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Nonprofits to 21st Century Media
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."
"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
Denver Open Media transitions to a new site!
You 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.
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
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.
Upcoming Classes & Events at DOM:
|Intro to Studio Production
January 3, Saturday, 11-5:30pmFinal Cut Pro Workshop
January 7 & 8, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pmField Production Workshop
January 17, Saturday, 11-6pmIntro to Studio Production
January 21 & 22, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pmDigital Storytelling
January 22 - January 24, Thursday - Saturday, 9am-5pmFinal Cut Pro Workshop
January 31, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm
Denver 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.