social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube anticipate that today's web users are creating as well as consuming information. Increasingly, most public institutions, like city governments, federal agencies, and schools, are directing people to complex websites for processing everything from tax returns to drivers license renewals. And in the rapidly changing media landscape, traditional media sources like newspapers and television are also putting a greater emphasis on their online coverage, with expectations that local audiences know how to navigate information-rich sites, access streaming video, and respond with feedback and their own eyewitness accounts.

Our project will establish DML as an integral element of Digital Inclusion training programs, and to provide Seattle-based community technology educators with the information and tools needed to incorporate DML into existing training programs. Our effort focuses on developing DML curriculum in the form of a trainer’s handbook, and working closely with CTC staff in the use of the handbook via Train-the-Trainer workshops and some on-site training support. Using our network of contacts in the digital media and online civic engagement fields, as well as local and national experts in media literacy and curriculum design, we will invite guest consultants to both review our curriculum materials and participate in various CTC trainings.

Project goals:
1. Provide a framework for DML as part of a broader Digital Inclusion agenda
2. Create curriculum to allow community technology trainers to incorporate DML into courses in digital inclusion, computer use, civics, etc. 3. Provide training and support for CTC trainers and other educators seeking to incorporate DML into current programs
4. Make DML resources available via web publication
5. Evaluate for continuation and expansion

Vista Role

The VISTA member will serve as the full-time project coordinator for our Digital Media Literacy curriculum project. Specifically, the VISTA member will be responsible for:

* Researching current national and international needs and best-practices regarding citizen media production and online content literacy training.

* Coordinating the efforts and communication of a national curriculum design team including educators, technologists, government officials and service providers.

* Developing a Digital Media Literacy training toolkit and coordinating promotion/disitribution.

* Organizing public events, trainings, including train-the-trainer workshops.

* as needed, providing support to other Reclaim the Media projects involving digital expansion, community radio, sustaining quality journalism, and community organizing for media justice.


At a minimum, the VISTA member who succeeds on this project will need to be an extremely effective communicator — in one-on-one and small group conversations, possibly in larger group presentations, and on a daily basis via phone and email.

They'll also need good habits and practices for staying organized, tracking multiple tasks at the same time, returning communications promptly, and reporting regularly on their progress.

Additionally, this project will benefit from someone with the following
skills and qualifications:

* an interest in digital media (digital photography, video, and/or radio;blogging, wikis & webpublishing) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)

* an interest in helping others increase their civic engagement

* high comfort level or savvy with computers, basic office suite software programs (Word, Excel), Google research, email programs

* ability to work independently

* high comfort level with people from ethnically, economically, religiously and racially diverse backgrounds, as well as differently-abled and transgendered people.

* bilingual (English and Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese) would be a plus.

About Reclaim the Media

Based in Seattle since 2002, Reclaim the Media is dedicated to pursuing a more just society by transforming our media system and expanding the
communications rights of ordinary people through grassroots organizing,
education, networking and advocacy. We envision an authentic, just democracy characterized by media systems that inform and empower citizens, reflect our diverse cultures, and secure communications rights for everyone. We advocate for a free and diverse press, community access to communications tools and technology, and media and technology policy that serves the public interest. RTM is a co-founder and executive committee member of the national Media and Democracy Coalition, and the Northwest anchor group of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) .

Application instructions:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Jonathan Lawson, jonathan@reclaimthemedia.org no later than May 15.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey