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Akron Digital Media Center

Students learning video editing software at Akron Digital Media CenterThe Akron Digital Media Center cultivates digital storytelling by giving a voice to all citizens, regardless of age, demographic, skill level, income barrier or socioeconomic status. Its primary goal is to provide the training and tools local residents and organizations need to create news, information and entertainment that challenge and engage our community. The free flow of information is a vital part of our democracy, and navigating the digital media landscape is crucial to the success of our communities.

The media center offers free workshops in blogging, writing, photography, videography and video editing, as well as one-on-one mentorship so community members can be journalists and storytellers in the digital age. The Akron Digital Media Center also offers a free computer lab and lending library of film and audio equipment. The hands-on training sessions take place on the first floor of the Akron-Summit County Public Library every week, with multiple days and times offered for each workshop to accommodate busy schedules.

Along with serving citizens, the media center has become a valuable resource for local schools and universities, as well as nonprofits and neighborhood organizations seeking to expand their digital footprint and share their stories.

Stories from your neighborhood

The media center also publishes Akronist.com, a portal for stories created by members of the training program and media partners with a special focus on nonprofits, arts and entertainment, neighborhood news and social issues. With the Akronist, citizen journalists can upload articles, photos, videos and podcasts, and share the stories that aren’t being told by traditional media. The site has amassed nearly 700 stories in just over one year, with thousands of page views and nearly 100 hours of video views each month.

Become a citizen journalist

Get trained for free at the Akron Digital Media Center. Workshops are led by field professionals.

By creating original local content for the Akronist, residents help fill a gap in neighborhood-level media, informing the community and encouraging constructive civic engagement.

The Akronist is your home for local videos, photos, podcasts, articles and blogs produced by citizen journalists using the latest digital media tools. It’s also a community for creative people to share ideas and let their voices be heard.