December News from
Denver Open Media

DOM logo
  December 2007
in this issue
:: Letter from the Executive Director
:: LIVE Pledge Drive and End of the Year Pary
:: Spotlight on Memberships
:: Special Thank You to the Underwriters
:: Holiday Hours
:: Upcoming Classes
Dear DOM Supporters,

This newsletter marks our first complete year of operations as Denver's new Public Access TV provider.  Over 100 individuals and 30 organizations have purchased memberships and produced content for the channels so far, and we continue to get new members every week. Our model has continued to receive attention from the access community nation-wide, with Tony invited to present at several panels in Minneapolis, MN and Ventura, CA at the National and Regional ACM conferences. This month we launched a live web-stream of channel 58 (

In addition, our production services company, Deproduction, continues to be the primary source of revenue supporting the station, with over 100 nonprofit videos produced for 65 different local nonprofit organizations.  This month we completed our third video project for Colorado Youth at Risk's Fundraising breakfast, helping them raise over $270,000 at that event. (  Other projects this quarter included a 30-second ad for Emily Griffith Opportunity School ( and a set of 5 poems for (    

Deproduction also had our most successful individual donor month last month, primarily thanks to the launch of the Community First Foundation's Giving First program. We raised $12,500 in a single day with generous donations from Scott Webber, Stephanie Shearer, and Seth Pensack Rinehart, all of whose donations were matched 50% by the foundation. We were also lucky to establish a $150,000 permanent endowment with the Community First Foundation this month, with proceeds to support Public Access TV in Denver indefinitely. That endowment, as well as a new $125,000 managed fund at the Denver Foundation were made possible with the proceeds from the exchange of Channel 59 for digital-tier Channel 219 with help from Darryn Zuehlke and the Denver City Council. 

Feeding on the success of our "New Media for Nonprofits Workshop" (, we initiated a new "Web Video Workshop" class, which builds on our 3 existing weekly Certification Workshops (  We have been reaching out to local schools, with new and innovative educational programs and partnerships as a primary focus for 2008, and there have been some fruitful meetings with DPS, UCD, and DU.

Finally, building on the success of our monthly First Friday events, Denver Open Media is hosting our first all-day Pledge-Drive on December 7th, and we hope to repeat the effort with an all-day live pledge drive on the first Friday of every month, culminating in a two-hour musical performance broadcast together with KGNU from our studio A.  Each month we'll feature some of our producer member's work and some of our recent productions, while attempting to educate our viewers about the importance of Public Access in Denver. 

Thanks again for your continued support!

Tony Shawcross
Executive Director
LIVE Pledge Drive and End of the Year Party at DOM
Friday December 7th @ 7pm
700 Kalamath Street

Next friday come out to our studios to help  us celebrate our one-year anniversary with our first ever LIVE pledge drive and First Friday party!  Tune in to Comcast channel 57 throughout the day for a glimpse of some of our shows and to contribute to the telethon and then come down after dark for live performances by The Buntport Theatre Company, Maris the Great, The Flobots and much more. 

There will be food and drinks be provided by local favorites and raffles that feature restaurants, salons and boutiques from some of Denver's most exciting neighborhoods. 

$5 suggested donation at the door.

For more information check out our myspace page at
Spotlight on: Membership

At Denver Open Media our members are our greatest asset.  We have outlined our membership levels based on the needs of our supporters. 

Programming Membership: $75/year
-May submit unlimited content for TV and web and receive discounts on classes
-Perfect for: Anyone who has access to their own field and editing equipment, but needs a place to broadcast their content.

Field Membership: $175/year
-May submit unlimited content for TV and Web; unlimited access to Field Production Equipment; discount on classes.
Perfect for: Anyone who would like to access field equipment to shoot footage they can edit on their own.

Studio Membership: $175/year
-May submit unlimited content for TV and Web; unlimited access to studios; discounts on classes.
-Perfect for: Anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of shooting in a studio.

Editor Membership: 175/year
-May submit unlimited content for TV and Web; unlimited access to post production equipment; discounts on classes.
-Perfect for: Anyone with raw footage needing an editing suite to create their masterpiece.

Unlimited Membership: $250/year
-Includes all benefits listed above.
-Perfect for: Anyone interested in shooting in the field and the studio who also needs a place to edit their content.

For more information and to sign up go to

Special Thank You to Our Underwriters!

Denver Open Media would like to extend a special thank you to the following non-profit organizations and small businesses that helped to make our first year a success:

Colorado Enterprise Fund

Watercourse Foods

Eyedea Media

Emily Griffith Opportunity School

Wells Music

Please support these organizations for supporting the work that you do.  For more information on how your organization can gain exposure and increase its visibility in the Denver community, please contact

DOM December Holiday Hours:

Denver Open Media will be closed on Monday December 24th and Tuesday December 25th.  We will also be closed on Monday December 31st and Tuesday January 1st.  Individuals interested in checking out equipment over the Holidays, please be sure to pick up your reserved equipment by 6:00pm on Saturday, returning the following Wednesday.
DOM logoUpcoming Classes at DOM

Intro to Studio Production               December 15th 11am-5:30pm   

Final Cut Pro Workshop                    December 19th-20th 6pm-9pm 
                                                                (both days)   

Field Production Workshop              January 5th 11am-5:30pm   

Intro to Studio Production               January 9th-10th 6pm-9pm
                                                                (both days)   

Final Cut Pro Workshop                    January 19th 11am-5:30pm   

Web Video Workshop                        January 26th 12pm-4pm   

Field Production Workshop              January 30th-31st 6pm-9pm
                                                                (both days)