May News from the Open Media Foundation|
|Check out the latest video created by OMF to support Family Star Montessori and Early Headstart.|
DOM Help Desk Hours|
First Friday at Denver Open Media
Final Cut Pro Workshop
May 5 & 6, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
Your Voice. Your Media
April 7, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Field Production Workshop
May 19 & 20, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
Intro to Studio Workshop
May 26 & 27, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
First Friday at Denver Open Media
1st Annual Member & Volunteer Picnic
June 6, Sunday, 1-3pm
|Executive Director Report|
Monthly Update from Tony Shawcross|
I was honored this month to be appointed to
Governor Ritter's Broadband Council, designed to evaluate
strategies for spurring broadband access in the state and launching Colorado into the nation's technological elite.
The Open Media Foundation recognizes that the capacity of our
communities to disseminate and receive information will increase their capacity
to participate in a healthy democracy. I am excited to contribute however I can
to increase broadband access in Colorado. As representative of a a public media organization, one
of my top priorities will be working to reinstate public support for
media distribution, especially through the Internet. This month's report is in regards to this subject.
What is Our Role in Broadband
Reform?In their latest book, The Death and Life of American Journalism, Robert McChesney and John Nichols demonstrate
that significant government support of the media is the status quo in
any functional democracy. Across the globe, the nations which rank
highest on the Democracy Index are those with the highest
per capita funding of independent, noncommercial media. According to Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House and The Economist, the US has fallen out of the top 10% of
nations ranked on this scale. While the market is sometimes touted as the solution to all
social needs, it's
no mystery that society cannot rely on the market alone, especially for the
needs of low-income communities. From military defense to public parks and education, our society is full of examples of public benefits that
the market is simply incapable of providing.
If this country were designed to be a plutocracy or aristocracy, a
market-driven commercial media system could suffice. The founding
fathers of the United States however, knew that the great experiment of democracy required a strong "fourth estate". And they did not simply trust the market to provide for a diverse and democratic media system. From the
beginning, they created subsidies to sustain a strong and diverse
media system that could keep voters well-informed. For most of the
first two centuries of this great experiment, the government's primary
form of support was postal subsidies, providing free or discounted
distribution of any media source. While subsidies of media creation were often criticized, public support of media distribution in
the US was considered a core responsibility of the government.
as the means of distribution shifted away from a singular reliance on
the US Postal Service and towards a diverse array of distribution
platforms, the subsidies necessary to ensure equal access to those
distribution platforms have not always followed. Whether distributed via
satellite or cable, radio or the Internet, media institutions deserve
The success of our democracy depends on ensuring that
even the smallest of media outlets has unbridled capacity to distribute
their perspective. So, in the same way our government used to provide
all media organizations with discounted or free delivery though the US
Postal Service, the same should now be offered through the Internet. Universal broadband access should be viewed as a basic requirement for
Democracy, and support for media distribution is just the first step.
The end goal being: ensuring that every citizen of the United States has equal access
to the information they need to be an informed and engaged member of our
|First Friday at Denver Open Media|
On the first Friday of most months, 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
Friday, May 7th 7:30-9:30pm
Doors open at 7pm
This Friday, come on down to 700 Kalamath Street for some free funny ha-ha.
Host: Pam VanNostern
Feature: Rob Gleeson
The bigger the crowd, the better the show. Come see
why Denver is hailed as one of the best places to see stand-up comedy in the country! Please note: This particular show will not be broadcast live. To view a larger image of the flyer, click here. Free and open to the public, yet seating is limited so be sure to come early...and bring some cash for cheap food and drink!
|The Open Media Foundation Announces Paid Internships for Young Adults|
The Open Media Foundation
has recently received funding to support young parents and individuals with children learn more about media production
. This particular internship will cover several different aspects of television/video production and will allow participants to tell their own story. Interns will earn up to $1000
and gain valuable production skills.
* Applicants must be between the ages of 16-24
* Applicants must have a child
* Applicants must commit to working 12 hours a week
* Applicants must commit to working a total of 205 hours
Interested individuals can apply here
call Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish at 720-222-0159 ext. 207 for more
|Save the Date|
Our 1st Annual Member & Volunteer Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 6th from 1-3pm (Location TBD). Please check your email, www.denveropenmedia.org
and the June Newsletter for more details. We hope you can join us for a
fun afternoon of games, food and giveaways!
|The Open Media Foundation Becomes a Part of GoodSearch|
What if the Open Media Foundation earned a
donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a
percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause?
Well, now it can!
Once added to Internet Explorer or Firefox,
GoodSearch makes a small donation each time you use the search box or
shop. There are more than 1,300 stores and a
percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to the Open Media Foundation - at no cost to you (and you may even save money as the
toolbar provides coupons and deals as well!) The toolbar also has a
search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is
donated to the Open Media Foundation. Join now!
Member Spotlight: Dex Duff|
Dex Duff originally began working with DOM as a studio production intern in February of 2009. He has since transitioned into a very committed volunteer, helping out with tours, classes and serving as our fearless MC during our First Friday events. Dex also recently started producing his own show called, The Dope Show, which focuses on Denver's local music scene. As busy as he is, Dex recently took a few moments to answer some questions for this month's member spotlight.
The Dope Show airs on Comcast Channel 56
How did you begin
I started in
college, shooting shorts and music videos. The video that got me into
production was a-ha's "Take on Me", directed by Steve Barron. I remember
as a child, watching it and saying, "I want to do that for the rest of
What is the message
of your show?
The message of my show is to recognize that anyone
who gives their musical voice a try is worthy of being listened to.
There is a lot of talent in Denver...there is also some bad music...but it's
What do you do
outside of producing videos?
I spend a lot of time volunteering at DOM. I
love production. I always say " A bad day doing production is better than
a good day doing anything else." When you are producing a TV show, every day is
I first shoot all the performance clips and I edit those. Then based off of
that footage I write a format and script for my interviews. When at the
format stage, I time each segment, including the graphics. This
gives me a good estimate of how much I can talk with the guest during
the interviews or whether I have to play the credits over a last song.
How do you prepare
for your show?
What is your advice
to aspiring producers?
Have fun and stay organized. The more you try to enjoy the work that you are doing, the easier it gets. You are going to run through
some frustrating moments putting together your production. Keep it fun,
that's why you are doing it. Stay organized so you can find stuff
quickly and work as efficiently as possible.
Why is public access
television important? Why do you enjoy producing public access content?
No other platform out there is encouraging people to say what they want,
regardless of who they are and where they come from. I look at the
list of shows that are on DOM and I just think to myself, "I will never
ever see this same line-up anywhere else". People have such a unique
understanding of the same world, but you will never know until you
listen to them. I'm not saying you need to agree with everything, but they do deserve a listen.
Click here to view all upcoming airings
of The Dope Show.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 group sponsorships.