The Open Media Foundation
September News from the Open Media Foundation

September 2010
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
First Friday at Denver Open Media
Get Up & Give
ACLU First Amendment Event
OMF Welcomes Brad Taylor to the Team
Executive Director Report
Save The Date
Youth Production Group
Video Spotlight
Check out a recent class promo, shot and edited by OMF students and interns!
Quick Links
Upcoming Classes/Events
DOM Help Desk Hours
Thursdays 4:30-6pm

First Friday at DOM
September 3, Friday, 6-10pm

Goodspark Get Up & Give Event at Space Gallery
September 9, Friday, 5:30-8pm.

Intro to Studio Production Workshop
September 11, Saturday, 11-6pm

Your Voice. Your Media
September 15, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop
September 15 & 16, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

Field Production Workshop
September 22 & 23, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

First Friday at DOM
October 1, Friday, 8-10pm
First Friday at Denver Open Media

On the first Friday of most months, DOM hosts a free KGNU Celebrates its 6th Year in Denvercommunity 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, September 3rd
Live studio performance from 8-9pm

Celebrating their 6th year in Denver, this month, the crew from KGNU will be taking over the studio to produce a show using their staff, board members and volunteers.  This month's event features a musical performance by Spellbinder.  For more information, visit the KGNU site.  This event is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!
Goodspark's Get Up & Give Event
On Thursday, September 9th GoodSpark will be hosting its first Get Up & Giveannual Get Up & Give event from 5:30-8pm @ Space Gallery. This event is dedicated to motivating young professionals to tap their inner philanthropist and will challenge you, inspire you, and provide you with opportunities to make a real difference.

In addition to being a unique event with delicious drinks and tasty treats, this year's party will feature inspiring photos and moving digital shorts created by the community for the Get Up & Give Digital Media Challenge. YOU will be in charge of selecting the photo/short that does the best job of motivating you to take action - and the winners will get to select a charity to receive the prize money.

Attendees will also have the ability to pick their purpose on the spot. You'll learn about and have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of local philanthropic activities through a community organization or one of GoodSpark's programs.

A few of the digital shorts were submitted by OMF interns and youth group participants.  If you attend this event, feel free to vote on a video that will support the Open Media Foundation or Open Media Generation!
ACLU First Amendment Event
Open Media Foundation and the ACLU Foundation of Colorado invite you to a Presentation by Denver Attorney, David Lane and Tour of the Open Media Foundation

"An Evening Discussion of First Amendment RightsAn Evening Discussion of First Amendment Rights"

Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm

5:30pm - Meet & greet with wine and light refreshments
5:45-6:30pm - Tour of the Open Media Foundation
6:30 pm - Presentation by David Lane, followed by Q & A

Event to be held at the Open Media Foundation, located at 700 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO.

Mr. Lane is one of Colorado's best-known civil rights attorneys. His practice is limited to criminal defense and civil rights litigation and he has represented numerous individuals in First Amendment freedom of speech cases, both in the workplace and in many other contexts.

For questions and/or additional information, contact Caryn Osterman at 303-777-5482 ext. 109 or

OMF Welcomes Brad Taylor To The Team
This month the Open Media Foundation welcomed Brad Taylor to the team as Director of Development.  With an extensive background in development and fundraising, the Open Media Foundation is excited about this new addition to the OMF family.  Brad Taylor can be reached at

About Brad: As the Foundation's Director of Development, Brad is working to increase OMF's contributed income through expansion of the organization's individual, corporate and foundation donor base.  After graduating with a degree in journalism from Lynchburg College and successfully completing a "blow-off year" in Europe, Brad launched a development and fundraising firm which today employs over fifty associates in Chicago and Milwaukee.  Since leaving his firm in 2006, Brad has worked for several non-profit organizations as Director of Marketing and Development and as an Executive Director.  Brad recently relocated to Denver from Chicago and his free time is consumed by two rescued, rambunctious Welsh Terriers.
Executive Director Report
Monthly Update by Tony Shawcross

Next year, the City of Denver will sign a new Franchise Agreement with Comcast.  While the new contract is not likely to make front page news, it will determine the future of Public Access TV in Denver.  

The Franchise Agreement gives Comcast the permission to build and operate a cable network over utility poles and/or under public streets, paid for by taxpayers.  In exchange for use of these "public rights-of-way", cable operators provide compensation to the community. Over the next six months, we will need a wide showing of support from Denver residents to help City Council justify increased support for Public Access TV in the new franchise.

OMF's goals for the franchise include:

1. The Establishment of a Permanent Public Access Facility
2. Expanded I-Net to Enable Increased Access to PEG Channels
3. Upgrade of PEG channels to High Definition
4. Keeping PEG channels on the Basic Tier
5.  Increased Capital/PEG fees
6. Broaden the Definition of "Capital Expenses"

To see how you can help us accomplish these goals and ensure a bright and stable future for Public Access in Denver, read the draft of OMF's "Goals for 2012 Franchise Negotiation" and help us lobby City Council to support OMF's position.
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 Brad Taylor 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.