October Update: iMovie basics, social media clinic and more great classes

Are you reading this on a Mac or a PC? Or maybe a tablet, or on your phone? It doesn’t really matter, because whatever platform you prefer, we have some great classes for you. If you have a Mac, you have iMovie, which means that you have the power of video editing within your reach. In our iMovie Basics class, Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Twin Cities Daily Planet office, (2600 E. Franklin #2)  instructor Beth Peloff will teach you how to get your video onto your computer and cut your shots into a compelling piece. Or get your questions about Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. answered at our monthly Social Media Clinic, Thursday, October 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at our office. (Registration required for both these classes.) To see a complete list of our classes, scroll down past our staff reports, to the bottom of this email.

And please remember: your support of the Twin Cities Media Alliance makes all of this work possible.  You can become a member or extend your membership by making a donation of $10 or more at our secure online donation page, or sending a check (in any amount) to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.

Thanks,

Jeremy Iggers, executive director

Staff reports: 

Arts Editor Jay Gabler reports:
This month, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will present a new production of Miss Saigon. Many Minnesotans are outraged, saying the 1989 musical perpetuates negative stereotypes about Asians. Others say the musical is not offensive, that it tells an important story from the troubled Vietnam War era. At the Daily Planet, we have given all sides of this debate a platform to share their views. Our columnist Sheila Regan called for a boycott, and local writer Bao Phi wrote about his project for Asian-Americans who want to say “don’t buy Miss Saigon.” Meanwhile, Filipino-American Miss Saigon cast member Orville Mendoza calls the musical “cathartic” and says he’s proud to be involved. Tiffany Vang attended a conversation hosted by the Ordway and shared her story in a Community Voices post. Whatever your views—on Miss Saigon or other topics being discussed by our local community—we hope you’ll use the Daily Planet to make your voice heard.

Editor Mary Turck reports:
September brought school stories, from the heat wave at the opening of Minneapolis schools to parents describing their school choices — Clara BartonWindom Dual ImmersionPillsbury Elementary — and their struggles: to get help for a student with a learning disability, to find a new school after the closing of the Minnesota School of Science, and to opt out of MAP tests. Two articles explored the “alternative to the alternative” schools — El Colegio. Community Voices articles contributed by our readers ranged over a wide spectrum of issues, but the most-read and most-commented by far was Domestic violence against Hmong women: The silent truth. Our interns began publishing with coverage of chicken coopsstreetcars,  and a candidate debate. The first publications from our new group of Media Skills Fellows came from Tiffany Vang. Keep reading for more in October!

Community Engagement Editor Lolla Mohammed Nur reports:
I have been keeping busy as a lead facilitator for two community projects this fall: the media skills fellowship, and the Seward storytelling project. After a successful spring cohort, we selected 11 dynamic fellows to complete a fall media skills fellowship. We are now four weeks into the fellowship, and by the end of the 10 weeks our fellows will have completed three media projects covering journalistic writing, social media, video production, and photography. The Seward storytelling project is also going well, with our second group of participants starting next week. This project is open to anyone who lives or works in Seward and wants to learn more about their neighbors. Sessions take place every Tuesday, 6pm, Matthews Park Recreation Center. Contact[email protected] for more info.

Community Asset Mapping / Neighborhood Engagement Specialist Maggie Pearson reports:
After an extended summer, our neighborhood engagement work is excited about capturing some fall colors in neighborhoods across the cities; if you’d like to participate in a photowalk in your neighborhood, shoot [email protected] an email to work out the details. As we head into colder weather, we’ll start focusing more on working with the independent business community around our classes and other opportunities with the media alliance.

Bruce JohansenProgram manager for Training and Engagement Bruce Johansen reports: 

If you haven’t done so already, take a minute to check out our ever-expanding list of classes (also below) and read about our instructors. Two brand new classes in September were big hits. Wendy Brown-Baez’s Blogging for Beginners gave participants some great tools and ideas for starting blogs of their own. John Akre’s Camcorder Journalism Basics provided a mix of instruction and hands-on experience. Coming up in October, Beth Peloff’s new class, iMovie Basics, will show students how to get video onto their computers and cut shots into compelling pieces. By popular demand, Laura Krawczyk returns with Finding What Fits: Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization. Closing out the month, Todd Wardrope’s new class, Visual Storytelling, introduces the art of photojournalism, or telling stories through imagery. But that’s not all! Don’t forget about our monthly social media clinic, regularly scheduled Newsroom Cafés—opportunities to meet and discuss story ideas with Daily Planet editors—and the many social media classes we offer at area libraries.

Classes: 

(Just click on the link for more details and registration information.) 

iMovie Basics | Thu, 10/10/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

2600 Franklin Avenue E.
(Wells Fargo bldg – enter through back door of bank)
Mpls., MN

If you have a Mac, you have iMovie, which means that you have the power of video editing within your reach.

Twitter 101 at Centennial Library | Sat, 10/12/2013 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

100 Civic Heights Circle
Circle Pines, 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.

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Chanhassen Library | Sat, 10/12/2013 – 10:30am -12:30pm

7711 Kerber Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN

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.

Create a Website for your business at Hayden Heights Library | Sat, 10/12/2013 – 1:00pm -3:00pm

1456 White Bear Ave.
Saint Paul, MN

Learn how to develop a free or inexpensive website for your small business, community organization or blog using WordPress or another user-friendly platform.

Finding What Fits: Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization | Mon, 10/14/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

2600 Franklin Avenue E.
(Wells Fargo bldg – enter through back door of bank)
Mpls., 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?

Promote Your Business with Facebook at Wescott Library | Wed, 10/16/2013 – 6:00pm -8:00pm

1340 Wescott Rd.
Eagan, MN

You know that social media is a great way to market your business and share information about your brand, but where do you start? How do you find time to fit it all in?

Making the Most of Google Docs at Rum River Library | Wed, 10/16/2013 – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

4201 6th Ave
Anoka, MN

You know that Google makes high-quality software from Internet search to e-mail to maps, but what about documents?

 

Create a Website for your business at Scott County Government Center | Thu, 10/17/2013 -6:30pm – 8:30pm

200 4th Ave. W.
Shakopee, MN

Learn how to develop a free or inexpensive website for your small business, community organization or blog using WordPress or another user-friendly platform.

Twitter 101 at Maplewood Library | Mon, 10/21/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, 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.

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Maplewood Library | Tue, 10/22/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN

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.

Promote Your Business with Facebook at Crooked Lake Library | Wed, 10/23/2013 – 5:30pm -7:30pm

11440 Crooked Lake Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN

You know that social media is a great way to market your business and share information about your brand, but where do you start? How do you find time to fit it all in?

Making the Most of Google Docs at Maplewood Library | Wed, 10/23/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN

You know that Google makes high-quality software from Internet search to e-mail to maps, but what about documents?

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Merriam Park Branch Library | Wed, 10/23/2013 – 7:00pm -9:00pm

1831 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN

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.

October Social Media Clinic | Thu, 10/24/2013 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

2600 Franklin Avenue E.
(Wells Fargo bldg – enter through back door of bank)
Mpls., MN

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest—wherever you are online, if you’re a little confused, you’re not alone!

Promote Your Business with Facebook at Savage Library | Thu, 10/24/2013 – 6:30pm -8:30pm

13090 Alabama Ave. S.
Savage, MN

You know that social media is a great way to market your business and share information about your brand, but where do you start? How do you find time to fit it all in?

Visual Storytelling | Thu, 10/24/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

2600 Franklin Avenue E.
(Wells Fargo bldg – enter through back door of bank)
Mpls., MN
Photography doesn’t need to be static.
Promote Your Business with Facebook at Minneapolis Central Library | Tue, 10/29/2013 -5:00pm – 7:00pm

300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

You know that social media is a great way to market your business and share information about your brand, but where do you start? How do you find time to fit it all in?

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