Colin Rhinesmith

University of Illinois , Champaign IL
I am a PhD student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, I was Community Media & Technology Manager for CCTV.
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July 28, 2010 - 2:44pm Over the past two years, I've been compiling links to social media resources from around the web. Here's my list that features content from a number of sites, including Socialbrite, Mashable, and Engadget. I've also included a link to my bookmarks at Delicious.com. I hope you find them useful. Please share your own links in the comments section at the bottom of the post. 2009 * 5 steps to a successful social media strategy * 5 Tips for Optimizing Your Brand’s Facebook Presence * HOW TO: Manage Multiple Social Media Profiles * 10 Marketing Realities Nonprofits Need to Accept to Succeed * Social Media Tracking Tools * Why Organizational Simplicity Is Key To Social Media Strategy Success 2010 * Social media for nonprofits: Where to start? * 21 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed * How-to: Effectively manage your Facebook privacy settings with three simple lists * Social Media Nonprofit Benchmarks Delicious.com * Colin Rhinesmith's socialmedia Bookmarks read more
June 22, 2010 - 2:08pm Step 1: Open an account at Flickr.com & upload some photos. Benefits include: • Free photo hosting • Auto photo resizing • Easy photo sharing on CCTV blog • Auto slideshow generation by tag (category), etc. Step 2: Choose the photo on Flickr that you want displayed at the top of your blog post. Click on the photo. Above the photo, select "actions," then "View all sizes". Step 3: Select the Medium (500 x 375) photo and click on “Download the Medium Size” & save to Desktop. Step 4: Log in to cctvcambridge.org and Create New Blog Entry. Step 5: Navigate to "imagefield" in your blog entry and use “upload a new image” to upload your Flickr photo located your Desktop. Click Submit. Step 6: To insert another photo within your blog entry, select your photo on Flickr. Above the image, click the arrow to right of facebook and twitter icons. Step 7: Click “Grab the HTML/BBCode” and change size to Small (240x141) from the drop down and then copy the code in the field following “Grab the HTML/BBCode”. Make sure "HTML" is selected. Step 8: Navigate back to your blog entry at cctvcambridge.org and insert the copied code into your blog post where you'd like it to appear. Step 9: Make... read more
May 27, 2010 - 12:31pm Protesters marched through Central Square today on their way to the State House for a rally against recent cuts to health care benefits for Shaws warehouse workers. The photo above shows striking workers outside CCTV following an earlier protest outside a Shaws Somerville branch in Twin Cities today. See more photos of the protesters outside CCTV. For more on this story, visit the Justice at Shaws website organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. (Photo above is licensed by CCTV under a Creative Commons license) read more
March 15, 2010 - 12:00am Join us for our next NeighborMedia monthly meeting at CCTV. These meetings provide an opportunity for NeighborMedia participants to come together, learn new skills, share story ideas, and create ways for readers & viewers to get involved. People who are interested in learning more about NeighborMedia are also encouraged to attend. read more
March 5, 2010 - 4:21pm Youth Media Program participants at Cambridge Community Television tell Congress and the FCC why Net Neutrality matters for the future of the Internet. Learn more at http://www.cctvcambridge.org/youth read more
February 1, 2010 - 9:49am Gain hands-on experience and become more comfortable with using social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS. Technical aspects will be covered including how to incorporate social media into your organization's existing blog or website. Participants are encouraged to bring logos, photos, videos, and other media to use in setting up accounts for their organization. Familiarity with Macintosh computers suggested. Limited to one participant per organization. Please note: This class is available to CCTV Organizational Access Members only, which does include paying a membership fee. Forms and information about membership may be found here. To enroll in this workshop, please contact Colin Rhinesmith. read more
February 1, 2010 - 12:00am NeighborMedia presents a panel discussion: From the Net to Your Neighborhood: Using the Web to Connect Your Community and Encourage Civic Engagement Registration to attend this live event is now closed, however, you can still tune in to CCTV on April 13, 6:30pm, Channel 10 in Cambridge, to watch this engaging discussion! Whether you want to raise awareness about an important local issue or gather people for a community event, you can make use of web tools that are inexpensive and often easy to use, to organize those in your community. We’ll cover strategic uses of blogging, web video, social networking, web sites, and more. Come learn how six Cambridge individuals have used these tools for positive change in their communities and organizations, and how you can too! The discussion will feature presentations from the panelists about their current projects, and their best practices and tips for using web/new media tools. After the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. This event will be taped by CCTV and televised live on Channel 10, and will also be shown at a later date. Panelists Include: * Moderator: Chris Csikszentmihályi, Director of MIT’s... read more
January 29, 2010 - 3:48pm This Week in NeighborMedia: a recap of the week's captivating Cambridge stories produced by NeighborMedia correspondents at Cambridge Community Television. Cara Bayles shares her video from the January 9th Flu Clinic sponsored by the Cambridge Public Health Department. Karen Klinger interviews Harvard University anthropologist Richard Wrangham about How Humans Evolved Through Cooking. Siobhan Bredin previews the Cambridge Arts Council's Opening Reception in the CAC Gallery with 100 works by 100 Artists. Can't get enough NeighborMedia? Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Watch video on YouTube Subscribe to our RSS feed Have a story idea? Send email to newstip (AT) cctvcambridge (DOT) org. read more
January 26, 2010 - 7:48pm On January 21, 2010, CCTV offered a workshop for Cambridge Nonprofits and City Departments, entitled "Introduction to Developing a Social Media Strategy for Cambridge Nonprofit Organizations." Workshop details: "This workshop is designed to help you develop a social media workflow for your organization. Topics include: how to develop a communications strategy, how to generate followers and stimulate discussion, how to create a social media identity, how to manage your time, and how to measure success. Examples will be presented at every stage to help you envision a successful strategy using social media tools." Upcoming Training Opportunities: Cambridge Non-Profits & City Agencies Applications Due February 1st! During the Digital Media Fellowship, running from February through May 2010, representatives from Cambridge non-profits will receive training in a small group to produce media for their organizations. Participants in CCTV's Media Fellowship Program Will: · Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to produce effective digital media for television and the Internet; · Develop media-oriented relationships with CCTV and others; · Produce several finished pieces including a... read more
January 22, 2010 - 1:02pm This Week in NeighborMedia: a recap of the week's captivating Cambridge stories produced by NeighborMedia correspondents at Cambridge Community Television. Toni Bee Brooks shares video from last week's event at 119 Windsor Street in the Area 4 neighborhood on Helping Haitians find Answers. Mark Jaquith announces the upcoming East End House & East Cambridge Planning Team's Community Ice Skating Party. Siobhan Bredin announces more Free Flu Shot Clinics on January 20 & 27. Learn how you can make media for NeighborMedia Cambridge. Can't get enough NeighborMedia? Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Watch video on YouTube Subscribe to our RSS feed Have a story idea? Send email to newstip (AT) cctvcambridge (DOT) org read more
January 12, 2010 - 7:47pm Monthly meeting for the Porter Square Neighbors Association at the North Cambridge Senior Center on Mass Ave in Porter Square. For more information, visit http://www.portersquare.net read more
January 11, 2010 - 5:38pm Step 1: Visit http://www.cctvcambridge.org/neighbormedia_application Step 2: Download a PDF application Step 3: Complete the form and return to CCTV at 438 Mass Ave in Central Square! read more
January 11, 2010 - 4:07pm Join us for our next NeighborMedia meeting, here at CCTV. Guests may attend to meet participants, learn more about the program and how to get involved. For more information, visit http://neighbormedia.org read more
December 29, 2009 - 5:37pm Recently, I found this map of public computing facilities in Spokane County, Washington through the The Inland Northwest Community Access Network (TINCAN) website. I thought we needed a map like this here in Cambridge, so I created a map of Public Computers in Cambridge using Map Builder.net. Most of the listings come from the City's Free Public Access to Computers document (PDF attached below). If there's a public computer facility in Cambridge that's not on the list, please send me an email at colin (AT) cctvcambridge (DOT) org and I'll try to add it to the map. read more
December 23, 2009 - 3:27pm Colin Rhinesmith, Community Media Coordinator for Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) talks about NeighborMedia, CCTV's civic journalism program on BeLive!. This program was recorded on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at CCTV. For more information, visit http://cctvcambridge.org/neighbormedia read more
December 23, 2009 - 2:49pm Socialbrite.org has a powerhouse team of social media and nonprofit experts who are sharing best practices for individuals and organizations interested in using technology for positive social change. Over on their website, JD Lasica posted an end of the year round-up of some of their favorite posts from 2009. The list addresses many of the issues raised during our Social Media Workshop for Cambridge Organizations here at CCTV last month. The following list may be useful to nonprofits, city departments and agencies here in Cambridge, including: 7 tips for communicating with people with disabilities Twitter as a tool for activism How to build a Facebook community 8 tips for raising funds online Read the post online at Socialbrite.org. To receive more technology updates via email and to find out about our upcoming social media workshops here at CCTV, join our Technology Resources for Cambridge Nonprofits Group, here on our website. read more
December 18, 2009 - 1:19pm This Week in NeighborMedia: a recap of the week's captivating Cambridge stories produced by NeighborMedia correspondents at Cambridge Community Television. Mark Jaquith reports back from last Saturday's Cambridge Climate Committee meeting at City Hall. Cara Bayles shares her video interview with Cambridge Recycling Director, Randi Mail to discuss last week's Cambridge Recycling Committee meeting. Siobhan Bredin presents her audio slideshow with Julie Madden, Director of Community Arts at the Cambridge Arts Council about the 2010 Cambridge Open Studios. Karen Klinger reports on the Planning Board's approval of the controversial Church Condo Project in Porter Square. Mary Holbrow previews the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra's 35th year Gala Concert Celebration this Sunday, December 20th. Can't get enough NeighborMedia? Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Watch video on YouTube Subscribe to our RSS feed Have a story idea? Send email to newstip (AT) cctvcambridge (DOT) org. read more
December 14, 2009 - 12:04pm Overview This workshop was designed for NeighborMedia citizen journalists interested in using Twitter to share and build community around their work at Cambridge Community Television. What is Twitter? "Twitter asks one question, 'What are you doing?' Answers must be under 140 characters in length and can be sent via mobile texting, instant message, or the web." - about Twitter Twitter is a microblogging platform that provides you with 140 characters to communicate with your "followers" and those you're "following". It's similar to instant messaging. However, you can choose to make your "Tweets" public or private. "The result of using Twitter to stay connected with friends, relatives, and coworkers is that you have a sense of what folks are up to but you are not expected to respond to any updates unless you want to." - about Twitter Why Use It? "It's become perhaps the fastest tool for people to share news with the world." - Andy Carvin, NPR If your audience is using Twitter, then you should be using Twitter. The benefits of Twitter for NeighborMedia journalists include the following: * Provides a platform to share your stories alongside news from other outlets * Allows you to... read more
December 11, 2009 - 2:37pm This Week in NeighborMedia: a recap of the week's captivating Cambridge stories produced by NeighborMedia correspondents at Cambridge Community Television. Mary Holbrow reviews this Thursday's Cambridge Action Fund annual forum featuring representatives from local homeless aid organizations. Karin Koch shares her conversation from 2008 with Jerry Villacrés, director/editor of the Spanish language weekly El Planeta on her BeLive! program "Vida Latina" at CCTV. Cynthia Chaves speaks with Cambridge jam maker, Bonnie Shershow about her jams, jellies and preserves. Siobhan Bredin writes about the 2010 Cambridge Open Studios early registration deadline. Can't get enough NeighborMedia? Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Watch video on YouTube Subscribe to our RSS feed Have a story idea? Send email to newstip (AT) cctvcambridge (DOT) org. read more
December 11, 2009 - 9:40am Based upon feedback from our very successful Social Media Breakfast for Non-Profits, CCTV is excited to offer two follow up workshops: Introduction to Developing a Social Media Strategy for Your Non-Profit Thursday, January 21, 9 AM-Noon This workshop is designed to help you develop a social media workflow for your organization. Topics include: how to develop a communications strategy, how to generate followers and stimulate discussion, how to create a social media identity, how to manage your time, and how to measure success. Examples will be presented at every stage to help you envision a successful strategy using social media tools. Introduction to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for Non-Profit Organizations Thursday, February 4, 9 AM-Noon In this 3-hour workshop participants will gain hands-on experience using social media services, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS. Technical aspects will be covered including how to implement social media into your organization's existing blog or website. Participants are encouraged to bring logos, photos, videos, and other media to use in setting up accounts for their organization. The goal of this workshop is to help you... read more

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