Getting the Word Out: New Strategies for Engaging Diverse Communities

This isn't a regular NetSquared Meetup, but all NetSquared Meetup members are invited to participate in the Twin Cities Media Alliance's Ninth Annual Fall Media Forum on Saturday, November 23: Getting the Word Out: New Strategies for Engaging Diverse Communities, featuring panels, workshops and a keynote presentation by hiphop artist Guante.

Why did we invite a hip-hop artist to be the keynote speaker at the Twin Cities Media Alliance's ninth annual fall media forum?
Easy. The theme of this year's forum is "Getting the Word Out: New Strategies for Engaging Diverse Communities." And hip-hop performer Guante has a lot to say about how activists, artists and non-profits can use media more effectively.

Aside from being a critically-acclaimed hip hop artist and two-time National Poetry Slam champion, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre is a longtime media justice advocate-- from founding an alternative publication in college, to being a founding member of the Opine Season op-ed co-op, to blogging regularly, to running social media trainings for artists and activists, and more. His writing and/or multimedia work has been featured at The Progressive, Racialicious, Feministing, the Asian-American Literary Review, Rain Taxi, MSNBC and elsewhere.

Space is limited and pre-registration is requested. Same-day registration begins at 9 a.m; program begins at 9:30. A limited number of scholarships are available on request, thanks to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, the Bush Foundation. Here's the link to our registration page:

We're still finalizing the details - -but here's some of what we have planned:

Morning presentations:
Welcome to North - video by Josh Chitwood and Morgan Jensen

Keynote by Guante: How can non-profits, artists and activists better use social media to amplify underrepresented voices?

Panel: Media Strategies for Engaging Diverse Communities:

Alberto Monserrate, Latino Communications Network
Tom Gitaa, Mshale
Alfred Standing Bull, The Circle
David Kang, Hana Media & Development
Julia Opoti, The Minneapolis Foundation
​Showcase: Best Practices, Effective Tools:

Jason Tanzman Cycles for Change
DeAnna Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts
Lolla Mohammed Nur, Twin Cities Daily Planet
Chaun Webster - Free Poets Press
Karyssa Jackson, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Wintana Melekin, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
Lunch Break / Performance: Guante

Afternoon program:

Breakout sessions:

Media Access, Media Justice - moderated by Lolla Mohammed Nur, Twin Cities Daily Planet
Tips and Tools for Keeping Social Media Under Control - Brian Roemen, Backpack Tactics, LLC.
Local Media Platforms for Engaged Citizens - Jay Clark, University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
Community Storytelling: People, Place, and Passions - Jen Kohan, Woodshed Consulting
Nonprofits Telling their Story to Make a Difference, A Community Workshop Sampler
Data and Your Neighborhood: Resources to Create Community Change: F Jeff Corn (CURA) and Ruth Hamberg (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.
Location: The University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach Center is located at 2001 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis. Ample free parking in the UROC parking lot, and on-street nearby.

Everyone is welcome to attend the morning sessions, the afternoon sessions or both.

I hope you will be able to join us - and please invite your friends.
Best regards,

Jeremy Iggers

Executive director, Twin Cities Media Alliance

Twin Cities Media Alliance Fall Media Forum
November 23, 2013
University of Minnesota
UROC - Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Free and open to the public.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: The Bush Foundation

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