Committees & Task Forces

ACM guiding principles are: promote free speech, expand civic engagement through local media, collaborate with others, and act with one voice.

ACM’s Mission: We are a national membership organization that advocates, promotes and preserves the right to media training, production, distribution, civic engagement and education in support of diverse community voices, through Public, Educational and Government Access channels and other forms of media.
ACM’s Vision: All communities have the resources, ability and right to express themselves, create community dialogue and engage in civic life through local media.

In addition to the Board of Directors, ACM members may serve on the following committees without being members of the Board:

Fund Development
This committee is charged with developing fundraising strategy and engaging donors who can contribute financially to the Alliance for Community Media as well as identifying other fundraising methods as they present themselves.
This committee works hand and hand with ACM staff.

Member Outreach
The Member Outreach Committee is not a standing committee but is rather more of a project-oriented task force who works to develop and expand the network and membership in the ACM. This committee reaches out to non-members to encourage them to become members.

This is an appointed committee comprised of seven individuals; two
ACM Board members and five people from the membership are selected by the committee Chair. This committee is charged with tapping into their network and identifying potential candidates for board and committee service on the ACM. They also prepare a preferred slate of candidates for the at-large election for the National Board of Directors.

This committee is established by the ACM’s National Chair. This is not a standing committee. It only sits when required. When called upon, the Bylaws committee provides interpretation and coordinates any potential modification of the Bylaws for the ACM.

This committee organizes and coordinates the individual nominations for the various ACM awards issued annually.

  •  Awards
    ○ The Emerging Leader Award
    ○ The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication
    ○ The Sue Buske Leadership Award*
    ○ The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity
  • Scholarships (This is a Foundation of the Alliance for Community activity)
    ○ Brian Wilson Scholarship

The Communications Committee is more of a project-oriented workgroup for those with interests in communication-based projects. There is little discussion on Communication strategy & policy, rather this committee is established as needed to increase staff capacity and to accept work assignments. Which may include but not be limited to the distribution of news, information, and public policy matters via the ACM website, newsletter, social media & other communications platforms.

IEE Caucus (Inclusion Equity & Engagement) The Inclusion Equity and Engagement (IEE) Caucus is open to any member who wants to participate. No appointment or election is necessary. This is a caucus of the ACM that exists to make recommendations to the ACM Board of Directors on policies and practices to ensure that no individual is discriminated against within the organization.

As a committee member you should be able to make a contribution and provide support of the Mission with the following desirable skills:

  • Demonstrate understanding of ACM
  • Interests and abilities
  • Becoming an Ambassador of the Organization, which may include
    ○ Public Speaking
    ○ Personal contributions of expertise
    ○ Adding content and meaning to the vision
    ○ Marketing, Education and Outreach of the ACM and its activities to outside organizations and individuals
    ○ Knowledge of current technology as it relates to PEG

Time commitment

  • Attend scheduled and other meetings via telephone conference call and face-to-face meetings;
  • Attend to the business and programs of the committee
  • Preparation and filing of any needed reports