March Update: Classes, Planetary Home Variety Show, and more.

Debbie Lawrence, Susan Sundberg, and Carlos Zhingre at our Storytelling for Community Organizers workshop

Got cabin fever?

Why not take a media skills class? (Scroll down to read Bruce Johansen’s report, and then scroll down some more to see a complete list. )

Or sign up to become a Twin Cities Daily Planet citizen journalist. You can sign up via this online volunteer form; or by just showing up at one of our Newsroom Cafe events (listed below, with upcoming classes), or by sending Daily Planet editor Mary Turck an email – [email protected].

Or – share your ideas and talents for an upcoming series of Daily Planet variety shows – I am calling it the Planetary Home Companion.

I have been a big fan of the Prairie Home Companion ever since the mid-70s. But the Twin Cities have become a lot more diverse since then, and I think it would be great if we had a show that was more global and more local. The Twin Cities’ pool of talented performers now ranges from Somali comedians, Hmong hip hop artists and Brazilian samba bands to African-American story tellers, a Russian jug band and Ethiopian church choirs – but many of these performers are virtually unknown outside of their own communities. Wouldn’t it be great to have a show that brought all this talent together?

We do have a venue – Honey nightclub; a tentative date for a first show – April 17; a media partner – KFAI Radio; and a few volunteers who have expressed interest. But it’s really still in the planning stages, and unless enough people get involved, it isn’t going to happen. If you are interested, reply to this email, and I will be in touch. 

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

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.

Thanks,

Jeremy Iggers, executive director

Staff reports: 

Editor Mary Turck reports:
I love seeing new writers trying out the Daily Planet. Some begin at a Newsroom Café, with questions about what we are and how it all works. Others begin with passionate advocacy in a Community Voices article. Dua Saleh, a recent St. Paul Central grad, now at Augsburg and involved in organizing around issues of student suspensions and racial justice wrote about the Unchain Our Children rally that she helped to organize. Adrienne Doyle, a gallery attendant at the Walker Art Center is another new writer, whose Community Voices indictment of Bjarne Melgaard’s art got a lot of readers interested and commenting.Basil Considine, a recent arrival in the Twin Cities, already has several theater reviews published. Junauda Petrus debuted with an article about a Minneapolis funeral singer, and she has two more stories assigned in the weeks ahead. Our dedicated writers and community journalists — old and new — make it possible for us to publish the news you care about.
Bruce JohansenProgram manager for Training and Engagement Bruce Johansen reports: 
February began with an always-fun event, our annual Winter Party at Summit Brewing Co. Once again it proved to be a great way to celebrate with our supporters and friends, while sampling delectable offerings from local sausage purveyors and enjoying the music of the Brass Messengers. People also braced the cold for our classes. Steffen Ryan, from Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading public relations firms, taught Gain Google Search Visibility: Drive More Traffic to Your Website. Cirien Saadeh, from La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, offered Storytelling for Community Organizers at the Common Table, a new venue for some of our classes. Read Cirien’s account of that experience.
This month we’re excited to have Guante/Kyle Tran Myhre, the renowned hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, educator and writer, presenting his first workshop for us. Guante, keynote speaker at our 2013 Fall Media Forum, describes Navigating Media (Social, Local, and National) for Artists & Musicians as an interactive, resource-sharing discussion and workshop on navigating the often confusing universe of media. Cirien Saadeh is back, this time offering More Bang: Social Media & Other Storytelling Tools for Community Organizers. This sequel to last month’s workshop will introduce you to a variety of tools for sharing the powerful stories from your community, authentically and effectively. Those classes, plus social media and photography classes at area libraries, Newsroom Cafes, and Marcos Lopez-Carlson’s Social Media Clinic, all add up to a very full month.

 

Classes: 
GUANTE: Navigating Media (Social, Local and National) for Artists and Musicians – Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/11/2014 – 4:00pm -6:00pm

The Common Table (below Trinity’s offices)
2001 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Making great art is only half the battle.

Newsroom Cafe | Tue, 03/11/2014 – 4:30pm

Twin Cities Daily Planet
2600 Franklin Avenue E.
Minneapolis, MN

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!

Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization at Heritage Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/11/2014 – 6:00pm- 8:00pm

Heritage Library
20085 Heritage Dr.
Lakeville, MN

Social media tools allow you to connect with your customers, community and members, but when you run a small business or organization, time is valuable – where do you start?

Newsroom Café – Arts writers | Tue, 03/18/2014 – 4:30pm

Twin Cities Daily Planet
2600 Franklin Avenue E.
Minneapolis, MN

Join our group of emerging writers to workshop stories-in-progress.

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Ten Social Media Sites at Savage Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/18/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you and your small business or organization.

Take Great Photos with Point-and-Shoot & Smartphone Cameras at Maplewood Library – Pre-registration required | Thu, 03/20/2014 -6:30pm – 8:30pm

Maplewood Library
3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN

Looking to improve your smartphone photography skills? Still having trouble with that point-and-shoot you bought a while ago?

Create a Website for your Business or Organization at Hayden Heights Library – Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/22/2014 – 1:00pm -3:00pm

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.

Google Tools at Hamline Midway Library – Pre-registration required |Mon, 03/24/2014 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Hamline-Midway Public Library
1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing.

There’s an App for That! at Galaxie Library – Pre-registration required |Mon, 03/24/2014 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Galaxie Library
14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN

So many apps, so little time.

Make the Most of Google Docs at Maplewood Library – Pre-registration required | Mon, 03/24/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Maplewood Library
3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN

Come and learn about Google Docs: Google’s version of documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and drawings—all part of the Google Docs suite.

Newsroom Café – East Side of St. Paul | Tue, 03/25/2014 – 4:30pm

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
798 E. 7th Street
St. Paul, MN

If you want more positive images/stories from the East Side in the news – join us and find out how you can help! Special invitation to FESTEC members – but also to anyone else who wants

Newsroom Café – East Side of St. Paul – Dayton’s Bluff | Tue, 03/25/2014 – 4:30pm

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
798 E. 7th Street
St. Paul, MN

If you want more positive images/stories from the East Side in the news – join us and find out how you can help! Special invitation to FESTEC members – but also to anyone else who

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Maplewood Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/25/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Maplewood Library
3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN

Do you have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to use it? This workshop will demonstrate how to set up an accurate profile, discover new contacts and participate in groups.

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Jordan Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/25/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Jordan Library
275 Creek Lane South
Jordan, MN

Do you have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to use it? This workshop will demonstrate how to set up an accurate profile, discover new contacts and participate in groups.

Twitter 101 for Your Business or Organization at Stillwater Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/25/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Stillwater Public Library
224 3rd St. N.
Stillwater, MN

What is Twitter, and how can you use it effectively to connect with your friends, colleagues, and—for business owners—potential customers? Go from being a novice to a power user.

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Ten Social Media Sites at Maplewood Library – Pre-registration required |Wed, 03/26/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Maplewood Library
3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN

Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you and your small business or organization.

March Social Media Clinic with Marcos Lopez-Carlson – Pre-registration required | Thu, 03/27/2014 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Twin Cities Daily Planet
2600 Franklin Avenue E.
Minneapolis, MN

Do you use social media in your work? Have questions about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or other social media?

Google Tools at Rum River Library Library – Pre-registration required |Sat, 03/29/2014 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Rum River Library
4201 6th Ave
Anoka, MN

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing.

Social Media & Other Storytelling Tools for Community Organizers with Cirien Saadeh – Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/01/2014 – 6:30pm -8:30pm

The Common Table (below Trinity’s offices)
2001 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

This class is for those who have taken “Storytelling for Community Organizers: So What?” or have experience in storytelling.

Chaun Webster – Third Space Imaginary: Zines & Other Potentially Transformational Media – Pre-registration required | Sat, 04/19/2014 -1:00pm – 3:00pm

Moon Palace Books
2820 E. 33rd St.
Minneapolis, MN

This two-hour workshop introduces third-space theory as a paradigm for examining virtual and material intersections in art production, zines being one material example.

April Social Media Clinic with Scott Artley – Pre-registration required |Thu, 04/24/2014 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Twin Cities Daily Planet
2600 Franklin Avenue E.
Minneapolis, MN

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