Happy New Year! We had a great year last year – scroll down to read the reports from our staff, and see our upcoming classes and newsroom cafes. And we have exciting plans for the year ahead. In the months ahead, we will be partnering with at least 25 non-profit organizations to offer media skills training, with a special focus on under-served communities. We’re also going to be expanding our community asset mapping efforts, working with neighborhood organizations and residents to document the businesses and cultural attractions in their neighborhoods. And most importantly, we’ll be developing new ways for Twin Cities residents from every segment of our community to tell their stories, using all the resources of the Daily Planet.
Thanks to a partnership with MELSA, the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, we will be offering media skills classes at branch libraries throughout the metro area – our January classes are listed at the bottom of this message.
Mark your calendars: The second annual Daily Planet Winter Party and Sausage Fest will be held Wednesday, January 30 at the Summit Brewing Company. The fantastic Brass Messengers will be back, and so will many of the sausage and charcuterie makers who made our 2012 event such a success: The Butcher and the Boar, Clancy’s Meats, Kramarczuk’s, Three Sons Meat Co. (formerly Green Ox), the Modern Cafe, NateDogs, the Sample Room, and two new additions – Corner Table and the Seward Co-op. Tickets are $20 for Daily Planet members, $25 for non-members. If you have made a donation to the Twin Cities Media Alliance in the past year, you qualify, and if not, you can join by making a donation of any size. To register and/or donate, go to our Sausage Fest Registration Page.
Our team demonstrated how new media tools can help individuals and groups forge connections, share information, and amplify their message. Meetings took place across the metro area from late May through late October, and drew up to 60 attendees per event. The capstone was a very successful all-day, election-themed Twin Cities Media Alliance 8th Annual Fall Media Forum that attracted some 90 attendees. Media Forum highlights included Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s keynote address, a review of media strategies that contributed to the defeat of two proposed constitutional amendments, and a presentation by photographer Wing Young Huie on engaging communities through the arts. In 2012 we also launched a community asset mapping project with a neighborhood photo walk, and convened a series of election circles that invited citizens to discuss important issues that received minimal play in mainstream media.