April Update: Classes, One Day in the Twin Cities video project and more…

On April 26th hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of the Twin Cities as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. The Daily Planet will also showcase some of the most powerful and inspiring videos created during this one-day filmmaking event.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet is proud to be a partner in this project and we want to invite all our readers to participate by creating and submitting your own videos on April 26. We’re offering a free two-hour workshop led by Eleonore Wesserle, facilitation director at Line Break Media, that is guaranteed to provide you with the skills you need to shoot your videos with a camcorder or smartphone. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, April 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Common Table, 2001 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis. Although the workshop is free, space is limited, so pre-registration is required. 

You are also invited to a meetup at the Crooked Pint Ale House on Monday, April 21st, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., featuring a brief talk (around 6:00) by project advisor Don Shelby on the importance of capturing meaningful footage on April 26th, a A chance for filmmakers to meet people from non-profit organizations and vice versa, free snacks! and happy hour drink prices, and lots more.

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.


Jeremy Iggers, executive director

Staff reports: 

Editor Mary Turck reports:
How many Daily Planet articles do you read each week? If you don’t have time to read all of them, I’d recommend taking a look at three stories that generated a lot of interest in March: What color is your parachute? “Yellow” students targeted for extra help in Minneapolis Spring Break Academy and COMMUNITY VOICES | Memories of the Northside and Frogtown landmark served German, Hmong and LGBT communities – fate is now before court. These stories represent just a small slice of the important and fascinating stories you can find every day in the Daily Planet. One good way to find them: subscribe to some of our newsletters (Daily News Headlines, and the weekly Central Corridor, Education, Arts Orbit, TC Foodies, and University District News.)
Bruce JohansenProgram manager for Training and Engagement Bruce Johansen reports: 

If you haven’t checked out our classes lately, you really should. Chaun Webster, director of Free Poet’s Press, is offering Third Space Imaginary, a workshop on zines and other potentially transformational media, at Moon Palace Books on Saturday, April 19. As a partner in One Day in the Twin Cities, we’ll be presenting a special free workshop, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, to instruct inspired residents and nonprofit organizations on how to use smartphones and camcorders to document stories and investigate questions. Check the Daily Planet for updates and details. Looking ahead to May, Cirien Saadeh will kick off the month with High-tech, Low-tech for Justice Workers (May 1). Also returning: GUANTE/Kyle Tran Myhre, the Minneapolis-based hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and social justice activist, with Writing a Stronger Bio (May 6) and Taking Advantage of the Power of Social Media (May 20.)

Community engagement editor Caitlin Burgess reports:

Hello to all! I’m Caitlin Burgess, the new Community Engagement Editor for the Twin Cities Daily Planet. I kicked off my journalism career as a citizen journalist with TCDP in 2010 and I’m very excited to be back after spending just over three years as the managing editor of Richfield Patch (and briefly, Southwest Minneapolis Patch). As part of my role here, I’ll be working with the team to deepen our connections in the communities we serve, make new contacts and encourage more conversations. Like Mary, I also encourage you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters. I can be reached at caitlinburgess@tcdailyplanet.net.


Newsroom Cafe – North Minneapolis – UROC | Tue, 04/08/2014 -4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you want more positive news stories about North Minneapolis?

Twitter 101 at Shakopee Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/08/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Shakopee Library
235 Lewis St. S
Shakopee, 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.

Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization at Chaska Library – Pre-registration required | Sat, 04/12/2014 – 1:00pm -3:00pm

Chaska Library
3 City Hall Plaza
Chaska, 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?

There’s an App for That! at Hamline Midway Library – Pre-registration required | Mon, 04/14/2014 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Hamline Midway Library
1558 W Minnehaha Ave.
Saint Paul, MN

So many apps, so little time.

Newsroom Café at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Tue, 04/15/2014 – 4:30pm

Want to report Twin Cities news? Want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered? Join us find out how! (Added attraction: Homemade cookies!)

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

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.

Take Great Photos with Point-and-Shoot & Smartphone Cameras at Hardwood Library – Pre-registration required | Sat, 04/19/2014 – 1:30pm- 3:30pm

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

Newsroom Café at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Tue, 04/22/2014 – 4:30pm

Want to report Twin Cities news? Want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered? Join us find out how! (Added attraction: Homemade cookies!)

Camcorder & Smartphone Basics for One Day in the Twin Cities – Pre-registration required.

04/22/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm / The Common Table (below Trinity’s offices)
2001 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN


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

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

There’s an App for That! at Rum River Library – Pre-registration required| Sat, 04/26/2014 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Rum River Library
4201 6th Ave. NW
Anoka, MN

So many apps, so little time.

Newsroom Café – East Side of St. Paul | Tue, 04/29/2014 – 4:30pm -5:30pm

1365 Prosperity Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Want to see more and better East Side news? Maybe you have a story to tell. Maybe you want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered. Join us find out how!

Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization at Farmington City Hall – Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/29/2014 -6:00pm – 8:00pm

Farmington City Hall (conference room)
430 Third St
Farmington, MN
508 3rd St.

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?

High-tech, low-tech for justice work – Pre-registration required | Thu, 05/01/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

One major challenge facing community organizers and community leaders is an understanding, or lack thereof, of the technological needs and accessibilities of many communities.

GUANTE – Writing a Stronger Bio – Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/06/2014 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Your bio–on your website, in an event program, or on social media–can be your handshake, business card and resume all in one paragraph.

Google Tools at Roseville Library – Pre-registration required | Mon, 05/19/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

GUANTE – Taking Advantage of the Power of Social Media – Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/20/2014 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

While Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and all the other social media networks can feel like an obstacle course for many, they’re also very powerful.

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Social Media Sites at Roseville Library – Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/20/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

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