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. 

REGISTER NOW for Third Space Imaginary: Zines & Other Potentially Transformational Media with Chaun Webster, our monthly Social Media Clinic with Scott Artley, High-tech, Low-tech for Justice Work with Cirien Saadeh, Writing a Stronger Bio with Guante, and Taking Advantage of the Power of Social Media with Guante. 

Chaun WebsterCirien Saadeh

April/May instructors: Chaun Webster, Scott Artley, Cirien Saadeh, Guante/Kyle Tran Myhre

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! 

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. 

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 themHere 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!

Newsroom Café at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:30pm

Want to report Twin Cities news? Want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered? Join us find out how! (Added attraction: Homemade cookies!)

CANCELED - Chaun Webster - Third Space Imaginary: Zines & Other Potentially Transformational Media - Pre-registration required | Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This two-hour workshop introduces third-space theory as a paradigm for examining virtual and material intersections in art production, zines being one material example.

Take Great Photos with Point-and-Shoot & Smartphone Cameras at Hardwood Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Looking to improve your smartphone photography skills? Still having trouble with that point-and-shoot you bought a while ago?

Newsroom Café at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:30pm

Want to report Twin Cities news? Want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered? Join us find out how! (Added attraction: Homemade cookies!)

Camcorder & Smartphone Basics for One Day in the Twin Cities - Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

On April 26th hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of the Twin Cities as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners, including the Twin Cities Daily Planet, will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

April Social Media Clinic with Scott Artley - Pre-registration required | Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Do you use social media in your work? Have questions about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or other social media?

There’s an App for That! at Rum River Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rum River Library
4201 6th Ave. NW
Anoka, MN 55303

So many apps, so little time.

Newsroom Café - East Side of St. Paul | Tue, 04/29/2014 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
1365 Prosperity Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Want to see more and better East Side news? Maybe you have a story to tell. Maybe you want to tell somebody else about a story that should be covered. Join us find out how!

Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization at Farmington City Hall - Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/29/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Farmington City Hall (conference room)
430 Third St
Farmington, MN 55024
508 3rd St.

Social media tools allow you to connect with your customers, community and members, but when you run a small business or organization, time is valuable - where do you start?

High-tech, low-tech for justice work - Pre-registration required | Thu, 05/01/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

One major challenge facing community organizers and community leaders is an understanding, or lack thereof, of the technological needs and accessibilities of many communities.

GUANTE - Writing a Stronger Bio - Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Your bio--on your website, in an event program, or on social media--can be your handshake, business card and resume all in one paragraph.

Google Tools at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 05/19/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility and business marketing.

GUANTE - Taking Advantage of the Power of Social Media - Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

While Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and all the other social media networks can feel like an obstacle course for many, they're also very powerful.

Social Media Speed Dating: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Social Media Sites at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you.