VANCOUVER – When Vancouver public access TV debuted an open mic program last summer, John F. Barber volunteered to co-host. He’s had such fun that he’s working with the TV channel to teach a class in the spring.
 
“Being a part of the show is a thrill,” said Barber, co-director of the digital technology and culture (DTC) program at WSU Vancouver. He likes how Fort Vancouver Television, Comcast Channel 11, and his show “Clark County Connects” give the community a forum, an “electronic soapbox” for sharing ideas.
 
He’ll share that enthusiasm and experience to help students produce two programs that will be included in Channel 11’s schedule. Programs are broadcast to 80,000 subscribers in Clark County.
 
“The nature of the programs to be produced are not of a traditional broadcast or journalistic genre,” Barber said. “Rather, in keeping with the focus of the DTC program, they will be digital narrative or digital storytelling.”
 
The opportunity to produce video narratives complements ongoing opportunities for DTC students to produce documentary videos, websites, animations, podcasts, Internet radio programs and other digital media content for nonprofit organizations in southwest Washington.
 
“In addition to expanding the scope of community access media and learning how to become future community leaders,” Barber said, “this partnership also helps WSUV DTC students gain project management experience in digital media.” FVTV professionals will co-teach the course with Barber.
 
Technology and communication
Barber’s research often examines changing communication and speculation potentials wrought by shifting relationships between technology, art, science and the humanities. He is:
• Author of the award-winning “Dr. John’s Eazy-Peazy Guides” to improving communication skills, ONLINE @ www.nouspace.net/john/ez/ezindex.html.
• Co-curator of Yellow Cat Gallery and Media Lounge, a showcase for WSUV DTC students, ONLINE @ www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/dtc/
gallery.
• Developer/curator of the Brautigan bibliography and archive, the pre-eminent resource on the life and work of author Richard Brautigan, ONLINE @ www.brautigan.net.