June Update: Get Connected! with Classes, Tailgate Party, Social Media Clinic & More

We have some exciting events coming up this month and next – a Daily Planet tailgate picnic with the St. Paul SaintsGet Connected! meetings with the Alliance for Metro Stability and Wilder Research; a low-cost class on  on Telling your story to make a difference, plus a Social Media Clinic, and lots of free Newsroom Cafe workshops. Scroll down for details, and our editors’ reports.

Also: June is Daily Planet Membership Drive month. We need your support! To become a member of the Daily Planet, or renew your membership,  go the GiveMN.org donation website, (http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance).  If you prefer, you can send a check to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin, suite #2, Minneapolis MN 55406. Contributions will also be gratefully accepted at the door.

Burgers, Beer and Baseball! Come join your friends from the Daily Planet for a tailgate picnic and an afternoon of baseball with the St. Paul Saints on Sunday, June 24 at at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive Saint Paul. We’ll have our own reserved tailgating space next to the stadium, starting at noon. The Saints will provide a picnic lunch, plus beer service ($1 a cup), and reserved outfield tickets for the 1:30 game against the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants.The picnic menu includes a hamburger, baked beans, potato salad, bag of chips, and soda or water, plus beer service for $1 a cup. It’s a $25 value, but we’re offering tickets to our friends and supporters for $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under.
Advance purchase is required: to buy your ticket, go to https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/262/mtglistproc.asp?formid=TCM-Event&caleventid=20478

Get Connected! is the Twin Cities Media Alliance’s series of meetings highlighting organizations working for change in the areas ofEducation, Transportation, Work, Immigrant Communities, Health and the Environment. At each meeting, you’ll have a chance to find out about the organization, how you can get involved, and how you can use social media to work more effectively on the issues that you care about. Each meeting also includes an opportunity to socialize and network over food and drink. Get Connected events are free, but registration is requested.

Tuesday, June 26, 5-7 p.m.  Get Connected! Working on Transportation Equity with the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability.Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale, St. Paul. https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/262/mtglistproc.asp?formid=TCM-Event&caleventid=20482 

Wednesday, June 27, 5-7 p.m. Get Connected! Engaging on Education and Community Issues with Wilder Research. Amherst H Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul,  https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/262/mtglistproc.asp?formid=TCM-Event&caleventid=20483 

Newsroom Cafes: 
Do you have a story or a question? Drop in and talk about the Daily Planet, our news coverage, and how you can contribute. Sometimes, the newsrooms cafes have a special focus,  but you can still come and workshop stories that you are working on regardless of the topic. Free.

To find Jay, just look for the laptop with the Freaky Deeky sticker. To find Mary, just look for the laptop with the sticker that says “I heart the First Amendment.” 

Monday, June 11, 1-2 p.m.: Look for Jay at the Beat Coffeehouse,  1414 W. 28th St., in Uptown Minneapolis.
Tuesday, June 12, 9-10 a.m. Health Beat. Look for Mary at People’s Organic Coffee, 3545 Galleria, Edina. If you are interested in reporting on health care, policy issues, public health … join us and help to build a health beat.
Tuesday, June 19, 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Editor is in. Look for Mary at Espresso Royale, 475 Fairview Ave. S. in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul.
Monday, June 20, 12-1 p.m.: Look for Jay at the Java Train, 1341 Pascal St. N., St. Paul.
Tuesday, June 26, 4-5 p.m.: Look for Jay at Bob’s Java Hut, 2651 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Tuesday, June 26, 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Editor is in. Look for Mary at Quixotic Coffee, 769 Cleveland Ave. S., in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul.


Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. What Makes Your Story Engaging?
We all know a good story when we hear one; so how do we apply that knowledge to the stories we tell? This class uses a series of exercises to explore your natural ability to tell good stories—both your own and those of your community. Instructor John Capecci is a local communication trainer and writer whose work focuses on helping individuals and organizations share their stories in compelling and engaging ways to increase awareness or educate. He is the co-author, with Tim Cage, of Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference—a handbook for advocates and spokespersons.
At the Twin Cities Daily Planet office, 2600 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 2, Minneapolis.
Registration fee is $10; scholarships are available on request.
Thursday, June 28, 4 to 6 p.m.: Social Media Clinic
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterestwherever you are online, if you’re a little confused, you’re not alone! Come to our monthly social media clinics and get a hand from Twin Cities Media Alliance staff members and social media experts Marcos Lopez-Carlson and Jay Gabler—in addition to connecting with other community members and sharing your own best practices. Our social media clinics are meant to help you successfully navigate your way through the online forest of information, and to reach the communities you want to reach for your nonprofit, small business, or personal interests.
WHO: Marcos Lopez-Carlson and/or Jay Gabler (at least one will be present, both may be present), and up to ten registered participants.
WHY: As part of our nonprofit mission to help members of Twin Cities communities connect with one another and with our larger global communities using the power of new media.
WHERE: At the Daily Planet office, 2600 Franklin Avenue E, Suite #2, Minneapolis (enter from the parking lot behind the Wells Fargo Bank building.)
HOW: We ask participants to pre-register so as to guarantee that space will be available. Registration fee is $10; scholarships are available on request. Click here to register. Participation in the social media clinics is free for all Daily Planet advertisers (click here for more information about how to advertise with the Daily Planet). Bring your laptop—wi-fi is available. If you want to participate but don’t have a laptop, inquire with us; we may be able to provide you with a computer for the session.
Staff reports: 
Arts Editor Jay Gabler reports:
One of the great things about the Internet is that everyone can be a publisher: you can start your own blog and be read around the world, at no cost to you. But how do you get readers’ attention? A boost from a recognized news source can make a big difference, and that’s where the Daily Planet comes in. We help our citizen journalists and media partners to find an audience for stories about their communities—and sometimes that audience is very large, as large as six million. That’s how many users of the Tumblr blog network were recently alerted to a great art exhibit in Minneapolis’s Marcy-Holmes neighborhood when an image from our article about Hedge Magic was highlighted on the Tumblr Radar. Who wrote the article? My aunt Betsy Gabler, who’s always been an art lover and now uses the Daily Planet to tell the stories of local art projects such as the “Neighborland” billboard project. The Daily Planet can help you tell your local story too—come to one of our Newsroom Cafe meetings and learn how.

We publish a lot of your stories in the Free Speech Zone, where recent contributions range from opinion (FREE SPEECH ZONE | From across the river… notes on Wisconsin Recall and FREE SPEECH ZONE | Can the Vikings Stadium be stopped?) to arts (Must-see exhibit at the Frameworks Gallery) to news (FREE SPEECH ZONE | Mahtomedi Zephyr Wind Project is community-wide effort and powerful educational tool). The common denominator for Free Speech Zone articles and blogs is that they are not edited — we just don’t have time and resources to edit all contributions, though we do take time to help with posting articles, adding photos, or updating your profile. This month, we are celebrating with Sheila Regan and Ifrah Jimale who have won Page One awards from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists for work published by the Daily Planet. We’ll have details of the awards next month, after the June 19 ceremony.
You can support our work by donating to the Twin Cities Media Alliance through the GiveMN.org donation website, (http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance).  If you prefer, you can send a check to TCMA, 2600 E. Franklin, suite #2, Minneapolis MN 55406.

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