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This past year has been very enlightening for me as a person, educator and student. A year ago I was accepted into a doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I thought that my destiny had already started with a terminal degree in film production. However, there is always more to learn if you are willing to take your aspirations to the next level.

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Recently, I've been using Google+ a lot, not as a social network, but as a way to communicate. I've also been talking with producer about ways they can use it in their productions in order to reduce costs and increase their efficency. Here's a few ideas:

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One of the most helpful stats for a project or a non-profit is the "People Are Taling About You." It is total number of important interactions with your page on Facebook, including Page Likes, Shares, Mentions, etc. What's even better is that the number is public, so you can compare how you are doing with other similar non-profits or projects.

Here are a few tips on how to get more Likes and Shares

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The following is a list of 22 tips for tweeting compiled by our Interactive Media Specialist, Eric Martin.

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In an earlier blog post I shared examples of resposive design found at the site Media Queries and encouraged people to incorporate responsive design in their site's redesign, but I found that people were asking, "That's great but how do I make my site responsive?"

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In an article by Matt Goodlett of Omaha, Nebraska's The Reader, the question is raised of "What is Uranium Mining in Nebraska Doing to Pine Ridge's Drinking Water?"

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Okay, in my last blog post I said "Build for mobile first" when redesigning your site; however, some people can't wait for their next redesign and for that I have a solution that I came across at the Google for Non-Profits Pre-Conference at the Non-Profit Technology Conference. Best of all, it's cheap, easy and free.

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Recently, I was asked to help plan the cultural event for the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI) Annual Mid-Year Conference and Marketplace, June 17-20 in Lincoln, Neb.—Vision Maker Media’s hometown. It’s been a very exciting experience and I look forward to meeting all of the conference attendees. More importantly though, it is a chance for the community to engage with Tribal leaders and representatives from across the U.S.

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The fourth biennial VisionMaker Film Festival was held September 30 through October 6, 2011, with screenings at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, Sheldon Art Museum, NET Television, Film Streams (Omaha, Neb.) and Merryman Performing Arts Center (Kearney, Neb.) with the help of the following funders and supporters: Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Humanities Council, NET Television, Lincoln Journal Star, Southeast Nebraska Native American Coalition (SENNAC), University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), Creighton University,

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