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. 

 

Dearreon Robinson and Ruby Levine, participants in Eleonore Wesserle's recent workshop on issue framing for justice (photo: Nolan Morice, Line Break Media)

Wing Young Huie with Robert Jersak and Lula Saleh at Lake & Chicago, part of the workshop, Getting Outside Your Bubble with a Camera

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 and Newsroom Cafes 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 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. If you're traveling by bus, we're right off the 2, 7 and 67 lines. If you're coming by bike, there's a bicycle rack just outside the building. 

Please note: As of August 1, 2014, the Daily Planet has a new office space. We're now in the front of the building, not the back, so enter off of Franklin Ave. (not the parking lot.) To get to our office, ring the bell at the front door, shared with Triangle Park Creative

Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization at Shakopee Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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? Do you create accounts on every platform and get lost in the clutter? Are all platforms relevant to your goals? Attend this session and learn what social media platforms would serve your business or organization best, where to start and how to leverage them for the greatest benefit. 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 Laura Krawczyk. 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. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Stillwater Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

From social media, to email to search engines, modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. How can you ensure that your Internet browsing, purchases, email, and other online activity is safe and secure? This class will offer an overview of social media privacy, how to browse anonymously and use encryption. Discover the tools and techniques you need to protect your online information.

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. 

There's an App for That at Merriam Park Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 02/11/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

So many apps, so little time. Discover which apps should be loaded on your smart phone or tablet to improve productivity, 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 Paulino Brener. 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. 

Emerging Media Workshop with @ChrisCloud - Feb. topic: Twitter - Pre-registration required | Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
What's Tumblr? Do I need to get a SnapChat? Why is Facebook asking me to boost posts? 
 
These questions and more will be explored at the Emerging Media Workshop with @ChrisCloud -- a monthly workshop designed to help you navigate your way through the online frontier of social networks and platforms. #EMworkshop will help you cultivate the communities you want to grow for your nonprofit, small business, and/or personal projects.
 
Emerging Media Workshops are held on the second Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Daily Planet office (2600 E. Franklin, Minneapolis; enter from the front of the Wells Fargo bank buidling, the Triangle Park Creative entance.) Each workshop will have a different area of focus -- from Snapchat to Pinterest! Workshops start with an overview of the topic followed by a related exercise. The last half will open up to discussion about any emerging media topics or questions you might have. 
 
February's topic for the Emerging Media Workshop is Twitter
 
There will be an overview of Twitter’s features and services. Some subtopics we might cover: 
 
-Best practices for setting up your Twitter profile.
-Strategies for cultivating your Twitter community.
-Guidelines for writing effective tweets.
-Tweet components and their importance.
-Weekly activities that build your Twitter success.
-Tools and technologies to help excel at Twitter.
 
We emphasize interaction and the and exchange of knowledge between participants. Because of this, space is VERY limited! We ask participants to pre-register so as to guarantee that space will be available. There is a sliding scale of participation fees. Participation is free for all Daily Planet advertisers, writers, and interns. Contact Bruce Johansen to request a scholarship: brucejohansen [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net 
 
Bring your laptop—wi-fi is available.
 
Questions? Comments? Idea for topics? @ChrisCloud on Twitter 

Instructor:
 
Chris CloudChris Cloud is a Culture Maker™ with a passion for connecting people and ideas. Chris co-founded MPLS.TV, MPLSzine, and the Forever Young Dance Party. He is currently one half of the art collaborative Negative Jam​ and most recently was the Head Co-Counselor of Pizza Camp.

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at Savage Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Discover how to use open source resources such as Word Press to develop a free or inexpensive website for your small business, community organization, nonprofit, or blog. Web developers explain how to set up a site, how to navigate settings, and offer tips on how to generate traffic. Bring your tablet or laptop.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class will be taught by Tony Hanson. 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. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Hardwood Creek Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 02/21/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

From social media, to email to search engines, modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. How can you ensure that your Internet browsing, purchases, email, and other online activity is safe and secure? This class will offer an overview of social media privacy, how to browse anonymously and use encryption. Discover the tools and techniques you need to protect your online information.

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. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From social media, to email to search engines, modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. How can you ensure that your Internet browsing, purchases, email, and other online activity is safe and secure? This class will offer an overview of social media privacy, how to browse anonymously and use encryption. Discover the tools and techniques you need to protect your online information.

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. 

There's an App for That at Chaska Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

So many apps, so little time. Discover which apps should be loaded on your smart phone or tablet to improve productivity, 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 Paulino Brener. 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. 

Google Tools at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Savage Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

From social media, to email to search engines, modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. How can you ensure that your Internet browsing, purchases, email, and other online activity is safe and secure? This class will offer an overview of social media privacy, how to browse anonymously and use encryption. Discover the tools and techniques you need to protect your online information.

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. 

Social Media in a Flash: 10-Minute Introductions to Today's Top Platforms at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Discover what’s out there and get introduced to the top social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Reddit, Snapchat and Instagram. Then decide for yourself which social media tools are right for you. 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 Laura Krawczyk. 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.