09/25/15 11:21am
Last year's IMC at 501 Union. This year's edition will be more intimate and focused on skill building. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

Last year’s IMC was a series of panel discussions, this year’s edition will be more intimate and focused on skill building. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

Every fall we host a conference we call Indie Media Camp to bring together independent media makers for networking, collaboration and learning. In the past, IMC has shaped up as a series of panels and talks covering everything from headline writing to online misogyny. After lots of consideration and review, we’ve decided to change it up and structure the day somewhat differently this year, to focus on intensive workshops designed to expand and hone your skills at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO. There will still be a keynote and a few panel discussions, but we really want our fellow independent media makers to leave IMC with new skills to bring to their own work. You can find the full schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 4 here.

The short story is that we’ll begin with a keynote address and Q&A with Clifford Levy, a New York Times masthead editor and the mastermind behind NYT Now, one of our favorite news apps. From there, we’ll break into small groups of about 20 people for three hands-on classes covering podcasting, photography and social media. We’ll finish the day with panels on the state of freelancing and what it means to make it in media in 2015. Throughout we’ve got breakfast, lunch and a happy hour with snacks covered. We’re very excited about this new format and about the fantastic instructors and speakers we’ve lined up to help you expand your skill set and meet fellow storytellers, journalists, and digital media entrepreneurs.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available now, so get ’em while they last.

 

11/05/14 10:30am
A light installation by Search, one of the participants in the first annual New York Festival of Light in DUMBO this weekend. Photo courtesy NYFOL

A light installation by Search, one of the participants in the first annual New York Festival of Light in DUMBO this weekend. Photo courtesy NYFOL

This is a week where you can gather with your tribe or explore a scene you barely know, or go ahead and do both. Fans of heavy bass and fast beats can look forward to the weekend-long Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, while a more sedate celebration of music and image takes place at BAM, where legends like Tom Verlaine of Television will be playing at Songs of Unseen Warhol Films as accompaniment for a selection of the Pop artist’s famous screen tests. Comic book lovers are already clued in to the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival because the free talks with luminaries like Al Jaffee are already sold out, but there are still more than 100 exhibitors to see. Anyone in media will want to head to BRIC’s HQ in Fort Greene on Monday, where they’re opening up the space to indie and industry folk alike, giving tours and demos of their TV studio and services. (If this is your thing, be sure to check out IMC, too.)

And in a sure sign of colder things to come, the Brooklyn Flea opens its indoor Winter Market this weekend at a 1,000-sqaure-foot space next to Berg’n, so if you haven’t already been to their mammoth beer hall, you have even more incentive.

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