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Minutes from April 16 HMC Organizing Meeting

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Present: Glen Canning, Vivian Belik, David Parker, Ben Sichel, Hillary Lindsay

Agenda:
1) Skillshare on Tuesday
2) More skillshares?
3) Story Meetings in the future?
4) New Content
5) Membership Month

1) Skillshare on Tuesday

The last workshop of our journalism skillshare series is on Tuesday! Hillary will send out an reminder email. David will bring snacks.

2) More skillshares?

The skillshares have generated a lot of interest. Shall we do more?

Have the skillshares had been a success? They've been popular, but are we getting more more content on the site because of them?

We decided it was worth doing more, as it gets the HMC out there, but will follow up with story meetings and longer workshops as a way encouraging people to post.

Possibilities for more skillshares: Hillary will contact Dave Sparks to see if there's any interest for a skilllshare in North Preston. Radio journalist Janna Graham has also expressed interest in doing a skillshare. Hillary will contact her as well.

The print skillshare could probably easily be done again in a new location.

We also discussed the possibility of doing a weekend-long workshop, but decided that should wait for a few months.

Hillary, Vivian and Glen will make a webinar about the print skillshare next week.

3) Story Meetings in the future?

We discussed the idea again of having story meetings. The idea would be to have a regular meeting time where people could come and bounce ideas off eachother/get pointers, guidance etc. The trick is finding an appropriate space. Hillary will call Just Us. Any ideas for a free, public space? The library is also a possibility, but there is no guarantees that tables will be free...

4) New Content

Vivian: photo essay on studio-in at NSCAD
David: closure of St Pat's
Erica: Scott Taylor interview
Hillary: Lockeed Martin in Halifax

5) Membership Month

The Dominion is doing a membership drive in May. How can we piggy-back on that?

Brainstorm:

- Have events in May. Vivian will look into a media panel. More skillshares etc.
- Send emails about becoming members
- Send packages to people who have expressed interest in becoming a member
- get prizes from local businesses (Just Us, Java Blend, Fernwood, Outside the Lines)
- Have big button on the website encouraging people to join.
- table at the market


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