The Twin Cities Media Alliance offers a variety of affordable classes and workshops on writing, citizen journalism, social media, photography, and video. We're committed to providing everyone with the tools, skills, and support they need to tell the stories of their communities. 

  

Getting Outside of Your Bubble with a Camera: a Special 3-hour Workshop with Wing Young Huie - Sat., June 28

How to advance your campaigns--and your values--with effective framing for justice, a workshop with Eleonore Wesserle! - Mon., June 30

Scroll down for a complete list of upcoming Twin Cities Media Alliance/Twin Cities Daily Planet classes! Please click here to sign up for our TCMA/TCDP newsletter. News about upcoming classes and other events will be delivered to your inbox every month.

Check out our Newsroom Cafés. Come meet the editors and other Daily Planet writers, bring your suggestions for written and video stories or photo essays, either stories you want to write or that you think someone else should write. Locations vary—see below for upcoming places and times. No registration necessary—just show up! <

Email brucejohansen [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net for more information or to request a class tailored to the needs of your organization.

    

Check out notes from previous workshops and read what people are saying about them! Here are a few photos taken during a recent photography class, and an article by Paige Elliott and Zan Tomko, two participants in another. 

Our location: Many of our classes are held at the Twin Cities Daily Planet office (though many are not—see each class listing for location information). Our office is centrally located, but it can be a little tricky to find if you don't realize that we are in the Wells Fargo bank branch at 2600 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Free parking is available in the bank's parking lot; to get to our office, enter through the bank's back door—from the parking lot. You'll see the door to our office right across from the ATM. If the bank is closed, you can get into the vestibule by swiping any ATM card; otherwise, just step over to our window and give us a knock!

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Ten Social Media Sites at Heritage Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Heritage Library
20085 Heritage Dr.
Lakeville, MN 55044

Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you. This session will cover the main social media platforms active today: Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, reddit and Instagram. Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Scott Artley. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the library to register.

NEW DATE: There’s an App for That! at Merriam Park Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

So many apps, so little time. Discover which apps should be loaded on your smartphone or tablet to improve productivity for your business or organization, plus how to use and organize them. Don’t miss this fast-paced and fun-filled session. Bring your smart phone and/or tablet. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by LeAnn Suchy. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. 
CANCELED - Google Tools at Rum River Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rum River Library
4201 6th Ave. NW
Anoka, MN 55303

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing. Now there's Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and much, much, more. A Google account gives you access to a world of powerful free tools. Learn the basics about how to make the best use of Google's tools to achieve your personal and professional goals. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Steffen Ryan. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the library to register.

Make the Most of Google Docs at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Roseville Library
2180 Hamline Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113

Come and learn about Google Docs: Google's version of documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and drawings—all part of the Google Docs suite. Learn how to create, manipulate, manage and collaborate with Google Docs. This hands-on class is designed for job seekers, business owners and members of organizations seeking easy ways to collaborate digitally.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Steffen Ryan. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the library to register.

Twitter 101 for Your Business or Organization at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Roseville Library
2180 Hamline Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113

What is Twitter, and how can you use it effectively to connect with your friends, colleagues, and—for business owners—potential customers? Go from being a novice to a power user. Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and sponsored by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Jay Gabler. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the library to register.

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Roseville Library
2180 Hamline Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113

Do you have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to use it? This workshop will demonstrate how to set up an accurate profile, discover new contacts and participate in groups. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Marcos Lopez-Carlson. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the library to register.

Google Tools at Merriam Park Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing. Now there's Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and much, much, more. A Google account gives you access to a world of powerful free tools. Learn the basics about how to make the best use of Google's tools to achieve your personal and professional goals. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Brian Roemen. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the library to register.

Google Tools at Galaxie Library, Apple Valley - Pre-registration required | Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing. Now there's Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and much, much, more. A Google account gives you access to a world of powerful free tools. Learn the basics about how to make the best use of Google's tools to achieve your personal and professional goals. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by the Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Steffen Ryan. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Take Great Photos with Point-and-Shoot & Smartphone Cameras at RH Stafford Branch Library, Woodbury - Pre-registration required | Sat, 08/16/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Photographer and graphic design instructor, Zan Tomko, will demostrate simple techniques and share professional secrets for taking great photos with point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras. Composition, basic lighting skills, choosing a subject, and more will be covered in this two-hour class. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The class is free, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Google Tools at Central Library, St. Paul - Pre-registration required | Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing. Now there's Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and much, much, more. A Google account gives you access to a world of powerful free tools. Learn the basics about how to make the best use of Google's tools to achieve your personal and professional goals. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by the Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Brian Roemen. Thanks to our partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), this class is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.