STEP 1: Attend an Orientation

Attending CCTV's Orientation is the first step for any member of the community wishing to learn more about CCTV's services. Orientation generally lasts 60-90 minutes.

Eligibility to use CCTV is directly related to how we’re funded. Only residents of the City of Salem or unincorporated Marion County – our two funding agencies – are eligible to use CCTV at no cost. Individuals living outside CCTV’s service area are eligible to use CCTV’s equipment and channels for an annual fee of $150.

Orientation takes place:

  • the first Tuesday of every month
  • at 575 Trade Street here in Salem, Oregon
  • at 3:30 PM OR at 6:30 PM

STEP 2: Take Classes

CCTV’s equipment is available to people who have earned certification by taking our classes. Workshops are scheduled each month for camera, audio, editing and studio equipment.  

You are required only to take classes for the equipment you intend to use (i.e. camera class if you intend to use CCTV’s camera equipment. Camera class and editing class if you intend to edit at CCTV as well). If you do not plan to use any of CCTV’s equipment or facilities to create your program, you are required only to take Orientation.

View the current class schedule here.

STEP 3: Provide Proof of Salem Residency

Before using CCTV’s equipment and/or facilities, you will be required to submit proof of Salem residency (utility bill, lease agreement, motor vehicle insurance, etc.) and a copy of your photo ID. This information is kept secure and confidential.

STEP 4: Make Your Show!

Check out cameras, reserve the studio or an editing room, and make your show! CCTV staff is here to help you overcome technical obstacles without regard to the content of your show. When your program is complete, you’re ready to fill out a program contract to get your show on the channels!