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March 2013
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In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
Save The Date
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Spotlight
OMF Inclusiveness Committee
National Conference for Media Reform
E.D. Report
March 1 is First Friday at DOM
OMF Multimedia and Outreach Assistance Grant
Web Spotlight: Get Outdoors, Colorado
Upcoming Classes & Events 
Donor Cultivation Cocktail Party & First Friday
March 1

Colorado Alliance of Illustrators - 
Photoshop Tips & Tricks

March 2

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
March 5

Field Production Workshop
March 9

Narrative Scriptwriting
March 12

Final Cut Pro X Workshop
March 14

Final Cut Pro 7 Workshop
March 16

Intro to Studio Production Workshop
March 20 & 21

Shooting Video with DSLR Cameras
March 26

Intro to 3D Animation Using Blender
March 27 & 28

OMF Annual Breakfast is May 22, 2013
This year's annual fundraising breakfast for OMF has been scheduled and a date has been locked in. The theme for 2013 will be "A Higher Definition of Media: Collective Perspective" and will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:30-8:30am.
The breakfast will be held at Mi Casa Resource Center, conveniently location in the Baker neighborhood at 360 Acoma Street, Denver, CO 80223.

Email our Events Director, Heather at if you would like to attend.
Class Spotlight: Colorado Alliance of Illustrators: Photoshop Tips & Tricks, March 2
Why does my brush tool look nothing like a brush?  Why does my pencil tool look nothing like pencil?  How come my paint bucket doesn't fill what I wanted it to fill?  Feel like you have to scrap your file and start all over again when your client or editor asks you to modify something?  What the hell does "anti-alias" mean anyway?  We'll show you some very basic things you should know when you're scanning line art and coloring in Photoshop that will save you revision time and reduce your need to self-medicate.

Register online, spaces are limited.
Join OMF's Inclusiveness Committee
"To accomplish our mission of putting the power of media and technology in the hands of the people, Open Media Foundation recognizes that we must strive to be an intentionally diverse organization that provides our community with opportunities for contribution and maintains a culture that values their unique perspectives." 

That is the mission of the OMF Inclusiveness Committee, which meets once a month to guide progress towards OMF's inclusiveness goals.

The Inclusiveness Committee is always looking for new members to help guide and implement our work. If you think you'd like to become a member or have questions about the committee, email
National Conference for Media Reform, Discount Pricing for Friends of OMF

The National Conference for Media Reform  is here in Denver on April 5-7 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver. OMF supports the vision behind this conference and Free Press to talk about the intersection of media, technology and democracy and bring about change through journalists, students, policy experts, media makers and activists.  


The event includes a film festival, keynote rally, 60-plus sessions with leading thinkers, activists and innovators in media, technology and activism. 


Free Press is offering a special discount on registration until March 1st - Just enter the code "LHC-NCMR" to get 10% off registration.

Executive Director Report from Tony Shawcross
Over the course of the coming weeks, the City of Denver will negotiate a 10-year franchise agreement with Comcast that will determine the future of OMF and Denver Open Media. 
While OMF/DOM receives no operational funding from Comcast or the City, franchise agreements require Comcast to provide the equipment necessary for the public to utilize their cable network via Public Access TV in exchange for Comcast's use of taxpayer resources (utility poles, public rights of way, etc).

If you support OMF/DOM, we're asking you to send a note to one member of Denver's "Franchise Negotiations Team," encouraging them to support OMF's two goals
for the coming franchise:
  1. HD Channels: Within the next 10 years, SD channels will become irrelevant. All three Public Access channels need to have a path to HD laid out in the franchise.
  2. PEG Fees: The number of individuals and nonprofits using DOM's equipment increases 15% annually on average, yet Comcast is asking for the equipment fund (called the PEG fee) to remain the same or drop! We're asking for the fee to increase annually --at best-- keeping pace with DOM membership growth, and at worst with the rate of inflation.
OMF is a valuable community resource that comes at zero expense to the taxpayer. For every dollar of equipment provided to DOM by Comcast and the City, OMF contributes over $4 in staffing and operational expenses. All that is required is that our City representatives advocate for Comcast to continue to provide these channels and PEG fees.

These city representatives are here to represent you! But they need to hear from you first! Public Access is a smart investment for the people of Denver, but the way the negotiations look now, we're likely to get no growth in PEG fees
(not even to keep pace with inflation over 10 years) and perhaps only one channel moved to HD.

If you live in Denver's District 2, 5, or 10, please write your City Council Representative
(you can find your City Council Rep online ). Otherwise, you can write the At-Large City Council Member or the Mayor's Representative on the Franchise Negotiating Committee.

Email Addresses for the Franchise Negotiating Committee
March 1 First Friday at DOM: Andy Hackbarth Band!
On the first Friday of most months, DOM hosts a free community event with local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit partners. These events are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 57 as well as streamed on DOM's website
Please come down, visit the Santa Fe Arts District and join the live studio audience for a great performance from one of Denver's best local bands, 
This month's festivities
begin with a 
Donor/Volunteer-appreciation reception on the 2nd floor at 6pm, followed by a live broadcast in Studio A at 7pm featuring the Andy Hackbarth Band!
Even if you can't make it down to the studios, you can join in this broadcast by Tweeting your First Friday photos, text, or other comments using the #DOMFF hashtag. 
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Donor Coc
ktail Event:  Black-Eyed PeaWhole Foods  and Wynkoop Brewery. 
First Friday's LIVE at DOM are rebroadcast on Comcast Channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online for on-demand viewing. Events are held inside Denver Open Media's Studio A.  
OMF Multimedia and Outreach Assistance Grant, Deadline for Applications is March 20
For 2013, OMF is offering one nonprofit organization $15,000 worth of media & communications services and resources aimed at engaging and amplifying the voices and perspectives of Denver's Latino community and/or individuals with no post-secondary education in our local media conversation. 


Applications are being accepted through our website until 5:00pm MST on Wednesday March 20, 2013. Help spread the word, and read more about the grant details at
Web Spotlight:  Get Outdoors Colorado

Living in Colorado, we are fortunate to have an abundance of outdoor activities to choose from at our fingertips, in all seasons. This month, OMF's Web Department launched a wonderful new website for our partners at Get Outdoors Colorado


There are for-profits, nonprofits, and agencies all offering ways to enjoy the outdoors - but it's not always in one place, and not always easy to find. That's where the Get Outdoors, Colorado Collaborative comes in: various partners from across Colorado creating one hub for all the information you would need to take advantage of Colorado's unique environment.  


Search for activities through the front page, and choose to filter the results by category, age level, cost and location. A calendar display makes it easy to see what activities are coming up in the future, and an interactive map shows you what activities are going on in your area.  


This website allows partners to easily upload their events and activities directly to the website.  Partners can also apply to have their RSS feed added to the site, making their events automatically populate.  Learn about outdoors-related organizations in the Partners section of the website.

Kids can get excited about going outdoors too! There is a 10 Things to Do Outdoors section with activities, a scavenger hunt featuring the Children's Corridor locations for kid-friendly parks and venues, and a myths-and-facts section dispelling common misconceptions about exploring the outdoors.