Thanks to everybody who came to our Pick of the Market dinner last month, everyone who helped to make the event a success – those of you who donated items to our silent and eBay auctions, you who bid on the items, and you who made tax-deductible contributions. And a big thanks to the folks at the Blackbird Cafe, for making it a memorable event with great food and service.
We have some exciting events coming up this month and next – a Get Connected! meetings with the Land Stewardship Project tonight, a low-cost class next week on “Using Facebook to Promote Your Business,” plus a Social Media Clinic, and the final session of our three-part Step in Up Reporting Workshop on how to write the kinds of stories that attract readers. Plus a free Newsroom Cafe workshops. Scroll down for details, and our editors’ reports.
Get Connected! is the Twin Cities Media Alliance’s series of meetings highlighting organizations working for change in the areas ofEducation, Transportation, Work, Immigrant Communities, Health and the Environment. At each meeting, you’ll have a chance to find out about the organization, how you can get involved, and how you can use social media to work more effectivelyon the issues that you care about. Each meeting also includes an opportunity to socialize and network over food and drink. Get Connected events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Tonight - Wednesday, October 10 – our engagement team will join up with the Land Stewardship Project at the Gandhi Mahal restaurant, for a unique event about how to use new media to amplify the voice of Land Stewardship Project’s members and others who care about healthy food, stewardship of the land and family farms. Among the topics we’ll discuss:
- how new media is being used to amplify organizing in rural communities
- how the Land Stewardship Project promotes and fosters the development of rural economies and new farmers while taking care of the land
- ways that the Land Stewardship Project is using new media to make positive changes for people and the land.
There will also be a learning session on using Twitter to connect and engage. We will show attendees how they can use Twitter to connect with individuals and organizations, how hashtags can be used to find and engage on topics of interest and how to find groups and people on Twitter. To sign up, click here.
We also have several more Get Connected! meetings planned for this month, with Think Small on October 23 (Education and Early Childhood Development); the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy on October 29 (the Environment and Food Justice); andEnvision Minnesota on October 30 (the Environment and Creative Placemaking.) Stay tuned for details.
Mark your calendars: ”After the Elections: Change Work, New Media and the Challenges Ahead” is the title of our eighth annual Fall Media Forum, to be held Saturday, November 10 at UROC, the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center of the University of Minnesota. We’re inviting all the groups and organizations that participated in our Get Connected! meetings to reunite for this event. It should be a great opportunity to find out more about how you can get connected with local organizations working for change, and how you can use media tools to engage more effectively. More details to follow.
To find Mary, just look for the laptop with the sticker that says “I heart the First Amendment.”
- Friday, October 19, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Health Care Beat. If you are interested in reporting on health care, policy issues, public health … join us and help to build a health beat. Editor Mary Turck will talk about stories we are looking for, and story ideas that you bring. We’ll be meeting at People’s Organic Coffee in Edina – on 70th Street between France and York.
Who should attend? Small business owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs interested in learning how to use Facebook to create awareness and expand business reach. This workshop is intended for individuals who are looking for ways to increase their Facebook presence and/or who are new to Facebook business pages.
Step It Up Reporting Workshop 3: Building Your Story
Opening strong, building strong
Photos, video, graphics, charts
Adding value, from links to promos
Workshops will be taught by Mary Turck, editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Enrollment is limited, with preference for active Twin Cities Daily Planet contributors. There will be incentives for those who complete the workshop and four assigned stories. Cost is $10, with scholarships available on request.