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 Lu La 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

Social Media in a Flash at Burnhaven Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:15am - 12:15pm

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. 

 

Google Tools at Stillwater Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 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. Call 651-275-4338 to register.

Como Usar las Redes Sociales para Promover tu Negocio u Organización (Registro previo de inscripción) | Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Esta clase es una introducción a las Redes Sociales y de cómo pueden ayudar a tu negocio u organización. Los temas incluidos son:

*Introducción general a las Redes Sociales: ¿Qué son las Redes Sociales? ¿Por qué mi negocio u organización debe utilizar las Redes Sociales?

* Las principales plataformas de las Redes Sociales: Descripción y uso general de las plataformas más importantes en las Redes Sociales ( Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc.)

*Mi negocio u organización en Facebook: Como crear una página en Facebook para mi negocio/organización, sus herramientas y como se usan las diferentes estrategias de  mercadotecnia a través de Facebook.

Paulino Brener

Paulino Brener es maestro, actor, director de medios de comunicación social y capacitador bilingüe originario de  Argentina. En las ciudades gemelas, él  ha estado participando en obras teatrales y danza. Desde el 2001 Paulino enseña clases español en las escuelas y en línea, utiliza el arte y los medios sociales para conectar y compartir con las personas que le rodean en cualquier parte del mundo. Paulino es un apasionado de las lenguas y la cultura, enseña a los niños artes escénicas, la herramientas tecnológicas como Google+ Hangouts, entre otras cosas.

Make the Most of Google Docs at Wescott Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 11/04/2014 - 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. Call the library at 651-450-2900 to register.

Social Media in a Flash at Stillwater Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 11/05/2014 - 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 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. Contact the Information Center at 651-275-4338 to register.

Intro to Reporting, WEEK 1: Reporting: What's it all about? - Pre-registration required | Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In this, the first in a series of three introductory classes, we will--

  • Check-in: What news do you consume?
  • Explore reporting vs. writing: What's the difference?
  • Discuss the importance of having wwwwwh firmly in mind
  • Examine what makes a good story (reader interest, news hook)
  • Leave with an assignment: good story, bad story, finding the difference

About the instructor:

Mary TurckMary Turck (editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) is the former editor of the TC Daily Planet. As editor, she recruited, trained, mentored and edited articles by many community members. Before coming to the Daily Planet in 2007, she edited Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, and worked as a freelance writer and editor. In earlier years, she practiced law, taught in elementary schools, colleges and prisons, and worked as a community organizer.

Kristoffer TigueNOTE: Editor Kristoffer Tigue will be participating in these classes. 

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 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. 
  • Please note that the Daily Planet is located in the same building as it's always been, but 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.) 
  • 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. 
  • To get to our office, ring the bell at the front door, shared with Triangle Park Creative


CANCELED - Using Stories for Social Change, pt 2 of a 2-part class (Pre-registration required) | Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

How can communications, storytelling, organizing, and advocacy work together to build towards transformative social change? This 2-part course, co-facilitated by Eleonore Wesserle and Cirien Saadeh, will provide a brief but deep dive into the role of stories in working for social justice. We'll practice articulating both the stories we strive to dismantle and the stories we aim to elevate. We’ll discuss framing, how to build a transformative story, and tools for telling and distributing stories for social change. You have a story. What are you going to do with it and why? 

Twin Cities Media Alliance 2014 Fall Media Forum--Communicating for Impact: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference - Pre-registration recommended | Sat, 11/08/2014 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize--Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story

Nekima Levy-PoundsThis year’s keynote speaker, Nekima Levy-Pounds, has much to say about privilege and the role it plays in determining whose voices and stories are given authority, shared, heard...and not heard--and why it matters. A University of St. Thomas law professor, Levy-Pounds is director of the Community Justice Project, an award-winning civil rights legal clinic, board chair of the Minnesota African American History Museum & Cultural Center, and a frequent media commentator. 

Also confirmed: Spoken word artists Kevin YangTish Jones, and Chilli Lor; KMOJ’s Lissa Jones (executive director of the Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center); Adja Gildersleve, who will screen Forbidden Fruit: Hidden Gems of the Northside; Youthprise artist-in-residence Nancy MusinguziNAVIGATE MN's executive director, Emilia Gonzalez Avalos; community-based photographer and video storyteller, Hlee Lee; artist/activist Ricardo Levins Morales; John Capecci, Capecci Communications, who will offer practical advice on communications strategy and cause marketing; Alisha Volante of Socially Conscious Social Studies.

Space at UROC is limited and pre-registration is requested. Early registration is highly recommended as we anticipate the event may sell out. Same-day registration begins at 9:00 a.m; program starts promptly at 9:30. Lunch is an option for those who pre-register. A limited number of scholarships are available; please email Cirien Saadeh, cisaadeh [at] gmail [dot] com. The program ends at 2:45 pm.

Google Tools at Rondo Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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 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. Call 651-266-7400 to register.

There’s an App for That at Highland Park Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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.  Call the library at 651-266-7000 to register.

Intro to Reporting WEEK 2: Focusing the Story - Pre-registration required | Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In week two of this three-part series, we will:

  • Check-in: two minutes each to describe a good story, a bad story, and tell why
  • Go over headlines and leads - What's your story?
  • Talk about stakeholders - Who cares?
  • Start in the middle - write the story, then find the lead
  • Mix it up (structure of story, including quotes, anecdotes, 'soft' content along with news)
  • Leave with an assignment: Write a story

About the instructor:

Mary TurckMary Turck (editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) is the former editor of the TC Daily Planet. As editor, she recruited, trained, mentored and edited articles by many community members. Before coming to the Daily Planet in 2007, she edited Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, and worked as a freelance writer and editor. In earlier years, she practiced law, taught in elementary schools, colleges and prisons, and worked as a community organizer.

NOTE: Editor Kristoffer Tigue will be participating in these classes. 

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 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. 
  • Please note that the Daily Planet is located in the same building as it's always been, but 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.) 
  • 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. 
  • To get to our office, ring the bell at the front door, shared with Triangle Park Creative
There’s an App for That at Wentworth Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 11/13/2014 - 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. Contact the library at 651-450-2900 to register.

 

Google Tools at Oakdale Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 11/13/2014 - 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 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 at Highland Park Library - Pre-registration | Sat, 11/15/2014 - 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 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. 

There’s an App for That at Chanhassen Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 11/17/2014 - 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. 

 

 

Make the Most of Google Docs at Scott County Government Center - Pre-registration required | Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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 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. Call 952-707-1770 to register.

Intro to Reporting WEEK 3: Finishing the Story - Pre-registration required | Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In this, the third of our three-session intro to reporting class, we will:

  • Check-in: two minutes to describe the best part of reporting your story so far
  • Photos or video
  • Fact-checking and amplification via online research
  • Connections to other stories and to action ideas
  • Getting input from stakeholders -- in story, in comments
  • Planning to maximize readership -- Facebook, Twitter, emails, partner publications 
  • Submit first drafts of stories 

About the instructor:

Mary Turck (editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) is the former editor of the TC Daily Planet. As editor, she recruited, trained, mentored and edited articles by many community members. Before coming to the Daily Planet in 2007, she edited Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, and worked as a freelance writer and editor. In earlier years, she practiced law, taught in elementary schools, colleges and prisons, and worked as a community organizer.

NOTE: Editor Kristoffer Tigue will be participating in these classes. 

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 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. 
  • Please note that the Daily Planet is located in the same building as it's always been, but 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.) 
  • 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. 
  • To get to our office, ring the bell at the front door, shared with Triangle Park Creative
Making the Most of Video on your Smartphone - Pre-registration required | Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Have you ever heard that the best camera is the one you have with you? In today's mobile-equipped world, the ability to film a video is right in your pocket or bag. In this workshop, you'll learn and practice some fundamental tips for getting the best video you can from your smartphone, starting from setting up your default video app, to shooting tips, to uploading, sharing, and making simple edits in YouTube. You will learn these techniques on YOUR smartphone in this workshop, so please make sure to bring it with you! This class is offered in partnership with SPNN, St. Paul Neighborhood Network. Pre-registration is required. NOTE: A minimum of 8 students is required for this class to be held. 

Eleonore WesserleEleonore Wesserle is a trainer and facilitator with Line Break Media, which works with organizations and individuals on building their capacity to tell their stories through traditional and digital media. Coming from an activist background, she helps organizations weave their communications strategy into their movement strategy so that both can become more effective. 

Social Media in a Flash at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 11/24/2014 - 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 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. 

Facebook 201 for Your Business or Organization at Dayton’s Bluff Library - Pre-registration is required | Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

This Facebook class is for businesses that have a Facebook presence but want to optimize it further. We'll cover strategic approaches for marketing on Facebook based on audience and business goals. This class will also cover Facebook advertising and promoted posts. 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 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. Call the library at 651-266-7000 to register.

Google Tools at Roseville Library - Pre-registration is required | Tue, 11/25/2014 - 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 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.