Mar 282013

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Press Pass TV brings you a hands-on workshop to explore ways you can use video to promote your organization, spread your message, and build an audience. Learn about what tools are available, how you can use things you may already have to make and edit videos, and what low-cost options will get you high quality professional videos fast. We’ll also share some tactics and tools for making videos that matter and show you a few case studies of videos that have made real change in our communities. Leave with a customized plan to implement in your work right away!


We welcome participants from Be the Media 7 to this networking/training session.  We look forward to your input on ideas for future workshops/forums.


Presenter:   Cara Lisa Berg Powers,  Co-Director, Press Pass TV

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

at United for a Fair Economy

One Milk Street., Boston, 5th Floor

(Please note new location)

For more information or RSVP, email Tom at:

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Light refreshments will be served

Feb 212013

PCN’s Boston/New England chapter is hosting a webinar on Social Media Best Practices for Supporting Organizing on Thursday, March 7, 2013, 1 PM Eastern Time. The workshop will be led by Boston trainer/consultant Jason Pramas. Register by March 6th.

Social Media best practices: why, what and how?

Activist organizations around the world have successfully used social media to widely broadcast their cause, raise funds, and mobilize their constituency.  For small social change organizations, it’s a challenge to figure out the best ways of using these tools to highlight their cause or organization.

  • Why is it important for an organization to have a social media presence?
  • What is/are the best social media platform(s) to use?
  • How do we know if your social media campaign is a success (how do you measure effectiveness)?

Jason Pramas, founder and editor/publisher of Open Media Boston and long-time progressive activist/organizer, will help guide us with his experience using various social media tools and help answer some these critical questions.

Although this is an event by and for the PCN Boston/New England chapter, all PCNers and allies are welcome, as long as you RSVP.

About the presenter

Jason Pramas is the founder and editor/publisher of Open Media Boston – an online progressive metropolitan news publication serving Boston and environs since March 2008. He is also a grassroots organizer with over a quarter century of experience in the labor, immigrant, anti-racist, anti-poverty, ecology, altermondialiste, higher education, housing, intergenerational, and alternative media movements. A photojournalist and artist by training, Jason is an MFA candidate in visual arts at the Art Institute of Boston and an adjunct professor of communications at Lesley University. He is 46 years old and a native of Boston and Peabody, MA.

Dec 132012

With over 60 people participating over the course of the day from greater Boston and across New England, we had folks from a range of organizations who shared skills, networked, and talked about communications till it was dark outside. Organizations represented included: Occupy Maine TV, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, United for a Fair Economy, and Arise for Social Justice/Right to the City.

The day began with a lively interactive opening plenary on media tools supporting civic engagement on justice issues, facilitated by PCNers Kathleen Pequeño and Cara Lisa Berg Powers. Following the opening plenary, participants attended a series of morning workshops, then jumped into informal lunch-time discussion sessions (based on topics identified from the plenary), and a series of afternoon workshops. One afternoon highlight from the Creative Media Workshop was PCNer Celina Lee’s sharing of ACE’s amazing transportation justice campaign using the meme of super heroes.  You can visit our Be the Media! Blog to find out more about this year’s workshops.

Comments from the closing were very supportive of Be the Media! and show interest in future PCN-Boston/New England networking and training sessions. We look forward to continuing to build on another successful year of Be the Media!!

Here are some photos from the day:

Some participant comments:

“I thought the $40 fee was very reasonable…I expected getting info on tools and best practices for media and I received both!” 

— Kara Olberg, LivableStreets Alliance

“First time I’ve heard Kathleen Pequeño. What a dynamo and fun! Quite a unique selection of folks. ”   

— Martha Spiess, Indymedia/Occupy Maine TV

“Great Workshops! … I will share this info and we will turn it into action!” 

— Jasmine Laietmark, Boston Cyclists Union, formerly with ACE

Aug 282012

Don’t miss PCN-Boston/New England’s seventh annual Be the Media! Mini-Conference! The conference helps participants understand the link between strategic communications and organizing strategies as well as learn essential communications tools and techniques. It’s also a great networking opportunity.

The conference is designed to serve change makers at all levels of experience including those who are doing communications work as part of their current positions, such as organizers, executive directors, or policy advocates. You can see the 2011 Be The Media program here.

Check back after October 15 for detailed theme and workshop information about Be The Media! 2012.