The Open Media Foundation
May News from the Open Media Foundation

May 2011
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Executive Director Report
Accounting Intern Needed
Spotlight of the Month: John Montgomery
Youth Production Group
Video Spotlight
Check out a collection of videos that we recently produced for Family Star Montessori & Early Head Start.  These videos are a series of training videos that, in addition to documenting classroom activities, will be used to educate new teachers and families about the Montessori approach to early childhood education in three main areas: The Environment, The Child, and The Adult.  You can read more about their specific methodology here.
Upcoming Classes/Events

DOM Help Desk Hours

Thursdays 4:30-6pm

Untitled #36 (Obsolete)
April 29th, Friday, 6-10pm

Your Voice. Your Media
May 4, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm 

Final Cut Pro Workshop
May 7, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm 

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

Producer Orientation
May 18, Wednesday, 6:45-8pm

Field Production Workshop
May 18 & 19, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

Intro to Studio Production Workshop
May 21, Saturday, 11am-6pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop
May 25 & 26, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

Holiday Closing
May 28, Saturday, All Day 
Untitled #36 (Obsolete) at the Denver Art Museum


On the last Friday of the month through October, the Denver Art Museum feels less like a field trip and more like a night out.  Tonight, Untitled is all about the fleeting nature of light, sound, and the moving image.  Tonight's event includes:


* VJ Battle on DAM plaza, co-produced with the Open Media Foundation.  Watch as the Denver Art Museum is transformed into the largest video art canvas in the city.   

* Last chance to catch the Blink! exhibition.  Blink! Light, Sound, and the Moving Image explores how technology-based art relates to the human spirit through narrative, performance, music, humor, social and political issues, nostalgia, and the purely sensory.   

* Interactive sound installations with Pendulum New Music.  

* Local theater favorite Buntport Theater returns for a new segment of Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight's Theme.    

* Members of some of Denver's most loved bands:  Nathaniel Rateliff's The Wheel, Bela Karoli, and Meese have transformed into Fairchildren and are playing Untitled at 8 pm! Hot.


Untitled events are included with general museum admission from 6 to 10 pm. Students with a valid ID receive two-for-one admission.

Untitled #36 (Obsolete) 


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.   

Please note: There will be no First Friday event on Friday, May 6th.  However, please come and visit OMF at the

Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday & Sunday, May 7th &8th from 11am-7pm. 


Cinco in the Park  

Executive Director Report

Monthly Update by Tony Shawcross    

I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about one of the programs that makes the work we do here at the Open Media Foundation possible, but often gets little recognition: our internship program. Since our first internship agreements with CU and DU in 2003, over 250 interns (mostly college students, but also high school students and college graduates) have contributed over 50,000 hours of their time to the work of OMF.  OMF now has agreements with every college in the metro area, enabling students to get college credit for the work they do at OMF.  From our work at the State Capitol to our Web Department, from Public Access to Education, it is safe to say that every aspect of our organization is bolstered by the work of interns.  


Many of our nonprofit clients could not afford our web development or video production services without the skilled work of our interns. Our education programs maintain a very high teacher-to-student ratio thanks to current and past interns who continue to support our classes.  Most importantly,Denver Open Media simply could not operate without a strong team of interns to manage equipment check-outs and provide member support.  Without operating support from the City or Comcast, Public Access TV depends on this team of committed individuals to provide community members with the support they need to utilize the resources available through Denver Open Media.  


In addition to the increased capacity that OMF receives from this program, it also serves as a great recruitment tool for OMF and an employment opportunity for our interns. Nearly half of our staff, and several contractors, initially came to OMF through our internship program. This year, we expect to be hiring positions in Web Development and Fundraising, and the internship opportunities in those areas may be the first step towards a career with OMF. 


On behalf of the staff and board of the Open Media Foundation, I want to thank this team of energetic and committed interns, past and present, who allow us to do the work we do everyday at OMF.  Without them, none of it would be possible.    

Nerds Need Apply

Accounting Intern Needed at the Open Media Foundation


OMF seeks an accounting intern, willing to help support the organization's financial reporting requirements.  Interested individuals should possess experience/exposure to QuickBooks, Microsoft Office and Google docs, as well as the ability to commit to a 12 hour/week, 200-hour total internship schedule.  This internship would be a great fit for someone who would like to build their financial management skills, while at the same time gaining access to the incredible internship benefits OMF has to offer, such as access to free classes and a free membership upon completion of internship.

If you are interested in this opportunity or any other internship opportunities at the Open Media Foundation, please visit our internship page for more information .
Spotlight of the Month: John Montgomery
For this month's Spotlight of the Month, we talked to John Montgomery, who has served a number of roles at OMF over the past 3 years including: Americorps VISTA, contractor with the Colorado Channel, volunteer producer and all around nice guy.
Producer Spotlight of the Month
John Co-Hosts a First Friday Event

How did you begin producing videos?
I took up video stuff as a hobby after moving to Colorado from California. Since that time, it's really turned into a passion I continue to develop.

What is the message/intent of your show(s)?
Most of the content I help produce on Denver Open Media is about having fun and engaging viewers. I also produce personal content that is much closer to my heart, kind of like a video diary.

What do you do outside of producing videos?
My schedule gets pretty packed. Working at DOM and the Colorado Channel, studying visual arts at UC Denver, and mentoring through Colorado Youth at Risk keeps me engaged in the community, as well as my future goals. No matter how busy I get, I always find time to watch a movie, catch a drink or dance it out.

What other ways are you involved with OMF/DOM?
OMF owns my soul.

How do you prepare for your show?
I find myself watching a lot of internet videos to share on VlogTV and to mix on Key of D. Fortunately, the shows I work on don't require much other preparation. They are all really about showing up, setting up equipment and having a good time on Live TV.

Why do you enjoy producing public access content?
The biggest advantage to producing content on a public access channel is that I get to experiment and even mess up.  Learning to produce good video is a process, and DOM gives anyone the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed through mistakes.

What is your advice to aspiring producers?
Start producing, keep producing and be prepared to learn a lot of lessons along the way.

If your show airs regularly, please let us know the title, day, time and channel of broadcast.
Key of D is live every Tuesday at 9:30 PM on channel 56.
VlogTV is live every Thursday at 10:00 PM on channel 56.
DBUG Drupal Meetup is live every fourth Tuesday around 7:00 PM on channel 57.
The Colorado Channel is live on Comcast channel 165 Tuesdays-Fridays at 9:00 AM and Mondays at 10:00AM, while the Colorado General Assembly is in session.  

Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group: Open Media Generation

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!

The Open Media Generation Youth Group meets weekly!  Anyone between the ages of 12-19 c
an stop by any Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to join the fun...and did we mention it is free?

Participants will learn 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

Also, 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.

Open Media Generation