You and Feb. 24th: Community Tech, Haiti, and Crisis Camps – The Who What How

All the meetup info, directions, and RSVP details are here. Hope to see you (great people, conversation starters, snacks to boot).

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Sign Up for Our Cool New Meetup.com Group!

We’ve been meeting-up for what three years now?! It’s been great. And since late last year our Meetup.com group is getting more active and organized. Please join us and meet the fun, digital tech enthusiasts that make up DC Media Makers!

Visit here to sign up.

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DC Media Makers December 2009 Meeting

Michael Dougherty and Steve Fisher are coming back to DC Media Makers in their post production phase to share “what’s up!”.

Michael (writer & director) and Steve (co-producer) have created Browncoats: Redemption, a feature-length fan film based in Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe, and all profits will benefit charities

And yes! They built a huge space ship for the movie set.

What’s going to happen: Screening the Browncoats trailer, sharing on editing, reasons for using an alternate platform for the trailer and the successes of it, what the online community is like, next steps, where they want to be in 1 year with this … and seeking feedback from DCMM in the process.

This is going to be a GREAT meetup, so RSVP now and mark it on your calendar!

(If you don’t want to join Meetup to RSVP, you can email the assistant organizer with your RSVP. Thanks!)

DC Media Makers at NPR Oct 28th: Presentation by Aram Zucker-Scharff

This month’s “conversation starter” at DC Media Makers has so many fantastic projects in the works, I can’t wait for him to spend some time with us in a few weeks.

He’s Aram Zucker-Scharff.

As technology manager, Aram is galvanizing digital projects online at George Mason University’s Office of Student Media. From community journalism to online video to video editing software, he’ll demonstrate a range of cool media seeking our feedback in the process.

Aram’s very interested in hearing reactions to:

And chocolate? It’ll be there.

Want to talk shop on Twitter? Media making conversations continue; just search the hashtag #DCMM.

DC Media Makers at NPR 9/30: 2 Great Presentations, Andy Carvin and Mana Rabiee!

IMPORTANT NOTE: September’s meeting has been moved to September 30, instead of the previously scheduled September 23.

This meeting is going to be fantastic! Look at who we have lined up for September 30th:

Andy Carvin, DC Media Makers co-founder and NPR Senior Social Media Strategist, will be speaking about PublicMediaCamp: Strengthening Public Broadcasting Through Community Collaboration.

Ever since the NPR API came out a year ago, we’ve toyed around with the idea of inviting local coders to NPR headquarters over pizza and beer to see what kinds of apps and mashups we could come up with together. It seemed like a fun idea, but we realized there was an opportunity for something even more powerful. What if we brought together all sorts of people interested in collaborating with public radio and public TV, to see what we could come up with, including digital tools, citizen journalism and other types community-centered initiatives?

As we talked with our colleagues across the public media system and beyond, it became clear we needed to host a really big camp – a national PublicMediaCamp, that is.

Mana Rabiee is an Iranian-American multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker whose career has taken her to New York, Paris, Tehran and the UK. Before coming to Washington, Mana was a news anchor for PressTV, Iran?s state-run 24-hour English-language news network. She is the recipient of documentary production grants from international film festivals and is currently in post-production on a feature-length doc about Iran?s Basij youth. Her latest video work will commence the Fall schedule of Focal Point, an online-exclusive series of documentary shorts from Wide Angle. Mana currently reports local news for WAMU-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in the nation?s capitol.

Mana will screen some of her online clips, share production notes as a documentarian, and seek feedback about her online storytelling.

…and cookies.

Also, we’ve started using Meetup instead of Socialzr, because it makes organizing these events and the RSVPs a whole lot easier (and cuts down a lot on the spam RSVPs!).

RSVP (and learn more about this month’s meeting) here: www.meetup.com/dc-media-makers/calendar/11369630/

Want to talk-up speakers on Twitter or chat on our meetups there in general? Our very own Twitter hashtag: #dcmm

Best till then (remember, September 30th),

Jill F.

C’mon, Join us! DC Media Makers at NPR 7/22nd: Tech Titan Allyson Kapin Presents on WomenWhoTech and More

Join DC Media Makers’ next meetup (at National Public Radio!)
Wed, July 22, 6:30PM-8:00PM

To RSVP:
Just sign up via this Socializr’s link: http://www.socializr.com/event/426519326

NPR and our JULY meetup:
Big thanks to guru media maker at National Public Radio – Andy Carvin – for hosting us.

DC Media Makers and you:
When it comes to making media, DC Media Makers’ preferred MO is “have fun, learn, create, share, repeat.”

So are you passionately interested in all things digital education i.e. online video, podcasts, mobile blogging, screencasting, and more?

If so – don’t walk but RUN to join in.

No matter what your level of experience with digital tech or media, there’s a place for you here. Share a favorite online video clip from your personal or professional portfolio or a new editing software or other production tips or a new project idea.

Bottom line:
DC Media Makers is the ‘big tent’ for peer learning and promoting digital literacy in DC.

Presenter(s)…aka awesome!

1.) Allyson Kapin, founder of WomenWhoTech, partner for RAD Campaign, and Fast Company tech blogger.

She was just named one of Washingtonian’s Top 100 Tech Titans. She’s launched international communities, video blog teams, and more – all related to the WomenWhoTech network which she founded. And May of this year, Allyson through the Women Who Tech TeleSummit convened over 600 women from across the US and abroad in the non-profit, political and business world for an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels featuring technology change makers such as Joan Blades of MoveOn to Charlene Li, and Lisa Stone of BlogHer to discuss getting more women involved in open source, breaking through the digital ceiling and more.

Remember:

To present at meetups – (casual style, we’re not anal) – please comment below or contact Jill Foster directly to share your professional or personal digital tech project (and the tools you’re using too!) with the group.

Contact Jill Foster: http://www.twitter.com/jillfoster.

And remember our feedback community:

–Do you want feedback on any particular media project or concept on your mind? We’re glad to listen and offer suggestions in that frank yet friendly way.

Will there be snacks?
…likely!

Address & conference room:
NPR
635 Massachusetts Ave NW
board room east (upstairs from lobby, down hall to right)
(2) blocks north of Chinatown

Metro:
Gallery Place/Chinatown, red, green, yellow lines

Upon arrival at NPR’s lobby:
Inform security you’re attending the DC Media Makers meeting. They’ll grant access from there (note above directions to the specific conference room).

To RSVP:
Just sign up via this Socializr’s link: http://www.socializr.com/event/426519326

Great media, conversation, DeepDebate and Contribune: Join DC Media Makers at NPR 6/24th in DC

Greetings Fine Media Makers,

Join DC Media Makers’ next meetup (at National Public Radio!)
Wed, June 24, 6:30PM-8:00PM

To RSVP:
Just sign up via this Socializr’s link: http://www.socializr.com/event/188910062

NPR and our JUNE meetup:
Big thanks to guru media maker at National Public Radio – Andy Carvin – for hosting us.

DC Media Makers and you:
When it comes to making media, DC Media Makers’ preferred MO is “have fun, learn, create, share, repeat.”

So are you passionately interested in all things digital education i.e. online video, podcasts, mobile blogging, screencasting, and more?

If so – don’t walk but RUN to join in.

No matter what your level of experience with digital tech or media, there’s a place for you here. Share a favorite online video clip from your personal or professional portfolio or a new editing software or other production tips or a new project idea.

Bottom line:
DC Media Makers is the ‘big tent’ for peer learning and promoting digital literacy in DC.

Presenters for our next meetup (…they’re great!):

1.) Lucas Cioffi with http://www.DeepDebate.org

Passionate about ideas, Lucas and team are exploring new ways to improve online conversations. In order to do this, they’ve built a framework which makes it easier for a very large number of people to create a structured conversation.

2.) Adam Bonnifield with http://www.Contribune.org

Contribune enables users to post all kinds of content — including news items, videos, and journal entries. Then it lets you aggregate and filter the stories that motivate people most, based on which stories actually lead people to donate, sign petitions, volunteer or complete other custom conversion activities.

3.) Speaker pending (hopefully to be announced soon!)

Remember:

To present at meetups – (casual style, we’re not anal) – please comment below or contact Jill Foster directly to share your professional or personal digital tech project (and the tools you’re using too!) with the group.

Contact Jill Foster: http://www.twitter.com/jillfoster.

And remember our feedback community:

–Do you want feedback on any particular media project or concept on your mind? We’re glad to listen and offer suggestions in that frank yet friendly way.

Will there be snacks?
…likely!

Address & conference room:
NPR
635 Massachusetts Ave NW
board room east (upstairs from lobby, down hall to right)
(2) blocks north of Chinatown

Metro:
Gallery Place/Chinatown, red, green, yellow lines

Upon arrival at NPR’s lobby:
Inform security you’re attending the DC Media Makers meeting. They’ll grant access from there (note above directions to the specific conference room).

To RSVP:
Just sign up via this Socializr’s link: http://www.socializr.com/event/188910062

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2009 Meetup Dates: DC Media Makers at NPR

**Fourth Wednesday of every month (except May and December)**

Wed, June 24

Wed, July 22

Wed, August 26

Wed, September 23

Wed, October 28

Wed, November 25**might change, yet for now this is the tentatively scheduled date for November

Happy Holidays!…no December meetup