The Open Media Foundation
July News from the Open Media Foundation

July 2012
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
ED Report
OMF Spotlight:Angelia McGowan
First Friday at DOM
Internship Opportunities
Class Highlight: Shooting Video with DSLR Cameras


Have a DSLR camera with video recording capabilities?

Did you know that, with the right settings, you can use that camera to shoot and record professional quality videos?  Our Shooting Video Using DSLR's workshop will get you started! 


Hold your spot by registering here. 

OMF Closed On July 4th

Open Media Foundation/Denver Open Media will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. We will reopen with usual business hours on Thursday, July 5th.

Denver Open Media Updates

Beginning July 1, 2012, DOM members will be asked to show an ID when you check in at the equipment cage. This will help us better facilitate your experience here at Denver Open Media. 

Call For Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 Colorado Independent Women of Film.  This year's festival will take place August 16-18th, 2012.  The deadline to submit is July 15th, so submit your DVD to the Bug Theater today.  More info here.

Upcoming Classes/Events

First Friday
July 6, Friday, 7p 

Intro to Studio Production
July 7, Saturday

Intro to the Mac Workshop
July 12, Thursday

Pre-Production Basics Workshop
July 14, Saturday

Youth Music Video Camp
July 16-20, M-F
9a-5p each day

Your Voice. Your Media Tour
July 18, Wednesday

Final Cut Pro X Workshop
July 18, Wednesday

Making Music with GarageBand
July 23, Monday

Field Production Workshop
July 24 & 25, Tues & Wed
6p-9p each evening

Shooting Video with DSLR Cameras Workshop
July 28, Saturday

Final Cut Pro 7 Workshop
July 31 & Aug 1, Tues & Wed
6p-9p each evening

Executive Director Report

Monthly Update with Tony Shawcross   


This month, we are releasing OMF's 2011 Annual Report.  For the second year, we've developed an interactive, multimedia report in keeping with our work as a new-media communications organization.  


With the same mission that launched us in 2004, the organization has continued to grow, not only in the new media communications services we provide to nonprofit and public-sector clients, but also in our education programs (which saw their biggest expansion ever in 2011). We saw our greatest increase yet in the grants & scholarships offered to our community, helping nonprofits and individuals access the professional services and training they need to "open the gates" of the media conversation.


For 2012, we're focusing on continued expansion of our services, focusing especially on the new cloud-based services we offer to community media, government, and educational institutions (more to come on that next month). In education, we will not only be leveraging our new state-of-the art learning lab and high-end software, but also shifting to ensure people know how to make the best media possible using accessible, affordable tools like smartphones and free or web-based software.


With the ever-changing world of media & technology, we have to continue to evolve as an organization. Our goal is social change (specifically equality, diversity, expanded awareness, free speech, and total participation).  Our approach is New Media Communications, recognizing that social values, awareness, and even the perception of reality itself, arise through communication.


Those responsible for that communication will shape our future, and OMF is here to help open those gates and ensure everyone can be a part of shaping that future.  
Angelia McGowan: OMF Board Member


  This month, we talked with OMF Board Member Angelia McGowan... read on to learn more!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

Raised in a small town in Texas, I grew up spending lots of summer evenings on the front porch with my elders counting thousands of stars, and most importantly listening to legendary stories about family members and people in my community. Some stories were sad, others inspiring. Those experiences impacted me so much that I decided to become a professional writer.

Outside of your work with OMF, what other kinds of things are you up to?
My latest endeavor is Canady's Corner, a service I envisioned many years ago when I worked as a public relations professional with nonprofit organizations. My goal is to help nonprofits and entrepreneurs without mega communications budgets to put their best foot forward, beginning with having a strong say in how their story is being told to the public.

Do you have ideas for your own media projects? 
Just this past spring, I had the pleasure of supporting Tanya Ishikawa, a fellow OMF board member, who produced a video, called 
"Denver Urban Spectrum's Timeless Legends". It featured interviews with 25 of Denver's most legendary women for the publication's 25th anniversary, celebrated in April 2012. I have loads of ideas, but that is an example of the kinds of projects I'd like to be involved with in the future.

What interests you about community media?
The fact that community media helps individual citizens to make sure their experiences go down in history through their own eyes, in addition to any other perspectives that may be there.

Tell us about why you decided to join our Board of Directors?
I was impressed with the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals who find satisfaction in performing the behind-the-scene work necessary to tell a good story.

What are your hopes/vision for OMF?
I see OMF excelling at its mission of putting the power of media and technology in the hands of the people to the point of being duplicated across the globe.

Why do you think community media centers are important?
Who better to tell your story than you?  With community media centers, residents can take advantage of state-of-the-art equipment to share their experiences with their respective communities. Each person brings unique gifts and experiences to their community, and their story needs to be told.


First Friday at Denver Open Media: July Street Party!


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 rebroadcast on Channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online for on-demand viewing. 

Next event: Friday, July 6th   
Doors at 6:30p
Event starts at 7p

This month we're featuring live music inside Studio A brought to you by Lion Souljahs.  Stop by the Learning Lab inside DOM and participate in a mini-workshop featuring  some of our most popular classes! We'll also have multimedia events outside, including a drumming event by Pick Up America, interviews, and Santa Fe gallery spotlights!


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! 
Want To Learn More About Television Stations?  


Do you love television and broadcast? Want to give back to a community TV station? You could be perfect for our Station Access internship program.


This position is a great fit for someone with an interest in studio management and has a passion for independent production, as well as the ability to commit to a 12 hour/week, 200-hour total internship schedule. 
This internship is perfect for someone who would like to build their media resume, 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
 Unlimited membership
during the duration 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.

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