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

Newsroom Cafe - North Minneapolis | Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:30pm

North Minneapolis shout out: If you want more positive images/stories from North Minneapolis in the news - join us and find out how you can help!

  • Learn how you can join the ranks of our reporters, contributing articles, photographs, opinion pieces, blogs, videos to the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  
  • Already writing for us? Good. Come and pitch us story ideas, or get feedback on your current stories. 
  • Keep in mind that the best story ideas come from group brainstorming sessions. You may not want to write the piece, but someone else at the table might.

Discover how reporting can work best when you have a sounding board! 

We'll meet at The Avenue Eatery at 4:30 p.m.  - Broadway and Emerson Avenue in North Minneapolis.

 Look for TC Daily Planet editor Kristoffer Tigue, community engagement editor Cirien Saadeh, or other TC Daily Planet people and ask us to buy your coffee!

CANCELED There’s an App for That at Waconia Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/02/2014 - 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. Call 952-442-4714 to register. 
Newsroom Cafe at Golden Thyme Coffee on Selby | Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:30pm

Discover how reporting can work best when you have a sounding board! 

  • Learn how you can join the ranks of our reporters, contributing articles, photographs, opinion pieces, blogs, videos to the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  
  • Already writing for us? Good. Come and pitch us story ideas, or get feedback on your current stories. 
  • You may not want to write the piece, but someone else at the table might.

 Look for TC Daily Planet editor Kristoffer Tigue, community engagement editor Cirien Saadeh, or other TC Daily Planet people and ask us to buy your coffee!

There's an App for That at George Latimer St. Paul Central Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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. Please call 651-266-7000 x 5 to register.
Make the Most of Google Docs at Waconia Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/09/2014 - 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 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 952-442-4714 to register. 

Newsroom Cafe at Twin Cities Daily Planet office | Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:30pm

Discover how reporting can work best when you have a sounding board! 

  • Learn how you can join the ranks of our reporters, contributing articles, photographs, opinion pieces, blogs, videos to the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  
  • Already writing for us? Good. Come and pitch us story ideas, or get feedback on your current stories. 
  • You may not want to write the piece, but someone else at the table might.

 TC Daily Planet editor Kristoffer Tigue promises snacks. 

Make the Most of Google Docs at Pleasant Hill Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 09/11/2014 - 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 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. Please call 651-450-2900 for information. 

Create a Free or Low-Cost Website at Chaska Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 09/11/2014 - 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 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 952-448-3886 to register. 

Twitter 101 at Merriam Park Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

What is Twitter, and how can you use it effectively to connect with your followers, be they friends, colleagues, and potential customers? Go from being a novice to a power user. 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 Jay Gabler. 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 651-642-0385 for information and to register. 

Google Tools at Norwood Young America Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/13/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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 the 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. To register, call 952-467-2665. 

Google Tools at Riverview Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/13/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 the 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 651-292-6626 to register. 

Facebook 101 at South Saint Paul Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Facebook is a great tool to connect with family, friends and even customers. But where do you start and find the time to fit it all in? Learn how to set up a Facebook page, distribute consistent information, grow your followers and set up editorial calendars. 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 Jay Gabler. 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 September 1. 

There's an App for That at Heritage Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/16/2014 - 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. Registration opens Sept. 2. 
Make the Most of Google Docs at Hardwood Creek Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/16/2014 - 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 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. Registration opens on 8/26. 

Google Tools at Merriam Park Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/20/2014 - 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.

There's an App for That at Park Grove Branch Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 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 begins on August 30. 
Make the Most of Google Docs at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Mon, 09/22/2014 - 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. Registration for this class begins on Aug. 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

Make the Most of Google Docs at Stillwater Public Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/23/2014 - 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. To register, contact the Information Center at 651-275-4338, Ext. 111.

Google Tools at Burnhaven Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:15pm - 8:15pm

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. Check back for details on how to register, or contact the library at 952-891-0300 for more information. 

Twitter 101 at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

What is Twitter, and how can you use it effectively to connect with your followers, be they friends, colleagues, and potential customers? Go from being a novice to a power user. 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 Jay Gabler. 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 Aug. 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

Social Media in a Flash at Heritage Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 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. Conatct the library for information on how to register. 

Become a LinkedIn Power User at Roseville Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Do you have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to use it? This workshop will demonstrate how to get the most out of your profile, use LinkedIn to search for jobs, discover new contacts and participate in groups. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one.

Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

This class is 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. Registration opens on Aug. 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

Social Media in a Flash at Bayport Public Library - Pre-registration required | Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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. Conatct the library for information on how to register. 

Social Media in a Flash at Riverview Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/27/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 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. To register, please call Riverview Library at 651-292-6626.

Google Tools at Rum River Library - Pre-registration required | Sat, 09/27/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 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 763-576-4695 for assistance. 

Video Storytelling: To Script or Not to Script - Pre-registration required | Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Whether you’re a community journalist or work for a nonprofit, video can play a crucial role in the story you tell. Learn how to find great stories, select interview subjects, and how to decide on when to script and when not to in this two-hour workshop. This class is offered in partnership with SPNN, St. Paul Neighborhood Network. Pre-registration is required. 

Hlee Lee has more than 10 years experience working in the nonprofit world. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas and first started working in video production as a youth producer at Twin Cities Public Television. She started her own business in 2011 (www.hleelee.com) working primarily with nonprofits and small businesses while fulfilling her passion of storytelling.

Getting better results from your online fundraising efforts - Pre-registration required | Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
In this workshop participants will learn how to evaluate, tweak, plan and execute their year-round online fundraising efforts, as well as tips for Give to the Max Day on November 14. Join former GiveMN Digital Strategist Jeff Achen for this highly productive workshop that will help you take an honest look at your current online fundraising efforts and provide you with tips to take it to the next level and raise even more money.
 
The class will cover the following:
  • An overview of online fundraising platforms, including mobile
  • How to choose where to deploy limited resources
  • Using visuals (photos, video and graphics) for online fundraising
  • Best practices for using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest) for online fundraising in 2014 and beyond
  • The importance of thanking your donors in ways they can’t stop talking about

This class is offered in partnership with SPNN, St. Paul Neighborhood Network. Pre-registration is required. 

Jeff Achen is owner of CallSign51, a creative services company specializing in video production, photography and website design. He loves to use videography, photography, and graphic design to tell meaningful stories. Jeff also serves as a consultant to a wide range of organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, in the area of multimedia, communication and social media strategy. He facilitates workshops on media strategies for nonprofit organizations and coaches nonprofits on video production. Jeff has also been a panelist at our annual fall media forums.