The Weekly Planet


News and Notes for Friends of the TC Daily Planet
July 13, 2006


* Wi-Fi Share Fair in Cedar-Riverside on Friday
* New citizen-journalist workshops planned for fall
* TCMA board to meet 7/19
* Kudos

Wi-Fi Share Fair in Cedar-Riverside on Friday
The Daily Planet will be among the organizations represented at Friday’s Wi-Fi Share Fair at the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood. The event will highlight the coming Wi-Fi pilot project, which will serve a one-square-mile area in the neighborhood. Last Saturday, a similar event was held at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in North Minneapolis, where the Daily Planet was also represented.

New citizen-journalist workshops planned for fall
Former New York Times reporter Doug McGill will be teaching another six-week journalism course at Resource Center of the Americas in September. These basic reporting/writing classes are designed to help ordinary citizens report on news in their neighborhoods for the Daily Planet. For more details, contact Doug at

TCMA board to meet 7/19
The Twin Cities Media Alliance board of directors will meet July 19 at 8 p.m. at Daily Planet headquarters, 2600 E. Franklin Ave., #2. Anyone interested in TCMA or the Daily Planet are welcomed.

One of Doug McGill’s citizen/journalists, Crystal Myslajek, filed her first Daily Planet story earlier this week. The piece outlined the challenges facing Northside residents and city planners as they work to revitalize West Broadway. . . . With the situation in Somali changing by the day, we’re fortunate to have Hiiraan Online editor Abdi Aynte describing how the events there are affecting the Somali community here. His most recent piece covered an appearance in Minneapolis by Somali legislator Dr. Ali Bashi Omar. . . . We’re grateful also to Victor Valens who sent us notice of a photo exhibit opening this weekend on Cuban families who have been separated by U.S. policies toward Cuba. . . . Mary Alterman had a great story on the recent Loft Travel Writers Festival in the Books section. While you’re there, check out Lucy Vilankulu’s interview with author Patti Frazee . . . . And, finally, thanks to Ken Avidor for his story on the bicycle parking problem at the new Midtown Exchange.

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