February Update: Classes, Social Media Clinic and Editors’ Reports

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Have you already broken all of your New Years resolutions? No problem. If you resolve to learn some new media skills, or write or create photo essays or video for the Twin Cities Daily Planet in 2013, we’ll make it easy. We have nine different classes, workshops, and clinics scheduled during the next month, ranging from “Create a Website for Your Business,” and Pinterest: More than Virtual Scrapbooking and Become a LinkedIn Power User to our monthly Social Media Clinic. Scroll down for all the details, and for our editors’ reports.

But first, a big thank you to everybody who made last month’s Daily Planet Sausage Fest a sold-out success: Clancey’s Meats, Butcher and the Boar, Kramarczuk’s Sausage Co., Three Sons Meat Co., the Sample Room, the Modern Cafe, Corner Table, NateDogs, Seward Coop, Lisa Steinmann, Dan Brady, Billy Treacy, all the Brass Messengers; and Mark Stutrud, Betsy Faber, and all the people at Summit Brewing who made it possible. I hope you can all join us again next time.

Classes:

Create a Website for Your Business at Arlington Library
Mon, 2013-02-11 18:00 – 20:00
1105 Greenbrier St.
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Learn how to develop a free or inexpensive website for your small business, community organization or blog using WordPress or another user-friendly platform. This class includes instructions how to set up a site, how to navigate the settings so that the site represents your business, and tips on how to generate traffic.
This class will be taught by Matt Bartel. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 651-793-3930.
Newsroom Cafe with Jay Gabler
Tue, 2013-02-12 15:00 – 16:00
1414 W. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Do you have a story or a question? Drop in and talk about the Daily Planet, our news coverage, and how you can contribute. Associate editor and arts editor Jay Gabler will be working at The Beat Coffeehouse in Uptown—just look for the laptop with the Freaky Deeky sticker.
Newsroom Café at Golden Thyme
Thu, 2013-02-14 16:00
If you are interested in reporting for the Daily Planet, or want help with a story-in-progress, stop in at the Newsrom Café. Editor Mary Turck will talk about stories we are looking for, and story ideas that you bring. We’ll be meeting at Golden Thyme in St. Paul – 921 Selby Avenue. Look for the laptop with the “I Heart the First Amendment” sticker!
Newsroom Café at Black Dog
Fri, 2013-02-22 10:00
If you are interested in reporting for the Daily Planet, or want help with a story-in-progress, stop in at the Newsroom Café. Editor Mary Turck will talk about stories we are looking for, and story ideas that you bring. We’ll be meeting at Black Dog in St. Paul – 308 East Prince Street in downtown St. Paul. Look for the laptop with the “I Heart the First Amendment” sticker!
Newsroom Cafe with Jay Gabler
Tue, 2013-02-26 15:00 – 16:00
1362 7th St. W.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Do you have a story or a question? Drop in and talk about the Daily Planet, our news coverage, and how you can contribute. Associate editor and arts editor Jay Gabler will be working at Fresh Grounds on West 7th—just look for the laptop with the Freaky Deeky sticker.
Making the Most of Google Docs at Watertown Library
Wed, 2013-02-27 17:45 – 19:45
309 Lewis Ave. SW
Watertown, MN 55388

You know that Google makes high-quality software from Internet search to e-mail to maps, but what about documents? Come and learn about Google Docs: Google’s version of documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and drawings—all part of the Google Docs suite. Learn how to create, manipulate, manage, and collaborate with Google Docs. Google Docs comes automatically packaged with Gmail and Google Apps accounts, so this class applies to anyone with a Google account!

This class will be taught by Steffen Ryan. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 952-955-2939.

February Social Media Clinic
Thu, 2013-02-28 16:00 – 18:00
2600 Franklin Avenue E.
Suite 2
Mpls., MN 55406

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest—wherever you are online, if you’re a little confused, you’re not alone! Come to our monthly social media clinics at the Daily Planet office and get a hand from Twin Cities Daily Planet associate editor Jay Gabler—in addition to connecting with other community members and sharing your own best practices. Our social media clinics are meant to help you successfully navigate your way through the online forest of information, and to reach the communities you want to reach for your nonprofit, small business, or personal interests.

WHO: Jay Gabler and up to ten registered participants.
WHY: As part of our nonprofit mission to help members of Twin Cities communities connect with one another and with our larger global communities using the power of new media.
HOW: We ask participants to pre-register so as to guarantee that space will be available and to pay the participation fee of $10 for each workshop. Participation is free for all Daily Planet advertisers (click here for more information about how to advertise with the Daily Planet), and scholarships are available upon request. Bring your laptop—wi-fi is available. If you want to participate but don’t have a laptop, inquire with us; we may be able to provide you with a computer for the session.

Space is limited! Register now at TheDataBank.

Pinterest: More Than Virtual Scrapbooking
Thu, 2013-02-28 19:00 – 21:00
2600 Franklin Avenue E.
Suite 2
Mpls., MN 55406

Uncover the mystery behind this visually stimulating social media. Gain a better understanding of why Pinterest has piqued the interest of so many. Learn the basics of board creation, navigation and etiquette. Talk about common uses and how to get the most out of your Pinterest experience. Instructor Sahasha Reese is alumni relations coordinator and  assistant editor and graphic designer at St. Catherine University. Social media and teaching are among her passions.

We ask participants to pre-register so as to guarantee that space will be available and to pay the participation fee of $10 for each workshop. Scholarships are available upon request. Register now at the DataBank.

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Highland Park Library
Mon, 2013-03-04 17:30 – 19:30
1974 Ford Pkwy.
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Do you have a LinkedIn account but have never quite figured out how to use it? With over 130 million members, LinkedIn is a network worth developing. In this class we will learn how to set up a profile accurately, discover new contacts and participate in groups.

This class will be taught by Marcos Lopez-Carlson. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 651-695-3700.

Staff reports: 
Bruce JohansenCommunity Engagement Coordinator Bruce Johansen reports: 
January found us gearing up for an exciting year. 2013 promises to be a time of relationship-building and lots of classes, more than ever before. We spent much of the month reaching out to neighborhood organizations, local business associations, and area nonprofits, surveying them on their needs and talking about how we might work together in 2013. We attended various community events, too, including the Wedge Co-op’s annual Wedgeshare award ceremony and a PFLAG safe schools conference. As we move forward on our community asset mapping work and several new initiatives, we’re looking forward to being joined by new community engagement team members and interns. Stay tuned for details on that! This month, we’ll be offering our first ever Pinterest class. Sahasha Reese, alumni relations coordinator and assistant editor and graphics designer at St. Catherine University will be teaching that one for us: “Pinterest — More Than Virtual Scrapbooking.”
Arts Editor Jay Gabler reports:
It’s been another busy month on the arts beat, but in the new year I’m wearing even more hats. In addition to serving as arts editor, I’m also supervising our local food beat and our special University District section. On the food beat, we’re pleased to have launched a new series spotlighting purveyors of soul food in the Twin Cities. In University District news, we’ve just published Bill Huntzicker’s six-part series on the future of the Southeast Library. We want to help you tell your stories, too! What restaurants and community gardens should we spotlight? What issues affecting Southeast Minneapolis neighborhood should we be convening conversations about? How can you help us get the story right? Let me know: [email protected].

Editor Mary Turck reports:
January was a very busy month, not only in news but also in getting ready for the launch of our new Media Skills Fellowship program. This program, funded by the Bush Foundation, will let us work with ten media skills fellows to help them increase their ability to use media in and on behalf of their communities. We had more than 70 inquiries, and will have a very diverse group of participants for what promises to be an exciting new project. On the news side, we are following the gun control debate closely, with a forum for divergent viewpoints and lots of information collected on the Gun Talk page.

You can support our work by donating to the Twin Cities Media Alliance through the GiveMN.org donation website, (http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance).  If you prefer, you can send a check to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin, suite #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.

Best,

Jeremy Iggers
executive director, Twin Cities Media Alliance

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