Click on each link below to find out more about the awards, including a list of past winners.

Emerging Leader Award*
The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a professional, under 40 years of age, working in the field of community media, who demonstrates the values of building community through media on a consistent basis.  The individual demonstrates leadership in the field on a local, regional or national level. The award recognizes the individual for being a person who is innovative in their work to strengthen the impact of community media.

*Nominee must be an ACM member to qualify

The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication
This award is given annually to an organization or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to championing the growth and experience of humanistic community communications.

The Buske Leadership Award*
This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the Alliance for Community Media, leadership within the organization within the last three years, a high degree of involvement in the organization nationally, regionally and at the chapter level, and continuing service to the ACM.

The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity
This award is given annually to those persons who show an outstanding contribution to a process that encourages, facilitates, or creates culturally diverse and/or non-mainstream community involvement in the field of community media.

The Special Recognition Award
This award is presented for someones outstanding contributions to the community media industry. Most ACM awards are annual, but this award appears infrequently, when the Awards Committee wishes to recognize someone for their honorable work supporting community media.

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Do you know an outstanding professional in the community media industry who deserves proper recognition?  Or a student who could use financial support towards community media education? (or ARE YOU someone who fits this description?) Keep them in mind for the 2019 award nominations, which will open early December 2018.