The Open Media Foundation
September News from the Open Media Foundation

August 2011
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
Executive Director Report
OMF Pulls an All-Nighter for the Non-Profit Communityhops
PR/Marketing Intern Needed
Spotlight of the Month: Colorado Alliance for Environmental Eduation
First Friday at DOM
Youth Production Group
Upcoming Classes/Events
Field Production Workshop
Aug 30, 5:30p-8p & Aug 31,

Making Music w GarageBand
August 31, Wednesday, 6p-9p

First Friday
KGNU Anniversary Event
Sept 2, 8p-9p

3-D Animation w Blender 
8-class series begins Sept 7, 7p-9p 

Field Production Workshop
August 3 & 4, Weds & Thurs, 6p-9p

Your Voice. Your Media.
September 7, Wednesday, 5:30p-6:30p      

Intro to Google Docs
September 8, Thursday

Pre-Production Basics
September 10, Saturday,

Final Cut Pro Workshop
September 10, Saturday

Field Production Workshop 
September 12 & 14, Monday & Wednesday, 5:30p-8:30p

Motion 4
September 12 & 13, 
Monday & Tuesday, 6p-9p

Intro to Studio Production
September 17, Saturday

Editing w iMovie
September 17, Saturday

How to Market Your Website
September 20, Tuesday

Your Voice. Your Media.
September 21, Wednesday

Intro to Google Docs
September 24, Saturday

Soundtrack Pro
September 24, Saturday

Shooting Video w DSLR Cameras
September 27, Tuesday

Final Cut Pro Workshop
September 28 & 29, Tuesday & Wednesday, 6p-9p

Green Screen: How to Chroma Key
October 1, Saturday
Young Filmmakers Workshops

This summer, OMF had a unique opportunity to partner with the Denver Film Society for their annual Young Filmmaker Workshops.


For 4 weeks, OMF hosted over 80 young aspiring filmmakers who wrote, produced, and edited their own short film, using OMF's resources. Check out an example, Polychromatic.



Denver Open Media also offers a youth media production group weekly, so check out the section below on Open Media Generation for more details!


Executive Director Report

OMF is rolling-out a number of new educational offerings this month, from tomorrow's Garageband Class (which I'm co-teaching) to the 8-week Blender 3D Animation Intensive (which I'm taking as a student), but none are more exciting and accessible than the program we're launching tonight. We're making sure everyone can learn the basics of video production with our Field Production Workshop, offered tonight free via live-stream and on TV from 5:30 to 8pm on Denver Open Media, Ch 57. Anyone with a computer or Cable TV now has the opportunity to learn the basics of video production from the comfort of their own home. You'll be able to interact with the teachers, ask questions, and provide feedback live via the livestream chat

For those without broadband Internet or cable at home, the Denver Public Library will be partnering with OMF beginning next month to provide a dedicated lab space for participants in this course, starting with our September 12 course. While the course usually costs $75 to $150 to take in-person, there is no cost to participate in this virtual class, whether at the Denver Central Library, or from home.  

Participants in the class can elect to attend a second follow-up course this Wednesday (the second half of our standard six-hour certification course) to obtain more hands-on experience with the equipment and skills covered in the class. Those who wish to access the equipment covered in the class free of charge, can purchase an annual DOM Field Producer Membership, which provides free access to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of professional video equipment for a full year.

So, if you want to learn the basics of professional video production, tune in tonight from 5:30 to 8pm and join us in the beginning of a new chapter for OMFs educational programs.
OMF Pulls an All-Nighter for the Non-Profit Community


On August 13-14, Open Media Foundation hosted Project Fresh Kicks, in partnership with Q Digital Studio. Project FreshKicks paired up 9 non-profits who needed a new website with 9 web professionals who wanted to give back. And to make it interesting, these small teams of web professionals built sustainable, fully-functioning websites in 24 hours. Yep, they pulled an all-nighter.


Not only did Open Media Foundation host the event at our space, but we were one of the web teams that built a website in 24 hours. Appropriately named the "OMF Web Zombies", our

team members consisted of Leo Kacanjar, Erin Yepis, Joe Meersman, RadAnzulovic, Brian Hiatt and Sharee Hiatt. These team members donated a great deal of their personal time to make the event a success. 


We were partnered with an amazing non-profit called Outdoor Mindset, with a mission of uniting and inspiring people affected by neurological challenges through a common passion for the outdoors. We were honored to work with them and are excited about their new site. Stay tuned for the launch!

The results of this event were outstanding. At the close of the 24 hours, tired but excited web teams presented their new designs to their grateful non-profits and the rest of the teams. Big thanks to Q Digital Studio who we partnered with to organize this event. They did so much organizing work to make this happen! Also thank you to the 9 participating teams of web professionals. The non-profits involved can now truly use the power of the media and technology to accomplish their mission.  


In addition to donating our time and resources to Project Fresh Kicks, Open Media Foundation awards one organization per year a custom-designed dynamic website. These websites can be fully edited and managed by a staff member at your organization and are as easy as using Microsoft Word. They are built in Drupal, which is an open-source content management system. The value of this grant is $7500. We have selected a non-profit grant recipient for 2011, but are taking applications for 2012. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Apply now >>



Interested in Public Relations and Marketing? 

PR/Marketing Interns Needed at the Open Media Foundation


We're a month into our expansion of the Education Department with the launch of over 15 new classes, and now much of our energy is going into promotion and marketing! OMF seeks a PR/Marketing intern, and would be a great fit for someone with knowledge in communication outreach efforts. Qualified individuals will draft press releases and media advisories, updating our social media sites, contributing to our PR plan, and assist with tours and other public events, 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 marketing 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 the 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: Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education


For this month's Spotlight of the Month, we talked with Katie Navin, the Executive Director of Colorado Alliance for Environmental Educationa professional organization for environmental educators, and a recent OMF web department client. 


Please provide a brief summary of your organization.


The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) is the organization that connects and supports the most valuable resource Colorado has to empower informed decision making about the environment: educators. As a professional organization for environmental educators, CAEE facilitates communication, cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among the varied environmental education programs in the state. We now have over 800 representing teachers, students, nonformal educators, public agency employees, businesses, retirees, and many more. 


What are the issues/information that you are trying to bring to a 

larger audience through your website?


We are all environmental educators in different ways, whether we are working with students, colleagues, family, businesses, or others. Our website tells the story of who we are as educators, why our work is important, how to access resources to do environmental education more effectively, and how to get involved in the Colorado's growing community of environmental educators around the state to share and learn from each other.



is your organization unique? 


Colorado has a wealth of environmental education opportunities, programs, and organizations.  We are the only statewide organization that represents the many varied interests of these organizations and can help build broad base support for environmental education and capacity for the field to increase the impact of the work of all the individual environmental education providers. 


What are some of your primary goals for 2011?


Our work is focused in four areas: to connect educators to resources, tools, and expertise; to increase the knowledge and skills of environmental educators; to build support for the field, and to empower leadership and inclusiveness within the environmental education community.  Two of our most exciting projects include our Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiative and working with the Colorado Department of Education and Department of Natural Resources to adopt a statewide environmental literacy plan to ensure all preK-12 students have access to environmental education opportunities.


What are some of the projects you have worked on with the Open Media Foundation?


Open Media Foundation redesigned our website to make it more user friendly and help us paint a picture about who we are and the importance of environmental education.  OMF also created a CiviCRM database and migrated all of our current contact, member, and donor information to help us more effectively and efficiently manage our contacts and communicate with our members and donors.


What has been some of the outcomes of these projects?


We are incredibly excited about the launch of the new website and database.  Our members can more easily access the information they need for their work and get involved with the organization.  The website tells a story now, rather than just collects information.  Our small staff is also able to save time and more efficiently keep track of member information, register participants for professional development and events, and track donations.  We are still learning all the benefits of the new system.  The more we learn about CiviCRM, the more opportunities we see to facilitate our work and our mission. 


Anything else you would like to add?


We wouldn't have been able to complete this project without the help of Open Media Foundation.  It was incredibly helpful to work with an organization who understands nonprofits and their needs and can provide services at an affordable rate.
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, September 2nd 

Doors at 7:30p, event starts at 8p 

Please join KGNU Community Radio in celebrating 7 years in Denver on 1390 am on Friday Sept 2nd 8-9pm in Studio A with rockin Blues band The Duke Street Kings.  The show will be broadcast on  KGNU and live on Channel 57 from 8-9pm, inside the
Denver Open Media studios.
This event is free and open to the public; see you there! 


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