Volunteer Media Team

Be a Green Festival™ Media Volunteer: Photo, Video, Blog, and Twitter!

Sign up today! If you would like to record the magic as a Media volunteer, please visit your city's registration website and sign up; we'll contact you to establish where your talent is most valuable.

volunteer_mediaAs a member of our amazing volunteer team at Green Festival, a project in cooperation with Green America and Global Exchange, you are an essential part of the nation's leading sustainability event, educating and activating people to make choices for a just and sustainable world.

The mission of the Volunteer Media Team is to document the spirit of Green Festival and share it with the world. We are collecting video, photos, blogs and tweets as a community-sharing project to spread the Green Festival message and experience. We will showcase the best media on the GreenFestivals.org website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and others, providing you with great exposure as a Green Media leader.

Benefits:

  • Free admission to the festival for both days
  • Free, limited edition, organic and sweatshop-free Green Festival™ T-shirt
  • Your media credited wherever used
  • A free coat check, snacks and relaxation in the Volunteer Lounge
  • Great experience for your resume

General Requirements:

  • Morning check-in and 15 minute orientation on each festival day. Check with Volunteer Registration each morning to be directed to this meeting.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Bring your own equipment! You will not be able to volunteer in this position if you do not have your own equipment. This includes cameras, battery chargers, card readers, mobile devices and computer connection cords for easy on-site download. See Media Team descriptions below for more details.
  • Ability to work self-directed and a general upbeat attitude. As a Media Volunteer, you wear a badge to identify you as a respresentative of Green Festival; as such, we ask that you are friendly and patient with all subjects, attendees, exhibitors and fellow volunteers.

Media Teams Descriptions:


Media Team Descriptions


Photography Team

Description: Take a comprehensive set of quality photos for Green Festival. Your goal is to collect 50-100 high quality final shots that capture the spirit of Green Festival. We prefer you shoot in JPEG, or a mis of raw and JPEG. You will be required to attend a brief training session prior to the beginning of the shift. There are three options to submit your photos to Green Festival:

  1. Visit the Media/Partner Lounge and transfer your photos onto the Media laptop. This option is only available if your camera uses an SD Card or you own a universal card reader.
  2. Upload the photos to DropBox and share your gallery with our account, Green Festival (gfest.org@gmail.com)
  3. Upload photos to Google Drive and share with gfest.org@gmail.com

Requirements

  • Bring your own equipment! Bring your own digital camera, spare batteries and necessary computer connection cord. A higher quality lense is preferred. Consider choosing equipment that is best for indoor light situations.. 
  • Communicate in advance with Media Team leader what equipment you will be bringing, your availability on the day of the event and your intended method of submitting photos.
  • If you are submitting via Dropbox or Google Drive, submit photos within 5 business days post-festival.

Suggested Photo Themes

  • Speaker Close-ups: Volunteers with telephoto lenses for their cameras are encouraged to capture close-up shots of speakers at the event. Explore all the stages of the event, using the Event Guide, and capture close ups and a variety of crowd shots.
  • Exhibitor Booth Photos: Best booths, including booth staff and crowd; These shots can be staged or candid.
  • Candid Photos: Candid shots of attendees, overview shots of the crowd, Yoga Pavilion, Green Kids Zone, Beer & Wine Garden, Food Court, Box Office, etc.
  • Crowd Shots: Capturing the bustling crowds gathered at the festival.
  • Volunteers: Capture the tireless efforts of some of our 1,000 volunteers that make this event possible. Find the Back of House Green Team sorters whistling while they do their dirty work or capture the joy between a Kid's Zone volunteer and Green Festival's youngest attendees.

Videography Team

Description: Your goal is to create a short video that captures an aspect of the Green Festival that inspires you. Choose a theme (i.e. green buildings, kids, food, etc.) and film enough media to allow for easy editing into a final 3-5 minute piece. You must be able to edit your final piece and submit to Green Festival.

Final Delivery: There are three options to submit your video to Green Festival:

  1. Visit the Media/Partner Lounge and transfer footage onto the Media laptop. This option is only available if you absolutely cannot edit a final product and are shooting b-roll. Please inform Media Team leader in advance.
  2. Upload to DropBox and share with our account, Green Festival (gfest.org@gmail.com)
  3. Upload to Google Drive and share with gfest.org@gmail.com
Requirements
  • Bring your own equipment! Bring your own video camera, microphones, spare batteries and necessary computer connection cord. Consider choosing equipment that is best for indoor light situations. 
  • Communicate in advance with Media Team leader what equipment you will be bringing, your availability on the day of the event and your intended method of submitting video.
  • If you are submitting via Dropbox or Google Drive, submit photos within 5 business days post-festival.

Suggested Video Themes

  • Speaker Videos: Volunteers with tripods for their cameras can capture segments or full talks from speakers.
  • Exhibitor Interview: Get interviews with business owners, asking how their Green Festival experience is going.
  • Candid Interview: Candid interviews with attendees, overview shots of the crowd; anywhere else in the event that is visually inspiring to you.
  • Greening: Capture the work of our Green Team, on the floor at Resource Recovery stations and at the Back of House while final sorting is done.

Twitter Team (new!)

Description: Your goal is to assist Social Media Manager on site throughout the event weekend with support from your personal Twitter and Instagram account, using the hashtag #greenfest and tagging @GreenFestival. We aggregate all Tweets with #greenfest hashtag live on the Green Festival website at http://twitter.com/greenfestival.

Content Ideas:

  • Speaker quotes/summaries (i.e. “Amy Goodman speaking: What we need is a media of decent. #greenfest”)
  • Happenings (i.e. “there’s a parade happening at the front of the festival! #greenfest” or “Amy Goodman’s signing books at the bookstore right now. #greenfest”)
  • Exhibitor highlights (i.e. “you gotta try the vegan sausages at the food court #greenfest”)
  • Your personal experience and reflections (i.e. “the compost sorters are so helpful #greenfest”)
  • Instagram Photos/Videos (i.e. “Check out this photo of the Green Festival crowds (link to a photo) #greenfest”)
  • Vine Videos (i.e. 6 second exhibitor interviews, speaker exerpts)

Blogger Team (new!)

Attend Green Festival as a Citizen Journalist! Take notes and photos of your experience, construct a story and write a high quality blog post when you get home. Exceptional blog posts will be promoted by Green Festival social media and website.

Requirements: You must have your own blog. If you are just getting started, we recommend Wordpress, Blogger, or Typepad.

Final Delivery: Final blog posts are due within 1 week following the festival. We expect at least 3 paragraphs and 1 image minimum. E-mail the link to socialmedia@greenfestivals.org.

Content Ideas:

  • speaker review
  • festival greening
  • local focus (Green Festival subjects in context of the event city)
  • exhibitor highlights
  • overall experience and reflections

Examples blog posts: