The Open Media Foundation
April News from the Open Media Foundation

April 2012
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
ED Report
OMF Spotlight: BookTrust
First Friday at DOM
Internship Opportunities
Youth Production Group
Class Highlight:  Storytelling with Adobe Audition

Audio with Adobe Audition introduces students to the world of creating and enhancing audio projects using Adobe Audition.


In this workshop, students will learn how to effectively tell stories using audio. Upon completion of this course, students will have created a complete audio storytelling project that includes recording audio, improving the sound quality, and enhancing the project by adding music and sound effects.   



These audio stories can then be used to share with loved ones, post on social networking sites, use with a larger video project and much more. We have partnered with KGNU, an independent community radio station, to offer this course!



Hold your spot by registering here

Museum of Arts and Design in NYC looking for Public Access Programming

The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City is looking for programming from public access centers for a summer exhibit.

Get more information here.

Learning Lab Open to DOM
Denver Open Media is proud to announce that the Digital Media Learning Lab which launched as a new teaching facility at DOM last summer, is now open for reservations to all Editing and Unlimited members certified in Editing or Animation. Additionally, members wishing to submit content to DOM may also use the lab to ingest their new programs. The reservation item is called "Learning Lab Computer".

The reason for this change is a new door on the DOM side of the lab. The staff and interns are now able to better monitor check-ins and check-outs as well as provide assistance needed by members in the lab. So please be sure to enter and exit the lab through the new door and don't forget to check-in with the interns or staff!

Lab open hours are the same as DOM's operating hours -Tues-Fri 1pm-8:30pm and Sat 11am-6pm.

John Stephens Recognized In 'Top Of The Rockies' Award

OMF is excited to spread the word and offer congratulations to our former intern John Stephens on his recent achievement. The Colorado Chapter for the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Stephens and his group with a couple of first place prizes in Health Reporting.  See all those awarded on the SPJ website.


John grew up in Colorado and left in the 70's, returning in 2010. "I'm transitioning from still photography to storytelling. I have a large skill set and a debt to public access. "


Congratulations John!

Upcoming Classes/Events
Your Voice. Your Media Tour
May 2, Wednesday


First Friday
May 4, Friday

Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro
May 10, Thursday

Final Cut Pro X Workshop
May 12, Saturday

Intro to the Mac Workshop
May 14, Monday

Field Production Workshop
May 15 & 16th, Tues & Weds
6p-9p each evening

Your Voice. Your Media Tour.
May 16, Wednesday

Making Music with GarageBand
May 17, Thursday

Adobe Video Media Workshop
May 19, Saturday

Editing with iMovie
May 24, Thursday
Pre-Production Basics
May 26, Saturday

Final Cut Pro 7 Workshop
May 29 & 30th, Tues & Weds
6p-9p each evening

Adobe Audition Workshop
May 30, Wednesday

Intro to Studio Production
May 30 & 31st, Weds & Thurs
6p-9p each evening

Executive Director Report

Monthly Update with Tony Shawcross   


Together with the Knight Foundation and The  Denver Foundation, OMF is conducting a three-month assessment of the unique communication patterns and needs of our neighborhood here in La Alma/Lincoln Park.
Nearly 20 of our nonprofit neighbors joined us last month to kick-off the process, and we're hoping for more to join us June 2nd as we conduct door-to-door surveys, inviting neighborhood residents to participate in an in-depth survey designed by the Knight Foundation on June 9th.  

We're working with the University of Denver and BBC Research to analyze the data, which will guide an action-planning meeting in July where we devise steps to take as a community to better reach and serve the unique needs of our neighborhood.

Below are the upcoming dates and how you can get involved. Participants in each phase receive differing levels of incentives, including free memberships, classes and equipment access at Denver Open Media:


Saturday, June 2; Noon-5 p.m.


Scavenger Hunt/Community Info Checklist  

Saturday, June 9; 1-4 p.m. 


Action Planning Meeting      

Thursday, July 12; TBA


If you or someone from your organization would like more information about how to get involved, please email us.


Youth Filmmaker Camp::Early Registration Ends May 15th!


Two more weeks of early registration discount!


The Open Media Generation Camp is a one-week multimedia camp for young people interested in using music, art and film to create social change. Using soundtracks from local musicians, students will work on a team to produce a music video, and will participate in all aspects of the creative process, including pre-production, filming and editing.


From now until May 15th, you can register at the earlybird registration fee of $399!  After that, registration will be $450 per student.    





When: July16-20th

Final Screening on eve of Thursday, July 23rd

Who: 13-19 year olds  

More information and link to registration here.


OMF Client Spotlight: Book Trust


This month, we are featuring Book Trust, an organization that provides children in grades K-6 who are living in poverty or low-income households, the opportunity to choose and own books.  


Here's what  Michelle Striker, the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships had to say.


 Please take a look at the 2012 Book Trust Video!


Please provide a brief summary of your organization.

Book Trust imagines a world where literacy removes barriers and provides all children with the tools to navigate life successfully. Our mission is to uniquely deliver choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.


In participation with Scholastic, Book Trust provides access to books and empowers children to choose and own books, the same way their peers from more affluent families do each month. Book Trust raises the funds to pay for Book Trust students to order $7 worth of books from Scholastic Book Clubs each month of the school year. Children build a personal library of 18 to 20 books per year.


Currently Book Trust is serving over 22,000 students in 113 schools in nine states. During the 2011-2012 school year, Book Trust will provide over 10,000 students with the opportunity to choose and own over 251,221 books in Colorado.


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

There are over 31 million children living in low-income families in America. In low-income neighborhoods, there is 1 book for every 300 children. In middle-income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every child. Over 60% of low-income families have no books at all in their home. Without access to books, children are much less likely to develop strong literacy skills. Children who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Book Trust believes that by providing children in poverty with the rights and advantages that come with owning books they choose, the program increases literacy skills and vocabulary development.


Why is your organization unique?

There are many book distribution nonprofits. Book Trust is unique because we are giving kids choice and ownership of NEW books. We believe that if kids can choose what they will read, they will more likely enjoy reading, become better readers and it will contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty.


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

Open Media Foundation has recently produced Book Trust's first professional marketing video, a tool we will be using across the country to promote Book Trust. It will premiere at our inaugural fundraising event in Denver on May 1st. Thanks Tony & Chris!


What has been some of the outcomes of these projects?

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Open Media Foundation. The staff is professional and insightful, and we look forward to a continued business relationship to help us further the outreach goals of Book Trust.

First Friday at Denver Open Media: Film Fest + Music


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 as well as streamed on our website. They are re-broadcasted on channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online for on-demand viewing. 


Next event: Friday, May 4     

Doors at 7:30
Event starts at 8p


This month, we'll be having music from Sweet Corn & Mayonai$$e and short films by Rocky Mountain Oysters, Art Face Studios, Geometric Visuals and more!


This event will be held inside 
 Denver Open Media's Studio A.
This event is free and open to the public; and will be BROADCAST LIVE on Channel 57; and LIVE-STREAMED on our website see you there! 
Accepting Applications for Volunteer Teachers


Gain valuable multimedia + teaching experience and give back to a community media center.


Do you love to teach? Have multimedia experience? You could be perfect for our volunteer teaching team!  
OMF is looking ahead to 2013 and some exciting new classes - we'd love to hear your ideas for both new classes and if you'd like to be considered for our volunteer teaching program!
If you are interested in this opportunity please email us.

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 11-24 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