Many of our volunteers gain valuable skills that give them an opportunity to learn, grow and excel in their professional lives. Not to mention, volunteering at AIM is fun! We have a variety of different programs to volunteer with, from short films to musical showcases to local talk shows. Volunteering at AIM is a chance to connect with a creative community full of individuals who are passionate about sharing their voice through independent media. Volunteers must be current AIM members, and in some cases must be certified to use AIM equipment. Take a look at how to become a volunteer crew member with us and let’s get started! CREW VOLUNTEERS Becoming a volunteer with AIM is easy! All volunteers must be current members and complete the Introduction to Community Media workshop. After completing this course, members are welcome to volunteer for productions in non-technical capacities such as performing administrative tasks, production assistance, set design and building, styling, etc. If you are interested in volunteering on productions in technical capacities, you must first become certified to operate AIM equipment. Certification is earned by completing our basic production classes and there are different types of certification. • Premiere Pro certifies you to use AIM’s editing facilities• Field Production certifies you to operate AIM’s portable video, audio, and lighting equipment• Studio Production certifies you to operate equipment in AIM’s three-camera HD production studio• Basic Audio Production certifies you to use AIM’s audio production suite• On-Air Radio Broadcast certifies you to engineer programs for AIM’s radio studio• Mobile Flypack certifies you to operate AIM’s multi-camera portable production unit• Digital Cinema Production certifies you to shoot with AIM’s Canon C300 digital cinema camera Volunteers earn credit hours for their time. Members can use accumulated hours to substantially reduce usage fees for their own productions. All members are added to the volunteer list after becoming certified. This list receives email notices about programs looking for volunteers. If you are a certified member with a specific interest in volunteering, please contact our production staff and let us know what type of opportunities you’re looking for. PROMOTIONS GROUP As the media climate changes, we want to offer members the chance to hone other types of media ‘production’ for us—from writing tweets to blog articles, creating event posters and TV graphics, distributing flyers or setting up gear, we want you to get involved in new ways! Not only is volunteering a fun way to get creative and meet people, it also helps members save on production costs: producers have the privilege of offsetting equipment and facility rental fees by volunteering and earning hours. To help meet such goals, AIM recently created a volunteer Promotions Group comprised of four teams: social media, street team, blogs, and materials. Each group will initially meet for introductions and an overview of guidelines and responsibilities. Volunteers can work remotely or on-site as the situation requires. Every role offers the chance to earn a certain number of hours each week. Social Media Team Objective: To promote Arlington Independent Media and WERA through established social media platforms and expand awareness of programming, events, and engagement from both facilities. Positions: · Team Leader: oversees the general function, organization, and logistics of the group.· Facebook: post announcements, promote programming, embed links, etc.· Twitter: post announcements, promote programming, embed links, etc.· Instagram: post images relevant to recent community events. Street Team Objective: To promote Arlington Independent Media and WERA at public events and pursue underwriting for programs and facilities. Positions: · Team Leader: oversees the general function, organization, and logistics of the team.· Assistant Team Leader: assists Team Leader with group logistics and functions.· Distributor: distributes promotional materials for the organization.· Assembler: takes care of setting up necessary equipment and gear for specified occasion.· Disassembler: takes care of closing out and tearing down all equipment prepared for specified occasion. Blog Team Objective: To promote Arlington Independent Media and WERA through the publishing of blog articles pertaining to subjects relevant to both. Positions: · Team Leader: oversees the general function, organization, and logistics of the group.· AIM: compose an article relevant to subjects about television and media.· WERA: compose an article relevant to subjects about radio and media. Materials Team Objective: To promote Arlington Independent Media and WERA through provision and disbursement of informational materials pertaining to both facilities. Positions: · Team Leader: oversees the general function, organization, and logistics of the group.· Posters & Flyers: design, compose, and create materials for announcements, events, etc.· Carousel Slideshow: design and create slides for content related to both facilities.· Distribution/Printing: print out produced materials and distribute them to necessary parties.· Event Calendars: seek online calendars and publicize organization events.· Photography: cover organization events and functions and compile photographic archive.
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