Posts Tagged ‘training’

Film Your Own TV Program with Saint Paul Neighborhood Network

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network logoHow many people know what the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network is? I’ll admit I had a vague sense of it being a community television station, but I didn’t know much about it beyond that.

There is oh so much more to the SPNN. They don’t just produce community television. They train anyone in the community who wants to learn how to produce video to make your own program.

Once you are a member of SPNN and become certified you can use our cameras, field gear, edit suites, and studios to create your program.

You cannot use SPNN gear for personal purposes, commercial content, weddings or family events.

You can use SPNN gear to tape your kid’s soccer game, public events, documentaries, and anything you want to share with the St. Paul community.

Anyone using SPNN gear must broadcast their program on one of SPNN’s five channels.

If this sounds interesting to you, the first step in your journey is to attend an Intro to SPNN class. It runs the first Tuesday of every month. The next class is Tuesday, July 1, at 6:30pm at SPNN studios. In this free class you will learn how to become an SPNN member and the basics of producing your own program. There are no pre-requisites for this class, but this class is a pre-req for a lot of the other classes SPNN offers and is required for any person or organization wanting to become a member.

For questions regarding training contact Ed Sanders at or call 651-298-8914.

Writers Wanted at Minnesota Monitor

When you apply to write for MnMon, you’re actually applying for a fellowship with the Center for Independent Media’s New Journalist program.

The term of the fellowship is 3 months with the possiblity of renewal once the term expires. The average fellowship is two three-month periods. Fellows receive:

  • a stipend of $4,500 to be paid over three months;
  • editorial mentorship from experienced editors and bloggers;
  • research tools such as Lexis Nexis and access to information databases;
  • legal information, advice and access to legal representation;
  • technical help and consulting;
  • networking opportunities with other bloggers, new media and news makers in the state;
  • possible media booking and other promotion of the work produced; and
  • possible media training and/or newsroom training.

In exchange, fellows are expected to:

  • produce 6-10 blog posts per week on average;
  • fulfill goals in original reporting, to be set on an individual basis;
  • originate news that has an impact on public debate;
  • adhere to the program’s journalistic code of ethics;
  • participate in all training sessions, meetings, and conferences.

Interested parties should check out the application form (pdf) for more info. Direct your questions and completed applications to Steve Perry.

If you’re a hardcore blogger type looking to dip your toes into a more structured reporting environment, this is your chance!

UPDATED: The folks at MnMon want you to know that they’re also interested in “freelance journalists and writers who want to work more independently in a faster-paced environment.” Not just bloggers. The blogger part was totally my own two cents and in fact they’re likely more interested in folks with a modicum of a journalism background. Which does not preclude bloggers. You know what I’m saying.

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