Class of 1.2 Application

Thanks to all those who sent in applications to become part of the Class of 1.2.  We are delighted to announce that all those who applied have been accepted.  We will be sending out  'Admission Notifications' shortly. Thanks again and we look forward to beginning the webcasting fun soon.

Applications for the Class of 1.2 are due by July 16,  internships begin July 23, and all assignments are due by September 30, 2006.  Details of requirements are below.

If you are interested in participating as an intern, please complete the 'personal' and  'Webcast Apprentice' portions of your profile and use the Contact Form to send us a short note confirming your interest.  Interns should plan on spending at least 2~3 hours/week working on Academy related tasks and participating in a collaborative learning community.

Webcast Academy Admission Policies, Program Requirements, and Certifications

 Admission Policies
The Webcast Academy does not charge any fees, but we do ask that interns continue contributing to this collaborative learning community following the completion of the Basic Program.  We plan to limit the 'class of 1.2' to 20 'interns'.  Interns are the only ones given access to the Academy streams on the Worldbridges servers If we receive more than 20 applicaions, we will select participants based on the quality of their application materials,  compatibility of their goals with Worldbridges values and goals, and the unique contribution they would make to the world of webcasting.  Those who are not accepted as interns for this session are welcome to participate as non-interns and  are to reapply for the next session.


 Requirements (Webcast Academy Basic Program)

As part of  the Webcast Academy Class of 1.2, you will need to: 

  • produce 3 live interactive webcasts and publish them to your Webcast Academy blog
  • successfully participate in a Finals Week Webcast Relay
  • complete a 'Webcaster's Report' detailing the methods used, obstacles faced, and solutions found.

Webcast Production includes

a) successfully streaming the audio (without any coaching or assistance),
b) hosting or co-hosting at least a 30 minute show, and
c) recording all of the show's audio and editing it to a 'listenable' quality

Publication includes

a) posting show notes that include links to sites mentioned, an overview of topics discussed, and chat logs (graphics are not required, but encouraged in moderation)
b) including a download link and flash player listening option for the audio

The Finals Week Relays take place during the final week of the term (September 23~30).  At least 3 interns must participate and take turns 'grabbing the stream' at least 3 times from each other.  This is intended to measure the interns ability to handle high pressure, last minute, and/or unexpected webcasting situations.

The 'Webcaster's Report' is designed to help the the Academy build a database of information about the hardware, software, and troubleshooting involved in webcasting. Each intern will provide detailed information of their 'rig', methods, and obstacles encountered.

Tentative Curriculum
We will focuing on one topic each week, but there will be plenty of overlap and review along the way.
   Topic#1
        Recording telephony calls and basic audio editing
   Topic#2
       Basic Streaming
  
Topic#3
       Hosting, interviewing, & show management skills
   Topic#4
       Post-production and advanced audio editing
   Topic#5
 
      Different webcast environments and telephony programs (i.e. Second Life, Paltalk, Gizmo)


Certification
Upon review and approval by the 'Webcaster Council', interns will receive a Webcast Academy Certificate of Webcasting Proficiency. As long their webcasting focus and approach are compatible with Worldbridges Values & Goals, graduating interns will also receive a 'Worldbridges Webcasting License'.  This license is a pre-requisite for becoming a webcast producer on any of Worldbridges channels or sites.

 Upon completion of the Basic Program, interns are asked to serve on the 'Council of Webcasters' for at least one future Academy session (not necessarily the one immediately following theirs). They are also eligible to receive advanced certification from The Webcast Academy (details of which will be ironed out during future Academy meetings).


 Thanks again for your interest in the Webcast Academy.  If you have additional questions, please post them in the 'About Webcast Academy' section of the Discussion Forums. 

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