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2017 Annual ACM Conference

2017 Annual ACM Conference – Minneapolis, MN July 12 – 14 at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center

A Pre-Registration option is now open until December 31, 2016. Registration will open again mid-April 2017.

Registration Prices:
Members: $375 (Early bird rate)
Non-members: $500 (Early bird rate)

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The Best of the Midwest Media

The Best of the Midwest Media Fest is THE fest to enter if you’re working at the community level through PEG access media centers or LPFM stations. Producers are judged on either an amateur or professional level. Programs win awards based on points earned.

Significant Community Programs are also recognized by the Best of the Midwest Media Fest. Ask your community media center manager to recommend you for this honor if your show has had a important impact on your community. These programs are not judged – simply honored at our banquet and show and in all of our digital and print materials.

All award-winning producers will be celebrated at our Banquet and Show on April 6 at the Holiday Inn, Milwaukee Riverfront. Tickets are $45. The banquet is part of a two-day conference sponsored by WCM on community media, which runs from April 6 to April 7.

The purpose of the Fest is to recognize the outstanding video and radio programs being produced in the Midwest and to encourage excellence in community programming. We hope you enter! Simply fill out an ONLINE ENTRY FORM by January 10 and pay the $30 (member rate - if your center is a WCM member, you may enter at the member rate) or $45 (non-member rate) by January 17. The fest is also a fundraiser for the Alliance for Community Media - Midwest Region. $10 from every $45 entry will go to the Alliance.

For more information about the conference and fest email Mary Cardona, Executive Director, at exec@wisconsincommunitymedia.com or call 608-215-5594.

Call for ACM Midwest Board Nominations!

The ACM Midwest is searching for individual members or representatives of an organizational member located within the Midwest region of the Alliance for Community Media to serve two year terms as board directors.

Directors shall be recruited for what they bring to the organization in terms of professional skills, diversity, relationships with affiliated and allied entities, historical perspective, forward vision and the ability to bring significant resources into the organization.

Nominations shall be made by members up to and at the Annual Meeting, to be held in Madison, WI at the Sheraton Hotel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Each nominee must accept or decline the nomination prior to the close of nominations at the Annual Meeting. Members may nominate themselves or others. If you are interested in assisting the Midwest Region Board of Directors, please CLICK HERE to fill out the nomination form and return to Tina Wilson no later than 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016.

2016 WCM/ACM Conference in Madison, WI.

The WCM-ACM Midwest Spring Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday April 28 & 29 at Madison's Sheraton Hotel. This will be the 18th annual Spring Conference for WCM and the 4th year the conference is being held jointly with the Midwest Region of the Alliance for Community Media. Our conference workshops talk about video (and now radio) production, PEG management, and public policy topics

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2016 Hometown Media Award Call for Entries

Deadline for entries is April 21, 2016

Previously named the Hometown Video Awards, the name change to Hometown Media Awards reflects the wider array of media being used by Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.

The Hometown Media Awards honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Programs entered must have had their first telecast on a local cable access channel or their initial stream/web distribution on or between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

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Interested in becoming a judge for the Hometown Media Awards? click here to learn more or contact Jake Reins. Judges can sign up until April 21st.

Save the date for the 2016 National Conference in Boston, MA!

August 18th through the 20th, 2016

Join community media professionals from across the country at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel on August 18-20th as we celebrate and explore the meanings of making media that’s related to place, to our communities. We all have a yearning to belong, to understand our world, and to share our stories, to build community, to make a living and make a life. At our best, community media reflects the world of our towns and communities, and speaks to the needs of their future. We will be exploring this theme of “Our Town” further in Boston and we hope to see you there!

The conference will offer an exciting agenda filled with informational sessions, a variety of networking opportunities, an awards luncheon, regional membership meetings, the annual ACM membership meeting, and an exhibit hall filled with vendors you will want to see!

ACM members can register at the Early Bird price of $350 for a full conference registration. Non Members are invited to register at the Early Bird price of $500 for a full conference registration.

2015 Hometown Media Award Winners Announced!

June 30, 2015

Previously named the Hometown Video Awards, the name change to Hometown Media Awards reflects the wider array of media being used by Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.

The Hometown Media Awards honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Programs entered must have had their first telecast on a local cable access channel or their initial stream/web distribution on or between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

View a full list of winners click here.

Midwest Region Bylaw changes voted in.

July 2015

The Interim Board of the Midwest Region of the Alliance for Community Media proposed changes to their bylaws to better align with the changes in the National Bylaws of the ACM. Those changes were approved on July 28, 2015.

To view the Midwest Region Bylaws click here.

ACM/FACM Bylaw changes voted in.

June 2015

The updates eliminate some operational details that are misplaced in Bylaws and make it difficult to adapt to a shifting and evolving environment. The Board proposed changes to make the Bylaws more effective as the organization ramps up work on members behalf.

To view the revised bylaws, click here.

Tina Wilson elected to Chair the Midwest Regional Interim Board of the Alliance For Community Media.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Tina Wilson started her career at the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC) in 2004 and has been immersed in the world of public access television ever since. She has been a part of every area of access from covering local football games, community parades or helping in the studio to create eye catching, fun and interesting programs.

Now, Tina is the Community Television Operations Specialist at Burnsville Community Television where she utilizes all her career skills to the fullest by creating a lasting public access facility and programming for Burnsville residents and non-profits.

She hopes to continue the great work the previous chair has accomplished and looks forward to working with an amazing group of talented individuals on the Midwest Interim Board.

Wisconsin Community Media and the Midwest Region of the ACM Spring Conference 2015

Thursday April 30 and Friday May 1, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI.

This years theme is "Framework for the Future." There will be a wide variety of workshops offered from Social Media Marketing, Radio Production 101, Strategic Planning and Branding, Pre-Production for the Access User, Public Policy Updates and so much more! And don't forget about The Best of the Midwest Video Fest on Thursday evening.

The Spring conference will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown Hotel. HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2015 TO GET THE DISCOUNT RATE. CALL 414-935-5940 and ask for the Wisconsin Community Media Conference rates. Discounted rates are available three days prior to and three days after the event. Single/Double room rates are $119 plus tax.

Registration for the conference will be opening soon! Some scholarship opportunities are available.

2015 for the Alliance for Community Media’s 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition

August 12-14, 2015 in Pasadena, CA

Join us in Pasadena August 12-14, 2015 for the Alliance for Community Media’s 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The theme of this conference is “ReDiscover Community Media” and will have focused tracks on:

2015 Hometown Media Awards - call for entries will be in February of 2015.

The 2015 Hometown Media Awards will be accepting entries soon! Updates will be sent out via email.

The Hometown Media Awards honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

Join us for the 2014 ACM Membership Meeting during the ACM & NAMAC National Conference

Wednesday, August 6 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Liberty D.

If you are planning on attending the ACM & NAMAC 2014 National Conference we encourage you to attend the 2014 ACM & F/ACM Membership Meeting. This is our annual meeting to share with our members what we have been up to the last year.

Philly Welcomes NAMAC/ACM National Conference August 6-8, 2014

Philadelphia is proud to host The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and the Alliance for Community Media in a joint conference August 6th-8th 2014.

The ACM & NAMAC 2014 National Conference

NAMAC / ACM Joint Conference: August 6 – 8, 2014

A wide cross-section of the independent media sector will convene in Philadelphia for NAMAC and ACM’s first-ever Joint National Conference. This conference will bring together creators, thinkers, policy makers, administrators, and funders to hear the most current thinking about the field’s future opportunities, to create a national platform for the media arts, and to strengthen our networks. Structured around one or more key theme areas, each day allows all who attend an opportunity to hear, to participate, and to chart our future together. This year’s theme is State and Main: Intersecting Networks, Communities, and Generations.

We look forward to seeing you all in Philly for 3 days of workshops, parties, tours, and convenings of some of the greatest minds in the fields of media, art, and film!

Hometown Media Awards: Announcing Our Winners!

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) is proud to announce its 2014 Hometown Media Award winners! The Hometown Media Awards recognize the best community media programming of 2013, and include student, independent producer and access center professional categories. Our judges scored nearly 1000 entries and we would like to thank them for the hours they spent viewing these entries. Click here for a printable document of all of the entry winners.

All winners will be honored at the 2014 Hometown Media Awards Celebration on August 7th in Philadelphia. This celebration is being held in conjunction with the 2014 ACM/NAMAC Joint National Conference.

2014 Hometown Media Awards Deadline Extended!

Deadline to enter is May 5, 2014!

After hearing several concerns that participants may not have time to complete their Hometown Media Awards entries, we have decided to extend the deadline to Monday, May 5th at 5:00pm EST!

We hope this will give you the opportunity to complete your entries and make sure that they have been marked as "accepted" in the online program. Incomplete entries will not be judged.

ACM Webinar: Copy, Right? A guide to what you can and cannot use.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

The Internet has thrown the old copyright rules into total disarray. In today’s remix culture, it’s more confusing than ever for media producers to make informed decisions on using the creative works of others. What are the rules for using music? How are Fair Use norms changing? Do TV rights apply to online use?

2014 Hometown Media Awards

Deadline to enter is April 30, 2014!

The Hometown Media Awards honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

Call for Hometown Media Awards Judges!

Judges must register by April 30th
judging will begin on May 7th

Want to help judge the 2014 Hometown Media Awards submissions? Click HERE to register to become a judge/judging site or learn more about the judging process.

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