May Update: Classes, the Daily Planet’s Birthday Party and more.

We’re celebrating the Daily Planet’s 8th birthday this month with a party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Honey, 205 E. Hennepin, Minneapolis, and you’re invited. (It’s in the basement below the Ginger Hop restaurant.) We’ll take a little time to look back on past accomplishments and talk about future plans, but mostly it will be a chance to celebrate and socialize. The appetizers and birthday cake are on us; there will also be a cash bar with happy hour pricing.

May is also the month for our annual membership / fundraising drive, so ​we are asking for a suggested donation of $10 – or whatever you can afford. You can sign up now on our Birthday Party registration page, (warning: it may load slowly) or at the door. But even if you can’t make a donation, please sign up to let us know that you are coming. And please invite your friends to come, too.

If you prefer, you can sign up as a sustaining member of the Daily Planet on our secure donation page at , and we’ll add you to the guest list.

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:
Great news! Four TC Daily Planet writers have won honors in the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards. Three awards are given in each division, and we’ll find out who placed first, second, or third at the May 29 awards banquet. Until then — Alleen Brown will be honored for her story, Student teaching: An unaffordable necessity shuts out many lower-income students and TCDP writers won all three of the awards in the best independent news blog category: Stephanie Fox with Global Groceries, Jay Gabler with Front Row Seat, and Sheila Regan with Behind the Story. April also saw the launch of Bruce Johansen’s great series, made possible by a State of Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant. You can find links to all the stories (each of which includes video and audio interviews) at Along the Corridor: University business owners navigating change.
Bruce JohansenProgram manager for Training and Engagement Bruce Johansen reports: 

Around 20 people gathered at the Common Table last month for a smartphone video workshop facilitated by Line Break Media’s Eleonore Wesserle. The workshop prepped folks to shoot compelling footage during One Day in the Twin Cities, an event that we co-sponsored. It’s one example of affordable trainings and workshops becoming a major part of our work, and we have lots brewing on that front. In May we’ll be meeting with staff of the Phillips Family Foundation to plan media and communications trainings for its trainees; also the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association to plan trainings for its staff. At the invitation of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and University of Minnesota’s Student  Board of Community Engagement, we’re holding Newsroom Cafes at the U of M and in Corcoran. Let us know if you’d like us to hold a Newsroom Cafe in your neighborhood! Also coming up in May: Guante returns with two public workshops, one on writing a stronger bio, the other on the power of social media and Marcos Lopez-Carlson is back for May’s social media clinic. We look forward to seeing you at some of our classes!

Community engagement editor Caitlin Burgess reports:

The Twin Cities Daily Planet is making moves to be more visible in the communities we serve. In June there are two events we are working on participating in and we’re on the look out for more. With that, we are always looking for volunteers who want to wave the Daily Planet flag at these events. Please contact me if you’re interested in giving a little bit of your time to the cause, or if you have other ideas for events we should participate in.


Newsroom Café at Corcoran Neighborhood Organization | Mon, 05/05/2014 – 6:00pm

3451 Cedar Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN

Twin Cities Daily Planet and the Newspaper Committee of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization are co-hosting a Newsroom Café in Corcoran!

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.

Newsroom Café at U of M | Wed, 05/07/2014 – 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!

Newsroom Cafe – North Minneapolis | Tue, 05/13/2014 – 4:30pm -5:30pm

North Minneapolis shout out: If you want more positive images/stories from North Minneapolis in the news – join us and find out how you can help!

Newsroom Café – North Minneapolis | Tue, 05/13/2014 – 4:30pm

North Minneapolis shout out: If you want more positive images/stories from North Minneapolis in the news – join us and find out how you can help!

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.

Newsroom Café at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Tue, 05/20/2014 – 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!)

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.

May Social Media Clinic – Pre-registration required | Thu, 05/22/2014 -4:00pm – 6:00pm

Do you use social media in your work? Have questions about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, other social media? Tying to figure out what’s working, what’s not, and what else you might try?

Newsroom Café – East Side of St. Paul – Dayton’s Bluff | Tue, 05/27/2014 – 4:30pm

If you want more positive images/stories from the East Side in the news – join us and find out how you can help! Special invitation to FESTEC members – but also to anyone else who wants to b

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