Workshops and Training 2017-11-06T20:00:57+00:00

Workshops & Trainings

Student Media offers trainings and workshops every quarter—some mandatory, some optional, all exceptional!

Equipment Certifications

If you are interested in checking out equipment for your organization, please visit Organizations are able to check out projectors for meetings and other equipment without any certifications. If you would like to checkout audio or video equipment a certification may be needed prior to checkout. A calendar of available certification workshops/trainings is available at the link above.

Media Law

This seminar for print and broadcast students, taught by media attorney Jim Wagstaffe, covers the legal basics: the First Amendment, libel and slander, copyright, and privacy issues. All signers must attend the Media Law seminar or complete the online quiz before your organization may produce. Although, signers are the only ones required to attend the seminar, organization members are encouraged to attend and leaders are responsible for making sure organization members understand the laws surrounding media production.

Required for all signers. The two seminars offered in Fall Quarter have passed.

Ethics Seminars

Offered in Winter Quarter, this workshop invites you to engage some of the current pressing questions that challenge contemporary media organizations. Led by media attorney Jim Wagstaffe, this workshop’s interactive design includes exercises and “ripped-from-the-headlines” scenarios to explore these issues.

Required for all signers. Date, time, and location will be announced at the beginning of Winter Quarter.


Diversity & Media Workshops

Media gives its creators a megaphone, access to resources, and the power to change our world. In these activity-based workshops, we’ll reflect on why diversity in media matters, and what we can do about it. Developed by students, staff, and alumni each year, these workshops focus are current events and explore the many different perspectives in the media landscape.

Required for all signers. Date, time, and location will be announced at the end of Fall Quarter. Workshop likely to take place in week 2 of Winter Quarter.

Financial Training

This training is required for all fiscal reps and business managers. You will learn how to read your organization’s ledger, track org expenses, submit purchase requests, and create spending plans.

All available workshops/trainings are done for the year. Please contact the Student Media front desk if you have any questions about making up a training.

  • Monday, November 13 : 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Leading an Organization

Leading an Organization is presented to student organization leaders during Fall Quarter to build skills and knowledge on areas such as Group Dynamics, Effective Teamwork, and Conflict Resolution. As a student leader, you’ve come a long way in terms of becoming the kind of leader you want to be; these trainings will guide you in understanding your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to leading on campus and in the community. This training is mandatory for all signers. If you attended last year you do not need to attend again. If you’re unsure if you attended last year please check with your advisor if you have to attend this year. You only need to sign up for one time!

Training Dates

Project Planning

Project planning training will give you the tools, clear steps, and pertinent University information to organize and execute a successful project for your organization. Whether you are doing events or publications, this training is designed to support your project development and planning skills. One signer from your media organization must attend this training in Fall Quarter.

Training Dates

SOMeCA Orientation Videos

Please view these videos to help orient you to SOMeCA and student organizing at UC Santa Cruz. Follow this link to find the quiz. We recommend you take the quiz as you watch the different videos. Remember, all authorized representatives must receive 100% on the Orientation quiz in order to register a student organization.


SCTV Trainings

SCTV offers different classes to ensure that members have a basic understanding of equipment before they check it out. Members must attend a class and pass the quiz (class reservations and quiz can be found below) before checking out certain types of equipment. At the end of every certification, you must take and pass a quiz. These last for one academic year. Once a year is up, you only need to take the quiz to renew. Reservation times can be found below.

Day Morning Time Afternoon Time
Monday 9:20 AM – 11:20 AM 1:05 PM – 3:05 PM
Tuesday 9:50 AM – 11:50 AM 1:05 PM – 3:05 PM
Wednesday 10:40 AM – 12:40 PM 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday 11:40 AM – 1:40 PM 3:05 PM – 5:05 PM
Friday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

General Certification

Cameras 101 Workshop

Audio & Lighting 101 Workshop

Editing 101 Workshop

Advanced Certifications