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

Crowdfunding: Everybody's Game! Part I - Pre-registration required | Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Do you work for a nonprofit? Are you an entrepreneur? An artist? Do you have a project that you’re eager to move on, but don’t have the funds? Would you like to bypass traditional sources, such as foundations and banks?

Crowdfunding can be an easy and fun way to raise money and bring your idea to life by stirring interest and creating true buy-in among community members, but it helps to go in knowing what you’re doing.

In this two-part, hands-on workshop, you will discover answers to such questions as:

  • What is crowdfunding really and why is it a billion dollar industry? 
  • How can crowdfunding help my idea, program, or nonprofit organization; is it right for me? 
  • What are the best platforms and what process can I take?
  • How do I set a reasonable goal, plan a dynamic campaign, and create enticing rewards?
  • What are next steps after a successful crowdfunding effort?

All participants will walk away from the two sessions with the beginnings of a concrete plan for their next crowdfunder. So, come prepared with your laptop or tablet, be ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the project you wish to raise money for.

We strongly encourage attendees to sign up for both classes. Participants will be split up into groups and will begin projects on the first day that will be finished on the second. Between sessions you'll have time to work on your plans. Pre-registration is required. Register for part I here and part 2 here

Kevin Vollmers headshotInstructor Kevin H. Vollmers has successfully led various crowdfunding efforts. He is the Executive Director of Gazillion Strong and founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC and Gazillion Voices Magazine. In his previous life, Kevin worked as a fundraiser for The George Washington University and Second Harvest Heartland, and was a part of the communication and outreach teams for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Kevin's work on the intersectionality between adoption, race, culture, identity, performance, art, politics, pop culture, and social movements has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, ColorlinesRacialiciousHyphenThe Good Men ProjectDaily Beast, and Fox News. He is the publisher of books, a contributor to Entertainment Weekly’s The Community and host of KFAI’s Gazillion Voices Radio

Location: The Common Table is located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, at the edge of the Augsburg College campus and the University of Minnesota's West Bank. It is accessible by Metro Transit bus lines 2 and 7 on Riverside Avenue, 22 on Cedar Avenue, and is a short walk from light rail Green Line and Blue Line. Parking on the street is free after 6:00 p.m. There are also parking ramps nearby. 

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at Robert Trail Library Rosemount - Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/03/2015 - 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. Registration for this class opens at 10:00 a.m. on February 17. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Chaska Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/03/2015 - 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.

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Wescott Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 03/04/2015 - 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. Registration for this class opens on 2/18 at 10:00 a.m. 

Social Media in a Flash: 10-Minute Introductions to Today's Top Platforms at Inver Glen Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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. Registration opens on 2/21 at 10:00 a.m

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake) - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/07/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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 David Skarjune. 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 Park Grove Library - Pre-registration required | Sun, 03/08/2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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 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.

Cedar-Riverside Newsroom Cafe at The Common Table | Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:30pm

Interested in sharing stories and reporting news from your community or campus? Want to help shift how the neighborhood is depicted in media? Whether it's writing news stories, offering commentary, producing photo essays, doing digital storytelling, or coming with a hot tip, we'll tell you how you can contribute to the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Join editor Allison Herrera and other TC Daily Planet staff at The Common Table. 

Crowdfunding: Everybody's Game! Part II - Pre-registration required | Thu, 03/12/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

NOTE: This is the second in a two-part workshop series. We strongly encourage attendees to sign up for both sessions. Participants will be split up into groups and will begin projects on the first day (March 2) that will be finished on the second. 

Do you work for a nonprofit? Are you an entrepreneur? An artist? Do you have a project that you’re eager to move on, but don’t have the funds? Would you like to bypass traditional sources, such as foundations and banks?

Crowdfunding can be an easy and fun way to raise money and bring your idea to life by stirring interest and creating true buy-in among community members, but it helps to go in knowing what you’re doing.

In this two-part, hands-on workshop, you will discover answers to such questions as:

  • What is crowdfunding really and why is it a billion dollar industry? 
  • How can crowdfunding help my idea, program, or nonprofit organization; is it right for me? 
  • What are the best platforms and what process can I take?
  • How do I set a reasonable goal, plan a dynamic campaign, and create enticing rewards?
  • What are next steps after a successful crowdfunding effort?

All participants will walk away from the two sessions with the beginnings of a concrete plan for their next crowdfunder. So, come prepared with your laptop or tablet, be ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the project you wish to raise money for. Register for part I here and part 2 here.

Instructor Kevin H. Vollmers has successfully led various crowdfunding efforts. He is the Executive Director of Gazillion Strong and founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC and Gazillion Voices Magazine. In his previous life, Kevin worked as a fundraiser for The George Washington University and Second Harvest Heartland, and was a part of the communication and outreach teams for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Kevin's work on the intersectionality between adoption, race, culture, identity, performance, art, politics, pop culture, and social movements has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, ColorlinesRacialiciousHyphenThe Good Men ProjectDaily Beast, and Fox News. He is the publisher of books, a contributor to Entertainment Weekly’s The Community and host of KFAI’s Gazillion Voices Radio

Location: The Common Table is located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, at the edge of the Augsburg College campus and the University of Minnesota's West Bank. It is accessible by Metro Transit bus lines 2 and 7 on Riverside Avenue, 22 on Cedar Avenue, and is a short walk from light rail Green Line and Blue Line. Parking on the street is free after 6:00 p.m. There are also parking ramps nearby. 

Emerging Media Workshop with @ChrisCloud - March focus topic: Instagram - Pre-registration required | Thu, 03/12/2015 - 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. Each workshop will have a different area of focus -- from Snapchat to Pinterest! March's focus topic for the Emerging Media Workshop is InstagramWorkshops start with an overview of the topic followed by a related exercise. The second half will open up to discussion about any emerging media topics or questions you might have. 
 
We emphasize interaction and the 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
 
March location: Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, Room N-202 (Mark E. Johnson Conference Room)
 
Bring your laptop—wi-fi is available. 
 
Questions? Comments? Idea for topics? @ChrisCloud on Twitter 

Chris CloudInstructor Chris 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 Waconia Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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 Joel Barker. 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 Norwood Young America Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/14/2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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 Joel Barker. 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.

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at Rum River Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/14/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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.

Google Tools at Victoria Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Victoria Library
1670 Stieger Lake Lane
Victoria, MN 55386

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.

Social Media in a Flash: 10-Minute Introductions to Today's Top Platforms at South St. Paul Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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 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. Registration for this class opens on 2/23 at 10:00 a.m. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Highland Park Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 03/18/2015 - 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.

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Watertown Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/21/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

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.

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Northtown Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/21/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 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 Riverview Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 03/21/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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. 

Make the Most of Google Docs at Victoria Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 03/23/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Victoria Library
1670 Stieger Lake Lane
Victoria, MN 55386

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 anyone 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. 

Make the Most of Google Docs at Farmington Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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 anyone seeking easy ways to collaborate digitally.

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.

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at St Paul Central Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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.