FAQs

Education

How do I sign up for an Orientation?

Visit our orientation page to register for an upcoming session.

 

How can I find out more about MNN's classes?

For more information on MNN's classes, attend an upcoming orientation or contact the Media Education department by emailing education [at] mnn.org or calling 212-757-2670 x313.

How can register for classes?

Once you complete Orientation and submit Proof of Residency and Identification, you will receive an MNN username. You can then go online to register for classes or register in-person at either of our facilities. Click HERE to see registration support hours.

 

When are your classes and how long are they?

We offer courses every month in studio, editing, and field video production. Our classes range from single-day workshops to 8-session certification courses. We generally offer daytime and evening classes, though sometimes we provide weekend sessions to accommodate varying schedules. Please refer to the class page to see the dates for upcoming classes. 
 

I am signed up for a class but can’t make one session. Can I still get certified?

We highly recommend you attend all sessions for a certification course. You can miss one class without penalty. If you miss more than one session of a certification course, you may be required to attend lab or fail the course altogether. 

What is your wait list policy for classes?

If you see a class listed as "full" on our website, you can contact the Media Education department or the Firehouse for more information regarding our waitlist and standby options. 
 

If I already know how to use a piece of equipment, do I still need to take the class?

Even if you have knowledge of our field and studio equipment, you are still required to take the certification course. If you have knowledge of Adobe Premiere CC, you have the option to test out. Please click HERE and refer to the section regarding testing out. 
 

Can I sign up for more than one class at a time?

Students may register for multiple classes at a time. We generally recommend students take one certification course at a time due to the intensive and technical nature of the classes. 
 

Programming

Do I have to make a TV show to get involved at MNN?

Yes - after all, MNN is a community-based TV station. We believe in creating TV by the people, for the people!

After completing one of our Certified Producer tracks, you must create a show in order to move on to other classes. However, it is not necessary for you to produce a regular series to stay active at MNN. You can always help other people on their shows - our Community Bulletin Boards have frequent postings from producers looking for help!

How can I air a show on MNN?

To submit your show, follow the directions outlined here.

What are MNN's requirements for media submissions?

All submissions must meet the following technical requirements:

 

For SD programs:

File Format: MP4, MOV, MXF or WMV

NTSC Standard Definition (SD)

Resolution: 720x480i in 4:3 aspect ratio

Frame Rate: 29.97 frames per second

Audio Sample Rate: 48.0 kHz

Stereo Audio

 

For HD programs:

File Format: MP4, MOV, MXF or WMV

Resolution: 1920x1080i

Frame Rate 29.97 frames per second

Audio Sample Rate: 48.0kHz

Stereo Audio

 

Only one program per file should be submitted.

Pre-roll/color bars/countdown are not needed at the beginning of the program. 

A half hour show will air for a total of 28 minutes and an hour-long show will air for a total of 58 minutes.

We will not air submissions that have noticeable video dropout, no video, or extremely low audio, as well as files that do not meet our requirements.

 

 

What can I put in my show?

MNN champions freedom of speech. You can take any political stance or preach any religious idea. You can also even record a flower for 28 minutes or play a ukelele and sing expletives! We encourage you to use MNN as a platform to broadcast your voice to the world.

However, as viewers, we hope you will show us the fascinating subjects, characters, and voices that are often left out of mainstream media. We encourage you to have fun, but also to take responsibility for the world around you.

What you cannot do is: advertise or sell products or services; use copyrighted material; show animals or humans being injured or killed; slander anyone; or show hardcore pornography, such penetration or any genital contact. Any shows with adult content or language must be aired after 11:00 P.M.

If you feel that the content you wish to air would be considered “questionable material,” we suggest checking out our Programming Policies.

 

When are my shows due?

Episodes for programs that have already been scheduled are due at the Library four (4) days before they are scheduled to air and can be submitted via MNN's Upload Center.

LIBRARY HOURS
212-757-2670 x302

 

Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Thursday programs are due on Saturday by 4pm;

Friday programs are due on Monday by 8pm;

Saturday programs are due on Tuesday by 8pm;

Sunday programs are due on Wednesday by 8pm;

Monday programs are due on Thursday by 8pm;

Tuesday programs are due on Friday by 8pm;

Wednesday programs are due on Saturday by 8pm.

 

Late submissions will not be played. Programs submitted after they are due will be considered for the next scheduled air date.

If the due date falls on a closed holiday, programs must be submitted on the business day before the holiday. MNN observes all national holidays. Any program submitted after closing counts towards the next business day.

What is the difference between a series and a single?

A regular series is a program with a regularly scheduled timeslot. You can apply for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly slot. Keep in mind that a regular series is a 13-week commitment and you will need to be prepared to provide us with new shows on a regular basis. Your series will be automatically renewed at the start of each quarter unless you contact the Programming Department to cancel it. View quarter deadlines

A single show is a program that has a one-time slot. You make a show and we air it in one of the empty timeslots in our schedule. We will air a 28-minute show three times and a 58-minute show two times. There is no deadline for submitting a single show and it is a great way to get your video aired faster, without the commitment of multiple shows.

Can I start a series at anytime?

There are four times a year when you can start a series: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Our deadlines are posted online or you can always ask the Programming Department when the next deadline is by calling 212-757-2670 x305 or x334.

To submit a regular series proposal, follow these directions.

What facilities does MNN have for producing a program?

MNN has television studios, production equipment, and editing facilities available for Manhattan residents. In order to use MNN equipment and facilities, you must be trained and certified as an MNN Certified Producer.

How long do I have to complete a project using MNN's facilities or equipment?

Once you start a project with our facilities and/or equipment, you have three months to complete a show. A good public access show usually can be shot in a weekend and edited in two or three days.

Who owns the rights to my program?

You give us the right to air your program, but all ownership rights belong to you. Read our Programming Policies for more information.

What exactly do you mean by "advertising"?

We do not allow advertising on MNN’s public access network stations. By “avertising,” we mean that you cannot use MNN to sell a product or service. However, you can give credit to services rendered for your show. Please read the details of commercial programming restrictions in our Programming Policies for more information.