The Open Media Foundation
August News from the Open Media Foundation

August 2010
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
Kids With Kids Live Studio Event
Executive Director Report
More Grant Opportunities Available
Save The Date
Youth Production Group
Website Spotlight
Check out the recent website created by the Open Media Foundation for Project PAVE.
Quick Links
Upcoming Classes/Events
DOM Help Desk Hours
Thursdays 4:30-6pm

First Friday at DOM
August 6, Friday, 8-10pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop
August 14, Saturday, 11-5:30pm

Kids With Kids Live Studio Event and Reception
August 18, Wednesday, 4:45-5:45pm

Your Voice. Your Media
August 18, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

DOM Producer Training and Orientation
August 18, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm

Field Production Workshop
August 21, Saturday, 11-5:30pm

Intro to Studio Production Workshop
September 11, Saturday, 11-6pm
First Friday at Denver Open Media

On the first Friday of most months, DOM hosts 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.

Next Event: Friday, August 6th 8-10pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

This month's First Friday event features musical performances by Merton (of Chatroulette fame) and a. tom collins.  This event is free and all are welcome.  See you then!

August First Friday at Denver Open Media
Kids with Kids: The Challenges and Triumphs of Teen Parenting

On Wednesday, August 18th the Open Media Foundation will be hosting a unique event where young parents will be showcasing their newly acquired production skills and sharing their personal stories during a live studio show. They will exhibit their video projects, discuss the challenges and triumphs they've experienced as parents, discuss the stereotypes they face, and participate in a Q & A about their work.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 18th from 4:45 - 5:45pm to participate in this great event.  Reception to follow.

This program is the result of a new internship designed for 16-24-year old individuals (male and female) who have had children. Interns receive training in various areas of video production and are given the ability to create their own videos and launch a social media campaign, creating positive change in the world.  To learn more about this internship, please click here.
Executive Director Report
Monthly Update by Tony Shawcross

The Open Media Foundation's theme for this year is "A Higher Definition of Media". While it's true that we're upgrading our studios this year to HD, that's not what we're talking about. OMF is part of a movement, an effort to shift the relationship our communities have with the media that represents, and often generates, our collective awareness and values.

For the past several decades, media has been characterized by unidirectional, top-down communications, driven by commercial interests. But, as the costs for creating and disseminating media have dropped, the traditional corporate media model is becoming obsolete. Every day, more and more people engage in the mass communication that until recently was entirely dominated by only the most privileged members of our community. As the cost of mass communication drops, the need for commercialization of that communication disappears, and we have an opportunity as a community to shift our conversations away from the hyper-commercial, consumption-driven messaging of corporate media, and back to the civic and human interests that foster the kind of community we want to live in.

We'll be talking a lot more about OMF's "higher definition of media" in the months to come: at our Your Voice, Your Media tours (which are held on the first and third Monday of each month); at our First Friday events; and at our annual fundraising breakfast scheduled for this November.  We hope that you will join the conversation.

A Higher Definition of Media
More Grant Opportunities Available Through OMF
The Open Media Foundation is announcing three new grant opportunities for individuals and organizations interested in accessing the services, training, and tools available through OMF.  These grants include: video production services, web development services, Denver Open Media membership, DOM member support, as well as educational scholarships.  For more information, visit  The next deadline (for most applications) is September 15, 2010.
Save The Date
Join us this fall for our 2nd annual Join the New Conversation Fundraising Breakfast.  Mark your calendars now!
When: Tuesday, November 9th from 7:30-8:30am
Where: Infinity Park Event Center

Currently, we are looking for volunteer table captains to host guests at this event.  Not only are table captains crucial in making the event happen, but also, they have the opportunity to connect more individuals to OMF and to increase our community support. This event is a free fundraiser, yet donations of any size are welcome and appreciated. Come learn more about the impact we are having in the Denver metro community!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Maria Lewis at or 720-222-0159 for more details.
Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group: Open Media Generation

Spotlight On StudentsAbout 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

We 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.