WHAT:A Higher Definition of Media: Annual Breakfast Fundraiser!
DATE: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
TIME: 7:30 – 8:30 AM
LOCATION: Mi Casa Resource Center, 360 Acoma St. Denver, CO 80223
Please join us in welcoming Whitney Simkins, our new Media Education intern.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Robert McBeath and Jacob Benson
700 Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80204
(720) 222-0159 ext. 202
OPEN MEDIA FOUNDATION HOSTING NEW PROJECT TO COMBAT LOCAL POVERTY AND INCREASE TECH CAPACITY FOR NONPROFITS
Denver, CO, January 30th, 2014 – Open Media Foundation (OMF) is announcing a new location for the national HandsOn Tech program: a collaboration between AmeriCorps VISTA, Google, and the Points of Light Foundation. OMF’s HandsOn Tech program will mobilize passionate volunteers skilled in technology to deliver trainings to local nonprofits, as well as work one-on-one with small, poverty-focused organizations to create and implement comprehensive technology plans that improve efficiency and effectiveness in the nonprofit sector. By providing free trainings and working with nonprofits to expand their tech capacity, HandsOn Tech helps these organizations use technology to achieve their missions, leading to improved community resources and ultimately bettering outcomes for communities of lower income.
HandsOn Tech began three years ago, with Denver being added this year. In the other participating cities, VISTA members and skills-based volunteers have trained over 7,700 nonprofit organizations in communities across the country. Together with the Open Media Foundation, HandsOn Tech Denver aims to train hundreds of local nonprofits to adopt modern tools to increase capacity for change, in addition to enacting over 30 comprehensive tech plans for select nonprofits.
“The Open Media Foundation has been providing services, training, and tools to nonprofits for almost a decade now, and this new partnership really expands our capacity to serve our nonprofit community. We encourage volunteers and nonprofits alike to visit http://openmediafoundation.org/handsontech to sign up!” said Tony Shawcross, Executive Director of the Open Media Foundation.
HandsOn Tech Denver will be hosting two tech trainings for nonprofits this month at the Open Media Foundation. On February 12th, the digital marketing agency, 90octane, will be leading a workshop on Google Analytics and Search Engine Optimization for Nonprofits. Open Media Foundation staff will deliver a Livestreaming for Nonprofits training on February 19th.
HandsOn Tech Denver is a project of the Open Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to putting the power of media and technology in the hands of the people.
About the Open Media Foundation:
The Open Media Foundation (OMF) works to put the power of media technologies in the hands of civic-minded individuals and groups. OMF produces high-end media content for nonprofits and public sector organizations. It also provides access to affordable media education and technical resources to anyone interested in expressing their own voice. In addition, OMF operates Denver Open Media, Denver’s public access TV station. To find out more about OMF, visit www.openmediafoundation.org.
For more information contact: Robert McBeath and Jacob Benson, Open Media Foundation, 700 Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado, 80204, 720-222-0159 ext. 202, email@example.com.
Please join us in welcoming Sarah Shirazi, OMF's new Business & Finance Director.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Colorado, attend CU – Denver and have worked for nonprofits across Colorado for 7+ years, gaining experience in financial management, fundraising and event planning. In my free time I enjoy exploring Colorado, practicing yoga, and taking pictures.
Why do you think community media centers are important?
Community media centers allow everyday people to get involved in the media dialogue and offer alternate perspectives. This is especially important today and for our future because so much of how we communicate and learn is through media.
How do you plan to apply your knowledge, experience and skills to your position at OMF?
I plan to use my years of nonprofit experience and keen eye for detail to advancing the business and accounting operations at OMF.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself running a nonprofit or small business. When I retire, I could see myself running for office, like city council.
Denver based stylistic indie-folk band FAR OFF COAST will be Featured in DENVER OPEN MEDIA's January 2014 First Friday Broadcast Event.
Every first Friday of the month, DOM holds a free community event, which spotlights local performance groups, musical acts and non-profit organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast channel 57 and re-broadcast on channels 56, 57 and 219.
Free food from Illegal Pete's will be available. Adult beverages will also be available. Please come out and enjoy the performance in person: STUDIO A, 700 Kalamath Street Denver, CO 80204
Doors at 6:30 pm - ALL WELCOME
Free Live Show at 7 pm
Or watch locally:
Denver Comcast Channel 57
Or online at: https://www.denveropenmedia.org/livestream_57
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page here
*Further information to follow regarding The Non-Profit Spotlight.
Hope to see you there!
Bill Freud (center) with co-host Nancy Ulrich
DOM producer Bill Freud is co-producer of the show Far More Colorado, an interview show which provides a forum for people making a difference in Colorado. Bill is the recent winner of the Top-Rated DOM Show Independent Voice Award, given at the 7th anniversary celebration of DOM in December for his show Heartfelt Christmas.
How did you become interested in creating media?
My mother, Farmor, first got me interested in television. She worked for over 20 years at a public access station in Fairfax, Virginia and watches DOM via streaming media. I purchased my first video camera in the mid 1990s when my children were born. After making a number of home movies and covering their elementary school events, friends began asking me to produce video for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events.
Tell us about your show/project. What is its message?
Heartfelt Christmas, the show that won the DOM award for highest rated show, was an original play written by my good friend Kevin Rawlins and produced by Eternal Body Productions. It told a Christmas story with an urban feel, dealing with the importance of forgiveness, not judging others, and remembering the "true" meaning of Christmas.
I also produce an interview show on DOM called Far More Colorado. The aim of this interview program is to provide a forum for people who are making a difference here in Colorado. Last season, we featured many members of the Colorado legislature as well as local writers, performers, and people serving the community via non-profit organizations. In the coming season, Far More Colorado will be recorded both on location and in the DOM studios. I hope to bring a slice-of-life feel to the program by interviewing people in their homes and offices.
Nancy Ulrich was the host for season one and will continue to host in season two, but we will have other people hosting as well. Nancy is co-producer of Far More Colorado and she agrees that we'd like to give community members the opportunity to serve as hosts as well as being our guests.
What do you do outside of producing videos?
I work in media production full time. In 2011, I founded Freud Media Productions to create audio and video productions for individuals, businesses, and organizers of special events. My business mission is to help people communicate their message. On the personal front I enjoy sports, dining, listening to music, and spending time with my two teenagers.
Why is public access television important?
Public access TV provides equipment and education that prepares community members to develop their own programming. Additionally, it provides studios and broadcast facilities for community programming to reach a large audience.
Why do you enjoy producing public access content?
Producing public access content lets me show others what the world looks like to me. Selecting the topics, then recording and editing my programming is a form of creative expression. Public access submissions that I have produced range from short movies and plays to serious interviews with political officeholders in Colorado. Denver Open Media provides me with a forum to share the content that I produce. DOM also serves as a gathering place to meet and work with interesting people.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
700 Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80204
OPEN MEDIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES "INDEPENDENT VOICES" AWARD WINNERS
Denver, CO, December 2, 2013 – Each year, the Open Media Foundation hosts an event celebrating independent voices in Denver. Of the hundreds of nonprofits and thousands of individuals served every year, OMF selects two individuals and two organizations to honor, recognizing their innovative use of new media to promote positive social change. The award winners will be recognized on-air during the 7th anniversary celebration of OMF’s Public Access TV Station, Denver Open Media, on December 6th at 700 Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80204.
The two nonprofit organizations to be honored are The Colorado Trust and The Bell Policy Center, both of which have worked with the Open Media Foundation throughout 2013.
“The Colorado Trust is doing an amazing job of getting the word out about health equity, working with OMF to stream their ‘Health Equity Learning Series’ live via YouTube,” said Tony Shawcross, ED of the Open Media Foundation. “The Colorado Trust believes all Coloradans should have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live. By live streaming the Health Equity Learning Series events with Open Media Foundation, we are partnering with communities to increase awareness and understanding of health equity statewide” added Ned Calonge, MD, President and CEO, The Colorado Trust.
The Bell Policy Center was chosen for the Independent Voices Award 2013 in recognition of their Policy Tool Kit and their ongoing efforts to educate our community on issues that impact us the most. “At the Bell Policy Center, we work on ideas that open doors for people, that create opportunity. We start with research, but our goals are aimed at real people, whether it is ensuring that third-graders are good readers, or helping high school students get a start on college with concurrent enrollment, or reforming payday lending, or explaining health care reform. It's important that we share our work and our ideas in ways that inspire and inform people. The award from the Open Media Foundation is very gratifying. It tells us that what we are doing is working -- and to keep up the good work.” - Joe Watt, Communications Director, The Bell Policy Center
Three individuals will also be recognized, including
Dan Landes: Author, Restaurateur, and Supporter of local arts as owner of Watercourse Foods, City O City, and the Deer Pile, among other businesses in Denver and abroad.
Bill Freud: Producer of the Top-Rated DOM show of 2013, “A Heartfelt Christmas”. Viewers of DOM gave the show a 99% average rating, making it the highest-rated show among thousands of programs submitted to DOM.
About the Open Media Foundation:
The Open Media Foundation (OMF) works to put the power of media technologies in the hands of civic-minded individuals and groups. OMF produces high-end media content for nonprofits and public sector organizations. It also provides access to affordable media education and technical resources to anyone interested in expressing their own voice. In addition, OMF operates Denver Open Media, Denver’s revolutionary public access TV station, managed entirely by viewers, with a programming schedule generated through viewer voting/rating. To find out more about OMF, visit www.openmediafoundation.org.
For more information contact: Rebecca Garner, Open Media Foundation, 700 Kalamath St, Denver,CO, 80204, (720)839-8756, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember to vote for your favorite DOM shows. It's easy! Go to denveropenmedia.org, watch a show, and then click on the number of stars you think that show deserves. The DOM website will tally all of that show's votes and generate its Bayesian score.
Hold your hand up high if you are familiar with the terms Bayesian Probability or Bayesian Average. Perfect! Here's the Bayesian formula we use to tally your DOM show ratings. It requires a little digging to discover what this statistical calculation jargon is really all about. Back in the 18th century, a fellow named Thomas Bayes came up with a mathematical formula to model statistical data that considered sources of uncertainty. In other (simple) words, you can actually compare apples to oranges by using Bayesian Probability. The comparison is to judge the impact of apples to oranges with regards to how and how often they are consumed as individual fruit types.
Here's the important part: The tally, or assessment, of the Bayesian Average is not conducted by putting the same amount of apples and oranges out on a cart labeled "FREE - take one or the other" and seeing which fruit type is consumed first. With Bayesian interpretation, you can present apples and oranges to passers-by with or without a "FREE - take one" label and you can take consideration and calculate other factors like apples may be out of season, so having them available may or may not give them a popularity advantage. Or the display lights are brighter on the oranges so they appear more tasty than the apples. These and other factors can be easily calculated using this simple formula.
OK! Maybe it's really not all that easy to figure out the Bayesian Average, but it is easy to vote on the DOM shows that you like. Just click on how many stars you feel a show deserves, and we will let the computers do the complicated Bayesian calculations to determine the impact of your votes.
Garey is from Los Angeles, California, and attended a few universities before finally earning a Business Management degree from CSU. He is currently working on his Masters. Garey has been in Colorado off and on (mostly on) since the mid 90s and loves to travel. He is quite fond of Colorado but often misses the ocean.
Garey describes himself as "a media technology addict" and can justify the addiction by referring to it as a "the persistent pursuit of quality". He has been making noise, music and pictures since he was a child. Garey has toured with bands and produced records for companies. Currently, he is fascinated with macro photography and experimenting with macro videography. His media goal is to merge noise-making and photography.
Garey is very excited to be selected as OMF's Member Relations Manager. He is looking forward to meeting all the members face-to-face and finding how he can help to achieve their media goals. He is happy to assist members with anything.
Please stop by Garey's desk, introduce yourself and let him know how he may be of assistance to you.
A partnership between AmeriCorps VISTA, the Points of Light Foundation, Google and the Open Media Foundation, HandsOn Tech Denver is designed to transform how nonprofits use and embrace technology in the Denver area. Its mission is to increase the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector's use of technology and ultimately improve outcomes for low-income communities and families. Projects include hosting technology seminars for nonprofits and working with skill-based volunteers to craft and implement technology assessments for poverty-focused nonprofits.
HandsOn Tech Denver is comprised of two AmeriCorps VISTA members who fill the roles of consultants, trainers, and program managers:
Robbie McBeath is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in media studies. He hopes to have a career working with community organizations to craft communications policy that works to reduce the digital divide, foster media literacy programs, and expand the discourse around social issues and technology. He enjoys reading works by David Foster Wallace, watching the Twilight Zone, and listening to the band Rush. He is eagerly awaiting another Chicago Cubs championship.
Jacob Benson recently graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in political science. Upon graduation, he left his home state to work with nonprofits in Denver and is interested in expanding opportunities through the use of technology. He is looking forward to creating positive social change in the Denver community and enjoying the amazing hiking, camping, and fly-fishing opportunities that Colorado has to offer.
Hold your hand up high if you are familiar with the terms Bayesian Probability or Bayesian Average. Perfect! Here's the Bayesian formula we use to tally your votes.
It required a little digging for me to discover what this statistical calculation jargon was really all about. Back in the 18th century a fellow named Thomas Bayes came up with a mathematical formula to model statistical data that considered sources of uncertainty. In other (simple) words, you can actually compare apples to oranges by using Bayesian Probability. The comparison is to judge the impact of Apples to Oranges with regards to how and how often they are consumed as individual fruit types.
Here's The Important Part: The tally, or assessment of the Bayesian Average is not conducted by putting the same amount of Apples and Oranges out on a cart labeled "Free take one or the other" and seeing which fruit type is consumed first.
With Bayesian interpretation, you can present Apples and Oranges to passers by with or without a "Free take one" label and you can take consideration & calculate other factors like Apples may be out of season so having them available may or may not give them a popularity advantage. Or the display lights are brighter on the oranges so they appear more tasty than the apples. These and other factors can be easily calculated using this simple formula:
Ok! maybe it's really not all that easy.
Please remember to Vote on the DOM shows that you like.
Remember, it is very easy to tell everyone how many stars a show deserves. And we will let the computers do the complicated Bayesian calculations to determine how to interpret the impact of your votes.
Check my facts here:
December 3, 2013:
The Open Media Foundation is announcing the availability of a new, high-speed, 2K/4K Professional Production video camera. The Sony NEX-FS700RH is available to rent at affordable rates.
In addition to the non-commercial equipment access provided through DOM Memberships, Open Media Foundation also offers professional production equipment for commercial rental.
From steadicams to light kits, DOM offers top-notch equipment at competitive prices. All commercial rental proceeds benefit Denver's community-run Public Access TV station and DOM’s education programs.
DOM has long offered HD Sony cameras, but as of December, the new Sony NEX-FS700RH will be available, bringing a new level of quality to the equipment available at DOM. Unlike previous cameras, which shot at 1080HD, the FS700 is capable of shooting 2K and 4K video. Equally important, the camera can shoot at speeds up to 10x the standard 30 frames per second, meaning smoother, clearer slow-motion footage. On its own, the camera is limited to 1080HD, but adding the Odyssey 7Q from Convergent Design makes 2K and 4K recording possible.
The Odyssey 7Q monitor also adds professional waveform monitoring in the field, as well as up to 240fps in 2K. Even without the 7Q recorder, the FS700RH has high-speed recording capabilities and a superior HD image, thanks to its over-sized, 4K Super-35 sensor, recorded on convenient SD storage. This amazing Sony camera comes with the SELP18200 E mount 18–200mm F3.5–6.3 OSS Lens. The NEX-FS700RH boasts 11x zoom power and Optical image stabilization with an advanced active mode that lets you take steady handheld shots while walking around – even without a stabilization rig.
For examples of the FS700 in action visit:
For a full list of features visit:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up mostly in northeastern Wyoming, but I was born in Denver, so I still consider myself a native! I have a BA in religion from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a MA in theology from Denver Seminary. I've lived in New Mexico; Texas; Wyoming; Tennessee; Washington, DC; and Summit County, Colorado, but I've been a full-time Denver resident for five years. The best thing I've ever done was walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I love all things orange, movies, brunch, and my two cats, Harry and Giuseppe.
2. How did you become involved with Open Media Foundation?
I came across OMF through a basic search for nonprofits in Denver that offered internships. TV and film have always been a huge part of my life, so the opportunity to gain some experience in that field, in addition to getting to serve the community and learn a little more about development, immediately piqued my interest. The more I learned about OMF, the more I excited I got about coming on board!
3. Tell us why you decided to do an internship with OMF?
After I earned my masters degree, I struggled with the best way to use it. I've always known I wanted to work in the nonprofit world, because community service and social justice are hugely important to me. Once I found OMF, I felt like it was the perfect fit because it combined some of the things I am most passionate about -- community development, education, and TV!
4. What are you currently doing with OMF with regards to development and fundraising?
The biggest focus for the development team right now is preparing for OMF's Independent Voices anniversary dinner and silent auction in December. I love that I get to interact with all of our awesome vendors, sponsors, and donors! I feel like I am really getting to know some of the coolest businesses in our community. Last week I got a personal tour of a local soda bottling plant and a sample right off the assembly line!
5. What have you gotten out of your experience with OMF?
So far, the experience I am gaining within the fundraising and development realm has been invaluable. These are skills that I will undoubtedly be able to take with me as I continue on any career path. I also hope to take advantage of the many film production classes that OMF has to offer.
6. Why do you think community media centers are important?
There are so many amazing stories from within our communities that NEED to be heard, but the voices telling them don't always have the resources available to make themselves heard. The collaborative, cooperative, supportive nature of places like OMF offer a platform for communication and education. It creates a collective pool of ideas, experience, and knowledge that we can all benefit from to make our communities stronger. The potential is really pretty amazing.
(Denver, CO) August, 23, 2013 - Open Media Foundation has won a prestigious Award of Merit from the Best Shorts Competition. The award was given for the Open Media Foundation’s annual production for “Denver Kids,Inc.” The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film industry. Information about Best Shorts Competition and a list of recent winners can be found at www.bestshorts.net. This is the second award given to this particular video, winning the 2013 Award of Distinction from Videographer Awards earlier in 2013.
The video, which can be seen at openmediafoundation.org and on YouTube at http://youtu.be/eObRjmgqEm8, was created in the spring of 2012 for the Denver Kids, Inc. annual fundraising breakfast. The video portrays how the work of Denver Kids, Inc. is helping at-risk Denver Public Schools students to better understand the impact of their choices, exploring new paths that may lead to a more fulfilling future.
“We’ve been lucky to work with the talented team at OMF for several years now,” said Denver Kids Inc Executive Director, Glenna Norvelle. “These videos are a key tool in sharing the impact of the work we do at Denver Kids, and nobody is better at getting to the core of nonprofit work as OMF,” Norvelle added. “Each year, with each new video, we seem to raise the bar a bit higher, and this year’s video was unlike anything I’ve seen in the nonprofit realm,” said Norvelle.
In winning Best Shorts laurels, Open Media Foundation joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs the Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts laurels are not easy to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Best Short Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of the competition is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
About Open Media Foundation: A Denver-based nonprofit organization with the mission of putting the power of media technologies in the hands of the community, the Open Media Foundation provides high-end communications services for nonprofits and public sector organizations including custom software development, video production and web design. OMF also provides access to affordable media education and technical resources to anyone interested in expressing their own voice through the media. OMF operates Denver Open Media, Denver’s unique user-run public access TV station. Learn more at openmediafoundation.org. ### For more information contact: Tony Shawcross || Executive Director || Open Media Foundation 700 Kalamath Street || Denver, CO 80204 || 720-222-0159 x200 || email@example.com
We’re excited to announce that the Open Media Foundation has received an Award of Distinction in the 17th annual Videographer Awards for its video production “Denver Kids, Inc.". The video was created in the spring of 2012 for the Denver Kids, Inc. annual fundraiser event. It portrays how the work of Denver Kids, Inc. is helping Denver Public Schools students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments to successfully complete high school, explore post-secondary options and become contributing members of the community. The Videographer Awards is one of the most coveted awards in the video industry. It is designed to identify communication professionals who are raising the standards of the industry and to give winners and their clients the recognition that the work they are producing is outstanding and highly regarded by their peers. In the Videographer Awards 2013 competition, winners got selected from more than 1,500 entries from throughout the United States and 11 other countries, submitted to 166 categories under the headings of Video Production, Web Based Production and Television Production. The Award of Distinction was awarded for projects that exceeded industry standards. Approximately 12 percent of the entries won this award. The Videographer Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (www.amcpros.com). The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media productions and freelance professionals who have entered AMCP programs.
View the video here: Denver Kids, Inc.