January News from
Denver Open Media

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  January 2009
Happy New Year!
:: DOM in the News
:: Lights! Camera! Webcast!
:: Big Ups to all of our 2nd Year Anniversary Sponsors
:: DOM Transitions to a New Site
:: Upcoming Classes
:: DOM Youth Production Group
Check out some of the great press we got in 2008!

DenverWestword, "Tony Shawcross Saved Public-Access TV in Denver" (July 2008)
9 News, "Teen Girls Wanted to Produce a Documentary Film" (July 2008)
9 News, "An Independent Alternative During the DNC" (July 2008)

MediaShift, "Public-Access TV Fights for Relevance in the YouTube Age" (December 2008)
MediaShift Idea Lab, "Denver Open Media Close to Selecting Beta Sites" (October 2008)
The Huffington Post, "Knight Journalism Award Stokes Denver Indie-Media Community" (May 2008)

An Independent Alternative During the DNC
Knight News Challenge Winner Tony Shawcross on Vimeo
Lights!  Camera!  Webcast!
Grants Introduce Nonprofits to 21st Century Media

Finding Footage in the Wetlands
The Colorado Progressive Coalition's (CPC) membership has reached 5,500 individuals and 40 organizations since its founding in 1996, but greater growth lies ahead now that its staff has mastered a new arsenal of communications tools, thanks to a grant from Community First Foundation.
"My knowledge of new media was really minimal," admitted Nisar Nikzad, technology director at CPC, which calls itself the "anchor" for Colorado's grassroots progressive community. "Now, I feel like I've learned so much. The training we received, thanks to Community First Foundation, really helped us eliminate barriers we face in reaching members and potential members."
CPC, which advocates for an open democracy and promotes social issues, is among six Denver-area nonprofits that learned to create videos and public service announcements as well as use emerging Web, social networking and alternative media to their advantage. Community First Foundation partnered with Deproduction, a nonprofit leader in new media, to provide the training and support to the six nonprofits. The Foundation granted $28,000 to Deproduction to train the organizations and then air their content on Deproduction's TV station, Denver Open Media.
"Community First Foundation has been instrumental in helping us demonstrate the true promise that our new media services hold for nonprofits," said Tony Shawcross, Deproduction's founder and executive director.
"Media used to be outside the reach of many small nonprofits," he explained. "However, new media takes in the extensive communication possibilities created through the World Wide Web-and enables grassroots organizations to reach wide audiences without depending on traditional media." Learning to Edit
"Through this program, six organizations have demonstrated how accessible it can be for anyone to add new media efforts to their marketing and outreach mix, and in the coming year, we plan to show how those approaches can help organizations have a significant community impact," Shawcross said.
Four representatives from each organization were certified in video production, video editing and/or studio production, and created public service announcements and short promotional videos. The grants also allow the organizations to continue to use Deproduction Public Access TV for a year through Denver Open Media.
The following six organizations were chosen because of their enthusiasm and ability to create and sustain new media programs, Shawcross said.
In addition, the Audubon Society received a $4,000 Strengthening Partners grant from Community First Foundation and has used this support to participate in many of the same training programs.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Big ups to all of the local businesses and organizations who made our 2nd Year Anniversary Party a great success!

babooshkabonacquisti wine companybovine metropolis theaterthe bug theatrebuntport theaterchildren's museum of denvercity o'citycurious theatred'vine winedenver art museumdenver film societydenver museum of nature & sciencedorkbotfancy tigerfilmmovement flobotsgimme gimme pillow toastthe house of commons ⋅ howard & sally shawcross ⋅ indy inklindita's salsakilgore books & comicsmuseum of contemporary artorganic valleypandora jewelryplastic chapelrock the cradlesavory spice shopthe shoppe ⋅ soul haussputnikswallow hill music associationyelp
Denver Open Media transitions to a new site!

DenverYou may have noticed a change at denveropenmedia.org. That is because we are in the process of upgrading our site to streamline your use of DOM's website, equipment and facilities. Although we are in a period of transition, we are doing everything we can to get the upgrade done as quickly as possible.

The equipment reservation system is undergoing some major changes. Equipment reservations will soon be made against projects, not individuals. This function will better help us track how much content is being generated using our equipment and facilities. The DOMinizer is getting an upgrade too. While the technology behind the DOMinizer is being upgraded, the user experience in the new version will be very similar to the old version. 

At this time, please continue making equipment reservations using the old site. Starting January 9th, the new version of the equipment reservation system will be available on the new website. Please continue using the old site (http://doms1.denveropenmedia.org) to DOMinize your videos. Starting January 12th, the new version of the DOMinizer will be available on the new website. Your videos are also still available on the old version of the website. 

We will continue to update you as we change the site. If you have problems with the website, please fill out the technical problem report at http://www.denveropenmedia.org/node/add/technical-problem
Upcoming Classes & Events at DOM:

Start a new hobby this winter!Intro to Studio Production
January 3, Saturday, 11-5:30pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop
January 7 & 8, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

Field Production Workshop
January 17, Saturday, 11-6pm

Intro to Studio Production
January 21 & 22, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

Digital Storytelling
January 22 - January 24, Thursday - Saturday, 9am-5pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop
January 31, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm

DOM's Youth Production GroupDenver Open Media Youth Production Group
Next meetings: January 7 & 21st from 3:30-6:30pm

Do you know a student who dreams of being on TV?  How about working behind the scenes?  If so, they should join Denver Open Media's FREE Youth Production Group! Participants will alternate between learning field, studio and editing techniques.  Students will learn how to produce youth-related content and will help solicit new youth-related programs.  Anyone between the ages of 12-19 can drop by. Please email ann@deproduction.org for more information.