June Update: SPJ Awards, We’re Hiring, Classes and more

Newsroom Café with Sagirah Shahid and Ge Gao

We had exciting news at this year’s Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards: The Daily Planet took all three awards in the category of Best Independent News Blog Online: Jay Gabler took first place for Front Row Seat, Sheila Regan took second for her column Behind the Story, and Stephanie Fox finished third for her Global Groceries series. And Alleen Brown took first place in the Online Best Single News Story Online for her story, Student teaching: An unaffordable necessity shuts out many lower-income students

We’re hiring: After more than seven years of outstanding service, editor Mary Turck has decided to move on – she’ll be leaving the Daily Planet next month. It won’t be easy to replace her, but we are looking for an energetic and innovative leader who combines strong journalism skills with a passion for community engagement and participation – especially by those whose voices have been excluded from our community’s conversations. You can find a full description of the job here. Please help us get the word out.

Thanks to everybody who helped make last month’s membership drive our most successful spring fundraising drive ever. If you didn’t have a chance to make a membership donation, you still can. To donate, visit our secure online donation page, or send a check to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.

Scroll down to read our staff reports, and a list of upcoming classes.

Thanks,

Jeremy Iggers, executive director

Staff reports: 

Editor Mary Turck reports:
School discipline is a challenge for teachers, administrators, parents — and students. In May, we featured an important series by Sheila Regan, looking at race and suspensions, the Positive Behavior Interventions and Strategies system, and issues ofmainstreaming students with emotional disabilities. Our articles explore a variety of perspectives on discipline in schools, where it’s going, and what people’s experience with school discipline is. With summer fairs and festivals beginning, our TC Weekend series resumed in May — look for it every week in our Arts & Lifestyle section. TC Weekend is usually published on Thursday, just in time for the weekend.
Bruce JohansenProgram manager for Training and Engagement Bruce Johansen reports: 
May highlights included two classes taught by Kyle Tran Myhre, the hip hop and spoken word artist known as Guante, on how to more skillfully promote yourself and your work through stronger bio statements and more effective use of social media. Coming up in June, we’re excited about Getting Outside of Your Bubble with a Camera: a 3-hour Workshop with Wing Young Huie at The Third Place Gallery on Saturday, June 28. The celebrated, engaging, and always thought-provoking photographer will show photos from his many projects, share anecdotes and insights, and give participants an opportunity to explore the neighborhood and shoot images of their own. Eleonore Wesserle, who last offered a video workshop in conjunction with the One Day in the Twin Cities project—our best-attended class of the year, so far!—is back. This month she’s offering How to Advance Your Campaigns—and Your Values—with Effective Framing for Justice. Scheduled for Monday, June 30, the workshop will be of interest to anyone striving to achieve their organizing and advocacy goals. With classes like these, it promises to be a great summer!

Outgoing community engagement editor Caitlin Burgess reports:

Hello everyone. I’m sorry to say that I will be leaving the Daily Planet for a full-time position as of Monday, June 2. In my short time as the Community Engagement Editor I’ve met some wonderful people and become even more passionate about the Daily Planet and its mission. Cirien will be taking over for me and I have no doubt she will be magnificent. I still plan on being part of the Daily Planet family and look forward to seeing it grow and prosper in new ways in the coming months.

 

And introducing our new community engagement editor, Cirien Saadeh:

Hello to all! My name is Cirien Saadeh. I am the new Community Engagement Editor (and the newest member of the TCMA board of directors). I come to the TCDP as a community organizer and citizen journalist, with experience in written, radio, and video journalism and organizing experience in food justice, media justice, and immigration reform. Currently, I also work for statewide non-profit La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles as Media & Communications Coordinator. As a member of the  team, one of my top priorities will be engaging communities of color and other disenfranchised communities in storytelling.  Whether it is as a writer, taking or teaching a training, or building the relationships, I know the TCMA and the TCDP offer so many opportunities to tell important, oft-ignored stories and to take ownership for the media in our communities, whilst simultaneously building a more just media world. I am very excited to be taking on this role and look forward to speaking with each of you. Feel free to contact me at [email protected].”

Classes: 

There’s an App for That! at Hayden Heights Library – Pre-registration required | Sat, 06/07/2014 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Hayden Heights Library
1456 White Bear Ave
Saint Paul, MN

So many apps, so little time.

Newsroom Café at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Tue, 06/10/2014 – 4:30pm

Want to report Twin Cities news? Want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered? Join us for tea and cookies and find out how!

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Ten Social Media Sites at St. Paul Central Library – Pre-registration required| Wed, 06/11/2014 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Saint Paul Central Library
90 W 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN

Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you.

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Ten Social Media Sites at Merriam Park – Pre-registration required | Thu, 06/19/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN

Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you.

Create a Website for your Business or Organization at Wescott Library – Pre-registration required | Wed, 06/25/2014 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wescott Library
1340 Wescott Rd.
Eagan, MN

Discover how to use open source resources such as Word Press to develop a free or inexpensive website for your small business, community organization or blog.

Getting Outside of Your Bubble with a Camera: Workshop with Wing Young Huie – preregistration required | Sat, 06/28/2014 – 10:00am -1:00pm

Are you stuck creatively or do you just need a clean, well-lighted place to talk about photography? Welcome to Wing’s Photo Workshop.

How to advance your campaigns–and your values–with effective framing for justice – Pre-registration required | Mon, 06/30/2014 – 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Are you using your communications opportunities–in person, in print, and online–to cultivate success for your organizing and advocacy goals? This experiential workshop will increase your ability to do so by giving you a brief immersion into the communications concept of “framing,” or how you focus and define your issue. You’ll get a gut level understanding of framing through hands-on exercises, review some successful (and unsuccessful!) case studies, and practice applying the concepts to your own work. Preregistration required.

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