Lights, camera, action.

Gain the skills and training you need to broadcast your vision and express your views. From citizen journalists and bloggers to documentary filmmakers, DCTV provides educational opportunities and internships that give you the skills and training you need to create media that tells your story.

Our training programs are structured to emulate real-world production practices with modern production equipment used specifically at our station. In addition to learning the latest technology and techniques, you are provided the hands-on time necessary to learn the basics of our media equipment and studios.

"DCTV’s commitment to providing the tools necessary for a person to come in and learn and transfer those skills into a television program is fantastic." -

Lou Phillips, Producer of The Clio Exchange, (DCTV member since 2004)


General tips to consider for your success:

  • In order to enroll, you must have a current DCTV membership and have taken our DCTV 101 orientation. Members who do not reside in DC, MD or VA must pass an online test on information contained in our Producer's Policy Manual.
  • Check your calendar before registering! All students work together to create class projects. Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled class shoots and editing sessions.
  • In classes that offer certification, you must attend all classes, participate in class productions, and pass all tests in order to be certified.
  • Network with your classmates. They can serve as crew members for your future projects.

The DCTV capacity building grant program offers eligible nonprofits an array of benefits that build organizational communications and storytelling capability and provides an ongoing presence on cable television. We designed these grants to offer training and expert guidance to the nonprofit community, which enables you to robustly expand your impact within the DC community.

“Grant Level” is the amount of money your organization contributes to receive the grant. The grant term is initially one year and requires a very small organizational match. DCTV will provide documentation so that you can appropriately record “in-kind” services in your financial records. Grants may be extended or renewed with DCTV approval.