Launching TODAY on TVO and YouTube: Digital U - a series on how social media is changing the way we work, play, consume and communicate.

TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - www.Getinvolved.ca and q media solutions (http://qmediasolutions.com/) is pleased to announce the launch of Digital U: the first television/webshorts to examine how the internet and social media is changing the world around us. Digital U is an eight-part series that looks at transparency, crowdsourcing, privacy and security - with powerful examples that demonstrate how the internet is changing the way we live, work, play, consume and communicate.

Digital U demystifies social media - from NASA crowdsourcing to map craters on Mars, or businesses like JetBlue twittering to improve the customer experience, Digital U shows us how the speed and collaborative powers of the internet are transforming our lives. Digital U covers everything from cautionary tales about the future and security of our personal information, to empowering stories about how the internet is fuelling change at a furious pace.

Catch the premiere of Episode 1 "Online Activism" Saturday March 6 at 7:54PM on TVO - a new Digital U short, featuring interviews with over 25 social media and experts including; Mitch Joel, Twist Image, author and pundit Don Tapscott, Jason Mogus, Communicopia, Meghan Warby, Argyle PR, Beka Economopoulos, Fission Strategy, Craig Heintzman, World Wide Web Foundation, Christopher Berry, Critical Mass, and Sacha Chua, IBM.

Additionally, beginning today, all eight Digital U shorts will also be available on YouTube in full HD 1080p and audio versions will also be available on iTunes by mid-March.

"This series has been produced as a primer; a digital 101 of sorts," says Dorothy Engelman, Executive producer, Digital U. "With all the buzz about social media, we couldn't find one series on television or the web that provided a big picture view of what's spinning all around us. I personally feel overwhelmed by the speed of change and I worried I was out of the loop and missing opportunities. And so Digital U is our attempt to help people wade through all the terminology, while giving them real world examples that bring the tools to life. We did over 25 interviews and so many great examples and wonderful stories ended up on the 'cutting room floor' and so we created 24 podcasts alongside the series for those that want a more in-depth look at what's going on."

For all the details, check out the full schedule and descriptions(http://blog.powerofthehour.ca/2010/02/digital-u-the-series/) and interview with Producer Dorothy Engelman.

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BACKGROUND

About q media solutions:

q media solutions is a full service, Toronto-based production company. The company's award-winning work includes integrated campaigns for national television networks and national daily newspapers and multi-part television series shot and broadcast around the world. Additionally, the company does pro bono work for a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Get Involved is funded with the generous support of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.

About Get Involved:

Get Involved is a series of 50 documentary shorts celebrating people from 7-70 who are making a difference in their schools, in their community and through their work. They are stories of inspiration. Getinvolved.ca was created to transform that inspiration into action by creating a website that matches like-minded individuals and organizations - a virtual Facebook meets Craigslist meets Lavalife for people who want to change the world.

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact Peggy Taylor or Dorothy Engelman, (416) 361-5907 or de@qmediasolutions.com