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.

The nominee must be an ACM member to qualify for this award.


2018 Winner: Melinda Garfield, Westwood Media Center and MassAccess

Melinda Garfield is the Executive Director of Westwood Media Center, as well as the President of MassAccess, a non-profit organization that serves and supports community media centers across Massachusetts. Before coming to WMC, she was the Director of Production Services for NewTV in Newton, MA where she won numerous awards including a New England Emmy® as the Associate Producer of “The Folklorist” in 2014. Melinda has previously worked for Powderhouse Productions, Straight Ahead Pictures, Cutter Productions, NBC30, and mtvU, and was the Office Manager for iDeal Partners Film Fund, where she coordinated film premieres at Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Melinda taught digital media at Rumney Marsh Academy Middle School in Revere, MA.


List of Winners by Year

2018 – Melinda Garfield, Westwood Media Center and MassAccess
2017 – Andrea Capere, Thurston Community Media
2017 – Erica Jones, Somerville Media Center