July News from the Open Media Foundation

July 2014
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In this Issue
July Classes
Colorado Municipal League Conference
Intern Success Story
OMF's New Member Relations Manager
HandsOn Tech Denver News
Client Profile - The Center
July Classes
Click the class title to read descriptions and register online.
Click here to watch videos about some of the classes that we offer.
Tuesday, July 1

Wednesday, July 2

Tuesday, July 8

Wednesday, July 9

Thursdays, July 10, 17 and 24

Saturday, July 12

Tuesday, July 15

Tuesday, July 22

Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29 and 30

Wednesday, July 30
9am-noon (at Colorado Nonprofit Association)

Thursday, July 31
Open Media Project and the Colorado Municipal League Conference
Gavin Dahl, account executive at the Open Media Foundation, recently attended the annual conference of the Colorado Municipal League in Breckenridge.
"My objective was to spread the word about our Open Media Project for Government. I made contact with 50 mayors, city councilors, town trustees and city managers from around the state. Our open-source OMP software provides cities, towns and government agencies with very affordable engagement and transparency tools. While the City of Thornton was the first local municipality to launch its own custom version of the software used to run the state legislature's Colorado Channel, live-streaming their public meetings and offering online video archives with time-stamped agendas, we hope many more communities will come on board in 2014.
It turns out the Colorado Municipal League's own legislative staff are huge fans of our website ColoradoChannel.net, which they use daily throughout the session to track legislation. CML deputy director, Kevin Bommer, even told me if a local municipality is considering signing up with Open Media Foundation and wants more info on how effective the Colorado Channel is from a user's perspective, 'tell them to call me personally.' Todd Barnes, director of communications for City of Thornton added, 'Open Media is saving us a lot of money.' Transparency for the win!"
OMF and DOM Closed on July 4
The Open Media Foundation and Denver Open Media will be closed on Friday, July 4. Since this is the first Friday of the month, we will not be holding the usual First Friday show for the month of July.
Stay tuned for news of the August First Friday show, the first of the renamed Open Music Sessions series, brought to you by the Open Media Foundation, Westword and the Greater Than Collective.
Learn More About Our Classes - Watch These Videos
Shooting Video with DSLR Cameras
Shooting Video with DSLR Cameras

Intro to Studio Production
Intro to Studio Production
Intern Success Story - Breeaha Britt
Breeahna Britt began her Video Production and Editing internship with the Open Media Foundation in August of 2013. Breeahna recounts her experiences as an intern with OMF and tells us what she is doing now.
"I fell in love with the television industry back in 2010 and have held various internships. However, once I returned back to Colorado in 2011, I struggled to find full-time entry level positions in the field. I learned about OMF via an internet search and began my internship shortly after."
Meet Liz Wurster, OMF's New Member Relations Manager
Tell Us About Yourself.

After nearly eight years of traveling, volunteering, studying, and working abroad in South America, the Middle East, India, and everywhere in between, I am happy to be back in Colorado! Formerly a teacher in Boulder, CO and a program director for non-profits in London, UK, I am excited to continue working to help get people's voices heard, this time in the media sphere. I went to graduate school for Public Policy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where I met my Australian husband, and I love snowboarding, volunteering, delicious food (cheese, aaahhhh), and squeezing pug dogs. A two-time cancer survivor, I have officially mastered the art of living each day like it's my last!
Making Technology Inclusive
How can inclusiveness and technology move your organization forward? Is technology an ever-moving target for your organization that never quite meets your or your audience's needs?
Join a group of panelists from community organizations as they discuss the challenges and opportunities they face with technology. Learn how they implement inclusiveness policies and take advantage of technology that delivers important access to those they serve.
Making Technology Inclusive
Live TV Show and Q&A
July 10, 3 to 4 pm
Open Media Foundation
700 Kalamath Street in Denver
Also live on Denver Comcast Channel 56
or via livestreaming on denveropenmedia.org/livestream
HandsOn Tech Denver News
HandsOn Tech Denver is happy to announce the start of the OMF/Google Chromebook Giveaway. Each month, from June to October, OMF will be giving out two free HP Chromebook 11s. The nonprofit organization that attends the most OMF classes and the individual who volunteers the most hours with HandsOn Tech during that month will be eligible to win. Click here for more details.



In the month of July, HandsOn Tech Denver will also be offering a series of classes on Digital Storytelling for Nonprofits. In this series, nonprofits will produce their own short video about their nonprofit's mission to be featured in a live TV show, where the shows with the most votes will win prizes.

HandsOn Tech has also been busy teaming up volunteers skilled in technology with local nonprofits. If you are interested in putting your tech skills to use, or know somebody interested in getting involved with nonprofits doing fantastic work, visit omfound.org/volunteer.


Client Profile - The Center
In December of 2013, The Center became a member of Denver Open Media. The Center serves over 40,000 people with programs supporting youth, elders, and the transgender community as well as legal services, advocacy, trainings and more. The Center's mission is to enrich, empower and engage Colorado's LGBT community.
"We decided to join Denver Open Media for two reasons," says Rex Fuller, The Center's Marketing & PR Manager. "First, we wanted to find new ways to share information about our work here at The Center with the public. We are producing a monthly half-hour news program that is broadcast in Denver County as well as streamed on the web through the Denver Open Media website. We publicize our program through our own social media efforts, and we've gotten very positive feedback from the community about our efforts. 
Secondly, we wanted to take advantage of the learning opportunities at Open Media Foundation for our staff and our volunteers. DOM's many classes provide great opportunities to learn about the latest technology that helps us share our mission with others."
The Center is also taking advantage of the Services at the Open Media Foundation.
"Every year we produce Denver PrideFest," Fuller explains. "The centerpiece of that two-day event is the CoorsLight PrideFest Parade on Sunday morning. This year, thanks to our involvement with the Open Media Foundation, we were able to broadcast the parade and to use Livestreaming to push it out on the web. The parade broadcast is now archived and linked to our website, where it continues to generate web traffic even after the parade. We will also be able to use footage shot on that day for future news programs and to help promote next year's PrideFest activities."