Production Cohorts

Ready to move your media project forward? Twice a year we open up applications for folks to get dedicated production support on their projects.

Our free production cohorts provide a support system for media makers with a story to tell. Work one-on-one with an Open Signal facilitator to determine your project needs — we offer training on video production (including post-production), equipment kits for check-out, and biweekly check-ins with your facilitator. Your facilitator will help you move through the production process and tailor our media education to your story. You’ll also get the invite to our cohort-specific meetups, where you’ll be able to share updates, find collaborators and learn from and with a community of folks who are actively at work on a project.

Once your project is complete, we’ll schedule it on our cable channels! You’ll be able to share your work with over 400,000 homes in the Portland metro area.

Open Signal is committed to supporting communities that have been historically excluded from mainstream media:

This program is open to youth ages 14 to 17 (youth under 16 must attend all training, meetings and gear checkout with a guardian).

This opportunity is also open to local nonprofit organizations who work with these communities. We also ask that applicants are Open Signal members and reside in the Portland Metro area.

Applications are reviewed by Open Signal staff, and we accept projects based on eligibility and our capacity.

Open Signal is an inclusive space, applications are open to all media makers.

Applications for the cohort are open twice a year. 

  • November 9th - 23rd for Winter: January 5 - May 30
  • May 5th - 19th for Summer: July 7- November 30

During the open periods, we'll share a link to the application on our Submittable page. Sign up for our newsletter to get a reminder!

Examples of Past Cohort Work