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

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. 

Newsroom Cafe at Appetite for Change | Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:00pm
Appetite for Change
1200 W. Broadway Ave. #180
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Want more positive images/stories from North Minneapolis in the news? Join us to find out how you can do. 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 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 might.

We'll meet at Appetite Change at 1200 West Broadway Avenue, starting at 5:00 p.m. Come when you can. Stay as long as you'd like.

Look for TC Daily Planet community engagement editor Cirien Saadeh!

Cedar-Riverside Newsroom Cafe | Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Want more positive images/stories from Cedar-Riverside in the news? Eager to share what's happening on the Augsburg College campus? Join us to find out how you can do. 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 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 might.

Come meet Twin Cities Daily Planet editor Kristoffer Tigue and other staff members. Rumor has it there may be pizza!