April Update: Daily Planet Sausage Fest, birthday, classes and more

Please join us for the Daily Planet’s Sausage Fest Wednesday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Summit Brewing Company, 950 Montreal Circle, St. Paul. We’re still finalizing the details, but we will have a lot of great sausage makers on hand including Bryant Lake Bowl, Clancey’s Meats, Natedogs, Prairie Dogs, Red Table Meat Co., the Sample Room, and the Seward Co-op, all serving up samplings of their sausages and charcuterie. We’ll also have veggie brats and tofu pups, plus root beer and Dan Brady’s legendary chocolate chip cookies.  You can wash it all down with a fine assortment of Summit beers, for a mere $2 a pint.
We’ll also be celebrating the Daily Planet’s ninth birthday, and the start of our annual spring membership drive. So that makes this an especially good time to join or renew your Daily Planet membership – or just make a birthday gift to support our work. And here’s an added incentive: Sausage Fest tickets are $20 for Twin Cities Media Alliance members and their guests, $25 for non-members. If you have made a donation in any amount in the past year, you qualify as a member. If you are not a current member, you can join by making a membership donation of $10 or more, when you buy your tickets.
Last year’s fest sold out quickly, so buy your tickets soon.
And please remember: your support of the Twin Cities Media Alliance makes all of this work possible.  To donate, visit our secure online donation page, or send a check to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.


Jeremy Iggers, executive director

Staff reports: 

Editor Allison Herrera reports:
We’re building momentum. During March we had dozens of original stories, photo essays and videos about everything from the arts to sidewalks on Franklin avenue. And on Monday, April 6th, we’ll be starting a new education project, tackling such issues as how to solve the achievement gap and whether test scores really matter.
For our first installment, reporter Sheila Regan asked Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Braulio Carrasco, Prachee Mukerjee and Maggie Lorenz about Governor Dayton’s proposal for universal Pre-K. Is this enough to close the achievement gap? Particularly when it comes to students of color? We want Daily Planet readers to weigh and get their friends to as well.
I’m also happy to announce that we are launching from beyond the LOOP, a new column by Minneapolis photographer and longtime Northside resident Bill Cottman.
Bruce JohansenProgram manager for Training and Engagement Bruce Johansen reports: 
Participants continue to rave about our new series, Emerging Media Workshop with @Chris Cloud, including this person who attended last month’s: “My understanding of Instagram went from almost-zero to ‘I GET it!’ in 2 hours. Chris’s knowledge base is incredible ….Awesome!” April’s focus is Tumblr, and as always, the second part of the evening is open to the questions YOU bring about any social media….
Haven’t attended a Newsroom Cafe before? You have three chances in April to meet with Daily Planet editor Allison Herrera and fellow community members for conversations about issues of importance to you and your community, including how it’s depicted in—or overlooked by—media. Bring your story ideas and Allison will tell you how you can contribute news stories, commentary, photo essay, or video to the Daily Planet…or pass your good ideas along to someone else. Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 pm, we’ll meet at the Common Table in Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Thursday, April 9, 12:30 pm, find us at Avenue Eatery in North Minneapolis’s Jordan neighborhoodWednesday, April 15, 3:00 pm, we’ll hold our first ever Newsroom Café at NACDI, the Native American Community Development Institute in the Ventura Village neighborhood.
Jumping past April, we’re VERY excited to be co-presenting a day-long workshop with IFP Minnesota in their fantastic new St. Paul space. The workshop, Written. Filmed. Reported. Digital Storytelling for New Media Reporters, will be held on May 9 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Jordan Lee Thompson and Daily Planet editor, Allison Herrera will teach you the basics of planning, filming, and editing deeply engaging video stories. Space is limited so register today!


Google Tools at Maplewood Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/21/2015 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Written. Filmed. Reported. Digital Storytelling for New Media Reporters at IFP MN – Pre-registration required | Sat, 05/09/2015 -10:00am – 6:00pm

Co-presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance & IFP Minnesota

To see the complete list of May classes, go to tcdailyplanet.net/classes

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