Thanks to everybody who came to the Daily Planet’s Fifth Birthday Party Happy Hour last month. We had so much fun that we decided to make happy hours a monthly event – at least, for this month. This one will be preceded by a training session on how to do stuff on the Daily Planet. Other upcoming events include a Brown Bag with veteran Twin Cities journalist Art Hughes, news director of Rick Kupchella’s Bring Me The News, a class on finding your audience online, and the next round of community conversations on the New Normal. Scroll down for details, and our editors’ reports.
We are in the middle of our 2011 membership campaign this month. If you want to renew (has it been over a year since your last donation?) or to join up for the first time, you can do so now by going to http://givemn.org/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance, and making a donation in any amount.
The New Normal: Deciding Community Priorities in a Downsized Economy is the Daily Planet’s year-long project of news stories and community conversations, funded by the Bush Foundation, devoted to finding solutions to new economic challenges in our communities. We’re tackling a different topic every month. Here’s project manager Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva’s report on last month’s New Normal conversations:
Brown Bag with Art Hughes
What will the journalism of the future look like? And how will it be funded? Locally and nationally, publishers are experimenting with new models for generating revenue. One of the most interesting experiments is Rick Kupchella’s Bring Me The News, which describes its business model as follows:
“Instead of block advertisements and pop-ups on our Web site, we have a new approach to advertising: we’re working with a small group of sponsors to provide informational advertising of interest to our audience. At BringMeTheNews, our client content manager works directly with sponsors to develop greater insight into those stories that matter to people — in areas like health, education, technology and energy. And because we recognize the value of the material coming from our sponsors, we integrate our advertising alongside our headlines and reporting.
Please join us for this month’s Brown Bag program, to be held Wednesday, June 22 at noon at the East Lake Public Library, 2727 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. This month’s featured guest is Art Hughes, news director of Bring Me the News. Art has provided news for a variety of news organizations including National Public Radio, Reuters, Marketplace, CBC and BBC. He worked for 11 years at Minnesota Public Radio covering, among other things, education and Minneapolis city issues. Art is a long-time advocate for First Amendment and open government issues, serving on the boards with the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.
Want to learn how to use TC Daily Planet? We’ll go over the basics – registering and uploading articles – as well as answering questions and problem-solving. If you don’t have a laptop, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to find one for you to use at the cafe. The how-to session will last no more than an hour, and then we’ll all walk over next door to T’s Place for our
Where: T’s Place, 2713 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Who: Everyone is welcome, and there’s no charge.
Join TCDP editors, writers, photographers, readers and anybody else who cares to show up for drinks and conversation. T’s Place has great happy hour specials – domestic beers for $2.50; imports, wine by the glass, and mixed drinks for $3.
Daily Planet Editor Mary Turck reports:
Arts Editor Jay Gabler reports:
It was another big month for Daily Planet arts coverage, with Google AdWords continuing (via a donation from Google in consideration of our nonprofit status) to boost our coverage of movies in particular. We also kept close to the community, with great photos of a community band celebration in St. Paul and a first-timer’s account of taking African drum and dance classes in Minneapolis. Our media partnerships continue to bear fruit: one of our most-read articles of the month was a feature about the new restaurant Soul Daddy, republished from Insight News. Finally, we’re pleased to welcome our newest arts columnist: Courtney Algeo, whose column Lit Lyfe will focus on all aspects of the local literary scene.
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