Shaping Tomorrow: Youth Empowerment and the Future of Media

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of media with an innovative course curated under the insightful guidance of Joshua T. Berglan, the Director of New Media for Dirt Merchants Universe ( This educational journey is designed not only to equip young individuals with the understanding of the media’s history and evolution, but also to engage them in visualizing its future potential. As participants traverse through six comprehensive modules, they’ll delve into various facets of media, from its traditional forms to the digital transformation, from content creation to ethical considerations, and from personal branding to empowerment through media. The course enables learners to discover their unique voices within the media landscape, and encourages them to use this powerful platform for advocacy and personal growth. Ultimately, participants will not just learn about media, but will gain the tools to become active contributors and potential influencers in this ever-evolving landscape, concluding with a personal media project that encapsulates their learned skills and promotes positive change. Let’s navigate and shape the media sphere together, under the empowering and expert guidance of Joshua T. Berglan. Ages 13+

Ideally students will need:

1. Laptop or Desktop Computer: A modern computer with a reliable internet connection is crucial. The computer should have an updated operating system (Windows 10, macOS 10.15 or newer) to ensure compatibility with most software applications.     

2. Webcam: A good quality webcam is necessary for video conferencing and presenting assignments.  

3. Microphone: A stand-alone microphone or a headset with a built-in microphone will be required for clear audio during online discussions and presentations.  

4. Speakers or Headphones: For clear audio during video lectures and discussions.

5. Smartphone or Tablet (Optional): While not a necessity, having a mobile device can be beneficial for accessing course materials and participating in discussions on the go.      

6. Google Suite (Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.): Essential for creating, sharing, and collaborating on documents, presentations, and projects.   

7. Video Conferencing Software (Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.):  Used for live lectures, group discussions, and presentations.     

8. Web Browser: A recent version of a major browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge for accessing course content.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               9. PDF Reader: Software like Adobe Acrobat Reader for opening and reading PDF course materials.            

10. Media Editing Software (Optional): Basic media editing software could be useful for assignments requiring media creation. Examples include free tools like iMovie (for macOS and iOS users), Shotcut, or OpenShot for video editing, and Canva for graphic design.   

11. Cloud Storage Service: A cloud storage service (like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive) for backing up work, sharing files, and collaborative work.     

12. Online Accounts– email account for official communication, and Social Media Accounts (Optional): Accounts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn can be useful for understanding the practical application of the course’s content.      

Sumérgete en el dinámico mundo de los medios con un curso innovador organizado bajo la perspicaz guía de Joshua T. Berglan, director de nuevos medios de Dirt Merchants Universe ( Este viaje educativo está diseñado no solo para equipar a los jóvenes con la comprensión de la historia y la evolución de los medios, sino también para involucrarlos en la visualización de su potencial futuro. A medida que los participantes atraviesan seis módulos integrales, profundizarán en varias facetas de los medios, desde sus formas tradicionales hasta la transformación digital, desde la creación de contenido hasta las consideraciones éticas, y desde la marca personal hasta el empoderamiento a través de los medios. El curso permite a los alumnos descubrir sus voces únicas dentro del panorama de los medios y los alienta a usar esta poderosa plataforma para la defensa y el crecimiento personal. En última instancia, los participantes no solo aprenderán sobre los medios, sino que obtendrán las herramientas para convertirse en contribuyentes activos y posibles influenciadores en este panorama en constante evolución, concluyendo con un proyecto personal de medios que resume sus habilidades aprendidas y promueve un cambio positivo. Naveguemos y demos forma a la esfera de los medios juntos, bajo la guía experta y empoderadora de Joshua T. Berglan. De edades 13+.

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Class Leaders/Facilitators: Joshua T. Berglan & Jessica Linn Toft