About

Boston Media Makers get together at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain on the first Sunday of each month from 10 AM – Noon.

We gather around a big table and answer the question, “What are you doing?”

If you are interested in meeting people who are working with audio and video on the web, this is a great meeting to attend. We get podcasters, videobloggers, filmmakers, artists, writers, PR and social media people. Everyone is welcome.

Sometimes we have a roundtable discussion after we hear from everyone, but there usually isn’t extra time. It’s fun.

Contact Steve Garfield for more info.

Join Media Makers groups that have already formed around the world or start your own:

Starting up:
Steve Garfield [@SteveGarfield] is coming to Toronto. Be part of the inaugural Toronto Media Makers at Mill Street Brewery Pub in the Distillery District on Thursday 11th October from 7 – 9 pm.

Event: Toronto Media Makers
Venue: Mill Street Brew Pub, 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Time: 7 – 9 pm

Register here.

Existing:
Boston Media Makers – Steve Garfield, Boston, MA
DC Media Makers – Andy Carvin, Washington, DC
NYC Media Makers – Michael Carrasquillo
New Hampshire – John Herman and Mike Mooney.
Southern New England – Jim Jones and Bruce Garber

Melbourne Media Makers Launches August 14 – Trevor Young (@trevoryoung) ~ Jeremy Irvine (@jeremy_irvine) ~ Jamie Garantziotis (@jgarant) and Myles Harris (@millionsofmyles)

node101::Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ
Denver Media Makers – Denver, CO
Providence Media Makers – First Meeting was: Sunday, March 16, 2008

Forming:
Philadelphia Media Makers@phillymedia aka Tania Gail
Ottowa Media Makers – Mark Blevis
Nantucket Media Makers – Mark L Palmer, Tim Eril

Affiliated with:
node101, an open source, collaborative project created to teach and spread videoblogging worldwide.

Contact Steve Garfield for info…

How to organize a Media Makers meeting:

Welcome

Welcome
Explain how media makers started so everyone will get a chance to hear from everyone else

Thank the venue
Introduce the server

Explain the check will go around at the end and everyone pays with a nice tip

Give the tag for any content anyone makes any media including blog posts, photos, video ie: NYCMM011109

Ask people to twitter meeting notes and links

There’s no expectation of privacy, your photo, audio and video will be taken.

If you don’t want to be photographed, and that’s ok, let us know.

To start, I do a roll call video and everyone says their name and URL if they have one.

Format
10:00 – 10:30
Mingle first, get everyone chatting and exchanging contacts. No sitting! :-)

10:30 – 12:00
Each person takes about 3 mins to explain what they are doing, are interested in, or asks a question. Also you can do a simple show and tell. Some people bring cameras, accessories, all kinds of things.

Great idea to ask if anyone has any questions at the start. (if folks can only stay for a limited time etc.)

We prefer no sales presentations.

People should stand up when they talk

Towards the end have the bill go around and people contribute.

Venue
Don’t pay for a venue.
Don’t make people pay to attend.

Upcoming
Post future meetings on upcoming.org so prospective attendees can see who’s registered to attend. A Facebook group is a good idea too.

Numbers
Boston Media Makers appears to have a good size – approx. 40 folks at the last meeting – this allows everyone to mingle and really get to know each other.

Timing
Have the meeting in the same place every month, and even the same location if you can arrange it.

Blog
Photos and Video. After each meeting you’ve got to make a blog post with photos from the meeting and some notes, so that people who missed to meeting can see what it’s like. Videos are great too. Little short ones of interesting moments. Artistic videos too. We like to post photos that afternoon.

If users tag connect with the same tag we can find them all on Flickr and in the social web. BMMMMDDYY

Twitter
People twitter notes and links during the meeting and that helps compile meeting notes.

20 Responses to About

  1. matt says:

    what do you do
    are you artists? wrtiers?
    please advise
    teacherwriter@hotmail.com
    thanks
    Matt

  2. We started as local videobloggers who just wanted to get together.

    Sometimes we have people come in and talk, other times we just get together for coffee.

    We’re open to anyone and have recently had podcasters and artists join us.

    Usually we meet on the first Sunday, but this summer our schedule is varied…

  3. Deb Dutcher says:

    Hi guys,

    I am new to the area and very interested in media/communications and in the midst of looking at taking some classes to get myself going. (coming from working in publishing/photography). Are you all planning to meet soon? I would love to see what you are all up to. (and pick your brains a little bit about the Boston scene)

    Thanks!

  4. Hi, I work at Tufts University and I’m interested in connecting with area audio and video bloggers who are available to apply their skills on a freelance basis as we explore audio and video possibilities for the Tufts website. Is there a way I can easily connect with some local “media makers” who are available and qualified for something like this?

    Thanks!

  5. Devin Glass says:

    Hi,
    My name is Devin. I stumbled across media makers and am interested in what you do. I am a local film composer looking to get my music out there or into film/ tv/ commercials etc. I just graduated from Berklee College of Music and am looking for new people to work with. Can anyone help. If so please E-mail me. Thanks so much.
    -Dev-

  6. bibomedia says:

    :)

  7. Gretchen Ferber says:

    Hi all,
    I am a documentary photographer and recently I have been conducting and recording interviews using a digital recorder. I’m interested in using Pro tools to expand my visual work to audio. Any tips on Pro tools training courses in the area, can be multiple classes over a period of time or a three-day training course. Anything that will get me working in audio using Pro tools. I’m also open to out of the area, if need be. Thanks!

  8. J Wilder says:

    Would anyone be interested in being interviewed for a CD I am compiling on HD cameras? I have so far a really cool group of quite experienced directors, DPs, and 1 editor, so would love to hear from anyone interested. The interview will be recorded via the telephone. I am looking for your technical reviews and opinions of HD camera models, production stories or experiences, or your sources of cinematic inspiration. The interviews will have an online presence, so this is a free publicity opportunity.
    A copy of the audio program will be provided. Please contact interviewshd2@gmail.com

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  10. tania820 says:

    Thanks for the link to the Philly Media Makers website, Steve!

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  12. John says:

    Hi – I’m in the Great White North and I’ve just connected to Steve on Facebook. I’m interested in starting something like this here in Stratford, ON (by the way … it’s Ottawa not Ottowa in your forming list). Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll let you know if it gets past “consideration” to actually “forming”. Cheers.

  13. Hi everyone,
    I am planning on hosting an observance this coming Tuesday, September 21st at the Bandstand on the Boston Common in honor of the UN International Day of Peace, 2010 and the concluding year of the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World, 2001-2010. Event begins at 11:15am, and concludes about 12:15pm. I need help with simple sound amplification and someone to take digital pictures. I have no equipment. Would love audio/video recording but that would be the cherry on the sundae. I will reimburse for expenses. The pivotal moment for this will be 12 noon when we will align ourselves with people all over the world that will be dedicating a moment of peace. I know this is a last minute request – but my dad died recently and I’m observing the Jewish holidays. I didn’t know whether or not I would be overwhelmed with sadness. Now, I feel compelled to offer people an opportunity to come together in community to celebrate the UN IDP 2010. It is what my dad would want. Can anyone help me on Tuesday?? Thank you in advance. Be blessed, Penny Joy Snider-Light, Peace Representative, World Peace Prayer Society, NGO-affiliate of UN, http://www.worldpeace.org
    UN International Day of Peace is on http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org

  14. Cindy says:

    I”m going to attend March’s meeting, because I’m getting a blog up and running. I want to be able to do video and pod casts daily. I wondered if you know anyone who is good at this who can help me in the mean time?

    I will see you in March.

    Thanks

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  20. CA bcaster says:

    Any thoughts on starting a Media Makers chapter in the western states (CA specifically)?

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