The ADMC will host an open house event May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided as well as the chance to win prizes.
The ADMC is a nonprofit digital media group that works to enhance coverage of community news and information. The media center launched in 2010 to help engage citizens in digital storytelling and the project has trained more than 550 Akron area residents. Training was previously conducted at the local newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal. The center reopened in February in a newly created space in the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library in downtown Akron.
“This is a great opportunity for the public to see what we are all about,” said Chris Miller, the Digital Media Center’s director and editor of the Akronist. “In our digital world, it is easy to become storytellers and we want to encourage the community to get involved to share their concerns and issues in their neighborhoods.”
Free multimedia workshop are offered to the public in areas such as blogging, news writing, photography, videography and video editing. The program also includes the akronist.com, a website with a special focus on areas such as nonprofits, arts, entertainment and social issues.
“The akronist.com helps community members find information close to home,” he said. “Even though our participants aren’t professional journalists, we hold them to same standards, adding credibility to our site.”
The open house will take place in room 2AB (across from the auditorium) and will provide guests with the chance to visit the media lab on the first floor. Participants will be able to view the Mac-based computer lab and digital media lending library that is provided to citizens who sign up for the workshops.
To read more about the partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library, click here.