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

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul - Pre-registration required | Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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.

Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization at Waconia Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 04/20/2015 - 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 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 Maplewood Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/21/2015 - 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. 

Social Media in a Flash: 10-Minute Introductions to Today's Top Platforms at Maplewood Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 04/22/2015 - 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. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Stillwater Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 04/28/2015 - 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 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, Forest Lake - Pre-registration required | Sat, 05/02/2015 - 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 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. 

Written. Filmed. Reported. Digital Storytelling for New Media Reporters at IFP MN - Pre-registration required | Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Co-presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance & IFP Minnesota

Video-based reporting can convey a powerful and provocative message. From the riots in Ferguson to everyday life in your community, video-reporting can tell a story that provides immediacy and imagery to the events that shape the lives of your audience. Join media professional Jordan Lee Thompson and Twin Cities Daily Planet editor Allison Herrera to get the lowdown on how to make your video story deeply engaging. Learn the basics of planning, filming, and editing. Then… go out and create your own stories for the Twin Cities Daily Planet! Whether you’re new to journalism or an experienced print reporter wanting to explore new methods of storytelling, you’re sure to gain new skills and have fun.

Tuition: $175 regular/$130 member/$100 low-income Pre-registration is required. 

Jordan Lee ThompsonJordan Lee Thompson is an art worker and educator who works in a variety of mediums including video production, installation, projection, performance, animation, and other new media to combine his passions of participatory art, critical theory, sociology, and storytelling. Jordan has been working with digital media production since he was fourteen and now spends his days as the Youth Media Coordinator at CTV North Suburbs, where he directs the Youth Media Department and its award-winning CreaTV afterschool program. Jordan and his team develop and facilitate on-site and mobile workshops on media literacy and production for youth, helping teens write, produce, and distribute their own short films. Jordan also teaches editing classes at Minneapolis Telecommunications Network and is the Creative Director of the Twin-Cities-based multidisciplinary dance company Dance & Other Behaviors. Jordan holds a BFA in Studio Arts, a BA in Art History and Arts Management, and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Iowa. You might find him around the Twin Cities wherever there’s new theater, live music, and great food.

Allison HerreraAllison Herrera, editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet, has a broad background in youth media. She has served as IFP MN’s Youth Program Director and taught youth workshops for Saint Paul Neighborhood Network and Intermedia Arts. Allison is also a reporter and producer for AMPERS, an association of 15 independent community radio stations in Minnesota, and a freelance video producer.

Cedar-Riverside Newsroom Cafe at The Common Table | Wed, 05/13/2015 - 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.

Allison HerreraJoin editor Allison Herrera and other TC Daily Planet staff. 

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Secure Online at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 05/26/2015 - 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 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. Check back for registration information. 

Social Media in a Flash: 10-Minute Introductions to Today's Top Platforms at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Wed, 05/27/2015 - 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. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Please check back for registration information. 

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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. Please check back for registration information.