February News from the Open Media Foundation
DOM Help Desk Hours
First Friday at DOM
February 5, Friday 7-9pm
Final Cut Pro Workshop
February 13, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm
Your Voice. Your Media
February 17, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Intro to Studio Workshop
February 17 & 18, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig
February 25, Thursday, 4-7:30pm
Field Production Workshop
February 27, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm
Your Voice. Your Media
March 3, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Final Cut Pro Workshop
March 3 & 4, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
First Friday and Valentine's-Themed Silent Auction
Come celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Cafe Nuba on Friday, February 5th from 7-9pm. Performers to include: Ietef "Moetavation" Vita; Molina Soleil
& Aju; Isisspkz & Souldaddy with the Blackfyre Band plus
In conjunction with this very special event, Open Media Foundation will be holding its 2nd annual Valentine's-themed silent auction.
The silent auction runs from now until Friday, February 5th at 9:30pm. We have 45 items including museum
memberships, theater and film tickets, spa packages, an I-Pod and ...
the Buddy 50cc International Scooter
donated by Sportique Scooters! Join us online and at 700 Kalamath Street on
Friday, February 5th to enjoy the party, music and auction excitement. There
are many great items and gift ideas for you, a friend or that special
Bidders will be required to create a basic profile at
www.openmediafoundation.org in order to place bids. Contact
Maria@openmediafoundation.org with any questions. Start the bidding at www.openmediafoundation.org/auction.
|Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig: Fair Use, Politics, and Online Video
On February 25, 2010, Lawrence Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use
and politics in online video from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. In conjunction with the Cambridge event, the Open Video Alliance is also supporting screenings in
other cities around the world.
The Open Media Foundation will be hosting a similar event at the Denver Open Media studios, which will include Lessig's presentation followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to include: Chris Coleman, Laleh Mehran, Jonny 5 and Derigan Silver. Panelists' bios.
Lessig's talk will explore copyright
in the digital age and the
importance of the fair use
doctrine for free expression on the
This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Thursday, February 25th, 4:30-7:30pm. Open Media Foundation and the Denver Open Media studios are located at 700 Kalamath Street
|Hands-On Studio Certification Option Now Available
Denver Open Media
is now offering a new way to receive your studio certification. In addition to volunteering on an existing studio shoot, you may take our new 3-hour hands-on session
participants do multiple studio rotations and produce a
short video. This option was created to provide additional experience to individuals seeking studio certification and confidence to work in the studio on their
own. Please note: This does not replace the Intro to Studio Workshop.
This is an additional workshop that can be taken in place of
volunteering on a member's shoot.
For more information please contact Deb Lastowka at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Executive Director Report
Monthly Update from Tony Shawcross
Life after the Knight News Challenge:
In 2008, we received a $380,000 Knight News Challenge award for The Open Media Project, and it was a major turning-point for our organization. We added staff,
formed new partnerships, and maintained a level of growth that had us approximately double in size each year for our first 5 years after forming in 2004.
The Open Media Project grant is a 4-part effort that began
with a re-building of the software we developed to automate Denver Open Media
as an unprecedented approach to user-generated and community-powered TV. The second phase had our team implementing this re-built Drupal
software and business model in 6 additional Public Access stations
across the country. Thirdly, we took the lessons learned from the
beta-test implementations and released an installation profile that
incorporates the contributions and lessons learned in the 7 beta-test
sites. The fourth and final phase has our team focused on
content-sharing among these stations, enabling us to cooperate as a
true network, sharing the top-vote-getting content from each station
and building a collection of truly engaging content unlike anything
else you can find on TV. As we
tackle this fourth phase, we are also facing the challenge of sustaining this project (and our team)
without ongoing support from the Knight Foundation.
beginning, we anticipated that the long-term sustainability of our team at the Open Media Foundation would be based primarily on Earned income. We hoped the success of the Open Media Project
would generate a strong demand from Public Access TV stations and other
organizations looking for support in implementing a similar model to
the approach that has enabled Denver Open Media to thrive even without
the general operating support most Public Access TV stations enjoy from
their local government or cable operators. Our first such client arose
in San Francisco, as the city drastically cut operating support for
Public Access, and selected the Bay Area Video Coalition to launch their new Public Access TV stations, SF Commons. We have found a great partner in BAVC. Able to use capital equipment funds to contract with our development team, they are poised
to set a new standard for the future of participatory, community media,
and they are committed to be a part of an open-source movement that has
each of us benefiting from the investments of the others. The earned
income from this project (and others to follow) will hopefully help our team sustain their success and continue to build-upon the expertise we've gained over the past 5 years.
Cooperation and Partnerships:
No successful open-source project can be carried by a single organization. The
Drupal modules we've developed have been downloaded by over 100
organizations, ranging from Public Access TV to community colleges.
Several of these partners have contributed back to the software in ways
that are benefiting the entire community, but this hasn't come about
easily. In the past decade, many Public Access TV stations have developed open-source
software, but few projects are built in a way that enables the software
to be truly useful in other environments. Our initial foray into the
Open Media Project tools included myopic code and assumptions that made
the software more difficult to leverage in other stations than
starting from scratch. Developing the code in a manner that makes it
useful in diverse environments involves a sacrifice that few organizations
have been willing or able to make. It requires investing resources in
development that we only hope will pay-off in the future as partners
use and contribute back to the code.
Early partners made the
same mistake as us, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into
code that is practically useless in any setting other than their own. The Knight News Challenge award has
enabled us to take the time to better collaborate with the Drupal
community, host code sprints, attend conferences, and ultimately
back-track and re-design a more extensible code base. With our grant
period coming to an end, we have a number of partners poised to take the reigns and
collectively help ensure the continued growth of the project. Davis Media Access in California has devoted significant time to improving
the code and is a clear success-story from the initial Beta Test. Their
work has, among other things, extended the OMP code to integrate with a
new broadcast server. Our growing relationship with Tightrope Media Systems, and their recent commitment to open source software can
largely be credited to the efforts of Darrick Servis and Davis Media
Access. Other successes and failures of the beta test process are
equally valuable. Ongoing cooperation with Boston Neighborhood Network,
Channel Austin and others will continue to yield benefits to the project.
We're most excited about our newest partners: the
Bay Area Video Coalition. They brings a commitment (and a budget) to open source
collaboration that we've not yet seen in previous partners. Everything
about their SF Commons effort gives us confidence that they will set a
new example for the next generation of networked, user-driven Public
Access TV. Though their operating support is meager, they have strong,
visionary leadership in Ken Ikeda and Jen Gilomen, and ample capital
equipment funding through San Francisco's PEG funds. They also stand to
benefit from their close proximity to organizations like Archive.org,
Creative Commons, and the Wikimedia Foundation, all of whom inspired our software and business model from the beginning.
Even if the Open Media
Foundation were to shut our doors, I'm confident that organizations like BAVC
would keep the project alive and growing.
...of course, we're working on making sure that isn't the case.
Expanding the Open Media Project:
While earned income has the potential to maintain the level of activity
we've enjoyed here for the past two years, our true vision of building
an entirely new kind of participatory media network that can change the
global media conversation is going to require a
significant ramp-up of the project. The BTOP funding available
through the stimulus plan represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to do just that. Partnering with Free Speech TV, the Alliance for Community Media, and 20 more Public Access TV stations across the
country, we've applied for $2.2 million to expand the Open Media Project. The proposal addresses the many lessons learned through the
Knight-funded Beta Test, and proposes a more self-contained and
supported solution that can transform a wide range of Public Access TV
stations into gateways for broadband adoption for disconnected
communities. Statistics show that by far, the primary
factor preventing individuals from using broadband is not a lack of infrastructure, but the perception that the internet is not relevant to their
life. Our partner stations will encourage and support these communities
in conveying the relevance of broadband access from the perspective of
those communities. Together with Free Speech TV, we will collect the
best of this content, providing national exposure to perspectives on
broadband relevance that simply haven't been seen before.
case our first round application doesn't receive funding, we've
invested heavily in planning an application in response to the second
BTOP NOFA. I encourage the other Knight News Challenge grant recipients (and rejects) to read the Notice of Funds Availability and investigate if
their Knight News Challenge project would be a strong candidate for BTOP funding, as there aren't many opportunities for this level of support.
Regardless of future grants and funding, we are optimistic about the future of the project. We've had our share of pitfalls, but that's to be expected when pioneering new territory. The Knight News Challenge experience has opened doors and helped
our organization grow in a way that will forever alter our work. If we can sustain the project beyond our KNC award, we'll be part of an entirely new kind of noncommercial media system, serving interests and engaging communities left-out of the commercial media conversation. Every change begins with a new conversation.
Member Spotlight: Open Media Generation
Special thanks to Wolfgang Wanless who answered on behalf of the Open Media Generation
Please tell us a little bit about your group:
Open Media Generation is a place for youth to come together and learn about video production, while making new friends and getting the word out about the issues that affect us the most. We primarily do this through our monthly show Spotlight On Students
, but we are also branching out and doing other projects as well.
What are the issues
that you are trying to bring to a larger audience?
The issues we mainly care about are the ones affecting youth today. Some of the issues we've already talked about are: homelessness, pregnancy and most notably our award-winning show on environmental awareness.Tell us a little bit about one of your most recent projects:
Our most recent projects was Second Saturday, a youth-oriented music event. It was pretty hectic putting it all together but the final product was a lot of fun. We've also been working on some public service announcements and other little projects like that.What is the most
challenging aspect of producing your own videos?
I think the most difficult aspect of creating videos is the editing. While we are quite competent with computers, we lack the abundance of patience needed for the tedious task (hey, we are teenagers ;-)
What is the most exciting
aspect of producing your own videos?
My favorite part of making videos would probably be actually filming the scenes. There's just something awesome about working with people and collaborating and the organic way everyone moves together. It's just a great feeling.Why is public
access television important? Why do you enjoy
producing public access content?
Public access is one of the few historic ways to publicly share a message with a large audience that has managed to stay at a competing level with the Internet and everything that entails. It's a very wise and experienced medium that has a powerful aura around it in a time when nostalgia is rare. It's almost the last of it's kind. Public access has a bad reputation from the 80s and 90s but a lot has changed since then. Now it's a great place for aspiring artists, managers and producers of all fields to get the word out about their work.
to view clips of the Open Media Generation in action.
Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group OPEN MEDIA GENERATION
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 OMF'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
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.