Annual Conference – 2017 Recap


Themed this year as “Rivers to Cross”, this addresses our call to rise up against challenges in making media and align as strong members of the industry. “Rivers to Cross” also indicates the future and looking ahead to what is to come. The conference boasts a stimulating schedule containing informational sessions, exhibits from vendors, and various networking opportunities.

ACM Annual Conference 2017 Video

Hear what ACM and community media mean to our members in this short conference recap video.

Thank you to Tajudin Hassan from Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN ) and Eboun Singathip from Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) for conducting the interviews and handling the video production.

Words from Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, ACM:

A big thank you to everyone who made this year’s ACM National Conference in Minneapolis a success: our staff, volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors, and you, the members who joined us from around the country.

There are too many things to remember about this last week: The Open House and Truck Rally at SPNN, strategic planning with the Boards of Directors of ACM and its Foundation, the inspiring opening Keynote from Dr. Tea Rozman-Clark of Green Card Voices, who spoke about the power of storytelling to build communities. The Plenary conversation and panel about challenges ahead in our field and our communities and strategic re-visioning. The brave work of T-Time in Olympia working for trans communities in Washington State, the inspiration and joy of jesikah maria ross who led us in song, celebration and community, reminding us that, “Relationship Building is our Superpower”, a walk off home-run with the Saint Paul Saints and a beautiful night of baseball with community media folks.

There were all the individual moments as people connected with each other, to learn and meet new colleagues and friends from Maine to Maui.

Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 ACM Award winners and 2017 Hometown Media Award Winners. Thank you for celebrating with us at the annual conference.

2017 Committed Sponsors

Awards Ceremony Luncheon Sponsor ($10,000):

Technology Sponsor: ($7,500):

Wifi Hotspot Sponsor ($7,500):


Keynote Sponsor ($2,500):
CASTUS color

2017 Committed Exhibitors:

Alpha Video and Audio
B&H Photo Video
Brainstorm Multimedia S.L.
Broadcast Pix
CASTUS Corporation
ENCO Systems
Key Code Media

Ross Video
SWIT Electronics
TelVue Corporation

Tightrope Media Systems