October News from the Open Media Foundation

October 2016
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In this Issue
October Classes
Open Media Lab
Equipment Update
DOM Help
Take a Tour!
Interview with Executive Director
Open Music Sessions
Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo
Aid-in-Dying Initiative Public Forum
Partner Highlight
Video Client Highlight
New Staff Spotlight
October Classes
Click the class title to read descriptions and register online.

Tuesday, October 4th
6:00 - 8:00pm

Wednesday, October 5th
5:30 - 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 5th
6:45 - 8:15pm

Advanced Studio Production - Live Music
Thursday, October 6th
5:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, October 7th
5:00 - 8:00pm

Tuesday, October 11th - 12th
6:00 - 9:00pm

Wednesday, October 12th
2:00 - 3:30pm

Thursday, October 13th
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, October 15th
11:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 18th & 20th
6:00 - 9:00pm

Wednesday, October 19th
2:00 - 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 19th
5:30 - 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 19th
6:45 - 8:30pm

Saturday, October 22nd
11:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 25th
6:00 - 9:00pm
Open Media Lab
What equipment would you like to see at DOM in 2017? We want your input! Come brainstorm with us so we can give you more of what you want. After all, our gear is here for you!

Wednesday, October 19th
6:45 - 8:30pm
DOM's Top Show in August
DOM members and producers submitted their content, viewers voted and your top rated show in August is:

Congratulations to producer Michael Bliss! He will be awarded 25 DOM bucks.  Check out Michael's Bliss Productions.  

Don't forget to keep voting on denveropenmedia.org !
Equipment Update | Audio for Video
We recently did an upgrade to our broadcast playback server, which resulted in a minor change to the ingest audio settings for video. The system now requires only AAC audio, not PCM Linear audio.

If you are submitting radio content only, this will not affect you.

Step by step instructions here.

Let us know if you need assistance with this new step!
Need Help? | Check out the DOM Website!
Denver Open Media is dedicated to supporting our members!

Head over to our Help Page to find out about:
- Finding Crew
- Tutorials
- Talent and Distribution Releases
- Help Guides
- Radio Assistance
- Report a Problem
Information about equipmen t, l inks to tutorials and manuals are live on our site! We got feedback from our community for more support in learning about gear before renting, and our interns have been working hard to provide it for you. Look for a link to a video tutorial and/or manual at the top of the equipment detail page, live for most of our equipment. Take your time learning about gear to ensure you are getting the best equipment for your next studio or field shoot! Visit Equipment and Studio Rentals to get started.
Take a Tour and Get to Know Us!
What is the change you want to see in the world? Come and explore Open Media Foundation's facilities and see what we have to offer. You can hear about the many ways to get involved and the impact you can have in the community using the resources we provide. Everyone is welcome! Great for anyone new to our work and potential interns, volunteers and members.

Wednesday, October 5th & 19th
5:30 - 6:30pm
Interview with Executive Director | Open Media Project
Check out this interview with our Executive Director, Tony Shawcross talking about our innovative Platform, Open Media Project (OMP): an online government transparency portal to livestream, upload, tag and archive video of all legislative sessions.   Fast Forward Nonprofit Tech Accelerator introduces OMP:

As we near the 2017 presidential election, we are faced with a critical dilemma around civic engagement.  According to a recent report from the Knight Foundation, only 33% of millennial voters report strong trust in their local governments.  What's worse, only 29% of millennials think political engagement produces tangible results.  Government today lacks transparency and accessibility.  We can access almost anything from our mobile phones, but what if you want to know your local government's stance on a bill that's important to you?  Good luck.  You'll probably find yourself stuck laboriously searching through hundreds of pages of content, heading to the state capitol in person or watching hours of video to find what you're looking for.  And that's only if your local government is open enough to post their proceedings online.  The OMP solves these issues through their SaaS solution for governments.  The OMP software equips governments of all sizes with an online transparency portal, which allows them to upload, tag and archive video of all proceedings.  This allows citizens to access proceedings from their laptop or phone in real-time, or search for bills based on specific keywords so they don't waste hours sifting through video documents.  Check out this interview with Tony Shawcross to learn more about OMP's vision for increased civic engagement across the nation and why he believes open government is good government.

Fast Forward , is supporting the exciting development of OMP through its Nonprofit Tech Accelerator.  Read the full interview here!  
Open Music Sessions | First Friday Celebration | October 7th
Join us for this month's Open Music Sessions!  Right in the center of the Art District on Santa Fe, the only place to be in Denver on First Friday!

Local Bands - Local Comedy - Local Food - Local Beer
FREE and No Cover!

When:          Friday, October 7th, 7:00 - 9:30pm      
Where:         Open Media Foundation

Featuring Live Music From Jux County

And the hilarious comedy stylings of Brent Gill

This month's Countdown Show is dedicated to the work of Patrick Sheridan, beloved filmmaker and teacher, and gifted freelance writer. The show starts at 7:00pm in our upstairs lounge, hosted by OMF Executive Director, Tony Shawcross. If you or someone you know would like to speak about Patrick's work in Denver's film community, please contact Nicole at nicole@openmediafoundation.org.

From DOM's Studio A:
Broadcast live on Denver Comcast Channel 57
Streaming on DOM's website  

Free food and beer! Featuring  Illegal Pete's and Sexy Pizza and delicious beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company and Ratio Beerworks

Join our Facebook event and share!
Friday, October 7th
Countdown Show upstairs at 7:00pm
Open Music Sessions in Studio A at 8:00pm
Open Media Foundation
Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo | FREE Registration - Only a Few Days Left!
Join OMF at this year's Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo, October 26th - 27th, at the Crowne Plaza DIA.

The Expo will feature manufacturers, workshops and speakers with a focus on how to stay on the cutting edge of media technology.

Click here for FREE registration until October 1st!
(But don't worry, you can register until October 21st for $15)

OMF's Executive Director Tony Shawcross will be presenting on the Open Media Project and Media Education Coordinator John Aden will be giving free lessons on Adobe Premiere Pro. Be sure to stop by our booth!
Aid-in-Dying Ballot Initiative Public Forum | October 20th
Join the Colorado Independent for this public forum on aid-in-dying ballot initiative.  Amendment 145 would allow terminally ill adults to cause their own death by taking a prescription drug. 

When:          Thursday, October 20th, 6:00 - 9:00pm      
Where:         Open Media Foundation
                      700 Kalamath Street in Denver

Where do you stand on the issue?  If you're undecided or curious, attend this debate with disability rights activist, Carrie Ann Lucas, and a supporter of the amendment.  
More information here.  
Free and open to the public.
Partner Highlight | Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
Check out this video from the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC), part of their civic engagement campaign focusing exclusively on people with criminal records, Jailed Base Voting pilot project.

Many people believe that once you have a criminal record you can never vote in Colorado. This is not true! The majority of people in both the city jail and downtown detention centers are eligible to vote. Many are not aware of this and face multiple barriers to voting. To counteract this, CCJRC launched Jailed Base Voting pilot project. Working with the Denver Elections Commission and Denver Sheriff's Department,  CCJRC developed a process to assist people in the Denver Jail to exercise their right to vote. 

Building political power requires participation. 
Use Your Voice - Register to Vote & Vote!

How to Vote From Denver Jail
How to Vote From Denver Jail
The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety. They are people convicted of crime, survivors of crime and the family and allies of both. They advocate and organize for public safety strategies that are more holistic, effective and just. Learn more about CCJRC here
Video Client Highlight | SPELL
Take a look at the new video the OMF Video Production team recently completed for Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries (SPELL).

Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries
Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries
SPELL is a program through the Colorado State Library developed to ensure that low-income students arrive at kindergarten with the academic and social skills they need to succeed.  Despite major public and private investments over the past decades, more than 80% of children in poverty nationwide are not reading at grade level by the third grade.  This sets students up for failure in later grades, fueling achievement gaps and early dropout rates.  Early learning programs are the solution, giving children the skills they need to start school and learn to read successfully.   To learn more about SPELL, visit spellproject.weebly.com .

Click here to watch more projects completed by the Video Production Services team.
New Staff Spotlight | Carly Dunning
Join us in welcoming the newest member of our team, Carly Dunning!  Hailing from Pittsburgh, Carly will be with OMF for the next year as an Americorps VISTA.  

"The purpose of my life is to utilize my passion, intelligence and dedication by writing, educating, collaborating, challenging myself to create a world in which people use their privilege to create an equitable society, eradicating the systems that create privilege in the first place."