Tony Shawcross

by Tony Shawcross

At the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Tuscon, Ariz., I participated on a panel called “New Paradigms in Fundraising.” Despite the name of the panel, my focus was more on “financial sustainability” than on fundraising, per se. I’ve outlined a variety of fundraising approaches emerging in non-commercial media in previous posts. But to me, […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

Last week, the Open Media Foundation and the Internet Archive announced a significant development in the Open Media Project, the open-source effort designed to enable more community participation and control over community media organizations. The Internet Archive Drupal Module, which was the final deliverable in OMF’s 2008 Knight News Challenge grant, was improved to provide […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

In 2008, the Open Media Foundation (then Deproduction) received a $380,000 Knight News Challenge award, and it was a major turning-point for our organization. We added staff, formed new partnerships, and maintained a level of growth that had us approximately double in size each year over our first five years after forming in 2004. The […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

Deproduction, a Denver-based nonprofit media and technology organization and Knight News Challenge winner, has reorganized as the Open Media Foundation. The nonprofit media and technology organization was founded in 2003, offering media and technology training and services to nonprofits and individuals in the Denver area. In recent years, the organization spawned Denver Open Media, the […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

Times of great change represent an opportunity to shift power, and the power shift many of us are working towards here is the democratization of the media. We seek to establish truly effective alternatives to the commercial media system, alternatives that are not relegated to obscurity. To build an effective alternative, we must begin by […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

For most of us, it’s clear that there are a few social costs that we can’t rely on the market to cover. Most of us, for example, want to ensure that a child born into poverty has access to a good education, even though that child and his/her family could not afford to pay for […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

With two months remaining in the first half of our Knight-funded Open Media Project, we’ve got a busy few weeks ahead. Last month, we brought many of Drupal’s top video and media developers together with the staff from the 7 OMP Beta-Test sites for the Open Media Camp in Denver. Next week, we’re presenting the […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

Ten members of the Deproduction team traveled to Austin this month to implement the Open Media tools at the second of 6 Beta sites, ChannelAustin. We traveled down in two RV’s and scheduled the visit to coincide with SXSW, where we hosted a core conversation as part of the interactive festival. Austin is the first […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

I’ve been following the story of Prince’s copyright battles for over a year, and found the latest development noteworthy enough to call attention to. My interest began with Prince and Universal targeting YouTube, fan sites, and housewives for a number of debatable copyright infringements in 2007. It got some good media attention at first, with […] more »

by Tony Shawcross

Urbana Public Television, the first of six Public Access TV and Community Technology Centers to implement the model and modules developed for Deproduction’s Knight News Challenge project, has launched their new Drupal website with our help. Lead Developer for Deproduction/Civic Pixel, Kevin Reynen explains the process of setting up this revolutionary new system with Kate […] more »