People tend to ask, “What’s the difference between ACM Awards and Hometown Media Awards?”

ACM Awards honors deserving individuals of the work they do in support of community media. There are different ACM awards that go into depth of the the specific recognition the recipient should portray.

Hometown Media Awards is an awards program hosted by the Foundation of ACM. Hometown Media Awards honor specific media projects that have been recently telecasted or aired, are submitted, then evaluated by a team of qualified judges.

This is the homepage for the ACM awards. (Click here for Hometown Media Awards)

ACM Award Categories

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.

*Nominee must be an ACM member to qualify

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.

Nominations – Now Open!

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?)

How to Nominate
Read the award descriptions above and on their individualized page for each ACM award type. If you know an eligible individual (including yourself) that exemplifies an award, write a statement detailing why you are submitting the nomination. A maximum of 1200 words can be submitted per entry (aprox. 3 pages).

Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 pm CT on Friday, February 8.

ACM Award Nomination Form

Some awards are only eligible for current ACM members. To review the list of current members, visit our member list.

Contact Clair at with questions.