December News from the Open Media Foundation
Your Voice. Your Media
December 2, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Field Production Workshop
December 2 & 3, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
3rd Year Anniversary Party
December 4, Friday, 8-10pm
Transforming Your Elevator Pitch
December 8, Tuesday, 4-6pm
Final Cut Pro Workshop
December 9 & 10, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
Your Voice. Your Media
December 16, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Intro to Studio Workshop
December 16 & 17, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
December Holiday - DOM Closed
December 24th through December 26th
Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group
About the group: 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!
Finally, the Youth Group is meeting weekly! Now, anyone between the ages of 12-19 can plan to stop by any Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to join the fun.
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
. Please check out our website
for more information or email email@example.com
Watch previous youth-produced SOS shows here
are always looking for food donations to help keep our youth fed and
alert during trainings/productions, please let us know if you have
suggestions or information about youth groups sponsorships.
Executive Director Report
You may have noticed something different this month. I would like
to officially welcome you to the Open Media Foundation. To explain a little bit about
this transformation, I'd like to share a recent blog I wrote for the MediaShift Idea Lab. Hopefully this entry will give you an idea about where we've been and where we are going. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, who have supported us along the way. It has been a terrific ride, and we could not have done it without you. So thank you very much and have a wonderful holiday season.
Deproduction, a Denver-based nonprofit media and technology organization has reorganized as the Open Media Foundation.
The nonprofit media and technology organization was founded in 2003,
offering media and technology training
to nonprofits and
individuals in the Denver Metro Area. In recent years, the organization
spawned Denver Open Media
, the Open Media Project
, and a number of web-based initiatives through the Civic Pixel
web & design department launched in 2008. The new name and website
were officially announced November 19th at a fundraising breakfast
hosted by Ashara Ekundayo and featuring presentations from Amy Goodman
, host of Democracy Now!
, and Leslie Matthews, President of the OMF Board
"Its not just a name-change," stated Leslie Matthews at the event,
"the organization has grown significantly over the years, launching
Denver Open Media in 2006, and merging with Civic Pixel to offer high
end web & design services in 2008. While these efforts have been
aligned with our strategic vision, the multiple brands and independent
websites made it difficult to understand the cohesive design of the
organization." The new openmediafoundation.org website aims to convey
the concerted strategy behind the various business activities of the
organization, from high-end media and technology services, to training
and education, and ultimately, access to the media and technology tools.
"The end goal is a community where every organization and
individual, not only the privileged and wealthy, have the ability to
engage in mass communications and reflect their own perspective in the
larger social conversations that happen through media and technology,"
added Brian Hiatt, Director of IT for the Open Media Foundation. Today,
over 200 local nonprofit organizations have a website or video produced
by the Open Media Foundation. "We train hundreds of individuals each
year, and we operate 3 Public Access TV channels in Denver" adds Hiatt.
In addition, the Open Media Foundation manages the Colorado Channel
, a statewide version of C-Span, for the Colorado State Legislature. This year, the Colorado Channel and OMF add
daily Senate coverage to the mix, after two years of broadcasting the
State House of Representatives. "Everything we do is aimed at putting
the power of media in the hands of our community" Hiatt explains.
In 2008, together with Civic Pixel, the OMF team
re-built the software that transformed Denver's Public Access TV
station into a constituent-led, Net 2.0 media hub, and made it
available to anyone through Drupal.org
. Dubbed the Open Media Project
, this year the OMF has
helped to install the software and unique community media model in 7
beta test stations. New partners continue to join every month,
including Free Speech TV
and the Bay Area Video Coalition
all looking to contribute to the open-source software that could help
unite noncommercial media institutions as a new kind of user-driven
Early next year, the OMF plans to release the Open Media Project software as a new kind of free software package, a Packaged Drupal Installation Profile
being designed with support from the Drupal Association
and fellow Knight News Challenge winner, Quiddities
. At the same time, the Open Media Foundation will receive word on the $2.2million stimulus grant
requested through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
aimed at extending the Open Media Project with 20 new community media
partners. The final stage of the Knight News Challenge grant concludes
in 2010, with a focus on content sharing among the Open Media Project
beta test stations.
In Denver, one of the three Public Access Cable TV channels is automatically scheduled based on votes from the website and SMS/Text,
featuring the best of over 5,000 shows submitted in just the past 3
years. In 2010, the same software that makes this possible will also
enable Denver Open Media and its partner stations to share top-rated
content from across the nation, allowing each station to feature the
best of their combined content. The Open Media Foundation will
celebrate these and other accomplishments this Friday, Dec 4th at the
3-year anniversary of Denver Open Media. The festivities will be shared
live on Denver Open Media, Comcast Channel 56, online at denveropenmedia.org
, and on the radio via KGNU
88.5FM-Denver and 1390AM-Boulder. The event will feature musical performances from Sole
and interviews with a number of Open Media Foundation partners and members.
|Join the New Conversation
On November 19th, the Open Media Foundation held its first annual Join the New Conversation
and it was a resounding success! Guest speakers included Ashara
Ekundayo of the Pan African Arts Society
, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
and Media Generation
members Amber Aldridge and Sarah Chaney.
We raised over $37,000
in one hour and this is just the
beginning. Thank you to all the supporters and volunteers who made
this event possible. For more information about supporting Open Media
Foundation and Denver Open Media or getting involved please contact
To donate, please visit our website
and help us continue to put the power of the media in the hands of the people.
3 Year Anniversary Party at Denver Open Media
On the first Friday of each month, DOM holds a free community event
that spotlights local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit
organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast channel 57
and re-broadcast on channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online.
On December 4th, Denver Open Media will be celebrating its 3rd year anniversary as YOUR nonprofit community media station.
For the past 3 years DOM has been providing affordable community
media production classes, access to cutting-edge video equipment,
thousands of hours of local programming and free cultural events. This
party will feature live music provided by Itchy-O and Sole,
videos, interviews and refreshments. Come down and support your local
access station! Everyone is invited; hope to see you there!
of a band or a local nonprofit organization that you think should be
highlighted during our next First Friday event? Encourage them to
Member Spotlight: The Denver Foundation
Please provide a brief
summary of your organization.
is Colorado's oldest and largest Community Foundation,
created by and for the people of Metro Denver 85 years ago to improve life
in our region.What are the issues
that you are trying to bring to a larger audience?
areas of focus, through our grant making programs, are health, human
services (including hunger, housing and homelessness), education, arts and
culture, inclusiveness, and grassroots/community development.
However, the Foundation is the
administrator of over 800 donor-advised funds of individuals, families,
and businesses who support every issue imaginable both locally and across
What are some of
the projects you have worked on at DOM?
We have worked on a video
that was shown at our Annual Celebration this year. Components of the ten minute video
were also linked to our Annual Report website (created by Civic Pixel) featuring
stories told by the individuals featured in our Annual Report.
also tapped DOMs resources and expertise in developing three videos to promote
our Nonprofit Internship Program.
The first will be used as a resource for learning on our Inclusiveness
website, the second will be a promotional tool to recruit potential interns,
and the third will be used to help in fundraising for the project.
has been your experience working with Civic Pixel?
Civic Pixel has been great. We have worked primarily with
Sharee and Brian who designed our online Annual Report. Yes, The Denver
Foundation took the environmental leap this year from our standard 70 +
page annual report to a 16 page report that was available online and that
published the lists of donors and grantees, etc. only online. This was a
big step for us and Civic Pixel walked us through the process quite
Civic Pixel also designed our Inclusiveness Website which is another adjunct
site to our own. They have ensured
that this site possesses the interactivity and robustness necessary to achieve
its goals while also maintaining a visual and thematic integrated into the
Foundation's main site. How has using
television/video/web allowed your organization to reach a wider audience?
We are increasingly
becoming a nation that relies on information beyond the realm of print, so we, at
the Foundation, have had to delve into this world of multimedia. Television allows you limited time for
messaging, but reaches a broader and younger audience. The web is an essential
tool, in our estimation. It is a highly accessible home base for an
organization, one where information can be obtained at any time of the
day. And video affords a more
personal and engaging experience.
With a video camera you can link people face to face as opposed to
simply presenting words on a page.
What is the most
challenging aspect of producing your own videos?
Time is of
the essence with regards to producing quality videos. And time is also very limited. We are not dedicated video
professionals--most of us are new to this world of video production, and so we
must carve out the time and use all of the resources and expertise available to
accomplish our video goals.
Also, it is
important to be able to visualize your story and to outline it a much as
possible before you even pick up a camera (learned that one the hard way!) in
order to cut production and editing time.What is the most
exciting aspect of producing your own videos?
exciting aspect is the very same one that we listed as a challenge -- learning
as we go! It is an exciting prospect
to develop a story on film and DOM provides some great resources, by way of
equipment and onsite experts, that help to us to get better with each
production. It is great
because they give you tips on which equipment to use based on what type of
project you are creating. We are excited because, as a nonprofit, we have an
economical means of developing videos, which for many years have been
inaccessible due to cost.
What is your advice
to other organizations wishing to create their own media?
in, is what we would advise. You
are not going to start off very polished, and you will make mistakes, but you
will get better through experience and the guidance provided by DOM's
staff. Also don't minimize the
importance of training. DOM offers several tracks that engage everyone from the
beginner through the highly experienced.
There are also millions of videos out there that can help spur your
vision for your project. Bottom
line - just get started.